Estimated Monthly Savings: $20 per month
Buying a special cleaner for your countertops and then another one to clean glass and even a third one to clean your stove can get expensive. What if you could use everyday items that you find in your house to clean your kitchen, bathroom, and help with laundry stains without buying all those fancy, name brand items. Here are some easy and affordable hacks you can use to help keep your home smelling great and germ-free.
Good, old-fashioned rubbing alcohol is great to use to clean countertops and glass windows. Just mix equal parts rubbing alcohol with water and put it in a spray bottle. The alcohol acts and disinfectant while the water dilutes its strength. This combination can also be used to get ice off of your car’s windows and ink out of clothing.
Salt acts as a great cleaner. The next time you reach for your spot remover when you find blood stains on your clothing, try using salt and cold water and then wash in warm/hot water. The natural properties of salt soak up the blood stains. Salt can also be used an abrasive to clean pots and mixed with club soda you can clean your refrigerator or sink with it as the salt tends to soak up all the unpleasant odors while cleaning the glass and plastic surfaces.
Baking soda has long been a hands on staple for cooking but did you know that it can also act as an abrasive? Like salt, you can use it clean refrigerators, glass stops of ovens, sinks and faucets. Baking soda mixed with water can be used to get rid of rings stains on wood furniture. Baking soda is best known for removing odors so why not put an open container in your refrigerator to remove unwanted smells or pour a little down the kitchen sink to get rid of the odors from last night’s dinner.
For more hacks using everyday household items, think about how your grandmother or great-grandmother used to clean their home. Chances are they didn’t buy products to do the job but made their own cleaning solutions.