Monday, December 1, 2014

DIY Cleaning Liquid!



Woohoo!!! I bet we all need this one after all the Goodies we cooked for Thanksgiving!!

I tried something else just to see how it would work and I continue to be amazed with this cleaning solution! I have a self-cleaning oven (which I am SO thankful for), but I always remove the racks before cleaning. Well, yesterday I sprayed this wonderful solution over the racks and also inside the oven. I forgot to wipe it out after a few hours and it stayed on overnight! So I wiped it out this morning and you see the results. I had never really cleaned the racks and that baked on grease and food just flaked off! I think one of the secrets is to leave the mixture on the surface for awhile. Leonard Griffin made a comment this morning about how our shower shines! I love it! In case you missed it, here is the mixture again...

Into a spray bottle mix:
2 oz. Dawn Dishwashing liquid
4 oz. Lemon Juice
8 oz. White Vinegar
10 oz. Water
Now make your house sparkle!
*Please test it first before using on delicate surfaces. This is powerful stuff! If your shower has a bad build-up of soap scum and crud it may take a time or two to get that shine.

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23 comments:

  1. Your suggested ingredients are all trusted, especially lemon juice and vinegar. Lemon is one of the best natural cleaners due to its low PH and antibacterial properties without side effects, add to that the fact that it smells great. Anyway, thanks for that recipe, Maggie Mae! It's well appreciated. All the best to you!

    Bob Wolfe @ The Maids Triad

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    1. Thank you, Bob.....you comments are greatly appreciated!!

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    2. About your problems with the oven doors... snap off the gasget and wash.it snaps back on .unscrew the door and you can get between the panes to clean inside.easy.leave the racks in the oven it won't hurt them.another tip.I put my cast on pans in while I'm cleaning.it takes off all the accumulated crud then I have to season them again.

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    3. About your problems with the oven doors... snap off the gasget and wash.it snaps back on .unscrew the door and you can get between the panes to clean inside.easy.leave the racks in the oven it won't hurt them.another tip.I put my cast on pans in while I'm cleaning.it takes off all the accumulated crud then I have to season them again.

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    4. My sc oven book says the racks will turn bluish and may need to be oiled. I put them in a plastic garbage bag, spray with oven cleaner, tie and leave overnight. Easy clean and sparkling in the morning. Thanks for this cleaner recipe Maggie... going to try it.

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  2. I'm planning on trying this VERY soon. I have to try & finish a quilt I'm making first! ;) By the way, I've always loved the name Maggie, it's so sweet sounding. Thanks Maggie! :)

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  3. Thanks, Kathy. Actually, I often use my female dog's names on the internet and Maggie is one. She was our beloved Shih Tzu that we had to say goodbye to just this past Monday. We are heartbroken and miss her terribly.

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    1. I have 16 yr old ship tzu Maggie Mae as well! So far she’s fairly healthy.

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  4. Thanks for this tip!! I have a self cleaning oven also and wasn't sure what cleaners, if any, I could use on it without messing up the finish. You're right about those racks. They are hard to clean. Also the window in the door of my oven is hard to get clean. When I use my oven's self cleaning option the window covers itself up so it doesn't get clean.

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  5. If you make 5 times this recipe it is 120 ounces which fits into a gallon jug for storage. Doesn't take any more time that one batch.

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  6. Can you use bottled lemon juice?

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  8. THIS REALLY WORKS, IT TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF ELBOW GREASE, SUCCESS, WHAT A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT.

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  9. Q: Why both ACV and Lemon juice when both are acidic (?). Anyone here explain how the one wont negate the other? I am wondering if you know. Me myself and I are curious people lol and like to know the whys and "wherefores". Not being snide, seriously, I wonder the lay person science often. Otherwise I am going to try this but I wonder if the "safer" dish soaps would work as I do not use SLS or (possible) phalates (sp) soaps in my home. Has helped my health problems tremendously eliminating all chemicals but occasional Lysol sprays on fixtures. Thank you @Maggie May!!!

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    1. Two acidic components won't negate one another. Two acidic compounds mixed together just make a larger volume of acid. The two work a little bit differently and each are better at cleaning different kinds of stains. Vinegar contains acetic acid, while lemons contain citric acid.
      Many hard water stains are the result of calcium. Calcium acetate is very soluble in water, and calcium citrate not as much, so vinegar is better for hard water stains. However, lemons also have oils that are antibacterial and they make everything smell great! The acidity of citric acid is also good at cleaning alkaline stains, just like vinegar. The soap is an emulsifier, which is good for breaking down grease, which acids don't do well. Some soaps are more alkaline than others, which CAN negate the acidic cleaning power of the lemon and vinegar, so perhaps Dawn is used on purpose (I'm not sure which soaps are alkaline versus plain old emulsifying).

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  10. Yeah. Works great. Just what I needed!

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  11. Thanks for this! I was looking for a non-toxic way to clean my oven and cast iron pans, and this is it.

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  12. This article is very helpful and informative. Cleaning with water blaster is so much faster and cleaner. Thank you for sharing!



    Precision Water Blaster

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  13. Thank you for answering. I would want to use castile soap though. Do you know if it effects this formula differently than Dawn? I do not use Dawn. I do use 7th Generation and such though.

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