Oct 30, 2014

CLEAN SCENE

Do you have cleaning products in your storage? I do!

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Multiples of these two products are always on hand at my house because I’m using them every single day. I found this recipe online years ago and it’s become my all time favorite, secret weapon, for basically cleaning every surface, and it costs practically nothing.

I write the cleaning recipe right on the spray bottle. Labeled “granite cleaner” to help my family remember what works safely on our counters…and hopefully what doesn’t.

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Just in case that’s not very clear…here’s the recipe.

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

few drops Dawn dish soap (like maybe a teaspoon)

1 quart water

That’s it. Fill your bottle with those three ingredients and then start spraying!

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I’ve been using this cleaner on our dining table and white leather chairs every day, for over a year, with absolutely no damage to either finish:)

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Love how it makes the cupboards shine and removes finger prints in one quick swipe.

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P.S. This is where I stash all my food storage meal bins. Using my three-month supply every day means I want to have all those canned, dried, and bottled ingredients real handy. Soooo nice to not have to trot down to the basement when I’m struggling to throw down a meal.

P.S.S Mike’s First Vision painting in the background. Love that too!

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As I said before, this cleaner is perfect for granite counters. In fact, it was after one of my granite suppliers told me that Windex was too harsh for granite that I did my research and learned about this very mild, but highly effective, solution.

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For cleaning, oh endlessly cleaning, the refrigerator doors, I wipe the messiest areas near the handles with a bit of straight Dawn to quickly break down the grease. Then I spritz on some of my magic spray and wipe dry. Suddenly the fridge is streak free and sparkling clean for then next…twenty to thirty minutes.

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It also works great on our stainless steel counters and tile. (This is what happens if your backsplash takes steroids.) (So sad.)

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I also use it to clean and polish the bathroom mirrors, counters, sinks, and faucets. Cleans AND kills germs!

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Plus, the outside of that…er…everything but the inside bowl.

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We use it for our windows.

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Last but certainly not least, come the hardwood floors. I have no idea why vinegar is still so often suggested as the perfect cleaner for wood. The acetic acid in vinegar eventually dulls the finish. Who needs that? I lightly spray a small area and then quickly run a dry mop over the damp section to clean and shine in one easy step. Works. So. Well. The floors are clean and shiny with zero residue or film that could attract dirt. Honestly makes me so happy.

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So there it is! My testimony of a super inexpensive multipurpose cleaner, which can safely be used throughout the entire house, and costs almost nothing. Really nice to not have to fuss around with multiple products. A big Saturday style cleaning, including numerous windows, inside and out, used only half of the bottle.

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I wish everything were this easy!

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6 Responses to “CLEAN SCENE”

  1. Laura at TenThingsFarm Says:

    I love simple recipes like this – thank you for sharing!

    Also, your house is beyootiful!!

    Also, I miss you! :)

  2. Liesa Says:

    I miss you too Laura! Just looked at your blog and saw that your daughter is beyootiful and so grown up! Best of all, she looks truly happy and well loved:) I’m sending you a hug!

  3. Melanie Says:

    When you have to clean, I say make it as easy as possible. Looks like you’ve “taken the cake” with this cleaning spree!! I’m going to make some for me. Thanks and enjoy that sparkling home.

  4. Liesa Says:

    Thanks Melanie! Give it a try and see what you think. I love stocking just two basic items, alcohol and Dawn, knowing that I can always mix up my general cleaning solution AND it works on almost every surface!

  5. City Girl Says:

    HI. Thx for your posts! …wondering if this is still effective if another brand of dish soap is used? What is it about Dawn that makes it first choice?
    Thx in advance.

  6. Liesa Says:

    You’re very welcome, City Girl! I have no idea why Dawn works so well. I found this recipe while searching out the best granite cleaners. Previously, I had discovered on my own that Dawn was my preferred dish detergent. It seems to cut grease better than any other product that I’ve tried. Plus there’s all that info. about how Dawn is used to clean wildlife injured in oil spills. I love how only a few drops can completely remove all the smudges of food, fingerprints and even footprints. It just makes cleaning so easy, and I’m all about that!

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