Natural cleaning supplies on a budget...Possible? YES!

October 10, 2013
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It seems like trips to the grocery store get more and more expensive all the time! It's time likes these that you have to get creative on how to save money at the store without going hungry at home.  An easy way to save money is in the cleaning aisle.  With a little bit of work at home, you can make some great cleaning supplies that will save you money, plus won't have any harmful chemicals.  The best part? You probably have all the things you need to keep your home sparkling clean already in your pantry!

White Vinegar

By far, vinegar is one of the best cleaning supplies to have on hand.  It has unlimited uses and it is CHEAP! You can get a gallon of vinegar for about $3.00 at most places, which will keep you cleaning probably longer then you want to.  Here are some of its uses:

    Undiluted -

  • Grease Remover
  • Stainless Steel cleaner
  • Mineral Deposit Removal

    Diluted (1 part vinegar, 1 part water)

  • Mold Remover
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Air Freshener

* Don't like the smell of vinegar? Don't worry, once it dries, the smell will go away.  You can also add essential oils to a diluted mix of vinegar for a wonderful lasting smell.  Add about 24 drops for every 2 cups diluted mixture.

Baking Soda

Another wonderful cleaning product is Baking soda.  Baking soda has lots of different uses around the entire house, including the following:

  • Scouring Powder - sprinkle on surface and scrub with a damp rag
  • Tub Cleaner - add water to make a paste and apply to tub.  Let sit for 20-30 minutes before scrubbing.
  • Drain cleaner - pour about 3/4 cup of baking soda down the drain and follow it with enough vinegar to wash it down.  Let is sit for 2 hours/overnight and then flush thoroughly with hot water. 
  • Toilet cleaner - mix together 3/4 c baking soda and 3/4 c vinegar until it is combined.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol also has tons of cleaning potential.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Cleaning grim off your phone screen
  • Takes marker off of countertops
  • Cleans hairspray off mirrors
  • Cleans bathroom fixtures
  • Spray on fruit flies to get rid of them

One more great cleaning product recipe...

Furniture Polish

  • 1 c. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 c. Lemon Juice

The olive oil will condition your wood while the lemon juice cleans off the dirt and grime, as well as leaving a wonderful smell!

 So there are a few great ideas for saving money on cleaning supplies.  The cost of all of these products comes to about $17.00, and would last you for many months.  Compare that to about $40 for all the other products needed to do all of the same things!  Remember, the more you can save today, the more you will have to invest for tomorrow!