Save money, make your own cleaning supplies

September 5, 2012 1:21:30 PM PDT
Spring is a great time to get your home in tip top shape, and if you are thinking about going out and buying a trunk load of cleaning supplies, don't do it.

You have seen the cleaning supply aisle at the store. There is a product for just about every nook and cranny in your home. But our super thrifty shopper says don't waste your money on pricey products when you can make your own!

With just a few ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and salt, Nora Kapche says you can make your own cleaning supplies for pennies on the dollar.

"We can take what we already have, basic ingredients and still get the cleaning results that we want," Kapche said. "And therefore, you don't have to go to the store and buy those products."

Now it's time to create our cleaning supplies.

First up is a basic scrubber, which is much like Ajax. For this recipe: it's one cup of borax, one cup of baking soda and one cup of salt. Mix it up and you are ready to scrub. A little goes a long way.

This all-purpose scrubber can also be used to clean counter tops, toilets and tubs.

If you are looking to deep clean your oven, Kapche says simply sprinkle baking soda, spray with water and let it sit overnight.

"With the sealed oven, it will create a chemical reaction and it will loosen all that grease and grime," Kapche said.

Then wipe down your oven clean.

To clean the microwave, mix ? cup vinegar and ? cup water in a microwave safe bowl. Bring it to a boil then leave the cup in the microwave for a few minutes to deodorize and loosen all the dried splatters of food.

"It's made everything really easy to clean," Kapche said.

Then wipe clean with a sponge.

Nora says a simple way to clean your window and mirrors is to use vinegar and water in a spray bottle. All you do is spray and wipe. It's super easy and a quarter of the cost of those window cleaners.

The window and mirror cleaner recipe is a half-and-half solution of vinegar and water.

Finally to deep clean and deodorize your garbage disposal, place ? cup of baking soda in your garbage disposal with a ? cup hot white vinegar then pour down the disposal. Let sit for five minutes then rinse and run the garbage disposal.


Cleaning recipes


Scrubbing Powder (Ajax type cleaner)
In a bowl, mix:
1 cup Borax
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Salt
Use for cleaning the toilet, sinks, counters, tubs and showers

Floor Cleaner
In a bucket, mix 3 drops dishwashing detergent with:
1 cup White Vinegar
1 cup Alcohol
1 cup Water
Clean floors the rinse with water

Or another option for sparkling floors:
In a bucket of water, mix ? cup Baking Soda and clean away all the dirt on your floors

Oven Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda in the oven
Spray with water
Let set over night
Scrub then rinse the oven clean

Clean the Shower Curtain
Place baking soda on a damp sponge
Scrub the hard water stains on the shower curtain and rinse clean

Deodorize Carpets
Sprinkle baking soda on your carpets, let set for a few minutes or over night for hefty deodorizing and vacuum

All purpose Counter Top Cleaner
Clean all your counter tops with a dash of Vinegar on a damp cloth.

Clean and Deodorize the Garbage Disposal
Place ? cup of baking soda in your garbage disposal
Heat ? cup of vhite vinegar then pour down the disposal
Let sit for 5 minutes then rinse and run the garbage disposal

Clean the Microwave
Place ? cup vinegar and ? cup Water in a microwave safe bowl.
Heat to boiling in microwave
Leave in the microwave for a few minutes to deodorize and loosen all the dried splatters of food
Then wipe clean with a damp sponge.

Clean and Deodorize the Toilet Bowl
Pour 4 cups of vinegar in the toilet
Set overnight
Scrub the bowl in the morning

Windows and Mirrors
Use equal parts vinegar and Water, in a Spray Bottle, to create a powerful streak free cleaner.
? cup Vinegar
? cup Water

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