You don’t have to be a ‘tree-hugging hippie’ to know that chemicals harm our environment and can literally cost the earth.
So how do you keep your home sparkling and chemical free on a budget?
We will show you how with some very simple home cleaning tips to maintain the budget and ways to help you reduce your spending on these costly littler critters that grow your shopping bill each month!
Air freshener for less
Making your own cleaning products can save a small fortune and have the benefit of being environmentally friendly. Take a spray bottle and fill with water, add a few drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil and you have a handy air freshener to use as needed.
Alternatively try incense in the bathroom or try an old fashioned match. Air fresheners cost anywhere from $3 – $5 a bottle, matches, incense or home-made spray cost less than $1.
Natural general household cleaner
- 2/3 cup white vinegar
- 1/3 cup water
- 20 drops eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil
Put this mixture into a spray bottle and use on everything from surfaces, bathroom, toilet, tiles and sink. Just spray and buff with a soft cloth. Very easy to make and use, and a bottle lasts at least three months – that’s a saving of $15+ per month. Home-made natural cleaners are not only good for you and your family, they are environmentally friendly.
They are a fabulous alternative to spray cans and other toxic commercial cleaners. You should also already have the ingredients in your pantry so you are saving dollars and landfill.
For tougher stains/mess try this recipe;
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup powdered milk
- 1/8 cup liquid soap
- 5 drops lavender or tea tree oil
Combine all these ingredients in a bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Then re-use an old squeeze squirt-top bottle. Apply to surface, and then wipe area clean with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse well. Where there is calcium build up, cut a lemon in half and rub over the area, then watch you taps, and kitchen sinks sparkle.
Rags, cloths and scrubbers
Old pantyhose are excellent at getting soap scum off the shower door or for cleaning aquariums. They do not scratch at all, unlike so called non-scratch cleaning pads. Just roll them up and get cleaning!
Do you have an old polar fleece jumper? Scraps of polar fleece make great cleaning cloths, once used put in the wash and use over and over again and they don’t cost a thing!
Old exfoliating gloves are also perfect for scrubbing tough water marks off shower screens. Why not clean whilst in the shower? Just make sure you keep it short!
How do you keep your home clean for less?
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