I’m not at all a fan of store bought cleaners especially super stinky ones. About 3 years ago, when I was dirt broke, I tried making my own household cleaners and have never gone back. I use just a few simple kitchen staples that I always have on hand and they cost just pennies compared to the $4+ most cleaners cost.
The basic items to always have on hand are baking soda, Borax, Washing Soda, bleach, white vinegar, spray bottles, dish soap. Mix different combinations to accommodate what you want to accomplish. For example: baking soda is abrasive, so its wonderful on bathrooms and counters and vinegar is a natural odor absorber.
All Purpose Cleaner
- Empty spray bottle with 1 part white distilled vinegar and 4 parts water
All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
- I use this cleaner daily and its so easy. Fill your sink up with very warm water, 1 squirt dish soap, 1 splash bleach. I buy Dollar Tree face cloths to use to wipe down my kitchen, appliances, counters on a daily basis. It disinfects and smells CLEAN!
- Empty spray bottle with 2 part white distilled vinegar and 4 parts water. Use old newspaper to clean the glass avoid steaks.
I’ve been making my own laundry soap for more than 3 years and I will never ever ever buy store bought again. Mine is amazing on clothes especially with Babydoll’s nasty oilfield work clothes. See my recipe here.
No More Sponges
They collect germs and bacteria. I simply go to the Dollar Tree and buy face cloths. I buy neutral colors only as the bleach will discolor them, but my bathroom face cloths are bold dark colors. This helps me distinguish between the two. Plus, buying super cheap ones mean pretty abrasive/rough cloth which helps some in scrubbing. After I’m done using them, I throw them in the washer. They usually come in 4 packs for $1.