Looking to save money on homemade cleaning products? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American homeowner spends about $725 a year on housekeeping supplies, including laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toilet paper and other necessities. The average renter shells out about $403.
Household cleaning products and cleansers can cost a lot of money, but there are two products that you probably already have in your kitchen. They both do the job when it comes to cleaning and won’t put a dent in your budget!
Skip the harsh chemicals found in the cleansers at the grocery store and make your own instead with this pantry staple.
When mixed with water, simple white vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner, acting as both a cleaning agent and a disinfectant. Just mix one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and start cleaning. If the smell is too harsh, add a little bit of lemon juice.
You can pick up an entire gallon of white vinegar for between $3 to $4. A typical 32-ounce bottle of all-purpose cleanser can cost more than $4.50. But, be careful. Like with any cleanser, there are some surfaces, including hardwood floors and irons, where vinegar could do more harm than good.
Baking soda might be an important ingredient in your favorite cookie or quick bread recipe. It also is a great way to clean up after you’re done.
Sodium bicarbonate, as the scientists call it, is both a mild abrasive and a deodorizer. Just sprinkle a little in the bottom of garbage cans, for instance, to cut those funky smells.
Best of all, it’s cost effective. A 16-ounce box of baking soda costs less than $1, compared to nearly $5 for a 24-ounce bottle of a scrubbing cleanser.
When you use both vinegar and baking soda together, you get an even more powerful cleanser that not only disinfects, but also deodorizes.
With both, you can:
These natural solutions might require a bit more elbow grease, but they are effective ways to clean house this spring and cut costs at the same time, and they have an added benefit of being non-toxic, “green” alternatives!
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