Household cleaners: Penny-pinching tips from the ‘Auld Git’

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What alternatives are there to chemical shop-bought household cleaners? Armley-based community reporter Susan Denton’s second ‘penny-pinching’ column has some answers …

A great one for the kitchen is a de-greaser.

Only two ingredients are needed:

  • 50% washing up liquid 
  • 50% white vinegar

Put into a spray bottle and shake gently.

To use spray the area and then wipe off. For stubborn areas spray and leave on for a few minutes before wiping off. 

A glass cleaner 

  • 50% white vinegar 
  • 50% water 

Put into spray bottle 

To use, gently shake contents then spray on and wipe off . Some newspaper is an excellent way to wipe this off with , cleans wonderfully. 

Disinfectant, great for bathrooms 

  • 50% surgical spirits aka rubbing alcohol 
  • 50% water 

Put into a spray bottle, shake gently before use 

This disinfectant is great for bathrooms

Home-made ‘Fabreeze’ 

  • 1 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup surgical spirits 
  • Add approximately 30 drops of your chosen essential oils 

Store in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously before use to infuse the oils into the liquids. Do not spray directly onto furnishings. 

Mould and mildew remover 

  • 2 tablespoons of borax 
  • 2 cups of warm water, mix thoroughly 
  • Then add 1/4 cup of white vinegar together with 20-40 drops of tea tree oil. 
  • Store in spray bottle 
  • Mix well before use 
  • To use, spray then wipe off 
  • Spray again, wipe off. 
  • Spray a third time and leave on as a preventative 

More next week from the Auld Git! If you have any ideas drop me – Susan Denton – a line at



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