Sunday Favorites

Hi everyone! It's time for Sunday Favorites over at Chari's blog "Happy to Design".

It is a new year and we are all trying to get organized, save money and getting our homes cleaned and decluttered. So, I thought this old post would come in handy. It is a post about making your won cleaning products so you don't have to waste money on high dollar cleaners. Not to mention, when you go through your closets and dressers and purge those clothes that don't fit or have a small stain on it, you can recycle them into cleaning cloths.

You know I am all about reusing things. But, I never said you have to reuse these items forever.

As I was cleaning out some clothes, once again, I found several t-shirts, PJ's, underwear and flannel pants that all were either so stained or shrunk or simply tattered to wear any more. They would be an insult to donate! Their time had come to be thrown out.

I do not need any more rags. I have bags of rags. No more rags. LOL So, these items are going to be reused as "one-time" throw away convenience rags.

I love those handy cleaning wipes you can buy. However, they are a little out of my budget and the Dollar Store ones just don't do the same job as the better quality (and more expensive) ones do. So, I made my own.

I figure one more use out of these throw away clothes was worth a few minutes cutting them up.

Here are some recipes to make your own "Swipe & Toss" cleaning rags:

Clorox wipes - 2 & 1/2 cups of water + 1/4 cup bleach

Multi-purpose wipes - 1 & 1/2 cups white vinegar + 1 & 1/2 cups water

Disinfecting wipes - 1/2 cup of pine sol + 2 & 3/4 water

*Glass cleaner - 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol + 2 & 1/2 cups water + 1 Tablespoon white vinegar.

* I have been using this glass cleaning solution for about 10 years now. If I have a really dirty glass surface to clean, I add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to the solution.

You can make batches of these cleaning solutions and keep in a spray bottle or just a bottle to refill your wipes container when you need to. As far as containers, use any throwaway container that has a lid. Make your rags to fit that container (no wasting time trying to be perfect!). And remember you just want to saturate the rags, not let them soak in solution. Just keep adding and shaking until all the rags are moist.

And don't forget to make your own laundry softener sheets as well. Instructions HERE! (BTW, I have been making my own since this post and I love them!)

Also check out Silver Sunday at "Gypsy Fish Journal". Check out my Silver post HERE

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  1. I also use a lot of vinegar to clean with! A lot cheaper and "healthier" than cleaners! Thanks for the recipes -- I just "wing it"!

  2. I am stopping over from PS and thought this was a smart and helpful post! Love the idea- happy weekend!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    January Charmed bracelet giveaway!

  3. Wow, what a great idea. I never thought about reusing things as a one time rag. Thanks for the cleaning solution recipe!

  4. Great idea for the wipes. I also use vinegar a lot for cleaning, no harsh chemicals in my house.

  5. Great ideas - I'd better be grabbing some recipes while I'm here - I already have plenty of rags.

  6. A great tip, and a great use of all those old rags I've been keeping.

  7. My mom ALWAYS recycled t-shirts and UNDERWEAR as cleaning cloths. We always DUSTED with underwear!!!! Hehehehehehehe

    However, we never added the cleaning mixtures, I thinking that's a pretty good idea!

    However, I'm such a procrastinator, I'll probably never make them

  8. Hi Diann...

    Ohhh...I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites! I have never really made my own cleaning solutions...except for the clorox solution! Love, love, LOVE this idea!!! I would definitely use all of them and have all these products on hand already! I'm so glad that you included the recipes for them though...I would have never known the ratio's!

    My friend, I also had to go and check out your Silver Sunday post! Ooooh...your honey is great!!! What a fabulous Christmas present! The little silver salt spoons are just gorgeous! I need some too! Hehe! I have been wanting to join in with Silver Sunday too and wasn't sure how to do that since I host Sunday Favorites...great idea to just put up a link for it!

    Hope that you're having a fabulous weekend, my friend...

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design


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