It may not be worth it to spend a good chunk of change on cleaning products before considering homemade options. While some prefer to remain loyal to trusted brands of years past, many are finding the alternatives to be effective and a good value.
Here is the scoop on a few easy and affordable ways to make your own cleaners at home. An insider’s guide on what ingredients to look for, buy, and combine to help the environment while decreasing your spending.
Store-bought laundry detergent could be considered a luxury purchase, given that with just three items, and a budget of around $10, you could be saving up to $0.20 per load.
Here’s the ingredient breakdown:
Mmmm… smell the freshness already? Oh, and the sweet smell of money saved of course!
You don’t have to continue spending your hard earned dollar on expensive, name brand toothpaste. Some homemade options have gained a wide respect among environmentalists for providing the same dental care through using natural, organic ingredients. Now before you disregard the idea for fear of taste or texture, take a look at one recipe designed to give you both.
1 part glycerin liquid : 1 part hydrogen peroxide : 6 parts baking soda
Flavor to taste and get to brushing!
While many of us may believe we need harsh chemicals to clean our home, legitimate toilet bowl cleaner can be made with ingredients straight from the kitchen! Non-toxic? No problem. Here is a simple recipe that is safe, money-saving, and effective.
I’ve never heard of a more simple and satisfying idea!
The next time you run out of a store bought window cleaner, consider whipping up some of your own. While Windex and other options can cost a few dollars, window cleaner can be made at home for just pennies!
Start by gathering:
Combine, Shake, Spray, and Sparkle!
After experiencing the advantages of making your own laundry detergent, or window cleaner, what could stop you from moving on to homemade dishwasher soap. Using the borax and washing soda you already picked up at the store for previous projects, take…
Combine all ingredients and use about 1 tablespoon with each load.
Cleaning better doesn’t have to take more time or money. Stock your cleaning tote with these easy recipes, and begin to experience the frugal alternative. Some good on-hand items to keep in your kitchen should include vinegar, borax, and baking soda. Research additional DIY ideas or come up with your own combinations. The options are endless!
George Gallagher is a home and garden writer. He is also actively involved in helping student and their private student loan consolidation questions and concerns.