Walk down the aisle at a local grocery store and you are sure to see the price of cleaners on the rise. For many people, the thought of pouring money down the drain—almost literally—is not a good one. Many times, you are paying a high cost for the company brand or the mixing of household ingredients you could do yourself. Before you spend any more money on cleaning products, check out these inexpensive solutions that can change the way you clean forever.
Make Your Own Household Cleaners
One of the ways to reduce the costs of household cleaners is to make your own from items you already own or cost less. The following are a few simple recipes that cost money to make but do a job as good as anything on the store shelves—and you’ll end up saving money in the long run.
• Need a disinfectant? In a mixing container, dissolve one cup of borax (found in most laundry aisles for just a few dollars) with a gallon of warm water.
• For a scouring powder that can help you to scrub even the toughest stains, use a greener solution. You can use borax, dry table salt or baking powder on the stain. Then, scrub with a soft brush or sponge and rinse off.
• To clean out your sink drains, avoid those costly drain cleaners that damage the pipes. Instead, use one cup of baking soda poured into the drain. Then, pour one cup of vinegar down the drain after it. The chemical reaction cleans the drain quickly. Flush with running hot water after the fizzing stops.
• One of the most expensive cleaning products in your home is the dishwashing detergent you put into a dishwasher. You don’t have to buy it, though. Instead, use one part washing soda (also found in the laundry aisle for a few dollars) with one part borax. This green solution works very effectively and creates a spot-free shine.
• To wash clothes, avoid expensive laundry soaps. Rather, use the same solution for your dishwasher of one part borax and one part washing soda. Then, add two drops of vinegar into the laundry water to keep colors from fading.
These cleaning products are perfect for getting rid of dirt and debris. Most of the ingredients are very inexpensive, too. With lemon juice, borax, baking soda, vinegar, and washing soda on hand, you can clean virtually any surface or appliance inexpensively, but completely effectively.
Making Better Use of What You Have
Another way to save money on household cleaners is to use products more effectively. For example, you may need a disinfectant spray to clean countertops and bathrooms. Instead of buying premade cleaners, make your own. Use one tablespoon of bleach in a gallon of water to make a disinfectant spray.
If you already have powdered laundry soap on hand with bleach in it, use a few tablespoons of it, along with two tablespoons of vinegar in your dishwasher. Run it on empty. It will clean out the dishwasher for you, removing odors from it, too.
Another trick is to put a handful of ice cubes into the garbage disposal and run it. Not only does the ice sharpen the blades, but it also helps to get rid of grease and stuck on debris.
Often, you can clean your home without spending a lot of money to do so. The only thing you have to do is to think outside of the box and learn new ways to use the products you already have. Try these methods out. You’ll see just how effective they can be for you.
Author Bio: Diane Johnson graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in political science. When she’s not traveling she enjoys writing articles about Colorado Technical University, reading books and shopping.