Saving Big Money with Homemade Cleaning Solutions

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Cleaning is, as it seems, a burdensome job that eats up your free time and your budget. Most commercial cleaners lure you into thinking they are some miracle solutions that will remove grime and dust at once without the need to scrub and scour. Unfortunately, as soon as you use them you realize they are no different that the rest of the stuff offered in stores. The solution? Just go green. Here are a few cleaning recipes to try at home. Check this out.

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It turns out that some simple home ingredients can work just as good as commercial products. The best thing about them is that they are anything but toxic and they cost next to nothing. With a little baking soda, lemons, vinegar, cornstarch, rubbing alcohol and even ammonia, you can make super powerful non-toxic cleaning products for around the home. Check out these recipes and make your own.

Sink Cleaner

Things you will need:
  • Baking soda
  • Water
How to make it:

Clear your sink of dishes and stuff. Run the faucet and wet the surface. Liberally sprinkle baking soda over it and let sit for half an hour. Baking soda has mild abrasive properties and is perfect for grime and stains. While you are doing other cleaning tasks around the home, it will work its magic on cleaning your sink. When the time is up, grab a sponge and scrub your sink. Rinse well. Cleaning your sink with baking soda will also help you to clear the drains. Two birds, one stone.

Glass Cleaner

Many people complain that some cleaning products leave streaks on their glass surfaces. If you are using soap to clean your mirror or windows, no wonder you are not getting the results you want. Truth be told, you need to steer clear of any products that create suds. So here is one simple recipe to deal with your cleaning woes.

Things you will need:
  • Distilled water
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
How to make it:

Fill half of your bottle with vinegar and fill the rest of it with distilled water. Give it a good shake. Spray your windows and mirrors and wipe down with a lint-free, flat-weaved cloth. Work in a zigzag pattern, starting from the top of the window/mirror. And the reason you want to use distilled water is because it doesn't contain all those minerals that can leave streaks on your glass surfaces. The recipe is used by many cleaning companies like HouseCleaners N6.

Tip: If you notice any stains on your window/mirror, it's best to treat them in advance. Grab a cotton pad, add a little rubbing alcohol and wipe down all stains and spots. When you are done, use your 50-50 solution of water and vinegar to clean the whole mirror/window.

All-purpose Cleaner

Things you will need:
  • Dish soap
  • 1/3 vinegar
  • 2/3 water
  • Spray bottle
How to make it:

Start by filling 1/3 of the spray bottle with vinegar. Fill the remaining space with water and add a few drops of dish soap. Give it a good shake. This is a very good all-purpose cleaner that works on many surfaces around the home, the only exception being granite countertops. In general, you want to use a special cleaner for your countertops, depending on what they are made of (check with your manufacturer).

Toilet Cleaner

Things you will need:
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup borax
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (lemon, lavender and tea tree)
How to make it:

Mix together all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well. Wet the toilet bowl and pour the solution. Let it work for a few hours. Scrub well and flush.

Contrary to what many people think, borax is not toxic unless used in extremely large amounts. It has many household uses as it removes stains, deodorizes and whitens. It is ideal for toilet bowl cleaners.

As you can see, all of the ingredients mentioned above are dirt cheap. Switch to using make-at-home cleaning products to save big on house cleaning and you will be fine.

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