Ant poison

We wage a never ending war with ants in our area. I use a home made ant poison which is much cheaper and every bit as effective as a bought one. Because its cheap I use it more regularly and liberally and our ant problem is better managed than it’s ever been.

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp boric acid or borax

Dissolve the sugar and water in a small pan. Stir in the boric acid or borax and allow to cool. Decant into a jar and label clearly as ant poison.
Wash all utensils thoroughly.

Boric acid is made from borax. Both are used as mild insecticides.

Dish wash extender

This mixture not only makes your dish wash liquid last longer, it softens the water and leaves everything grease free and sparkling.

1 T washing soda
1 1/2 cups very hot water
1 cup dish wash liquid

Dissolve washing soda in water- stir in dish wash liquid.
Return to container and shake before use.



Oven Cleaner

It’s easier to clean the oven regularly than waiting till you can hardly get the door open before you clean. Oven cleaners are expensive too so use this mixture once a month and keep on top of the gunk.

125 ml Cloudy Ammonia
250 ml water

Mix in a bowl and place in a warm oven with the power off for 10 – 15 minutes.
Wipe off gunk with a damp cloth.


All Purpose Cleaner

This mixture takes only a couple of minutes to make up in bulk. I store it in empty screw cap bottles till required.

50 ml vinegar
50 ml cloudy Ammonia
120 ml Bicarbonate of soda
4 litres of hot water

In a well ventilated room combine all the ingredients and stir till dissolved, a plastic bucket is ideal.
Pour the liquid into pump action spray bottles. Use the mix either on a damp cloth or as a spray and wipe to clean benches, baths, showers etc. Shake well before use.

Note: Never mix ammonia and bleach as they create a toxic gas when mixed.