Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How to Save Money on Cleaning Supplies

How to Save Money on Cleaning Supplies

1. Borax
Borax has been cleaning homes for 115 years now and is still one of the cheapest laundry detergents around. Before vacuuming sprinkle borax on carpets and let set for 15 minutes. Not only doe it neutralize odors but it kills fleas as well.

2. Vinegar
Vinegar is nature's all-purpose cleaner. Simply put equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean any surface (except marble). In different strengths, it can be used to clean soap scum, windows and hardwood floors. Vinegar dries without leaving a film and is non-toxic too.

3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is another natural substance that can be used to clean virtually anything. Just about everyone knows that it makes a great toothpaste, but a paste made out of baking soda and a old toothbrush works great as a jewelry cleaner. A paste of baking soda also works wonders as an abrasive cleaner in both the bathroom and the kitchen.

4. Newspapers
Store circulars and local newspaper often fill the mailbox but before putting them in the recycling bin put them to good use. Newspaper work great to wash windows and any other glass surface with. Not only are they cheaper then paper towels, they never leave lint particles. You are saving money and helping the environment. Furthermore, you will always find more reasons to use newspapers (pets, crafts, wrapping presents, packing, etc), so you'll probably save money down the road too!

5. Oranges
Oranges are not just a good source of vitamin C they work great at controlling odors. Simply put a few pieces of the peels in a garbage disposal and leave sit overnight. Not only do they absorb odors but it leaves a citrus aroma behind. Orange peels also work great in the bottom of a trash can or in a vacuum cleaner canister or bag. Think of how much you can save on air fresheners, candles, potpourri, etc. What's even better is that with orange peels, you waste less. They're biodegradeable and you're not adding any more fumes, plastics or metals to the environment.

6. Coffee
That morning pot of coffee does not just give people some pep in their step, it works great as a fertilizer for indoor and outdoor plants. Simply add used coffee grounds to a gallon of water and let sit over night then use to water the plants. Coffee grounds can also be poured right on top of the soil and in outdoor gardens not only does it fertilize but it is a great insect repellent. Don't use this an excuse to splurge though - keep your coffee expenses low to really see the effects of this. If you're able to grow lots of fruits and vegetables, you'll really be saving tons!

Jannifer Bartrend likes to save money on homeremedies and by visiting Boatinsurance.org.