The grocery store is a minefield of danger to the family budget, especially with current inflation. Food is essential, so you really can't stop grocery shopping, can you? But a good portion of the tally you pay at the till is not for groceries, but cleaning supplies for the house.
If you're trying to find ways to save money, consider making your own cleaning supplies. Here are five good reasons you might want to make your own cleaners:
The recipes for homemade cleaners have just 3-4 ingredients. The ingredients are inexpensive and do not lose their potency over time. That means you can buy a bunch when it's on sale and have it ready to use when you want to make a homemade cleaning solution.
Here are the basic ingredients for most homemade household cleaners that you may want to have on hand:
-Lemon oil and peppermint have anti-bacterial properties.
-Eucalyptus is a germicide.
-Orange is a powerful grease cutter.
-Pine oil is already found in many commercial cleaners. That's because it is great for stopping molds and yeasts from forming.
There are quite literally hundreds of recipes online for making household cleaning products. You could get started right now with a simple Google search. Or I've compiled my favorites, the ones I use the most into a booklet that you can download this month for free.
Or you can start with these three that I use the most and that save me the most money. You probably already have all the ingredients on hand to make window cleaner, so why not mix some up and give it a try?
2 cups washing soda
2 cups borax
1 cup grated castile or Fels-naptha soap
Mix and keep in a covered container. Use 1/4 cup per laundry load.
1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon Vinegar
Few drops of blue food coloring to color.
Mix together and store in a spray bottle.
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup salt (kosher, sea or canning salt, not iodized)
1/2 cup washing soda
5 drops essential oil—Tea Tree, lemon or pine.
Mix ingredients thoroughly. The essential oil will tend to clump. I find that the best way to blend everything is in a blender or food processor.
Put this into a shaker. Either use a plastic Parmesan cheese shaker or poke some holes in a canning lid and screw the lid onto the top of a pint canning jar.
This mom rigorously tests Tide to two homemade recipes. See which one does best: https://homemakingdivas.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-comparison/
Download this booklet of recipes for homemade cleaners: https://www.providenthomecompanion.com/product/clean-green/