Naturally Clean: Money Saving Cleaners

| 5/22/2009 4:51:22 PM


Making your own household cleaners is a small investment upfront but, in the long run, is a cheaper and healthier alternative.

Homemade cleaners are toxin free and easy to make. If you want to know exactly what your cleaning products are made of, making your own is the best option. Homemade cleaning products will make your house smell fresh and keep it chemical free—without stretching your budget.

The recipes for homemade cleaners call for a list of basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand. If not, they can easily be purchased for cheaper in bulk. For example, baking sodawhite vinegarborax and liquid vegetable-based soap are needed to make the majority of these recipes. These supplies will last a long time, so instead of continually restocking these supplies and making several trips to the grocery store, purchase your most used products in bulk.

The most expensive of the ingredients you might need are essential oils. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), ginger (Zingiber officinale) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) will add wonderful scents to your cleaners; tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) will add antiseptic and antibacterial qualities to all of your homemade products. For other miscellaneous equipment, you may need spray bottles, sponges and a few labels to identify your cleaner. Some of these products, such as the spray bottles, can be reused and recycled.

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Photo by astro twilight/courtesy Flickr

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