If you are like me, you are always looking for away to save money. If you are trying to move and want to give your house a thorough cleaning before you move, or if you just want to do general cleaning in your home, the fact remains, household cleaning products can be costly. What if you could cut the cost of your cleaning products and still get the job done effectively? Let’s take a look at our options.
Basic Cleaning and Alternative Solutions
What is actual involved in a basic cleaning? Aside from such chores as vacuuming, sweeping and general tidying up of an area, the majority of basic cleaning involves some sort of product or solution applied for soil, germs, infectious diseases and contaminants. One also cleans in order to keep control of allergens such as dust, pet hair and mold. With this long list of needs, let’s see which cleaning solution we can pair up with the above listed needs.
There are many products you may have heard of but may never have known that they could work to clean your home. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers can remember using these products before the “popular products” were introduced on the shelves of our supermarkets.
Vinegar – vinegar is made from acetic acid, an organic compound capable of disinfecting as well as cleaning dirt and grease as well as dissolving mineral deposits. Vinegar is as old as civilization, dating back to Egyptian and Babylonian use. It is created through a fermentation process made from diluted alcohol products. When using vinegar as a household cleaning solution, it is best to use white distilled vinegar. By the way, steer away from apple cider vinegars. Though it will do the same job as distilled, it will also stain your toilets, sinks and the like.
Baking Soda – baking soda is capable of dissolving dirt and grease. Baking soda is commonly used as an odor eliminator in refrigerators and garbage disposals, in the bottom of garbage cans It can also act like a mild abrasive if sprinkled on a sponge and applied to the surface in need (rather like Comet cleaner or the like). Baking soda is also able to remove juice of Kool-Aid stains from your counter-top. There are also many other ways to clean your home with baking soda when it is combined with other products.
Castile Soap – Castile soap is eco-friendly and gentle on your hands (or even your body, but that’s another topic) as you work with it to clean your home. Many have used Castile soap in their dishwashing pan for washing dishes. Combined with other products, there are also many uses for castile soap to clean your home.
Hydrogen Peroxide – hydrogen peroxide is a powerful disinfectant. It has been used to kill staph, bacteria, SARS and even Coronavirus. Please follow this link for how to use this solution for such disinfecting. [https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-transmission/art-204823]
Make a past of peroxide and baking soda and put it around the bottom of your toilet (at the base). Leave the paste for about 30 minutes. When you return, it will have effervesced the germs, and whatever else may have accumulated there, right up. All you need to do is wipe and rinse.
Combine Castile soap with essential oils like eucalyptus or tea tree oil to make an effective cleaning solution for your bathroom. Plus, there will be a nice scent with the natural oils you use. You would only need a small amount of oil to be effective as an odor eliminator and enhancer.
Follow this link for other DIY solutions and tips for cleaning with supermarket items: [https://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/articles/homemade-natural-cleaning-products]
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