Cleaning the house where you and your young family reside isn’t cheap. Detergent, bleach, wipes for kitchen and floor, product to clean toilets and bathtubs, powder to disinfect carpets … all of these items can total $30 to $40 depending on the brands you purchase and where you buy them. In addition, many of these items aren’t the safest to have around a home with children, let alone adults. Do you really want to purchase a cleaning solution where you may nee to visit the emergency room if it accidentally gets on your skin?
There’s a way to clean for much less money, and it’s a method people performed decades before the new-fangled products popped up. You don’t even nee to purchase a lot to make it happen. In the end, all you need to buy is baking soda, white vinegar, and some pre-made scents from the local dollar store. Here are few cheap and natural cleaning solutions you can utilize in your home.
Pour baking soda into a shaker bottle, add your favorite scent, shake up, and spread over the section of carpet you want to vacuum. Wait a few minutes, then vacuum it all up. The baking soda absorbs much of the odors in the carpet and the scent provides a lasting, pleasant odor. Scented baking soda also helps absorbs odors which some wet carpet, throw up, and mattresses.
Battling clogged sinks
Baking soda and white vinegar … 8th grade science at it’s best. Combine these two ingredients together and watch them foam up faster than any liquid drain product on the market. It may take a few tries, but your drains will be clog-free in no time. Tougher clogs may require a session of boiling water first before the baking soda/vinegar solution. By the way, this mixture also works incredibly well to disinfect washing machines and dishwashers. Just let the foam sit in standing water for a few hours, then run small wash cycles to clean all parts.
Vinegar is the great cleaner. It quickly breaks down dirt and provides a fresh smell. You can add scents to the vinegar if you want to cut the odor somewhat. A even better surface-cleaning solution is a mixture of hot water, vinegar, a bit of Borax, and a few drops of dish soap. This won’t foam once you mix it in a spray bottle. Instead, it’ll be a more powerful way to break down dirt. This also is a great way to clean out a microwave after several rounds of burnt popcorn. Spray the solution inside the microwave, turn it on for about a minute or so, then wipe off the dirt and stains.
Bath and shower cleaning
Go with the 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar to clean the soap scum from bathtubs and showers. Mix baking soda with vinegar or water to make a paste that will clean off the gunk from many of the surfaces, especially inside the shower doors. The 50/50 solution can also be utilized to clean the bathroom mirrors with rags or even crumpled up newspapers.