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DIY All Purpose Cleaners

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Find out how the formulations were evaluated in our lab setting by clicking on the link in the Lab Reports column. The link will bring you to the lab's CleanerSolutions database website. The Lab Reports column header link summarizes the testing process. Our testing is intended to provide a basic performance review under controlled conditions.

Keep in mind that the DIY formulations that did not work in the lab can still work at home under modified conditions.

For example:

  • longer cleaning time
  • more "elbow grease"
  • rinsing

See a formulation that you want us to test? Email the lab and we will test it for you. Please include Formulation number in email.

Ingredients Notes Effective in Lab Lab Reports
Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 qt warm water Yes See Results for  Formulation 1
Vinegar and salt Mix together into a paste No See Results for  Formulation 2
Liquid castile soap (small amount) and baking soda/borax with lots of water For floors, walls or counters No See Results for  Formulation 3
Liquid castile soap (medium amount) and baking soda/borax For sinks, cat boxes or anything that can be well rinsed No See Results for Formulation 4
Baking soda and water Make a paste No See Results for Formulation 5
3 tbsp vinegar, ½ tsp washing soda, ½ tsp vegetable based liquid soap (Murphy's), 2 cups hot water Put in spray bottle or bucket. Apply and wipe clean No See Results for Formulation 6
2 tablespoons Borax, ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 cups hot water. Combine in spray bottle Yes/No See Results for Formulation 7
Fill a spray bottle with ½ part vinegar and ½ part water. Add some lemon juice for scent   No See Results for Formulation 8
Mix liquid soap with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Add lemon juice and water   Yes See Results for Formulation 9
Mix salt and water together with a little vinegar     Not Tested (Formula 28)
1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar per gallon of water. Optional additions, add a dash of castile soap Add a drop or two of essential oils such as for a smell you prefer lavender oil   Not Tested (Formula 29)

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