Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Fake" Clorox Cleanup, 2 Cents/Bottle!

I've been meaning to try this recipe that I found on Thrifty Fun for DIY Clorox Cleanup.  My bottle finally ran out tonight, so I figured I'd give it a go!

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I changed the recipe slightly since the original called for combining Dish Detergent with Bleach and that is a big No-No.  For some reason, many Dish Detergents contain Ammonia, and combining Bleach with Ammonia can literally kill you with a toxic fume.  YIKES!

It's best to stick with chemicals that you know are OK to combine, like Laundry Detergent and Bleach.  Those are made to go together in the washing machine!

Fake Clorox Cleanup
1 Empty and Rinsed-Out Bottle of Clorox Cleanup/Empty Plastic Spray Bottle
1/4 Cup Bleach
1 Teaspoon Laundry Detergent
Fill the rest of the bottle with Water and Shake!

Just like my other Fake Cleaners, this one is mostly water, too.  Doesn't it just make you crazy that we are all paying too much money for what is mostly water?

money down the drain
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To make this, I picked up a gallon jug of Bleach at the Dollar Tree, so with 16 Cups to a Gallon, that one jug could potentially make 64 Bottles* of Fake Clorox Cleanup! WOW! The laundry detergent I had on hand, of course.

The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Clorox Cleanup (Bleach, $1.00/Gallon, Laundry Detergent, negligible)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $0.02/Bottle

Compare to Real Clorox Cleanup:  $4.99

Total Fake-It Savings:  $4.97

*Just For Fun:  64 Bottles of Fake Clorox Cleanup:  $1.00,
64 Bottles of Real Clorox Cleanup: $319.36,
Total Savings:  $318.36  Wow! Isn't that incredible?

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54 comments:

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  2. Did you use the powder or the liquid?? thanks, Carmen

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  3. I used liquid detergent, but I honestly can't see why powdered detergent wouldn't work as well! Just make sure it's well shaken :)

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  4. does it work just fine? I find the idea of laundry detergent on my kitchen counters odd, but that's just silly, I guess. :-\

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  5. Thx much again, every dollar or two does add up over time ~ really enjoying your posts:)

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  6. Its pretty amazing the markup for name brand products! Its absolutely insane!

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  7. Is this concentration strong enough to kill viruses etc?

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    1. Yes, it is more than sufficient for sanitizing. A 10% solution of bleach to water is a standard sanitizer, and 4 or 5 drops to a sinkfull of water can be used at home to sanitize dishes after hand washing. If you can actually smell the bleach, there is too much, which is actually counterproductive since it will damage surfaces, giving germs microscopic crevices to grow in!

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    2. A bleach in water mixture made at home tends to break down though after 24 hours and should be replaced. So I'd mix up a smaller amount that can be dumped at the end of the day. This is standard food service training.

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    3. You would be suprised how we are taken from products that the real cleaning ingredients are either bleach or vinager . I even stopped buying hand cleaner for my garage because dawn dish detergent works just as good. I use vinager now in my carpet cleaner. Itis a good spot remover

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    4. I was curious to find the truth out about the bleach/water mixture breaking down after 24 hours. What I learned is that yes, at this concentration it will break down in 24 hours, but to make it last it must be mixed at a 1:4 bleach to water ratio and it will last for a week. Here is what I found at: http://www.scripps.edu/newsandviews/e_20060213/bleach.html

      "Bleach mixed with water at a 1:9 ratio (i.e. 10 percent bleach) is potent for about a day (it's more unstable in its diluted form). If you plan to use a bleach solution over the span of a week for repeated disinfection, Curriden recommends mixing it at a 1:4 ratio (20 percent bleach) to make it last. "

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    5. Does that mean if we double the bleach in the recipe from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of bleach, it is potent longer?

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  8. For information about disinfecting with bleach, visit this site: http://www.ehow.com/about_5390422_concentration-bleach-kill-mold.html

    Cheers!

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  9. Thank you so much! I've pinned your recipe so I can find it again!
    xoxo
    Joy

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  10. I'm gonna have to try this. I love saving money on cleaning products, they cost so much! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on Working on joy..

