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Money Savings from Homemade Cleaners

written by: Stephanie Michael•edited by: BStone•updated: 6/28/2011

It seems like everyone is going green these days, but sometimes buying organic or specialty products can be expensive. Luckily when it comes to going green and making your own eco-friendly cleaning supplies, it is possible to eliminate toxic chemicals and fumes without spending more.

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    Exactly how much money can you save with homemade cleaners? Using simple ingredients like baking soda, white vinegar and essential oils, you can make your own eco-friendly cleaning products and save quite a bit of money. Paying the initial cost for spray bottles and taking the time to mix up your own product may seem like a little bit of a hassle, but after you see what it will save you each time you refill, you’ll realize that not only are you doing a great thing for the environment, you’re doing an even better thing for your wallet.

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    Solid Air Freshener

    Using baking soda, essential oils, and a decorative box, you can create a room deodorizer that will keep your bathroom and kitchen smelling fresh for just about $0.30 a box. Keep the box open or the lid halfway ajar. Compare the cost of Renuzit at $2.29 a cone and you save $1.99 every time you refill.

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    Household Cleaner

    Mix together 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of borax, about 14 ounces of hot purified water, and 10 to 15 drops of essential oil. Shake well to mix then add ¼ of a cup of vegetable based liquid soap such as castile soap. All of these ingredients can be found at any health food store. Use this cleaner as you would any other spray cleaner. If you have a particularly greasy or tough mess, sprinkle a little baking soda onto the mess and then spray it. Wait a few minutes and wipe clean. Compared to Formula 409, generally $2.99 a bottle, you’ll save $1.76 for every bottle you make.

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    Disinfectant Spray

    Fill a 16 ounce spray bottle almost completely with purified water, then add 3 tablespoons of vegetable based liquid soap. Add 20-30 drops of tea tree oil for antiseptic power. Use like you would Lysol disinfectant spray on doorknobs, toilet seats, tubs and toys. Costing only $1.10 for each bottle you save $2.17 a bottle when compared to Lysol Disinfectant Spray.

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    Fabric Softener

    Add 20-30 drops of your favorite fragrance to a gallon of white vinegar. It’s that easy. Add 1-2 cups to the rinse cycle to help soften fabrics and remove residues from your detergents. Comparatively 2 gallons of scented vinegar will replace 34 ounces of Downy Liquid fabric softener. At $2.40 the scented vinegar will save you $10.58 every 40 loads.

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    Knowing how much money you can save with homemade cleaners, why would anyone continue buying conventional products? I found these recipes and ideas in the book Clean House, Clean Planet which not only describes how harmful and toxic store bought cleaners can be, but it explains how easy it is to save hundreds of dollars a year just by taking the time to understand how the super cleaning essentials like baking soda, white vinegar, and essential oil can work together to create effective and green cleaning supplies.

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    Find These Recipes and More:

    Logan, Karen. Clean House, Clean Planet. New York, NY: Pocket Books, 1997