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How to Save Money with DIY Kitchen Cleaners
Put down that bottle of Lysol, my friend. I’ve got news for you. Are you sitting down?
You are wasting your money (we’ll get to that in a second) and possibly making your family sick.
Are your cleaning products making you sick?
Don’t just take my word for it. Check out this study from the American Lung Association about how products, even those labeled as “green”, can cause irritation and health issues.
Or this one from the Environmental Working Group linking toxic chemicals in cleaning products to asthma, allergies, even cancer.
Many of you know by now that my little man (my son) has pretty bad asthma and this momma bear will do pretty much anything to keep her baby out of the hospital.
Consequently, I research asthma like it’s my job. The more I learned about asthma, the more horrified I became.
Many “normal” aspects of life, the foods he loved, our cleaning products, the numerous antibiotics he’d taken, our home itself, were possible asthma triggers. (If you know someone with asthma, read more here…it’s fascinating/terrifying)
Naturally, this information sent me on a downward spiral deep into modern-day hippie-dom because nobody messes with my baby ;).
However, my deep dive into the world of DIY cleaners started long before I knew it was a health thing. It started as a money thing.
How Cleaning Products Waste your Money
When we made our very first budget we were super hardcore. Like there were will be no edits, this is what we will spend and not a cent more hardcore. (Granted, we had worked our butts off to cut out enough to have a balanced budget, one where you don’t spend more than you make, so we genuinely didn’t have room to spend on anything else.)
Well, we forgot about cleaning supplies. We also forgot about personal care items. We forgot to add a lot of semi-important things to that month’s budget. Thanks to those mistakes, we learned to replace our “necessary” cleaning products with significantly cheaper DIY versions that work just as well.
Are you ready to save money and improve your health?
Over the next few weeks, I will share the exact recipes I’ve used for the past two years to detox our entire home and save tons of money. Let’s start with the kitchen…
P.S If patience is not your thing and you want ALL of the recipes NOW click here.
How to Save Money (and improve your health) with DIY Kitchen Cleaners
Ingredients for DIY Kitchen Cleaners:
Vinegar (I usually buy mine at Aldi or Costco.)
Distilled Water (I usually buy mine from Walmart or Target.)
Supplies for DIY Kitchen Cleaners:
Mason Jars or Recycled Glass Jars
Recipes for DIY Kitchen Cleaners:
Notes: I used to add three drops of Thieves instead of Tea Tree and Grapefruit. Now, I use 1/2 capful of Thieves Cleaner and with about 6 ounces of water to clean pretty much everything.
Notes: I have replaced the sweet almond oil with fractionated coconut oil or olive oil. (I’m a big fan of experimenting with what you already have. Recipes are just guidelines, not rules ;).) Both options work just as well.
Notes: I have tried six different dishwasher soap recipes. This is the only one I’ve found that works! Pay attention to her instructions about storage. It definitely turns into a giant rock if you don’t take the time to break up the clumps over the first few days.
6. Rinse Agent– just add 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a cup to the top rack of your dishwasher. Some sites say you can add vinegar directly to the rinse compartment on your dishwasher but I have found leaving it out on the top rack to be more effective.
Notes: I usually add a few drops of Thieves or Lemon essential oils to my floor cleaner to increase its grime busting power. You can also just add 1/2 of a capful to Thieves Cleaner to your bucket of water.
Tips for Entering the World of DIY Kitchen Cleaners:
Warning: DIY kitchen cleaners do not look, smell or work the same way commercial cleaners do.
That in no way means they are not working.
So, even if your soap isn’t sudsy, stay calm. Bubbles have nothing to do with cleanliness (here’s proof). If your dishes don’t “smell clean” anymore, that’s OK. The heat of the dishwasher water is killing the germs. The smell is just the chemical residue left behind which is definitely not good for you.
The moral of the story? As long as you are getting the results you need: grease-free dishes, streak-free windows, and grime-free counters, your products are working. The process may look different but you are achieving the same goal and saving yourself a lot of money.
Ditch the paper
Another great way to save money while cleaning your kitchen is to ditch the paper products. We replaced paper towels with cut up old cloth towels and t-shirts about a year ago and haven’t looked back since. Here’s a much more official un-paper towel tutorial.
Know your Green Cleaning Ingredients
You may not love all of these DIY recipes. That’s OK! There are millions more. Dive into the depths of Pinterest and find one that works better for you. Just be careful not to mix these ingredients.
Be Proud of Yourself
Making your own DIY kitchen cleaners may seem like a little thing, but it’s huge! You are channeling your creativity in a way that is saving you money, keeping your family healthier and making Mother Nature smile. That is no small feat.
If you are ready to detox your entire home in 30 days or less, be sure to get your free guide below.
I am a free spirit who learned to use creativity as a key to success in chasing after debt freedom. I am a mom, lover of all things DIY, a little bit of a treehugger and modern-day hippy and an encourager to the core. If you need a little inspiration for your debt free journey, you’ve come to the right place.