Cleaning Your Home the Frugal Way

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Cleaning Products can be expensive and unhealthy!

So why not free up some of your cash and make your own for the home cleaners? I have used homemade cleaning products for a few years now and have never been disappointed!

All Purpose Cleaner – I like to use ¼ cup baking soda in 1 quart warm water.  This makes a weak disinfectant that is nice for cleaning every day.

If you are looking for a little bit stronger of a disinfectant you can use 1 Tablespoon Chlorine Bleach to 1 Quart warm water

I like to use the mild disinfectant for my everyday cleaning. It is handy to spray on counters, stove, and even the children’s toys! But on the days that I am in the mood to really get the job done I will use the bleach! Both products are safe for my family and work wonders!

Window Cleaner  – 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon vinegar.

Putting this in a spray bottle will make it handier and easier to use! I have heard of some putting a drop of blue food coloring in the mix as well. For me I just have a bottle labeled window cleaner so I have never tried the blue coloring.

Oven Cleaner – This one is very easy! All it takes is a little baking soda! I like to sprinkle the baking soda on the stove and then a little water. Use some steel wool to scrub off the nasty stuff and your good to go! I try to do this at least once a month so that my oven stays nice and shiny!

Furniture Polish  – 1 Cup Olive oil and ¼ cup lemon juice.

This can be used on wooden surfaces and works wonders on the kitchen cabinets!

Dishwasher Detergent  – 3/4 cup grated bar of soap, 1/4 cup washing soap, 1 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup Citric Acid.

The Citric Acid can be found on most vitamin shelf’s and I like to grind the ingredients into a powder and you’re good to go! For a nice easy way to rinse just use Vinegar!

Garbage Disposal – My Garbage Disposal gets a funky scent at times! But it also has an easy fix! Pour a little baking soda down your disposal and then some vinegar. It will fizz a little. Run the disposal and wash it down! Sometimes for a little better scent I will also put sliced lemons into the drain and run the disposal.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner  – I don’t have an exact consistency for this recipe but you will need to mix a little Borax with some lemon juice until it is about the thickness of toothpaste then spread around on the toilet bowl and let sit for a few  hours. After it has sat for a while scrub a little and flush! It will now be squeaky clean!

Upholstery Cleaner  – I am saving the best for last! Mix ½ cup liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 pint of boiling water and let it cool. Then pull out your electric mixer and mix until you have created foam. Apply the foam to your fabric with a towel or sponge.  Then wipe off with a clean cloth!  You can also rinse it by using 1 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water. Rinse this off well using as little of water as possible!  I also like to use a dry towel to press out any leftover liquid. You won’t want to ruin your nice furniture! Also make sure to test out a small unnoticeable spot first!

**Please also remember that although making your own cleaners can be fun and less expensive it can also be dangerous. You should never mix bleach with ammonia or vinegar. It can cause a chemical reaction that is not good for your health or the health of your loved ones!**

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