Homemade cleaning solvents are a cost-effective, non-toxic way to clean your home. Most solutions can be made with items you probably already have in your home, and you can control the quantity so that nothing is wasted. These green products are almost as effective as most chemical cleaners, according to Consumer Reports. While they may not clean quite as well as chemical solvents, the trade-off is that you can be sure the solution you are using is safe for the environment and for your family.
All-Purpose Cleaning Solvent
Fill a container with half a gallon of water. Measure out 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda.
Add the white vinegar and baking soda to the water and stir until it is thoroughly mixed.
Pour the solvent into a spray bottle and use it to clean bathrooms (the mixture will remove hard water stains), kitchens (white vinegar will cut through grease) and hard surfaces anywhere.
Fill a container with about a gallon of cold water. The container should be larger than a gallon to allow for the addition of other ingredients.
Add 1/2 cup of ammonia (the soapy kind) and a pint of rubbing alcohol. Mix together.
Pour the homemade cleaning solvent into a spray bottle. A funnel may make it easier to transfer the liquid. Use this solution to clean mirrors, windows and glass tabletops.
Combine 6 tsp. of olive oil with 3 cups of white vinegar. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the wood and go over it with a damp rag.
Use a different dry rag to dry the area after cleaning it. Use this solution to clean and polish wood, but only wood that has been sealed.