It is essential that my family stay on a budget by buying smart and affordable groceries. I have always wanted to go green not only is it wonderful for our environment it is great for the pocket book. With the decision made, I started to get rid of all of cleaners that pose a risk. What I found alarming, we never use most of these cleaners, and I could only assume that they were a significant cost to our budget. According to Huffington Post, “In 2011, the website Statistic Brain compiled census data and found that the average American spent $42 on cleaning supplies every month.” (Colley, S. 1) Proof of such fact, at the end of the day, I had thrown away two big grocery bags that contained specific cleaners such as kitchen and bath, as well as dusting and window cleaners. With my plan set in motion, to be green the next step was to start using these homemade cleaners.
With recipes in tow, I headed to the store and bought the basic ingredients excluding the ones I already had such as vinegar, baking soda, essential oils and lemon juice. My bill for the ingredients I needed came to $15.96, items in my bag included Borax, washing soda, detergent bar and non-related items for baking. Below are some simple formulas and their purpose labeled.
All Purpose Cleaner:
Clear Spray bottle 6 oz
6 oz Distilled or Filtered Water Warm
20 drops of Thieves or Lemon Juice
Solid Color Spray Bottle 6 or 8 oz
50/50 Solution of Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide
Mason Quart Jar to House Detergent
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Washing Soda
½ Detergent Bar finely grated
20 to 25 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Optional)
Makes enough for 30 to 50 loads depending on kind of washer HE front loader or top loading use 1 ½ to 2 Tbsp Per Load
*** I use dryer balls instead of softener. Also to make the solutions it can take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes, but time well spent.
I use these cleaners along side with other products like Norwex’s anti-bac cloths (already purchased) for dusting and window cleaning as well as Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day dish & hand soap, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day toilet bowl cleaner because it is environmentally friendly and manufacture locally in Minneapolis. (Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day will be the featured product American Made, July 2013).
To sum up, I take pride in my green homemade products to know that I am setting an example for my daughter, Becca. In addition, to know that there are no more harsh chemicals in my home that will surely help my Becca with her chronic lung disease not to breathe in the harsh fumes or odors. In addition, now she can help her mom clean the house, is a huge benefit!
1. Colley, Angela. 13 July 2012. “How to Save on Household Cleaning Supplies.” The Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/how-to-save-on-household-cleaning-supplies_n_1671429.html