Inexpensive Cleaner – Secret Formula

With concern about plastics in our environment and keeping ahead of viral infection, it's important to have a no-fail cleaner.
Inexpensive Secret Formula Cleaner

Last Updated on May 6, 2022

Inexpensive Secret Formula Cleaner
Inexpensive Cleaner – ssh! It’s a Secret Formula!

I have been using this inexpensive secret formula cleaner for years. With concern about plastics in our environment and keeping ahead of viral infection, it’s important to have a no-fail cleaner.

Secrets in this Post

While visiting the The Americana at Brand’s Lost and Found trying to get Spane’s scooter that he may have left there. I was really surprised that the baseboards, door jams, and kick plates were so dirty. I told the security guard it was disgusting and told him about the Secret Formula.

What IS the Secret Formula?

A while back I had a plastic spray bottle on the counter, and when my friend asked me what it was, I said “It’s my secret formula”. It became a joke among my friends because they were always surprised at how well it worked, and when they found out what it was, they were amazed at how cost-effective it was as well.

The Secret Formula is very inexpensive to make, about $0.25 per bottle, compared with paying $3-$4 for another spray. It kills germs on contact, and it leaves a fresh, just-cleaned scent. I’ve been using it for years, and it’s never failed me.

Improved Secret Formula

I am very aware of the crisis our planet is facing because of Climate Change and the use of fossil fuels. I try to use as little plastic as possible. I got tired of buying bleach in a plastic container. I found bleach tablets on Amazon and they are great. Using a leftover gallon milk carton, I just plop a tablet in the container, fill it up with tap water, and I have a gallon of bleach that I can use all over the house, in my laundry, for the toilet, etc. With all that, it’s even less expensive than liquid bleach. Let’s do a cost comparison:

Bleach Tablets

So, I guess you can see who is the winner here, right? Go for the tablets. Stop lugging bleach up and down to do laundry.

How to Make the Inexpensive Cleaner

I told the guard what the Secret Formula is, so I guess I should share it with you, too.

Inexpensive Secret Formula Cleaner
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Inexpensive Secret Formula Cleaner

With concern about plastics in our environment and keeping ahead of viral infection, it's important to have a no-fail cleaner.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Yield: 64 ounces
Cost: 0.19


  • 5 oz Bleach
  • 11 oz Water tap water preferred


  • 5 oz Bleach
    Carefully pour the bleach into a spray bottle.
  • 11 oz Water
    Add water to fill it the bottle.
  • Have fun cleaning!


Because this mixture contains bleach, you do have to be careful of your clothing so try not to spray it on yourself or lean into surfaces you have sprayed.
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9 Responses to Inexpensive Cleaner – Secret Formula

  1. Mary D says:

    5 stars
    It’s my secret formula, too. I’m glad it’s not really that secret.

  2. Margit says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for mentioning the bleach tablets. I never heard of them and I just bought some on your recommendation. I’m tired of taking the bleach with me, can’t wait for my delivery.

  3. Ash W says:

    5 stars
    Yes, this stuff works very well, it’s more environmentally friendly, and certainly a fan of my pocketbook. Thanks for writing this up.

  4. John Farion says:

    5 stars
    chemical disinfectant residues are poisonous. we chlorinate water, and i can’t drink it out of the tap anymore, but we take showers with it, and our skin, a dual water semi-permeable membrane(in and out,) has been suggested as being the greatest sponge for water (more than drinking the requisite number of glasses to drink per day. water vapor is in all the air we breathe, and passes in and out during all our everyday activities.

    what was suggested to me, is 100% hydrogen peroxide. it’s cheap at 59 cents for an 8oz btl @ the 99cents only store. then buy a spray bottle, fill it up, spray your prep area, wipe it down, and let’s get cooking!

    question – do you put chlorine on a bloody cut? no. but you can put hydrogen peroxide on it. its foaming action tells you it’s killing germs.

    chef john

    how’s spane?

    • Adrienne Boswell says:

      5 stars
      I have peroxide. What a great idea! Thanks. Spane is wonderful, and going into 5th grade next year.

  5. Lazaro Panganiban says:

    5 stars
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  6. Wilma Seaton says:

    5 stars
    I tried it and it works like a charm. There seemed to be a band along the walls where my kids would put their hands. I tried expensive cleaners, and “erasers”, but they didn’t work very well, or they took off the paint, and they didn’t disinfect. Thank you so much for posting this. No more kid marks!

  7. Ralph Johnson says:

    5 stars
    Great, thanks for sharing this blog article. Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  8. Angela says:

    5 stars
    And now I have the secret! Thanks for posting!