Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.
One way I really like to save money is by making, from scratch, items that are normally bought at the store. Some of my all-time favourite products to make are homemade cleaners. I’ve mentioned before, but I’m really into DIY projects that I can complete in an hour or less. Homemade cleaners definitely fall under that category. In fact, you could create a whole line of cleaning products that will clean your entire house in well under an hour. That my friends, is a good use of time and money for me! (Now, if only doing the actual chores was that quick…)
I’ll admit that we’re not 100% store-bought cleaner free. I still buy laundry detergent and Windex. Though often times I’ll just use water and a cloth for the windows/mirrors. As for laundry detergent, I just can’t get enough nerve to try making my own homemade laundry detergent. Maybe one day, but for now, buying those two things is what works for our family!
In the very basic sense of homemade cleaners, all you really need is vinegar, baking soda and water. Those three ingredients together and separately create the basis for your clean house. The best part? Those ingredients cost just mere pennies to use each time you create a DIY cleaner.
Over the years, I have posted quite a few Homemade Cleaner recipes on Simply Frugal that I thought I’d put together in one post for you. Here are my favorite, tried & true homemade cleaner recipes:
This all-purpose cleaner is a step up from a really basic recipe. It requires a couple of products that you may not have on hand initially but once purchased, a little goes a loooooong way.
DIY Natural Soft Scrub
This DIY natural Soft Scrub works so well! I would suggest making just a little bit at a time since it does solidify and becomes hard to get out of the jar.
DIY Super Citrus Cleaner
This Super Citrus Cleaner works really well for the soap scum we had in our bathtub! Try it out for yourself!
3 Ingredient Drain Cleaner
About once a month, I freshen up our drains with this 3 Ingredient Drain Cleaner.
Homemade Dryer Sheets
Sometimes I add white vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser in our washing machine. Other times I throw in one of my Homemade Dryer Sheets!
Those are the homemade cleaners that I regularly use in my home. I know that if you do a search on Pinterest you will find a ton of other homemade cleaner recipes. Try the ones that catch your eye. They may work for you or they may not! Just keep trying and eventually you’ll be saving a whole bunch of money because you stopped buying store-bought cleaners.
If you’re looking for more information on how I clean our house without chemicals, read this post: How to Clean Your House Without Chemicals.
If you use homemade cleaners, what recipes do you use? Have you had any epic flops? What about laundry detergent, have you tried making that?