Guest post from Aileen of Aileen Cooks:
As my family continues to live on a single income, I have learned to get creative in our journey to save money.
One of the things I’ve learned is making things from scratch saves a lot of money over time. Whether it’s homemade bread or homemade cleaning products, spending pennies instead of dollars to make these everyday items can and will save your family money.
Today, I’m sharing 4 cleaning products you can make at home. I love homemade cleaning products because they are frugal and more natural, making them a safer option to use around my family.
You just need a few basic ingredients to make these homemade cleaning products:
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Liquid Castile Soap
- Distilled Water – this is required for long-term use. If you use up your homemade cleaning products within a couple of weeks, it is not necessary.
- Essential Oils (Optional)
- Empty spray bottle
1. Glass Cleaner
1 1/2 cups water + 1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
Combine in a spray bottle and use in place of commercial glass cleaner.
2. Fabric Refresher
1 cup baking soda + 15 drops lavender essential oil
Shake together in a mason jar and sprinkle over carpeted areas. Let sit at least 20 minutes and vacuum.
3. Bathroom Cleaner
2 cups warm water + 1 tablespoon baking soda + 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap + 20 drops lavender essential oil + 20 drops orange essential oil
This is my favorite homemade cleaner. It works so well and the combination of orange and lavender essential oils helps me enjoy cleaning the bathroom.
4. Floor Cleaner
1 1/2 cups water + 1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar + 20 drops orange essential oil
Combine in a spray bottle and use on the floors as you mop or follow my tutorial for homemade mop pads.
With a little bit of time and a few ingredients, you can make your own homemade cleaning solutions and stop spending your precious dollars on store-bought products.
What are your favorite homemade cleaners?
Aileen Clark is a stay at home mom of three living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She blogs at Aileen Cooks where she shares family friendly recipes, money-saving tips, and kid-friendly activities.