A great place to save money is to make your own household cleaners. If
your house is anything like mine you have invested at times a small
fortune into household cleaners. What many people donít know is that
household cleaners can be made, you donít need very many ingredients (most
found already in your home), and these cleaners are less toxic so they
are better for your family.
As an added bonus, ounce for ounce homemade
cleaning formulas cost about one-tenth the price of their commercial
counterparts -- and that includes costly, but worthwhile essential oils
and concentrated, all-purpose detergents for homemade recipes. Today,
the cleaner is frequently more dangerous than the things we are trying to
clean up. Common household products contain alcohols, ammonia, bleach,
formaldehyde, and lye. These substances can cause nausea, vomiting,
inflammation and burning of the eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory
system, and are linked with neurological, liver and kidney damage, blin!
dness, asthma, and cancer. If you have children, this is very scary to
have these kinds of things in your home. Why not save money and protect
your environment by using earth-friendly cleaners? If you have already
bought a lot of your household cleaners use the remainder of the bottle
so that you donít have to feel guilty about throwing away perfectly
good cleaners and then begin making your own.
To continue saving money buy your ingredients that you need in bulk and
try to buy your spray bottles in bulk. You should not reuse spray
bottles because it is not safe to reuse bottles that had commercial cleaners
or chemicals in them.
The number one most important thing that you need to be aware of is to
NEVER mix bleach and ammonia- this is very deadly! You should always
read labels before mixing to make sure that you do not cause yourself or
anyone in your home any harm. In addition, when making your own
cleaners make sure that you label your own containers clearly so that you
donít mix these with other potentially harmful ingredients.
Below are a few recipes for making your own cleaners. If you are
interested in researching the topic further I recommend that you visit
http://www.care2.com for more information on how to make your home a toxic-free
1 teaspoon Borax
1/2 tsp washing soda
2 tablespoons white vinegar or
1 tsp. liquid soap (vegetable oil based if possible)
Combine with 2 cups very hot water and use in a spray bottle. If you
want a bucketful, use 1/8 cup each of borax, washing soda, and vinegar
and combine with 1 tablespoon liquid soap and 2 gallons of water.
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap (vegetable-oil based soap recommended)
3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
2 cups of water
Mix ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle.
Pour one half cup of baking soda and one cup vinegar down the drain,
plugging the drain immediately until the foaming stops. Then rinse with
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mix a solution of water and vinegar. Recommended proportions vary from
three tablespoons vinegar in one quart water, to three tablespoons
vinegar in two cups water, to a 1:1 mixture. Some recipes add a drop of
Scrub with a paste of baking soda, soap and water. Also, add borax and
salt to the paste. Salt is very abrasive so it will help to get the
grime off of your oven.
Amy Allen Clark is a stay-at-home mother of a two year old son. She is
founder and creator of http://www.momadvice.com. Her web site is
geared towards mothers who are seeking advice on staying organized, living
on a budget, and for those seeking work-at-home employment. The author
resides in Granger, Indiana and her hobbies include reading, writing,
and cooking. Please visit her web site for more information on these
various topics for mothers.
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