Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Make Your Own

Household cleaners!

One category people say they just cannot save money on is cleaning products. I haven't bought cleaning products in at least six months, probably closer to a year, because one round of triples at Harris Teeter I stocked up like crazy on Comet, Scrubbing Bubbles, Windex, Clorox, etc. I actually had so much I ran out of room to put it all and had to give some away. I really don't want to pay more than 50 cents or so on a cleaning product. Anyway, if these products are eating away at your budget, here are some cheap ways to make your own cleaners!! (P.S. These are also all "green" products if that makes you feel better too.)

For countertops and windows:
Combine a tablespoon of white vinegar and a quart of water in a spray bottle. Squirt, and wipe dry. Vinegar is acidic so it will dissolve dirt, soap scum, etc.

For clogged drains:
Pour in half a cup of dry baking soda, followed by a half cup of vinegar, then cover the drain. Wait 15 minutes, then flush with two cups of hot or boiling water.

For faucets and dirty ovens:
Sprinkle baking soda over the area when cool and scrub with steel wool and water. The gritty soda scours off dirt and raises the pH of the water, which helps remove chalky white buildup around faucets. Do not use on glass stovetops.

"Eco-friendly" and "Organic" products don't necessarily mean anything. If you really want a "green" product look for specifics like "solvent-free" or "phosphate-free" or for a label that says "Design for the Environment". That label means the products have been screened for their environmental effects.

1 comment:

Tracey Garner said...

I will have to try and make some of these.