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Homemade 409?

post #1 of 6
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Anyone ever made their own 409?

I found this recipe:
* 2 Tbsp. Distilled White Vinegar
* 1 Tsp. Borax
* 1/8 cup Dawn Dishsoap
* 1 cup Hot Water

But 1. I have no idea what Borax is, and 2. does it work? Will it work once the water cools?
post #2 of 6
I wouldn't put much faith in this recipe. It is basically soap and water.

Look what is happening chemically. The soap and the borox are bases. These neutralize the acidic vinegar - creating more water.

I happen to have a bottle of 409 here. The active ingredient is ammonia. The homemade alternative to 409 is diluted ammonia.
post #3 of 6
borax is found in the laundry soap aisle - alot of people use it in their homemade laundry detergent!
post #4 of 6
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Hmmm... Do you know a good formula for homemade 409?
post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by amandaf03 View Post

borax is found in the laundry soap aisle - alot of people use it in their homemade laundry detergent!

Thanks!
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by ArmyWife04 View Post

Hmmm... Do you know a good formula for homemade 409?

Yes, buy sudsing ammonia and dilute it according to the label instructions.

A base / alkaline is a GREAT anti-bacterial cleaner. Bleach is also a base but people don't like to use it (even diluted) because of the chlorine.
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