If you are eager to trend towards green living and saving money, you might find it a good idea to replace your commercial household cleaners with their homemade eco-friendly counterparts! This will help you keep your budget in check and be a fun DIY project for you to tackle! As a bonus, it can even help you to save space.
When you do the math (and especially when you can’t get a deal!), household cleaners can be a bit expensive. And considering how often you need to buy cleaning supplies, it’s absolutely hurting your wallet. A frugal alternative is to make your own cleaners! Here are some ideas to get you started:
These DIY Cleaning Supplies Recipes can help you save money
Bathroom Cleaner – you can combine a dab of dish soap, a cup of baking soda, a cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of essential oil. Stir this together, put it in a spray bottle and use for your bathroom tile and walls.
Toilet Bowl – use regular Coca-Cola and a toilet brush! You can also opt for baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda over the bowl and let it work for awhile. Scrub and rinse with white vinegar. Let the vinegar sit for a while. Flush the toilet. (Try the Coke, it’s faster!)
Commercial Floor Cleaner – a great and thrifty alternative is to use soapy water. Fill a bucket with warm water. Add a cup of dish soap and stir. Then, all you have to do is dampen a mop and clean the floor. It works for wooden floors, tiles and others.
Clean Your Sink – HireHouseClean SE5 advises you to use baking soda. Cover the surface with a paste of water and baking soda. Let it stand for a couple of hours and then scrub. Repeat the procedure as necessary. If you wish, you can add vinegar to the treatment. It will strengthen the cleaning power of baking soda.
Lemons are another great product when it comes to house cleaning. For example, you can clean your microwave oven with a lemon. Pour some freshly-squeezed lemon juice (or half of a lemon that has been juiced) into a bowl of a cup of water, put it in the microwave and cook until the water boils. Leave the bowl in the microwave for a few minutes. The juice will help to loosen dirt and grease on the walls of the microwave. Then all you have to do is wipe it down!
A homemade cleaner can be just as effective as its store-bought version. As a matter of fact, if you make it a habit of cleaning your home every week, you are not going to need super powerful products to get rid of grime. Dirt that hasn’t become permanent can be treated with warm soapy water or a little bit of baking soda and white vinegar. So really, it is important to ask the right question – “How often should I clean my space?” rather than “What products should I use to get rid of grime?” If you do one more often, you can relax on the other a little.
An All-Purpose Cleaner can save space
Take a look at your cleaning supplies. You probably have one product for this and another for that. All those bottles of cleaners take up a lot of space. Wouldn’t it be better if all those products could be stored in one bottle that you could use on anything? That’s why manufacturers came up with the solution of creating the almighty all purpose cleaner! It is so convenient and it works wonders on almost any surface – plus, it’s just one product!
If you want to save storage space, you can try making your own all purpose cleaner. It’s actually not that difficult. Here is what you can do: add two cups of water into a bowl and a tablespoon of borax. Stir to mix well. Then, squeeze the juice out of 1 lemon into the bowl. Follow up with ½ cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Stir this mixture well. Move this solution into a clean spray bottle using a funnel. Label the bottle and store it in a cool, dry place. Use it as you would normally use any cleaner! You might want to let is sit for a while if there is tough grime.
Let’s hope these ideas come to your rescue the next time you run out of household cleaners! Have other ideas? Leave them in the comments!
Note: None of this is meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor, and do not play one on the internet. Please consult a physician if you have any questions about using essential oils or making your own soap/cleaners so your doctor can better explain to you the benefits, possible side effects, and any warnings about essential oils/household products and making your own cleaning products. These formulas are brought to you by HireHouseClean SE5 exclusively and Couponing For 4 makes no guarantee of the processes mentioned above.