Squeaky Clean: 10 Best DIY Home Cleaning Products For Barely A Buck

October 20, 2016  |  

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Are you going green around your home? A significant part of the population is moving to a more natural lifestyle to reduce possible exposure to harmful chemicals and to support habits that are environmentally friendly. This means that there’s also been a throwback of hacks to the basics for many of the tasks that we complete on a daily basis.

Some have been conditioned to believe that if it doesn’t reek of bleach or other chemicals (ie: harmful stuff) then it isn’t clean. We’ve been guilty of spraying so much cleaner that we needed to get to fresh air quickly. Sound familiar? While not knowing the exact dangers and consequences of cleaning with chemicals, we figure if we need ventilation to use it, it’s probably not good for our children.

The push towards more natural cleaning products comes with a heavy duty price tag. When faced with the dilemma of paying $7 for a natural cleaner versus $2 for a powdered one, the answer is a no brainer for someone on a budget. We can only hope that the products being sold to us as being better for us won’t continue to hit us with sticker shock. Currently, the reality for many is that these products are out of financial reach no matter how much we would like to purchase them.

Whether you are on a limited budget or would rather not spend the money on high dollar products, you can easily make your own natural cleaners with the purchase of a few squirt bottles, labels, apple cider vinegar and a few other items.

Here are 10 recipes for all natural cleaning products to use in your home. Most cost under $1 to make!

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Granite Cleaner: Combine ¼ tsp of liquid dish soap, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 ½ cups of water.

Floor Cleaner: Mix ½ cup of distilled vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. To get rid of the vinegar smell add a few drops of an essential oil or dish detergent.

Microwave cleaner: Heat 2 cups of water and 1 cup of distilled vinegar in the microwave. Remove dish carefully and wipe inside with cloth. Steam and vinegar makes old food wipe away with one swipe.

Tub and Shower Cleaner: Warm 12 oz of vinegar along with 12 oz of dish detergent in the microwave. Pour warmed liquid into a spray bottle.

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Oven Cleaner: Combine ¼ cup of liquid dish soap with ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide. Add the zest of one lemon and a tablespoon of vinegar. Spray, scrub and wipe.

Stove Top Cleaner: Mix 3 cups of cornstarch with 1 cup of water.

Mildew Cleaner: Combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tbsp of baking soda. Add in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and ¼ cup of water. Pour mixture into a spray bottle.

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Glass Cleaner: Combine ¼ cup of distilled vinegar with 4 cups of warm water.

Orange All Purpose Cleaner: Fill a mason jar with orange peels. Once there is a large amount of orange peels fill the entire jar with distilled vinegar and seal. Let sit for 2 weeks, and then strain vinegar into a spray bottle. If the smell is too strong for you dilute 2 parts of the mixture with 1 part water.

Stainless Steel Cleaner: Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda, ½ cup of vinegar, and 2 cups of water. Once clean shine with a bit of olive oil.

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