Cooktop Cove: Copy this woman's sponge ideas and you can save a ton of money, too!
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. But you don't need to. There are many ways to create great cleaning solutions on a budget.
These 10 cleaning solutions will save you money while keeping your home sparkling clean. As an added bonus, you likely already have the most-used supplies, saving you time and money.
1. All-purpose cleaning spray
Use the power of essential oils to create a high-quality cleaning spray that works well and smells amazing. This spray is safe on all surfaces, but due to the oil, it isn't a great glass cleaner. Water, rubbing alcohol, essential oils, and dish soap work together in DIY cleaner.
2. Glass cleaner
Say goodbye to streaks with this simple solution that costs next to nothing. The following recipe uses water, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol to clean without leaving any streaks. Mix 1 cup rubbing alcohol with 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Just give it a good shake, and then spray. Using crumpled newspaper leaves your windows lint-free, but flour sack towels work well too.
3. Tile floor cleaner (h/t Simple & Seasonal)
This tile floor cleaner contains ingredients designed to power through grease, making it ideal for a kitchen floor. This is recommended for all tile floors, but not for waxed floors or laminates. 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
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. Watch how to make this cleaner here
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 use half of one 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 six months worth of soap.
8. Chemical-free liquid laundry detergent (h/t Dwelling in Happiness)
This borax-free laundry soap saves you time by not having you 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 they smell great.
9. Lavender laundry softener sponges
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 them 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
Say goodbye to stains forever with this incredibly simple OxiClean hack. All you need is hydrogen peroxide and washing soda to remove tough stains and brighten your whites. Add 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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