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Many of us like to keep a clean and tidy home, but it’s disheartening when you realize how much you have to spend purchasing the necessary products. Analyzing what brands to buy and how much you need of each item is a time-consuming and expensive process.
Most of us are too busy to keep track of how much we’re spending on household products each year and the associated health risks. That’s why I’ve come up with a list of everyday DIY sprays, cleaners and deodorizers. The following household products will allow you to produce items in bulk, cut costs and lay your mind to rest knowing you’re cleaning with products that are safe for you and your family.
1. Drain Unclogger
When you own a home, clogged drains are a given. You don’t know when it’ll happen, but when it does, it’s a complete pain. Drano is expensive and doesn’t always get the job done right. It’s also not the best product for your pipes. Save your blood, sweat and tears and mix your own drano at home instead. It’s a simple recipe with a promising outcome.
DIY Instructions (gatesinteriordesign.com):
- Mix together 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of salt and a quarter of cream of tartar.
- Measure about a quarter cup of the mixed powder and pour into your clogged drain.
- Pour two cups of boiling water into the drain, and let stand for about an hour.
- Run fresh water from the tap.
2. Bug Spray
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Bug sprays bought off the shelf are pricey and contain chemicals that aren’t good for your health. We’ve got a quick remedy that’ll save you money and alleviate any worry about harmful chemicals sold in many commercial insect repellents. Combine distilled water, witch hazel and essential oils (choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender or Mint) in a spray bottle and watch the magic happen.
If you find that insect repellant is easy to make and works well, you may want to test out some others. WellnessMama has additional natural bug repellent recipes on her website that you might be interested in checking out. There are also recipes for specific insects, such as ants and fruit flies.
It feels like there’s a household cleaner for just about every nook and cranny in your home, and it’s hard to keep up! Imagine that instead of spending all of your time and money searching for the right cleaners at the store, you could just mix your own in the comfort of your home. Doing so will put change back in your pocket and ease your mind of coming in contact with any harmful ingredients, since you’ll be the one in control of what goes in the mixture. See below for some common cleaners you can DIY, and make sure what gets sprayed in your home stays in your hands.
- Carpet Cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar, 2 cups water, 2 tsp salt, 15 drops lavender essential oil, or another clear essential oil of choice. (Diynatural.com)
- Stain Remover Spray: Add 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water. (Imperfecthomemaking.com)
- Laundry Detergent: Save money with this easy recipe.
- Glass Cleaner Spray: Mix together 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. (Thedabblist.com)
- Clean The Microwave: Slice lemons, place them in a bowl full of water and microwave for five minutes. That’s it! The grime is ready to scrub away. (Popsugar.com)
- All-Purpose Cleaner: 1 part water, 1 part vinegar and 10-15 drops essential oils of choice. (Happymoneysaver.com)
- Wood Polish: 2 parts oil (preferably linseed oil or olive oil) with 1 part lemon juice. Buff with beeswax and a microfiber cloth for added shine. (Heritagecabinetsandmillwork.com)
Nobody likes a stinky home. Odors turn a room sour and can be embarrassing if you have guests in your house who you know can smell the funk. RealSimple Magazine came up with eight surprising household deodorizers that are gentle solutions for making your home smell fresh and clean. You can get started today!
If you’re someone who can’t live without Febreze spray but you don’t like spending your money on it, then keep your home smelling great with this DIY febreze recipe. All you need is liquid fabric softener, baking soda and warm tap water. Making your own candles or purchasing them from someone who makes them is also a great way to get your home smelling wonderful the natural way.
5. Jewelry Polish
There’s no need to purchase expensive jewelry cleaner or hire someone to professionally clean your jewels when there’s an easy solution you can mix yourself. Bring back the shine with some DIY cleaner and an old toothbrush. In just a few easy steps, your jewelry will be sparkling and dancing in the light.
With all of the different responsibilities homeowners have, the household products department is one area where it makes sense to cut costs and DIY. By mixing your own potions, you’ll also be eliminating potentially harmful chemicals from entering your home that are in many commercial cleaners. If you have any other ideas or recipes, please include them in the comments section below!
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