Somewhere along the line, we decided that we couldn’t do without certain products – but what if we could? Your monthly grocery shopping will be a little cheaper, and it all adds up!
In the Kitchen
1. Kitchen towels
Yes, those paper towels are handy, but a cloth or a sponge would work just as well. Just remember which ones you’ve used on the floor and which ones are for counter tops. Old clothes made from absorbent fabrics also make great helpers for mopping up mess – and they’re absolutely free!
2. Anti-septic detergents
A couple of decades ago, we had ordinary detergents only, and somehow, we all lived to tell the tale. Antis-septic detergents are way more expensive than the regular ones, and you seriously don’t need them. Still worried? Bleach kills all germs, and it’s cheap. Just dilute it with water and you’re ready to give everything an antiseptic wipe-down.
3. Drain unclogging aerosol
You really don’t need this. Half a cup of baking soda dissolves any fat that might be clogging your drain, and a good old-fashioned plunger does the trick now, just as it did for your grandma.
4. Stove cleaner
Nothing sucks up grease as efficiently as cornstarch. Make a paste with a little water and use it to clean stovetops and other spots that attract grease – and it has other uses too. Sprinkle it onto carpets dry and vacuum it up to remove odors.
In the Laundry
5. Washing machine cleaner
You may clean your clothes in your washing machine, but apparently even after they come out clean, the machine needs cleaning. Those specialized cleaners are expensive! Try using 2 cups of vinegar and run your machine through a wash cycle instead.
6. Fabric softener
You actually don’t need this product at all, but if you find your towels a little scratchy after they’ve been through the wash or want to add a little fragrance, it’s easy to make your own. Try adding half a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle, and perfume it with a couple of drops of essential oil. Vinegar has hundreds of uses around the home, so it’s worth buying in bulk.
7. Stain remover
Got vinegar? Rub it into stains just before washing. Chances are it will remove most stains quickly. For oily stains, a little of your regular dish detergent should do the trick. And ordinary chalk is great for oily stains too.
In the Bathroom
8. Air freshener
Almost all air fresheners contain harmful ingredients, and they cost you money. Make your own potpourri or scented wooden blocks with a few drops of essential oil. A little baking soda perfumed with essential oil works well too. If you simply have to spritz something, make your own herb-infused boiling water, add some essential oil for extra odor masking power and a tablespoon of vodka to keep it fresh. Pour the lot into a spritz bottle, and you’ve got air freshener!
9. Toilet cleaner
Bleach is good stuff for cleaning toilets, but although it doesn’t smell any stronger than regular toilet cleaner, you can also try mixing two tablespoons of baking soda with four tablespoons of white vinegar as an all-natural option.
10. Face and body scrub
Face scrubs are particularly expensive, and as for body scrubs, a face cloth does the same job. To make your own face scrub mix equal parts of sugar and olive oil (or coconut oil) with a few drops of essential oil for a face scrub, that’s as luxurious as anything you’d get in a store. Feel free to mix up a whole batch; it’ll last for two months or even longer.
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