This week I will be focusing on ways to save money on cleaning products for your home.
1.Vinegar and water
I know most people equate a clean home with a great smelling home, but a lot of the products that have the strongest smells are not always the best for your family. A few years ago, I stumbled across a ton of articles that explained how bad so many commercial cleaners were for the environment and for my family. I started seeking out natural alternatives for the cleaners I had been using and I was shocked to find out the most natural ingredient to clean almost anything in your house was….vinegar!
Did I mention that I have a huge aversion to the smell of vinegar? Well I do.
But I was willing to try it out for the greater good of my family, so I diluted the vinegar with water and tried it out for a week. Much to my relief, the vinegar smell dissipates as soon as it dries, so there was no lingering smell at all. ** Also, my counter tops were less greasy after using the vinegar mixture, so that was a definite bonus.
After cleaning my kitchen, I moved onto my bathroom and again, the vinegar did a great job. (Another cleaner that vinegar and water can replace is Windex and it works just as well I promise) While the toilet and the shower did not have the trademark smell that my beloved Scrubbing Bubbles had, the vinegar actually left behind a nice, clean smell instead.
The last cleaner I substituted vinegar out with, was my…sniff, sniff…Swiffer wet jet. I love the smell of Swiffer! But, I was bound and determined to give vinegar a fair shot on becoming my cleaner of choice for my household. Surprisingly, the vinegar did not do too bad of a job, the only thing I noticed was a slight film on the tiles after they had dried for awhile, but it was gone a few hours later. ** I also use a vinegar and water mixture to mop my laminate wood floors and strangely it also leaves a film which disappears after a few hours too, so I guess this is normal.
Besides one of the benefits of vinegar being so environmentally friendly, it also is crazy cheap!! So its definitely a frugal choice for an all natural cleaner.
2.Concentrated all-purpose cleaners
While I mostly stick to vinegar and water to clean my house, I do also occasionally use Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day all-purpose cleaner. But again it can get pretty pricey buying a new bottle every month, so luckily I stumbled upon a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s concentrated all purpose cleaner at Publix and decided to try it out. It is awesome!! I bought this product over 3 years ago (I think it was on sale for $7 at the time) and I still have over half a bottle left today. I simple add 1/16th of a cup to roughly a quart of water and it is exactly the same as if I bought a brand new bottle each time. **Mrs. Meyer’s is also one of the better commercial all purpose cleaners for the environment out there, so I try not to feel too badly about using it.
Apparently you do not really need to use dryer sheets to keep static at bay in your clothes, there are many non-chemical ways to do this. Some people use wool balls, air dry clothes, or simple decrease drying time to avoid the use of dryer sheets. I have tried not using dryer sheets, but still managed to get too much static in my clothes somehow. So a simple way I save on dryer sheets is to cut them in half or thirds. Yes this really works! I have been doing it for 3 years and it manages to keep the static at bay just as well as a full sheet. I know it is not a huge savings but every little bit helps. I think that I only go through 2 boxes of dryer sheets in a whole year this way, so that’s pretty neat!
How does your family save on cleaning supplies? Do you use natural cleaners? If so, which ones?