Save on Cleaning Products by Making Your Own
Individual cleaning products on their own are not that expensive and you can pick up many items for a pound or a couple of pound. *Look out for promotions in the supermarkets where they have a 50p and £1 range and stock up*. However there is a smarter way to save on cleaning products which requires a bit of effort making them yourself but could save you hundreds of pounds over the year. The problem isn’t the price of individual items it is the way these products are marketed as doing specific jobs such as kitchen and bathroom sprays, surface sprays, antibacterial wipes, stainless steel and oven cleaners, the list goes on. You can end up having dozens of products when you only need the basic ingredients listed below. You can make up a bottle and leave the solution in their for next time.
You should always be cautious when mixing these products and wear gloves as the ingredients can irritate your skin.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products
Main ingredients for your kit:
bicarbonate of soda
washing up liquid
Use these for unblocking sinks and toilets, stain removal on carpets and fabric sofa’s, in the washing machine for difficult to remove stains.
Bicarbonate of soda
Bicarbonate of soda is great for removing acid-based liquid stains and is less harsh than soda crystals. It is great on any surface whether it is kitchen or bathroom tiles, worktops, tea towels or clothing. You can also use it on your sofa clean by mixing it to a paste with water and applying to stains and spills. Use if on carpet stains and apply with a stiff brush.
Another great household cleaner is white vinegar, which is a mild acid, so it can help pick up the hard to remove residue from ceramic hobs or worktops. Poor neat white vinegar or cola down the toilet to get rid of those horrible toilet stains.
Lemon juice not only cleans but leaves your house smelling fresh (this is why the fragrance is used in so many branded cleaning products). Fill a microwave safe bowl with water and lemon juice and put it on full power for 3 minutes. Wipe over with a cloth to remove residue and your microwave will be sparkly clean and smell lovely.
You don’t have to have a baby or toddler around to make use of this very versatile product. Remove stains from clothes, sofas, carpets, blankets, even red wine and paint. Squeeze the moisture from the wipe onto the affected area and circle round with the wipe. You should be able to see the stain fading as you are working on it. For more stubborn stains mix soda crystals into a paste and leave for a few hours.
Cleaning mould patches on the ceiling and walls
Open a window and put on some rubber gloves and fill a jug with hot water, bleach, and laundry detergent/washing up liquid (mix in equal parts).Be careful when mixing the solution that it does not splash onto your clothes or go onto areas where food is prepared. Try and aim the spray at the affected area only as some staining may occur outside of the damp/mouldy area. Apply the bleach solution onto the ways using a sponge or course cloth to make sure that it is rubbed into the affected area. If the problem persists you could consider using a mould-resistant paint and covering the entire ceiling or wall.
Save on window cleaning products
Mix washing up liquid with vinegar and water to remove grease build up and make your windows sparkly clean, finish off with a newspaper or squeegee.
Save on cleaning products by using shaving foam
Shaving foam is another handy addition to your cleaning arsenal. If your chrome taps are looking a bit dull spray on a little foam and wipe away with a damp cloth. It can also be used to lubricate squeaky door hinges. Get rid of most carpet stains by blotting a the spill with kitchen roll or a paper towel then apply a blob of shaving foam. Leave for a few minutes, preferably half a hout and wipe with a damp sponge.
Pick up a multifunction steam cleaner from a discount retailers such as B&M bargains, Home Bargains, The Original Factory Store or local store and these versatile machines can replace many household cleaning products.
- Steam clean kitchen appliances including your oven and microwave with the attachments provides
- Steam mop the kitchen and bathroom floor
- Steam clean curtains, fabric sofas, carpets, steam out creases on clothes to avoid ironing
- Clean the grout on tiles
- Manufacture replacement cloths and attachments can be pricey so have a look on ebay, amazon and discount store for generic brands to keep costs down.
DISCLAIMER The information provided is NOT intended to be substituted for the advice of an health care or cleaning professional. If you rely solely upon this advice you do so at your own risk. All products have been tried by us at Smart with Cash and have proved to be a suitable alternative to commercially available cleaning products.