Affordable Homemade Cleaners

Frugal cleaning supplies generally aren't store-bought. Learn how to make your own homemade cleaners.

Drain cleaner
Have a stinky kitchen drain? Just dump a box of baking soda down your drain and pour vinegar over it. Together, the two ingredients will create a foaming reaction that does a great job of cleaning and sanitizing your drains.

Have a disposal? If so, lemons are another effective sanitizer. Just grind up several lemon peels for an instant drain freshener.

Dishwasher rinse aid
Replace expensive rinse aid products with vinegar; it's just as effective at preventing water spots on your glasses and will also help to keep the heating components in your dishwasher clean. To use, simply fill the rinse aid compartment with vinegar and run your dishwasher as usual.

Scrubbing/stain removal
Mix up some baking soda and water to create a paste, and you've got the perfect non-toxic scrubbing agent to use around the house-sinks, counters, anywhere that needs a good scrub. Since baking soda is a natural stain remover, this paste is excellent for removing tough stains too. Just coat the stained surface with the paste and allow it to sit for a little while. Then remove it, and the stain will be gone.

Mold/mildew
Tired of expensive and harsh tub and tile cleaners? Just pour some hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and use it to spray down any visible mold or mildew in your shower. Allow it to sit for a short time, and it will eat away any mold present.

Window cleaner
Forego expensive window cleaning products; vinegar works just as well as anything you can buy at the store. Simply fill a spray bottle with vinegar and use it to clean the windows and glass surfaces in your home. For a streak-free shine, wipe surfaces clean with newspaper instead of paper towels.

Mopping solution
Vinegar can also be used as an effective mopping solution. Simply mix vinegar and water together in a bucket and use it to wash all of the hard floor surfaces in your home.

Laundry booster
Forget about fancy laundry boosters. If you want to get your laundry cleaner, just add a bit of baking soda to your wash loads. It will help to brighten and deodorize your dirtiest clothes.

Important safety considerations
Making your own cleaning supplies is a great way to save money, but you shouldn't put your health at risk to do so. Here are several important rules to follow:

  • Never mix store-bought cleaning agents together. Ammonia and bleach mixed together create a dangerous combination.

  • Don't attempt to doctor store-bought cleaners. You don't want to inadvertently create a dangerous mix.

  • Never reuse a spray bottle unless you're refilling it with the same cleaner.

  • Always label homemade cleaning supplies. You may know what the container contains, but others may not.

Go frugal
Homemade cleaners can save a tremendous amount of money while reducing the toxins present in your home. Give a few of these cleaning ideas a try, and you'll be amazed at how effective they can be.

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Often, when it's cleaning time, we go to the store to buy cleaning supplies--a cleaning item for this, this one for that-- and by the time we are done, the only cleaning that we have done is in our checkbooks. You don't need to run to the store. Everything needed to clean quickly, effectively and safely for our families is right in our home. Try these natural cleaning recipes next time you clean.
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