I don’t know about you, but my ‘food budget’ covers a lot of items that aren’t food including cleaning supplies. These little buggers can make a real dent in your budget while giving you the unwanted bonus of brining chemicals and poisons into your home. Here are a few of the recipes I use to make home made cleaners – they are a fraction of the price, environmentally friendly, and you probably already have the ingredients in your home. Or at the very least once you have them you can use them in your cooking later on!

All Purpose Cleaner
White Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Baking Soda

In a spray bottle combine 2 TBSP of the vinegar and lemon juice with 3 TSP of baking soda. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water.  The baking soda and lemon juice have a odor neutralizing property while the vinegar acts as a disinfectant. You can use this in your kitchen, bathroom, anywhere you would use an all purpose cleaner

Fabric Softner
White Vinegar

Add 1 TBSP of white vinegar to your load of laundry as you would fabric softner. Your clothes come out with the same softness, but no smell of vinegar.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Baking Soda

Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate, is the active ingredient in powdered toilet bowl cleaners such as Ajax but without the bleach. Sprinkle about 2 TBSP in your toilet bowl and scrub with a toilet brush. I also sprinkle this all over my bath tub and scrub it down to remove stains.

Window and Mirror Cleaner
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle.  It works well, but it a bit more labour intensive than the alcohol based window cleaners.

As a side note for the toilet bowl cleaner and the all purpose cleaner, you can add fresh clean sent by adding a couple drops of lavender, eucalyptus or any other essential oils.