Buy or DIY: Frugal Cleaning Choices
Guest Post by Daisy Hargreaves of CityCleaners.org.uk
I have always tried to find the easiest and the parsimonious way to everything. And especially for my cleaning needs. I used to spend tons of money on cleaning products that I thought I couldn’t clean without. Until I realized that they are all pretty much the same, they had the same chemicals and had the same properties. That is when I started buying fewer cleaning products and used them to clean more things. And still I was spending quite a lot of money because the products were fewer, but when I used them more they run out quickly and I had to buy more. Then I decided to try to make them on my own.
I searched for information and recipes and tried some of them. Believe it or not, they do work. And the results are fantastic. Not only am I cleaning my home with natural products, but it really is very frugal and economical, because I can make a big amount of certain product and use it for a very long time. Plus you would not need to use big quantities of the products.
And most of the things that are needed for a DIY cleaning products are: white vinegar, baking soda, lemons, essential oils, rubbing alcohol, water, and maybe Borax or liquid soap – for the stronger ones. If you decide to make your own cleaning products, you should know that you can make any kind of products – from dish washing soap, to laundry detergent, to garbage deodorizer bombs.
Here is an example of a very easy to make and very efficient all-purpose cleaner:
-1/2 cup of white vinegar
-2 tablespoons of baking soda
-a few drops of essential oil (tea tree or eucalyptus are my favorites)
“Mix these ingredients and you will have an all-purpose cleaner that will work on all kinds of surfaces” says Tottenham CityCleaners. The vinegar and baking soda will help dissolve the grease or dirt and the essential oil will help with the disinfecting and add a better scent to it.
This is an example for a window cleaner:
2 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
2-3 drops of orange essential oil for a nice smell
DIY cleaning products are naturally the better choice, because you do not only save yourself a lot of money, since using said products is quite frugal (a bottle of essential oil will last you for many months), but all-natural home-made cleaning products mean a safer home environment for your family. You will not be bringing those dangerous chemicals into your home. On the other side, though you might be saving more money when making your cleaning products but you will not be saving that much time. Because you still need time to make them. But once you have made a big amount you will not have to do it often. It is all up to you, whichever is the most convenient way for you. A window cleaner for example does not cost much and is as efficient as any other. You do not have to make one from scratch.
You might use both – homemade and store-bought. If you have kids, you may use DIY natural cleaning products in places like their room or bathroom, or the kitchen – where your kid spends most time.
Daisy Hargreaves uses home made cleaners daily. She has professional experience in the field of cleaning- she is a small business owner. Visit her at http://www.citycleaners.org.uk