Step 1: Fix That Annoying Sprayer
Step 2: Cheap Cleaning Solutions
Most cleaners contain one or two ingredients which can be bought in bulk and are diluted with water.
Some non-conventional cleaners work better than the big names too, and can be purchased for less money.
Before I get into this part of the instructable, a
Some chemicals are severly dangerous when mixed. One should never, for instance, mix an ammonia based cleaning agent with a chlorine bleach based cleaning agent. The results can be a fatal cloud of toxic gas filling your bathroom and killing you and your whole family in a nasty, painful way that is even forbidden to armies under the Geneva Convention... so don't do it.
On to the next step for some cleaning agent recipies...
Step 3: Cleaning Glass
We had a solution for cleaning the glass and mirrors which worked magnificently for smudge and streak free glass.
Isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth.
We used 90%, but it isn't really necessary to clean around the house with that kind of exactness. The 90% evaporates completely and leave no residue in about 1min. For my money, 70%, available on the cheap at any drug store, works magnificently.
Put it in a spray bottle and it works as a disinfectant for surfaces and a deodorizer for some smells... I remember one guy suggested waving a towel with a bit on it to clear up a fart smell before the customers noticed you'd smelt up their break room.
So the recipe for "Pir8P3t3's SuperKlear glass cleaner and surface disenfectant"
Pour 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol into a clean reused spray bottle
Step 4: Tile, Tub and Mildew Cleanup
Surfactant is a word which means soaplike substance... you know... like ... soap.
So I tried it at home, and found that a 1/10 solution of bleach with a squirt of liquid hand soap was as good as the brand name tile cleaner which was going for something like $3.50 per 20oz bottle. My "refill" was costing me somewhere around $0.05!
so here's the recipe for "Pir8P3t3's TileKleen"
Mix in a reused sprayer bottle:
1/4 cup chlorine bleach
1 squirt (~1 tsp) liquid hand soap
water to near top
McAdwell comments that he makes a similar tub scrub by adding baking soda to make: "McAdwell's TubScrubb"
1/10 bleach and water mix
baking soda until paste like consistency
I'm not sure if he uses soap in this though, but it probably can't hurt