All Purpose Cleaner

Making your own all purpose  cleaner is so inexpensive that you'll never want to go back to buying it again!  It cleans very well and  is super easy to mix together.

It's perfect to refill your spray bottles and to use for cleaning floors, store the extra in an empty milk or water jug and label.

There are two kinds of ammonia: Regular, also known as clear or non sudsy ammonia, and the second type is sudsy ammonia.
What is the difference?
Regular ammonia does not streak and is perfect for windows, mirrors and chrome. Sudsy ammonia has a touch of detergent in it and is great for cleaning grime and dirt.

Jan's Tip: If you can't find sudsy ammonia in your store, make your own by adding a squirt (yes a very scientific measurement!) of liquid dish soap (make sure there is NO BLEACH in the dish soap!) to the regular ammonia. 

All Purpose Cleaner:
1 gallon hot water
1/4 cup sudsy  ammonia
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon baking soda

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Non-Caffeinated Russian"Tea" Mix

Non-caffeinated Friendship tea

Russian Tea also known as Friendship Tea or Orange Spice Tea, is most commonly made by adding instant tea to the recipe. If you are like me and do not drink caffeine or want an option for your family for a warm drink other than Hot Chocolate and are trying to avoid caffeine this recipe is for you.

I also like to give it as a gift to a sick friend or co-worker. It is soothing and also without the caffeine will help them relax and rest.

This recipe will make enough Russian "Tea"  to give one to a friend and to keep one for yourself!

Non-Caffeinated Russian "Tea"


1 16-18 oz. Container of powdered orange drink mix (Tang)

1/2 cup presweetened powdered lemonade mix

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
Mix Well.
Pour approx. half of the the mixture, back into the empty tang container and remainder in an airtight container or ziplock baggie:

This is a double batch

Remove label from tang container and attach a cute handmade label.with the following instructions:

Mix 2-3 teaspoons Russian "Tea" with one cup hot water.

 Before I could even finish the project, my daughter took one bag from the picture above, put it in a cute Chinese food take out style container and gave it away as a Christmas gift, and my  son & daughter- in- law took the other with them on a ski vacation. So that left me with the remaining two containers to label. (I sent both containers along with the both kids back to college with them so I still need to make a batch for me!)
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