Inexpensive Secret Formula Cleaner

Last Updated on May 14, 2013

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Today, I was a 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 base-boards, door jams, and kick plates were so dirty. I told the security guard it was disgusting and told him about 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, 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.

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

Recipe: Secret Formula


  • 1 good quality spray bottle
  • 1/3 bleach
  • 2/3 water


  1. Pour the bleach into the contain and fill the rest with water. Put the top back on, and clean to your heart’s content.
  2. Spray on surfaces, then wipe with a clean paper towel.

Quick notes

This is safe to use on almost any surface, except fabric and wood. Try not to lean on surfaces where this is sprayed as you may bleach your clothing.


You can use a sponge, but the chlorine will destroy it pretty quickly, so a paper towel is better because it will not spread any germs.

Preparation time: 1 minute(s)

Cooking time:

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Inexpensive Secret Formula Cleaner

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6 Responses to Inexpensive Secret Formula Cleaner

  1. John Farion says:

    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:

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

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  3. Wilma Seaton says:

    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!

  4. Ralph Johnson says:

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

  5. Angela says:

    And now I have the secret! Thanks for posting!

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