Sunday, January 8, 2012

Save $$: Homemade Household Cleaner

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So I don't know how it is at your house....but in my kitchen, the counters and table-tops only get cleaned off when I do it.  And to me, my whole kitchen can be clean, and if the counter-tops are dirty I feel like it is so nasty.  So I am constantly cleaning my counter-tops off.  When I first got married, for several years I used Lysol to clean my cabinets.  If you don't know, a normal can of Lysol spray costs about $4 each. And when you use it every day, maybe multiple times a day to clean up after your family, it goes quickly.  

You see at my house, it is myself and four boys.  My husband is pretty good at cleaning up after himself, but wiping the counters off after cooking something is still not in his clean-up routine.  As for our three host-sons, (read about them HERE), they have gotten better at cleaning up after themselves, but it is still a constant reminder for them to put their dishes up and not just leave them in the sink.  It is even harder to get them to wipe off the stove after cooking noodles or something.  

So after continually using Lysol to keep my kitchen clean, my sister from Natural-Nurturer informed me of how much money I was wasting.  She then introduced me to this amazing all-purpose household cleaner.  I now use this recipe to clean all throughout my kitchen! It is so handy, I still use Lysol sometimes when we have had raw chicken on the counter or something, but my homemade household cleaner mixture works amazing for everyday use.  


The great thing about this cleaner is that the total costs of all the supplies (and I bought bigger bottles) is that it is only $6.50.  I would guess that you could make up to at least 5 bottles of this cleaner, if not more from all of the supplies.  Here is what you need. 

So quit wasting your money on all the expensive household cleaners and start making your own with this simple recipe! 

Another Helpful Hint: Add a little vinegar to your washing machine when washing towels to help take the mildewy smell out of them! 

Hope this is helpful for you all, and let me know if you make the recipe and how it works for you and your cleaning needs! 

Keep an eye out for more of these helpful cleaning recipes, and also don't forget to go to my facebook page, Natural-Nester and like it.  Also join my blog! Natural-Nurturer and I will be doing an awesome GIVEAWAY soon!!




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  1. I make my own cleaning prooducts as well, though I use castile soap in mine. Yours sounds so lovely and simple I'll have to give it a try!I love the money saving aspect. I really thought that was all I would love. But now I really appreciate the green-living aspect more. It's healthier around my kids and pets and me. Nothing to be sorry about there!

    Come visit me sometime, at
    on Facebook as Scrapity Anne and on Twitter as Scrapityanne. I'd love to chat with you about other cleaners.

  2. I commented on facebook about this cleaner I found on Pinterest and was urged to share-enjoy!

    'Streak-Free Shine'
    Take a spray bottle, fill it about 1/8th full with rubbing alcohol, add a drop or two of dishwashing soap, a few drops of scented oil (optional), fill the rest of the way with water, shake together and you're good to go!
    Works great on leaving a streak free shine on appliances (love it for my stove) or to wipe down granite counter tops and leave them smooth and shiny!

  3. Gotta love using what is typically found in a home ALREADY!

    This works really well, thanks!

    Visiting from Crafty, Scrappy Happy linky party today
    Thanks for sharing :D
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

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