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  11. The page I got from the State of Oregon on sanitizing in a day care says 1/4 cup bleach in 1 quart of water makes a solution that has 800ppm, and can sanitize diaper changing areas, toilets, floors, and handwashing sinks. That does mean that you have to clean the area first, then get it wet and keep it wet for at least 15 minutes, then let it dry for 6-8 hours. Thank you for the recipe. I might just add the detergent to my sanitizing solution bottle.

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  12. the only problem I see with this is as a former preschool teacher we also use bleach water to disinfect changing tables and everything else too but we were always told by the Health Dept. that to sanitize properly it need to be made fresh every day, the bleach does not stay effective, so wouldn't you need to make new everyday if you were using it to sanitize

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    1. I am a preschool teacher and was told the same thing!!!!!!!

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  13. i had the same experience working at a head start. we had to make new sanitizers daily and sign-off that we had. Hey, but for 2 cent per bottle that's no biggie! I could just make smaller bottles and only when I was going to be sanitizing.

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  14. I'm just wondering... If you had to make a new batch of bleach water everyday... Then how can Clorox Clean Up not loose it's effectiveness, sitting on the shelf at the store, before you even get it home??? Hmmm... I'm starting wonder if the Clorox Clean Up has been working in my house all these years! LOL! I've done a couple of posts about DIY cleaners, and the last was for DIY dishwasher packets, so I will have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!! :D

    Stephanie @ Ladywiththeredrocker.wordpress.com

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  15. Bleach is terrible stuff. You should try whitening with lemon juice and disinfecting with vinegar.

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  16. Thanks for posting this. I use Clorox Clean-up every day and am glad to find a recipe to save sooooo much money!

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  17. Love the Break Down. Making your own stuff is self satisfing, but when I actually see the numbers, its the icing on the cake.

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  18. Great! Im gonna try. I have a book with lots of homemade cleaning recipes. I just read a new one the other day to clean soap scum off shower doors. Hear 1/2 cup Dawn liquid in microwave. Separately mix 1/2 cup Dawn vinegar (just till warm). Mix together in spray coffee bottle, shake. After shower, spray doors with mix, wait a few minutes, tub with dry cloth, rinse with hot shower & dry again. May want to do about once a week. Works great!

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  19. From what I understand, if left opened to the air bleach will become inert or harmless as it will break down to water and salt so in sealed bottles this is prevented.

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  20. I would guess that the reason that Clorox Cleanup stays good is that either it is not chlorine bleach or it has something added to it to keep its effectiveness. I say it might not be chlorine bleach because, despite the smell, it works wonders on getting stains out of colored clothing. I heard this from various people that worked in retail & used it on their work khakis to remove stains. I was shocked & amazed that it worked! I don't know why it doesn't bleach them because it sure does stink like bleach, doesn't it? I'd be interested to find out what the company has to say about how it can stay effective if it is indeed bleach.

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    1. It bleaches, I have ruined more than a few shirts with the stuff.

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    2. I clean homes for a living and I can assure you it does stain clothes that are anything except polyester. Cotton especially !

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  21. Another reason to make a fresh batch as-needed...bleach in spray bottles will ruin/break the springs in the squeeze triggers in as quick as 1-2 weeks. It's not frugal anymore when you have to scrouge for and buy empty spray bottles constantly. When I put bleach in a spray bottle I don't want ruined, I empty after each use, rinse the trigger and squirt through clean water until rinsed off well.

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  22. Shut up!!! I am very impressed with this! I just started cleaning houses & this will save a TON of $$!!! Thank you!!!

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    1. How much is a TON of $?

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  23. Read the label on the bleach bottle, some bleach is for disinfecting, some is for deodorizing.

