Most people don’t realize just how inexpensive natural cleaning tools can be to help keep the atmosphere in your home cleaner and healthier. We’ve all heard about the harsh chemicals that cleaners emit and many also think that they’re expensive. In fact, some are. There is a way to find cleaners that won’t drain your wallet and still provide high quality results that won’t leave behind a bad aftertaste.
The biggest thing observed when making the switch from harsh commercial detergents to natural cleaning tools was increased air quality. The harsh cleaners used with chemical fragrances gave headaches and irritated airways! These nasty symptoms cleared up once switched to creating our own DIY natural cleaning recipes. Simple detergents such as dish detergent, liquid soap flakes, and hot water can be found at most craft and gardening supply stores for very little cash.
With all the new “green” products on the market, why not use a natural cleaning recipe to clean your windows? Hot water, dish detergent, and baking soda mixed together are the perfect cleaner for your windows and provides the best cleaning results. Simply spray on and scrub with the rag, rinse several times, and then repeat. You’ll find that using these natural cleaning tools will cut down on the amount of household cleaners you use and the fumes they produce.
The kitchen is another area that can benefit from natural cleaning tools. Spills happen! Use a mixture of water, dish detergent, and baking soda to remove grease and food stains from any surface you can. You can even scrub down window sills to get rid of grime and pollution that has built up. While there are a lot of cleaning products on the market, few have the versatility and power of these natural solutions.
In fact, baking soda is often one of the first house cleaning items purchased by busy movers and house cleaners. If you can’t stand the odor or the taste of vinegar, try this mixture: half cup of liquid dish detergent, a half cup of vinegar, and half cup of hot water. Spray onto the stains, let stand overnight and wash away in the shower the next morning.
What about those leaky faucets? Many people think they need to call out the professional house plumber when dealing with such problems, but they couldn’t be more wrong. One of the best ways to save money on leaks is to deal with them on your own. Vinegar and ammonia will both remove the water from the leaky faucet, while baking soda gives you a neutral pH and a neutralizing effect on water. Squirt the bottles of vinegar onto the faucets and leave to soak, then rinse them out – it’s as easy as that!
Another way to save money on DIY cleaning products is to make your own natural cleaning ingredients. There are many different recipes out there, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get started. The ingredients to start with are vinegar and water, but you can use lemon juice for mops, soap, bleach, spray bottle additives, etc. You’ll find that there are lots of different ways to get started, and you’ll probably want to experiment to see which combinations give you the best results.
As you can see, it’s not just chemical cleaners that you’re paying money for that are causing you to spend more money at the end of the year. By taking a little time to learn how you can do a lot of things yourself to save money, you can put more of that money back into the economy. By using some of the cheaper household items like vinegar and baking soda, you’re not just cleaning your home, you’re re-using some of the plastic in your food containers, and that both saves you money and reduces the amount of plastic that ends up in our garbage dumpsters. The bottom line is that it’s not about saving money – if you want to do something to save money, you should definitely do it! Whether it’s reusing some of the plastic that you’re throwing away each day or getting something that you actually need, the benefits far outweigh the costs of doing it.