Cooktop Cove: Copy this woman's sponge idea and you can save a ton of money, too!
By Lillian Teague
If you spend any time in your local store's cleaning aisle, you will notice that you can easily spend a ton of money on supplies. You don't need to. There are many ways to create great cleaning solutions on a budget.
These ten cleaning solutions will save you money while keeping your home sparkling clean. As an added bonus, most use supplies you already have -- saving you time and money.
1. All-purpose cleaning spray (h/t Bakerette)
Use the power of essential oils to create a high-quality cleaning spray that works well and smells amazing. This spray from Bakerette is safe on all surfaces, but due to the oil isn't a great glass cleaner. Water, rubbing alcohol, essential oils, and dish soap work combine for this DIY cleaner.
2. Glass cleaner (h/t Thrifty Stories)
Say goodbye to streaks with this simple solution that costs next to nothing. The recipe uses water, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol to clean without leaving any streaks. Just give it a good shake and spray. Using crumpled newspaper leaves your windows lint-free, but flour sack towels work well too.
3. Tile floor cleaner (h/t Simple and Seasonal)
This tile floor cleaner contains ingredients designed to power through grease, making it ideal for a kitchen floor. Simple and Seasonal recommends it for all tile floors, but not for waxed or laminates. She says it works wonders in bathrooms frequented by little boys. All you need is warm water, washing soda, vinegar and dish soap.
4. Homemade hardwood floor cleaner (h/t The Make Your Own Zone)
It can be hard to find an effective cleaner for your hardwood floor that will not damage the finish. This simple cleaner cleans and shines gently. Warm water, rubbing alcohol, and dish soap combine to create a hardwood cleaner that doesn't use vinegar.
5. Easy oven cleaner (h/t One Good Thing by Jillee)
No more scrubbing your oven or waiting for hours for it to self-clean with this easy oven cleaning method. Jillee simply steams her oven with a casserole dish of water, then allows ammonia to sit in the oven overnight. In the morning, all she needs to do is wipe the oven clean.
6. Homemade disinfecting wipes (h/t The Thrifty Couple)
Disinfecting wipes are a quick and easy way to do a bit of wiping down in your bathroom, kitchen, or car. However, you are spending a lot of money on something you just throw away. These homemade disinfecting wipes from The Thrifty Couple uses 1/2 a roll of paper towels and essential oils for cleaning power.
7. HE-safe homemade laundry detergent (h/t Love and Laundry)
This homemade powdered laundry detergent is safe for use on HE washers, but absolutely powerful enough to get your clothes clean. It uses a few more ingredients than your traditional homemade laundry soap, but it makes a ton of detergent. A little goes a long way - this one recipe makes 6 months worth of soap.
8. Chemical-free liquid laundry detergent (h/t Dwelling in Happiness)
This borax free laundry soap saves you time in not having to grate bars of soap to get your clothes clean. Instead, it uses the power of castile soap to remove grease, grime, and dirt. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together. Essential oils add a boost of cleaning power, plus smell great.
9. Lavender laundry softener sponges (h/t Smart Schoolhouse)
Your laundry softener goes much further by using these laundry sponges. You simply cut your fabric softener in half with water. Add sponges and let them absorb the mixture. Throw in the dryer with your wet clothes. Once the load is dry, add the sponge back to the solution to "recharge."
10. DIY stain remover (h/t Live Simply)
Say goodbye to stains forever with this incredibly simply Oxi-clean hack. All you need is hydrogen peroxide and washing soda to remove tough stains and brighten your whites. Live Simply adds 1/2 cup of each to every load that needs an added boost.
You can save money and time using these simple homemade cleaning recipes to keep your home nice and tidy. All it takes are a few ingredients easily found at your local grocery store. Share these amazing cleaning tips with your friends and family on Facebook.
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