Make your own

Want to make your own cleaning products?

I did!

Spring-cleaning my house often left me with a huge headache and a horrible chemical smell in my nose....ugh!

Plus it left quite a dent in my pocket!

A dent I can seriously do without - you know me - always looking for ways to cut costs!

So, I set out looking for ways to make my own cleaning materials and alternative ways of cleaning my house and this is what I found:

  • Homemade detergent

    150ml water

    150ml white vinegar

    5ml dishwashing liquid

    5ml antiseptic liquid

    Mix it all together and pour it into a clean spray bottle. You can use it to clean all surfaces, including tile floors.

    I also use it as an air freshener - especially when I have friends coming over and my husband has left his smelly socks around...

  • Cleaning drains and toilets

    Pour 2 Tablespoons of Bicarbonate of soda and 1/2 a cup of white vinegar into the drain.

    Cover the drain with a cup (or similar sized bowl) while the mixture is fizzing.

    Wait until the fizzing starts to die down and pour a large amount of freshly boiled water into the drain.

    The solution will break down fatty and soapy build-up in your drain.

    I also use this solution in my toilet but when it starts fizzing, I scrub the toilet briskly.

    Spray those stubborn stains with undiluted vinegar and give them a good scrubbing.

  • Fabric softener

    I found this tip in a baby magazine approximately 4 years ago -

    Instead of using your usual fabric softener, add one tablespoon of vinegar to your load of washing. And wash your clothes as normal.

    Your clothes won't have a vinegar smell and will be nice and soft.

  • Make your own bathroom freshener.

    Air fresheners are not only expensive but also not good for the environment.

    You will need:

    2 x pretty glass containers

    Baking soda and activated charcoal

    Place the charcoal and activated charcoal in one of the containers with a few vanilla pods.

    Fill the other container with scented oils like Jasmine, Lavendar or Rose oil.

    The charcoal will eliminate the bad odours, while the scented oil will leave your bathroom smelling beautiful.

  • Steam Clean

    The steam mop or steam broom is an altered version of the mop that is used to clean floors including hardwood floors, tile, carpet, kitchen floors and more.

    So how does it work?

    The mop comes equipped with a tank or water reservoir which becomes heated to produce steam.

    Interesting, isn't it?

    By using steam you can save money on detergent as all you need is water!

    To learn more about this way of cleaning and to get unbiased and accurate reviews of steam cleaners, steam mops, saunas, steam showers and other steam products, visit steam cleaner reviews.

Quick, easy and affordable, aren't they?

I haven't completely done away with all of my usual cleaning products but I use the above cleaning solutions most of the time, which has definitely helped keep my costs down to a minimum.

Did you know?

To remove those wet glass ring stains on wood surfaces.

Mix vinegar and olive oil together in equal amounts. Rub the stain with the grain (in the direction the wood's fibers are flowing) and polish the wood as normal.

Are you fed up with stains? Then take a look at these 10 Ways with Stains

I hope this has helped you.

If you have any ideas on how I can be of any more help to you and if you need specific frugal cleaning tips or advice, then please contact me.

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