Money Saving Cleaning Tips


All-Purpose Cleaner-

2 tablespoons of mild dishwashing soap

2 cups of water

spray bottle

Shake well

Use these anywhere that you would use a commercial all-purpose spray. This cleaner is particularly great for countertops, bathroom surfaces, and high chairs.

Glass Cleaner-

Mix together equal amounts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Use old newspapers to wipe glass and mirrors for lint-free drying instead of using paper towels


Homemade Oven Cleaner/ Deep Kitchen Cleaner-

Add to gether equal parts of warm water and baking soda

mix well

clean away kitchen stains or to clean your oven.


Bathroom Cleaner-

Mix dishwashing liquid

baking soda

Mix until you have a thick paste and use this throughout your bathroom.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner-

No measuring is required with this recipe.

Sprinkle a little baking soda into your toilet bowl

then pour a little vinegar in and watch it fizz it up.

Give it a swish with your toilet brush and then flush.

Floor Cleaner

½ cup of vinegar

1 gallon of water.

The scent of the vinegar will fade in approximately an hour, but you can also add a couple of drops of essential oil to help with the scent.

Essential oils can be picked up at stores offering nutritional supplements or can be purchased online.

Furniture Polish-

Mix ¼ cup olive oil

4tablespoons of vinegar

2teaspoons of lemon juice.

spray bottle

shake well before using.

If you do not use all of it in one cleaning session, store the remainder in the fridge, as the lemon juice can go sour.  

Homemade Laundry Soap

(saves TONS on money and works great!!!)

1/3 bar Fels Naptha or 2 bars Ivory soap
½ cup washing soda ( not baking soda )
½ cup borax powder
~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~
Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan.

Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.

Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved.

Remove from heat.

Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket.

Now add your soap mixture and stir.

Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.

Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.

You use ½ cup per load.

The cost of making the above recipe of laundry soap was .71 cents. That was amazing to me! With this 2 gallon size recipe you will have enough to do 64 loads of laundry. That translates to about .01 cent a load.


Fabric softener

Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to rinse cycle instrad of fabric softener



Fabric Freshener

1 spray bottle

fill with water and add a couple of tablespoons of your favorite smelling fabric softener



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