Cleaning Hacks to Help DIY and Save Money
Buying a different cleaning solution for every room in your home can be pricey. Consider these all-purpose cleaning hacks to save a few bucks.
April 27, 2022
Let’s face it, cleaning your home can be time consuming, but also expensive. One walk down the cleaning aisle at your supermarket and you may think you need a different cleaning solution for each surface, finish and room.
What’s more, Americans are cleaning and spending more money on cleaning supplies than ever before. In the past two years, household spending on cleaning supplies has grown by over 50%, and the average household spends about $170 annually on cleaning supplies.
But what if you could spend a fraction of that without sacrificing a clean home? With a few common pantry ingredients, you can make your own all-purpose home cleaners, saving you money and cleaning your home without harsh chemicals. Ready to take on some cleaning hacks? Read on for recipes, recommendations and money-saving suggestions.
What you’ll need
While the latest and greatest cleaning solution may seem promising (and pricey), chances are you already have the right cleaner sitting in your pantry — all you have to do is mix it.
If you want to DIY cleaning solutions, you’ll need some or all of the following:
There’s a good chance you have some of this sitting in a cabinet already, meaning you may not even have to spend money to start cleaning.
Use for: most surfaces, cleaning hard water stains, wiping countertops and cleaning walls. Avoid using it on granite or stainless steel to avoid etching the surface.
To make: Mix one part water with one part white vinegar in a spray bottle, then shake. If you want a scented cleaner, add up to five drops of a favorite essential oil or a lemon rind to the bottle.
Use for: windows or mirrors for a streak-free finish.
To make: Mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup vinegar, a tablespoon of cornstarch and two cups of water, advises Martha Stewart. Vigorously shake the mixture in the bottle before using it to blend the cornstarch into the mixture.
Use for: grease stains in the kitchen and hard water stains in the bathroom.
To make: Mix equal parts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and mix into a paste. Apply directly to the surface or use a sponge. Apply the paste, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse or wipe off the surface.
Clothing stain remover
Use for: grease stains or other marks on clothing.
To make: Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part dish soap. Spray the solution on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a toothbrush. Blot the stain, let it dry and then wash it with your laundry.
Use for: marble, granite or other sensitive cleaning surfaces.
To make: Add a few drops of dish soap to a 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol. Shake in a spray bottle and wipe down your surface.
Bathroom air freshener
Use for: freshening up a bathroom that smells “less than fresh.”
To make: Simply add a few drops of a favorite essential oil to the cardboard of your toilet paper roll. This’ll add a subtle scent to the room until the roll runs out.
Reusable wet/dry mop pads
Use for: a replacement to disposable mop pads.
Ways to save on supplies
If DIY-ing isn’t an option, consider these cleaning hacks when purchasing supplies:
Buy cleaning solutions in bulk or concentrate, and refill existing containers
Purchase store-brand cleaning supplies
Purchase multi-surface solutions and avoid single surface products when possible
Use the cleaning products you already have before purchasing new ones
Making your own cleaning solutions can keep your home clean using pantry staples you probably already have while saving money in the process.
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