Have you ever looked under your kitchen sink at all of the cleaning products lying around? Do you really need a different cleaner for every surface in your house? Floor cleaner, grout cleaner, window cleaner, kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, tub cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, the list goes on and on.
The truth is, you don’t need a separate cleaning agent for your bathroom as you do for your kitchen. They both get messy and germy! There is one go-to cleaner for anything and everything –plain old vinegar. Let’s get rid of your mass of expensive cleaning supplies and get a little greener with our cleaning.
Creative Cleaning Combos
If you want to spruce up your vinegar, you can combine it with other ingredients to create more effective cleaning supplies. Not only are homemade household cleaners better for your health, they are inexpensive and easy to make. Here are a few recipes that will replace your expensive and highly toxic store-bought items:
– 2 cups of tap water
– ½ tsp liquid dish soap
– ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar
Instead of buying another bottle of overpriced Windex, just fill your old bottle with this new mixture and presto, you have a cheap alternative.
Store Price: $2.87
Homemade Price: $0.54
– 1 box Borax (4 lbs 12 oz.)
– 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3 lbs 7 oz.)
– 24 packages unsweetened lemonade drink mix (this is used instead of citric acid, which is harder to find)
– 3 cups Epsom Salt
– Lemi Shine rinse aid
Walmart has all of these ingredients; most are found in the detergent aisle. Combine all of these ingredients thoroughly. Pour your mixture into a large container with a lid. Some hardening will occur over time, so be ready to break up some spots. You will use 1 tablespoon per wash cycle. I also add a tablespoon or more of vinegar to prevent hard water stains and cloudiness on glasses.
Store Price: $21.80
Homemade Price: $12.68
If you don’t make this recipe to replace your powdered detergent, you could use this recipe to replace the overpriced Cascade ActionPacs. Your recipe will contain no fillers and last much longer.
– 1 part olive oil to 5 parts water (exact fl. oz. per ingredient depends on your bottle size)
– Olive Oil Sprayer or a regular misting spray bottle
Shake well before each use and store in a cool and dark area. Not only will this save you money, but it will cut the amount of fat you use while cooking, eliminate sticky residue build-up on pans, and remove additives like butane.
Store Price: $5.15
Homemade Price: $0.19
These are just a few of the many household items that you can save money on by making at home.
— By Ashley Pfeffer
Ashley is a Navy wife and a mom who enjoys crafting, blogging, taking pictures, and spending time with family and friends.