Money Saving Green Cleaning Products
In this day and age, saving money is more important than ever. There are many items that you have to spend money on, but there are also options where you can spend less and still get the same great result. This list of money saving green cleaning products that already live in your kitchen are not only better for your wallet, but they are natural as well. Cleaning your home with natural products and saving money at the same time is actually possible, you just have to know where to look. Here are some green cleaning products to get you going:
Baking Soda is an amazing deodorizer (as you may know from keeping a box in your refrigerator), but there are tons of other ways to use it. For example, baking soda can be poured onto pet stains and remove the odor for just pennies. Instead of using toxic oven cleaners or harsh bathtub scrubbers, baking soda can be used in their place. Take a one tablespoon of baking soda and add a splash of water to form a paste. Use an old toothbrush to apply it to spots in the oven or scrub around the tub. This is a good chore for the older kids!
Lemon Juice is a great disinfectant, but it can also be used to clean and sanitize the bathroom. How do I use lemon juice, you ask? Dilute lemon juice with water, and place it in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe your bathroom surfaces as needed! You can also use the lemon juice directly to remove odors from wooden cutting boards or utensils. What’s better, it can even be used to clean and whiten a toilet bowl. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice in the toilet and scrub with a toilet brush.
White Vinegar is great for a variety of cleaning uses, but one of the best is that it can neutralize clogged drains. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar down the drain and cover it. Wait about half an hour and use a plunger to get things moving. Using gloves, try to grab whatever is coming up the drain (with your hands or a hanger) to pull it up. Pour boiling water down the drain (a full kettle’s worth is best) to help flush whatever is left and repeat the process if it’s still not clear.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is not only a great cleaner, but you can also use it as a bug repellent! Add equal parts water to apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and voila! You may want to add an essential oil to cover the odor of the vinegar (unless you enjoy the scent). Apple cider vinegar also works as an excellent microwave cleaner. It is slightly acidic, so it removes tough stains easily. Microwave a bowl with 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to loosen all of the crust in your microwave and then wipe away!
Olive Oil is not only great for your skin and digestive system, but it also works well on wood surfaces as a dust remover. Try getting rid of the aerosol spray! Instead, pour a quarter sized amount of olive oil onto a towel and begin dusting without all of the chemicals falling through the air.
Coconut Oil has an incredible number of health benefits, but it can also be used as a cleaner for wood surfaces just like olive oil. What’s better, it also removes shower and bathtub scum. Just apply a small amount to a scrubbing pad or cloth and go to town on your shower.
Salt not only makes your food tasty, but it can help remove stains from clothing. Add four tablespoons to about one quart of cold water. Put T-shirts with sweat stains into the solution and leave them for about an hour. Wash as usual and you should see a major difference! For red wine stains, mop up (by dabbing – don’t wipe!) what you can and then cover with salt to help absorb what’s left. Next, wash your stained clothing in cold water and your stain should be gone.
Epsom Salt is amazing for helping to removing toxins from your body, but it can also make your bathroom tile sleek and clean! Are you tired of spending bundles on fancy tile and grout cleaners? Mix with equal measurement of dish soap and the grunge will disappear.
You likely already have many of these ingredients in your cabinets, which is good news. It means that you can start saving money as soon as you would like! If not, a quick run to the grocery store will have you saving money, keeping clean and staying green! Do you have any other suggestions for natural cleaners on a budget or other ways to use these products? I’d love to hear them!