And if cleaning wasn’t enough of a pain, there’s also the rising cost of cleaning supplies. Yeah, even if they gave the stuff away for free, it still wouldn’t make the chore any more enjoyable, but shelling out $5 for a bottle of stuff is like moving your couch to clean the dust bunnies and discovering that someone spilled an entire can of soda under there last month. DIY cleaners are also less toxic and more eco-friendly!
Thankfully, there are several ways to save on household cleaning solutions, starting with making your own cleaners. Here are a few DIY cleaners that are safe, effective and, best of all, cheap:
BATHTUBS AND SINKS – Sprinkle a little baking soda in your bathtub or sink, drizzle a little Dawn dish liquid on top and scrub with a wet sponge. It works just as well as any fancy cleaner and it smells great, too.
FLOORS – For vinyl floors, combine one cup of white vinegar with one gallon of water and you’re all set. For wood floors, use ½ cup of white vinegar.
MIRRORS AND WINDOWS – No need for fancy glass cleaners. Grab a spray bottle (or an empty bottle of the aforementioned fancy glass cleaner) and fill it with three tablespoons of ammonia, one tablespoon of vinegar and the remainder with water.
CARPET STAINS – Plenty of products promise the miraculous removal of carpet stains, but chances are good that you can perform the same miracle with sometime you’ve got sitting on your kitchen sink – dish soap. A little dish soap mixed with water and combined with some elbow grease should take care of most carpet and fabric stains.
ALL PURPOSE CLEANING – Need something for routine countertop clean-up, walls, and other everyday use? Mix two cups of water, one cup hydrogen peroxide and ¼ cup lemon juice and you’ve got an all-duty cleaner that should perform as good as any store-bought cleaner for a fraction of the cost.