There is one aspect of frugality and green living that I have not tackled yet. That is making your own cleaning products. Heidi from Frugal Girls shares a few of her “recipes” for homemade cleaning products that are economical and safe for your home and your family!
I can’t tell you how many delicious and thrifty recipes I’ve been able to make from the $5 Dollar Dinner collection! Erin does such a wonderful job of providing us with tasty meals every night, and I’ve sure surprised my hubby with some yummy frugal meals, thanks to her!
Today, however, I wanted to share some non-food recipes with you. One way I’ve found to really save money is by making my own cleaning solutions!
Honestly, it took me awhile before I was willing to try this, but after I did a quick analysis of how much money I could save, I knew it was time to start making up some frugal cleaning solutions of my own! These solutions literally cost about 40 cents or so to make, as opposed to the $3 – $4 price tag you’ll often see on cleaners at the store.
The following are some tried and true “recipes” for homemade cleaning solutions. Just a few simple ingredients, and you’re on your way to some effective and thrifty solutions!
2 Tbsp. Distilled White Vinegar
1 Tsp. Borax
1/8 cup Dawn Dishsoap
1 cup Hot Water
Pour vinegar, borax and hot water into spray bottle. Then continue filling spray bottle with cool water. Add dawn dishsoap last. No need to shake.
This is a great cleaner, because the vinegar acts as a disinfectant!
Homemade Laundry Stain Remover
I was skeptical of this one at first, but I’ve got two boys that are dirt and grass-stain magnets, and this stain remover has never let me down!
1/3 cup Dawn Dishsoap
1/3 cup Ammonia
3 Tbsp. Baking Soda
1 cup Water
Mix all ingredients together and store in an empty spray bottle (I use an old “Shout” spray bottle.)
If you haven’t tried making your own cleaning solutions, I’d highly encourage you to try! It’s easy to do, and you might be amazed at how much money you’ll save!
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