How Much Do Cleaning Products Set You Back?
How much do you think you spend per year on cleaning products? The answer might surprise you. Depending on the size of your family, you could easily spend as much as $1,500 per year on cleaning supplies. That’s pretty expensive, right?
In 5 years, that would equal $7,500. Imagine what you could do with that money if you still had it. You could buy a used car with that! Luckily, there is an easy way to reduce these expenses.
Now, I’m not telling you to just not clean. Obviously, that would save a ton, but seriously? Gross. So instead, try making your own cleaning products. Not only will this save you money, but you will also be able to decide what chemicals are used in your home. Some of the store-bought cleaners have scary ingredients that are bad for your kids.
It’s Easier Than You Think
You don’t have to be a chemist to make your own cleaners. Not only is it super easy, but many of the natural ingredients are safer for your family. It’s literally as easy as buying a couple ingredients, mixing together per the recipes below, then putting it in a spray bottle. Voila! Now you have cheaper, safer cleaning products and all the ladies on the block are going to want to know how you did it!
Typical ingredients used in homemade cleaners might include vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, washing soda (near laundry detergent section), Borax, mild dish soap like Dawn, and mild bar soap like Ivory.
All of these products can be found for very low prices at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, or even online. Using these recipes can save you as much as a thousand a year.
Recipes for Cleaning Products:
- All Purpose Cleaners. This one is the easiest to make. You just add ½ cup vinegar to a quart of warm water, put it in a spray bottle, and there you go. Vinegar is much safer than Ammonia or bleach when you have little ones around, and it is just as effective as killing germs and cleaning up. You can also use this as a window cleaner.
- Carpet Stain Remover. Use ¼ teaspoon of Dawn and mix into a cup of lukewarm water. Or you can mix 1 cup vinegar with 2 cups water. Just never pour these directly on the stain. Use a cloth to apply it.
- Shower Cleaner. Put 2 cups vinegar in a spray bottle, microwave until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap. Shake to combine. Or cut a lemon in half. Dip it in borax or baking soda. Use the lemon to scrub. Then rinse and dry.
- Floor Cleaner. Mix 1 cup vinegar in a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. For wood floor, use ½ cup vinegar.
- Tough Kitchen Stains. Use baking soda and add a few tablespoons of water. Then let it sit and come back later and rinse. Equally effective as those chemically intensive, store-bought products.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Just sprinkle some baking soda in the bowl and add some white vinegar. Then clean as usual with your cleaning brush. You’ll get a better clean if you turn off the water supply to the toilet and flush all the liquid out so it is mostly empty.
- Tile. Cut a lemon in half. Dip it in borax or baking soda. Use the lemon to scrub. Then rinse and dry.
- Unplug a Drain. Why use nasty products like Drano when you can go all natural. Just mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar in a boiling pot of water. Then pour the mixture down the drain. Run tap water down afterward. Super easy!
- Wood Furniture Polish. Mix ¼ vinegar with ½ tsp olive oil. Mix in a jar, and use a small amount on a soft cloth to polish.
- Stains on Walls (Not wallpaper). Rub a small amount of toothpaste on scuff marks or crayo
- n marks with a damp cloth. Then wipe clean.
- Deodorizers. You don’t have to waste money on plug-in scents or sprays. Just simmer cinnamon, cloves, or other nice smelling spices in a small pot of water. To remove odors from the air, boil 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vinegar. For carpets, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on smelly spots areas. Let sit for about a half hour before vacuuming.
- Grime Removers. Use a lemon to get rid of the grime at the base of your tap or any other tough spots. You can also use lemons to clean glass.
Recipe for Laundry Detergent
Powdered detergent recipe: 1 box Borax, 1 box Super Washing Soda, 1 box Pure Baking Soda, 3 bars Fels-Naptha or Ivory soap (or all natural alternative), 1 container Oxy-Clean. Instructions: Grate soap bars into tiny pieces (you can make it even smaller by using a food processor), put soap and all other ingredients into a big tub and mix together. Only use 1 – 2 tablespoons per load. It should make 18 lbs. of detergent and will cost about $0.04 per load. It’s enough for 500 loads of laundry which will last about a year. This is massively cheaper than any other detergent on the market.
Liquid detergent recipe: 1 Box Borax, 1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap (or Ivory), 1 box Super Washing Soda, Water, 5-gallon bucket. Grate the soap bar into tiny pieces, add pieces into a pot of 4 cups hot water, cook on medium for about 10 minutes until all of the soap is melted. Fill the bucket half full of warm water. Pour mixture into the bucket. Stir in 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda. Fill remainder of the bucket with warm water. Stir. Cover. Let sit until next day to form a gel-like thickness.
Pour some into empty laundry detergent container to use and keep the remainder in the bucket until you need it. Use ½ cup for a front loader and 1 cup for a top loader. This comes out to $0.03 per gallon. Each gallon gives you 16 loads so it cost less than a penny per load. Each bucket will last for 80 loads and you still will have some of the ingredients leftover for the next batch.
Even though homemade cleaners are by far the cheapest way to go, there are many people who would rather just use regular, store-bought products. So the way to save in that case is to use coupons, buy generic, and watch for sales to stock up.
Now that you know you can save over a thousand a year, will you try the recipes? What is your experience with homemade cleaners?
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