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  24. Bleach loses it's disinfecting effectiveness when exposed to light, that is why all bleach or products containing bleach are stored in opaque white bottles. You also need to be careful of where you store you bleach because heat also will destroy the disinfecting properties of bleach. Since Heather re-used the old opaque clorox spray bottle the shelf life of her product, if kept away from heat, is going to be much longer than a day. Also, according to an old chem prof, any cleaning solution that is made with bleach and is exposed to air and light (soapy bleach water for mopping the floors for example) is no longer effective for sanitizing purposes after 15-20 minutes. Bleach can always whiten, it just doesn't always disinfect!

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  25. I just found your blog on Pinterest, and it's great! I'm always in to saving money,and with little kids in the house, I love trying to make my own stuff so that I know exactly what's really going on around the house. Do you ever try to make "fake-its" without chemicals? I just recently learned that dish soap and vinegar will do the same thing as Clorox clean up.

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  26. When I bought the cheap off-brand Clean-Up, the spray trigger would clog. I am guessing because it was cheap. Does anybody know where we can get quality spray triggers/bottles for cheap, or should I just buy the Clorox Clean-Up bottle once and re-use with the homemade version? THANK YOU SO MUCH for the tips!!!!!!!!!

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    1. buy the Clorox bottle and re-use it. It will hold up to the bleach better.

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    2. buy the Clorox bottle and re-use it. It will hold up to the bleach better.

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  27. I just found you via Pinterest - amazing. Making this tonight!

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  28. thank you so much! I just tried Clorox Cleanup the other day, noticed on the label that the main ingredient was just bleach and was going to figure out the ratio of bleach to water to make my own. You did it for me! Thanks so much :)

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  29. Actually, I'm unaware of any dish soaps that contain ammonia. Plus, laundry detergent is much worse for your skin than dish soap. It destroys my skin. (Not that I would be spraying it on my skin).

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  30. How many ounces are the windex and clorox bottles if I were to get empty bottles at the dollar store? AND can you use color safe bleach? I always lean against the counters after or during when I wipe it and have plenty of pants with a bleach line on them because of it. UGH. heath8vb@hotmail.com

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  31. Cant wait to try the clorox clean-up make it yourself version. I've been making my own dishwasher detergent for a while. And vinegar for the rinse agent

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  32. I made the fake Clorox clean up, and after about 2 weeks it no long smells like bleach or detergent. It has taken on a sour or spoiled smell.

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  33. I use hydrogen peroxide in my homemade cleaners.
    http://www.sixwise.com/Newsletters/2010/October/27/Hydrogen-Peroxide-vs-Bleach-Better-Cleaner.htm

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  34. Walmart's garden center, or Lowes...Home Depot, have better spray bottles. Just clean them once a week and rinse well. Set to dry. I have a few for garden spraying that I have had for several years. They are pretty cheap and you can write the name of your cleaner with a Sharpie on the outside..Don't forget the recipe...saves time!!

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  35. I have four sons. They clean their bath once a week with 1/4 cup bleech and water in a bucket.Bought some store brand HEB all purpose cleaner.that is what it was bleach and water. It faded all my cleaning towels.

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  36. Wow! I will use all these Fake products & save loads of money. Something most of us sure need to do in today's economy.....thanks!!

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  37. Ok. So has anybody tried this yet??? I have...and it will NOT get my white sinks clean like the real stuff. I have added more bleach and more laundry detergent to the mixture to try and get something that will the stains out of my white sinks.

    Any suggestions?? I'm all for saving money, but I also want it to work.

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  38. so, do you think that homemade laundry det could be used in place of commercial laundry det in this recipe? I mean, bleach is the disinfectant and the detergent is to help break down the oils in the stuff on your counters. whatdayathink?

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  39. there are spray bottles meant for caustic chemicals check online. Also walmart--> Flo-Master Sprayer is ideal when using bleach and other harsh cleaners...etc

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  40. I just use dish washing liquid to wash my kitchen sink and it works like a charm, plus no harm chemicals when I handwash( which is often) :)

    Wonder if this recipe is strong enough to be used as a toilet cleaner as well.. Or is there another recipe..? Btw, great blog, looks like I m gonna get hooked..! :)

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  41. Clorox clean up has changed the bottle so every last drop can be sprayed out.And the top don't screw off like the old ones.I just put mine in the trash.

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