CLEANING TIPS

HOUSEHOLD SUPPLY LIST

* Vinegar
* Baking Soda
* Borax
* Oxi Clean
* Fels Naptha Bars
* Essential Oil (non citrus)
* Citrus Essential Oil
* Peroxide
* Rubbing Alcohol
* Ammonia
* Liquid Dish Soap
* Cheap Vodka
* Fabric Softener Crystals (optional)
* Several Spray Bottles
* Lots of Rags
* Terry Cloth or old newspaper
* A O Cedar refillable mop and a few reusable mop pads
* 2 clean plastic coffee cans
* Food processor
* A clean parmesan cheese shaker

These supplies will solve all your household cleaning problems, and save you a bundle of money to boot. The supply list may look lengthy, but they will combine to replace every household cleaner you currently are using and the price will be significantly less over the short and long-term. Not to mention much healthier for your family. The following is a list of all the cleaning products you will create and replace with the above list of supplies.

* Disinfectant
* All Purpose Cleaner
* Glass Cleaner
* Kitchen Cleaner
* Laundry Detergent
* Stain Remover
* Dish Washing Detergent
* Dish Rinse Aid
* Floor Cleaning Solution
* Carpet deodorizer that also kills germs and bugs
* Drain Clog Remover
* Toilet Bowl Cleaner
* And so much more

MONEY SAVING TIPS

For one I use a refillable mop with reusable mop pads which compared to swiffer products and others like it, I save plenty of money to make it worth washing the mop pads.
Swapping out paper towels for rags and terry cloth is essential for our family to afford a clean house. Many times we found ourselves unable to purchase paper towels and the need arose to find another solution. I found that purchasing several bundles of cleaning rags was less expensive than one package of paper towels. For our family they are just unaffordable and not worth the money. For cleaning glass we use old newspaper or terry cloth, but for everything else we use rags.
I repurpose plastic containers for my cleaning supplies instead of buying new. That saves a bit, but every penny counts around here.
Also, I reuse plastic bags as long as meat or cheese have not been stored in them. Those bags are pretty costly and I save more money than I even thought I would by rinsing and reusing plastic bags.
Avoid items labeled disposable or consumable. They will cost you more money upfront and you only get one use. Instead look for items labeled reusable, refillable, or washable.

DISINFECTANT (SANITIZER)

Supply List

* Spray bottle
* 1 cup vinegar
* 1/2 cup peroxide
* 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
* 2 drops of dish soap
* Fill the rest of the way with water

-OR-

* 1 cup vinegar
* 1 cup vodka
* 2 drops of dish soap
* Fill the rest of the way with water
( This is the better of the two recipes. Vodka has no odor and it leaves your toilet sparkling!)

ALL PURPOSE

Supply List

* Spray bottle

* 1/2 cup vinegar

* 4 drops of dish soap

* 1 tsp Oxy Clean (optional)

* Fill the rest with water

GLASS CLEANER

Supply List

* Spray bottle
* 1/8 cup ammonia
* 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
* 1 drop dish soap
* Fill the rest of the way with water

-OR-

* 1/2 cup vinegar
* 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (or vodka)
* 1 drop of dish soap
* Fill the rest of the way with water

DISHWASHING DETERGENT

Supply List

* 1 cup baking soda
* 1 cup borax
* 1 cup oxi clean

Directions

* Use 1 TBSP per load and 1 cup vinegar as a rinse aid if needed

LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Supply List

* 2 bars Fels Naptha Soap (grated)
* 2 cups baking soda
* 2 cups washing soda
* 2 cups oxi clean
* 1 cup borax
* Essential Oil (non citric)
* Empty plastic coffee can

Directions

* Use a food processor with the cheese grater blade to grate the Fels Naptha Soap or you can hand grate it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
* Combine all ingredients into a bowl
* Put half of the mixture into the food processor with the chopping blade and make it a more even consistency. This also helps to reduce clumping.
* Then do the same with the other half of the mixture.
* Store in an empty plastic coffee can
* Use 2 TBSP per load
* If needed use 1 cup vinegar as a rinse aid or 1/2 cup peroxide into the bleach dispenser

-OR-

Supply List

* 2 bars ivory or dove soap (microwaved 1-2 minutes while watching the cool effect 😉 Then crumble into dust
* 2 cups baking soda
* 2 cups washing soda
* 2 cups oxi clean
* 1 cup borax
* 1 cup Purex softener crystals
* empty coffee can

Directions

* Microwave 1 bar of soap at a time and watch to make sure you don’t over do it, then crumble it into a fine powder
* put oxi clean, soap, and softener crystals into the food processor with the chopping blade until it is a fine powder and evenly mixed
* combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon
* Store mixture in an empty coffee can
* Use 2 TBSP per load
* For an extra boost add 1 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle or 1/2 cup peroxide in the bleach dispenser

Stain Remover

Supply List

* 2 TBSP Peroxide

* 1 TBSP Blue Dawn Dish Soap

* Spray bottle

Directions

* Mix ingredients together in the spray bottle and spray directly on the stain.

* Rub the solution into the fabric.

* Let it sit for a few hours or even overnight for stubborn stains.

Floor Cleaning / Mop Solution

Supply List

* 2 tsp dish soap

* 1/4 cup vinegar

* Hot water

* A O Cedar refillable mop and a few reusable mop pads

Directions

* Add dish soap and vinegar to the mops refillable solution holder and fill the rest of the way with hot water.

Carpet Deodorizer that Kills Germs and Bugs

Supply List

* 2 cups Baking Soda

* 2 TBSP Borax

* 1 tsp ground cloves

* 1 empty/clean, large parmesan cheese shaker

Directions

* Add all ingredients to the parmesan cheese shaker, close lid tight, and shake, shake, shake!

* Sprinkle mixture onto carpet.

* Let it sit for a few hours or overnight and then vacuum it up.

Drain Clog Remover

Supply List

* 1 cup Baking Soda

* 1 cup Vinegar

* 1 pot full of boiling water

Directions

* First, remove all backed up water.

* Next, pour 1 cup Baking Soda down the drain.

* Then, pour 1 cup Vinegar down the drain and plug the drain.

* Last, Wait 30 minutes to an hour and then dump a full pot of boiling water down the drain.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Supply List

* 1 cup Baking Soda

* 1 cup Vinegar

* 1 tsp lemon or orange essential oil

* Toilet brush

Directions

* First turn, of the water supply by twisting the shut off valve behind the toilet.

* Next, flush the toilet until the bowl is empty of water.

* Then, shake 1 cup Baking Soda around the bowl covering as much surface as possible.

* Last, spray or pour 1 cup Vinegar around the bowl and wait for it to stop fizzing before you scrub.

Happy Cleaning!

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