Cleaning Day: Cheap and Natural Cleaning Solutions

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.

Vacuuming 

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.

Surface cleaning

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.

 

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