Buying various cleaning products to clean your house can quickly become cost prohibitive. You need a cleaner for the kitchen, then another for the bathroom, then yet another for the living room.
And then there are the ingredients. Half I can’t pronounce and almost all of the labels have warnings on them. If they aren’t dangerous, why do we have to lock them up so our kids can’t get to them?
Why spend money on countless household cleaning products and risk your health when all you need are 6 basic ingredients? Mix them up the right way and you have instant low cost cleaning product alternatives.
Too good to be true? I don’t think so. Here is how to do it.
Low Cost Cleaning Product Alternatives Guidelines
Here are the 6 items you will need:
- Vinegar: It may smell a little weird, but vinegar can handle everything from dishes to laundry and even weeds.
- Baking Soda: Eliminates odors and helps with stains. It also works as a natural method for pest control. Ants hate it.
- Rubbing Alcohol: Works as a disinfectant and is also a great glass cleaner. It also gets grime off plastic and metal surfaces like patio furniture or bathroom fixtures.
- Lemon Juice: This cuts through dish grease and is an ingredient for homemade furniture polish. But it’s not the easiest thing to preserve long-term.
- Borax: This mineral salt beats bleach as a toilet cleaner and is also useful for scrubbing walls. Works great with laundry, too.
- Fels-Naptha soap: This one’s actually made by one of those big cleaning companies out to pinch our wallets. They recommend it for pre-treating stains. In other words, “use this in addition to a bunch of our other expensive products”. But you can turn the tables by using it as part of a recipe for your own laundry detergent. As a bonus side note, you can use Fels-Naptha to treat poison ivy. Simply lather it over the poison on your skin and let it dry. It will dry out the poison!
Now that you have the ingredients, what low cost cleaning product alternative can you make? I’ve come up with a list of 12 cleaning products that will help keep the majority of your house clean and smelling fresh.
12 Low Cost Cleaning Products You Can Make
#1. Floor Cleaner
To clean your tile or linoleum floors, all you need are 2 ingredients. Mix them together and start mopping.
- ½ cup Vinegar
- 1 gallon of Water
#2. Window Cleaner
Making a window cleaning solution is just as easy as the floor cleaner above. You can mix together the same ingredients for your floor above or go with an alternative option. Either way, your eyes and nose won’t burn because there is no ammonia like in commercial window cleaners.
- 2 teaspoon Vinegar
- 1 quart of Warm Water
- 2 tablespoons Borax
- 3 cups of Water
Rub dry with newspaper to avoid streaking
Someone sick at home? You can wipe down door knobs, phones, faucets or anything really with this homemade disinfectant.