1. Make your own cleaning products
It is widely known that white vinegar is one of our best friends when cleaning. It is powerful enough to dissolve grime from smooth surfaces, yet it cleans hardwood floorings without damaging them. White vinegar can be used to neutralise unpleasant smells, too. When you undertake a cleaning task around the kitchen, mix water with vinegar and use the solution to clean countertops and backsplash zones. In the bathroom, you can use the very same solution for cleaning the shower/tub walls and even the outside of the toilet. If the grime is too stubborn, heat the cleaning solution in the microwave and spray the affected area. Let the solution sit for a couple of minutes. Then rinse and that’s it. Did you know that you can use vinegar as a fabric softener substitute, too? It is perfect especially if you have a sensitive skin.
- Baking soda
The baking soda is the perfect replacement for expensive store-bought cleaning detergents. Sprinkle some soda onto a dampened sponge or a towel to deal with dirt particles. It has deodorising properties which is only another advantage. If the grime is a lot tougher than you thought, mix water with baking soda till paste is formed and apply it to the affected areas. The paste has to sit for about 15 minutes till the dirt deposits can be removed.
- Rubbing alcohol
To wash the window or other glass surfaces, use rubbing alcohol.
2. Use old rags instead of paper towels
If you want to save more money then using paper towels is not the right step you need to take. Actually, rags are much more absorbent than a paper towel. When they get dirty, you can easily launder them in the washing machine.
3. Ketchup to shine brass?
Yes, this is not a joke. You can use ketchup to shine brass! So it is not necessary to buy a specialised brass detergent which definitely costs a lot of money. If you have ketchup in your fridge, all your problems are solved. Put a small amount of ketchup on a towel, scrub the surface and then rinse!
4. Dish soap for the win
Not many people know it but dish soap can be used not only for washing the dishes. It can also remove stains. If you accidentally drop something on the carpet, treat the stain with a solution of warm water and a liquid dish soap. Forget about rushing to the near store to bye expensive carpet stain remover.
5. Make your own Laundry Soap
You do not have to throw away precious money on buying a specialised laundry detergent when you can make your own at home. You will need 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax, a few drops of essential oil and a bar of grated bar soap. Start with grating the soap, then the washing soda an borax should be mixed. Simply add a dew drops of essential oils and mix all of the ingredients. Keep in hermetically sealed container or a jar.
Do you have other secret ideas to saving money at home?
By Lisa Perez