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Save Money With Homemade Cleaning Products

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

You can save money on cleaning products by making your own versions using common items you may already have or can easily find in a grocery store. You don't need a different concoction for every surface in your home, even if companies want you to think so.

Baking Soda
Baking soda is good at absorbing odors and its grainy texture makes it great for scrubbing. Just sprinkle some of it on a damp cloth or sponge and use it to get rid of any grime. For tough jobs like bathtub rings, make a paste by adding baking soda to a little water and cover the area you're cleaning with it. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and you'll find the dirt is much easier to remove.

White vinegar
White vinegar is slightly acidic and does a great job dissolving dirt and soap scum and is gentle enough for all kinds of materials. It effectively gets rid of odors by absorbing them instead of masking them. You can make a do-it-all cleaning solution with white vinegar and water. Just mix equal amounts in a spray bottle and use it to wash any kind of surface. For tougher jobs, you can make the mixture more potent by heating it up in the microwave, then letting it sit on the surface for 10 minutes before you scrub and rinse it off. Undiluted white vinegar can work well on thick residue too and won't leave a smell when it dries.

Rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol can clean shiny objects, like windows and mirrors, because it quickly evaporates. Mix equal parts water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, then add a tablespoon of white vinegar for a polish that will make your home sparkle.