4 Secrets Professional House Cleaners

                  Don’t Want You To Know


What professional house cleaners know that you don’t is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on store bought cleaning supplies to get your house sparkling clean.

Today I share 4 easy to make and  inexpensive home made cleaners that will save you loads of money.

In addition, I share 2 other inexpensive household recipes; one for your children and one just for you – because you are all worth it!



Drain Declogger

This works like a dream. I know from personal experience. I use it every other month now.

¼ cup baking soda

½ cup vinegar

Boiling water

Pour the baking soda into the sluggish drain. Then pour the vinegar down the drain. Close drain tightly until fizzing stops. Flush with a pot of boiling water.


Spot Carpet Cleaner

½  cup baking soda

1 cup borax

1 cup cornmeal

Mix in a bowl. Using a sieve sprinkle the cleaner over the high traffic area or on the spot or stain you want to clean. Let sit for an hour or two. Vacuum up.


General Furniture Polish

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon or line juice

1 teaspoon water

Whisk together. Use a soft clean cloth to spread evenly around the furniture.


1 a clean houseClean Burned on Food From Pots and Pans

2 Tablespoons washing soda*

Squirt or two of oil based liquid soap**

Hot water

* Usually available at hardware stores

** Such as Murphy’s or Tea Tree – No endorsement of either product. Simply an explanation and example of what the product is.

Mix the soda and soap in a dish pan. Dissolve with hot water. Soak dirty pans in the solution until the burned on foods loosen and you can wash it off easily. Then wash as usual.


Here is one for the children, especially as the winter holidays are near


Window Paint

1 cup soap flakes

½ cup water

Food coloring

Whisk together the flakes and water until consistence looks like whipped cream.

Then divide the ‘paint’ into several different bowls. Add 2-3 drops of the desired food coloring into each bowl.

Can be used for any holiday (winter, spring, summer, or fall) scene you wish.


After all that cleaning and playing with the kids you need some time for yourself. 1 a bb

Homemade Bath Salt

3 cups Epsom salts

1-2 teaspoons baking soda

10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil

Pour the salts into a large glass or metal bowl. Mix the ingredients well with your hands.

NOTE: You can make this in bulk and give to friends for Christmas.

Featured Recipe        Death By Chocolate and Caramel Brownies


This is the most decadent and divine recipe I have ever shared with you. It is all ooeey-gooey delicious.

I found this incredibly drool worth recipe at via You can also find Yummly on Twitter ~ @yummly.

You can see the original recipe by clicking the following link: Brownies.

While I modified the recipe based on the reviews of the recipe on the all recipes web site, this recipe is right up my alley. It is super easy to make, super delicious, and compliment dense.

This is what you will need:

1- 19.8 ounce package brownie mix

To make the brownies you will/may also need:

½ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

6-12 ounces chocolate morsels

11 ounces butterscotch sauce


Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; or follow package directions.

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.


Pour half of batter in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Double check to see if the direction on the brownie package says to use spray oil on the baking dish. Mine did.


Top the batter with about three-fourths of the caramel sauce. The sauce does not need to cover all of the brownie mixture.

NOTE: If the butterscotch sauce is too thick put it in the microwave for about 5 or 6 seconds.


Then top with a layer of chocolate chips.


Pour remaining brownie batter over all.


Bake in the preheated oven according to package directions.


Let cool completely before cutting into squares.


When cool cut into squares…………..


……………….and then top with the reserved caramel sauce and serve.


Makes about 10 squares. You may make your brownies bigger or smaller as you like.

Bon appétit!!!


1-19.8 ounce package brownie mix                  $1.79

To make the brownies you will/may also need:

½ cup vegetable oil                                       $0.48

2 eggs                                                          $0.44

12 ounces chocolate chips                              $2.79

11 ounces butterscotch sauce                          $3.99

Total cost = $9.49
Cost per serving =$0.95

Quote of the Day

My second favorite household chore is ironing.  My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.

Erma Bombeck


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10 comments to 4 Secrets Professional House Cleaners

  • I’ve found quite a few home remedies like this on Pinterest and some of them work so well. I’m going to try yours – except for the window paint. 🙂

    Your brownies are to die for. Well, I don’t REALLY want to die to eat one but they look good enough to consider it.

    • Roberta

      Awwww, have some fun and finger paint some windows! LOL 🙂 Thanks for the great compliment, but I NEVER EVER want you to die.

  • Sharon Harris

    Thanks for the household hints. I’ll definitely use. And I will try the caramel brownies. They look delicious. Might even add walnuts with the chocolate chips.

    • Roberta

      Walnuts sounds wonderful!!! Give the brownies some crunch! Read some where that some one else also added mimi-marshmallows. That sounds good too.

  • Ya had to post that brownie recipe, didn’t you…
    The drain cleaner thing does not work for a major clog. Just so’s you know. I have to try the cleaning burned food thing. It’s either that or toss my favorite pan.

    • Roberta

      Well…..yes, Julia, I did. LOL

      Good to have real life experience with ideas like these, especially for major clogs. Let me know about the burned food one. It did take care of a Le Creuset pot I once burned something in. Do you see a pattern here???? LOL

  • As a boomer male not well practiced in the art of cleaning anything except, engine and gun parts or animals large and small, I passed your tips on to my long suffering Sue. I am sure she will find them useful. I quite like the idea of death by chocolate, with or without brownies.

    • Roberta

      Not death, Peter. I want more chocolate. I am on a 12 step diet….I am never more than 12 steps away from chocolate. 🙂

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