It’s easy (and even fun) to save money on cleaning products by making your own at home. Homemade cleansers are not only cheaper but will also save space under your sink. Two or three common cleaners can do the work of six of seven “specialized” name brand ones. To create your barrage of homemade, household cleansers, everything you need is in your kitchen. Let’s get mixing!
Stain Removers - Baking Soda
Combine one cup baking soda with hot water in washing machine. Use it to keep white clothes even whiter.
Combine two parts club soda with one part table salt. Use on any cloth stain; scrub into stain, let sit for ten minutes and either rinse well with cold water or wash as normal. Tip: works best on food and oil based stains.
Deodorizers - Alcohol
Combine two parts warm water with one part rubbing alcohol. Use in bathrooms and kitchens; pour into spray bottle, mist onto area and scrub if needed. Tip: wear rubber gloves to prevent skin from over-drying.
Combine two parts water with one part baking soda. Use on dish drainers, silverware, Teflon-coated pots and pans, tile, Thermos containers, lunch boxes, plastics, and enamel.
Combine two parts water with one part white vinegar. Use on food and pet messes; pour into spray bottle and mist onto area. Tip: pungent vinegar smell will disappear upon drying.
Polishes - Mineral Oil
Combine two parts mineral oil with one part lemon juice/extract. Use on wood furniture; pour into a spray bottle, mist into a terry cloth and rub into surface.
Boiled Linseed Oil
Combine three parts hot water with two parts linseed oil and one part turpentine. Use on wood furniture; soak a terry cloth in the mixture, wring out well and rub into surface. Tip: due to the turpentine, wear rubber gloves to protect your skin.
General Cleansers - Ammonia
Combine two parts water with one part ammonia and one part liquid dish soap. Use on windows, mirrors, and porcelain. Tip: Due to the ammonia, wear rubber gloves and use only in well-ventilated areas.
Combine two parts warm water with one part mild shampoo and one part baking soda. Use on hair brushes and combs; soak items in a bowl of the mixture for ten to twenty minutes to get them sparkling clean.
Combine two parts warm water with one part white vinegar and one part liquid dish soap. Use on carpet and tile. Tip: be careful not to soak carpet all the way through.
Save even more by buying basic; 99% of the time, generic vinegar, club soda, etc. are no different from their name brand counterparts. Plus, you can make as much or as little of each cleanser as you need, as these products rarely expire or “go bad.” Store them in dark, cool places away from extreme heat or cold. Happy cleaning!
This article on homemade cleaners was supplied by Amanda Place from Constant Content.