Make 8 of your own natural cleaning products to save money and get green

three generic, plain household cleaner bottles, arm & hammer baking soda box, bunch of lemons with one sliced open, Heinz vinegar bottle

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The following advice will help me:

  • save money?
  • use natural products in my home?
  • eliminate toxins from my life?
  • be green and environmentally conscious?
I wanted to share them with you:
  1. Make your own cleaning supplies. Instead of spending money at the grocery store on expensive household foaming cleaners, you can make your own simple and non-toxic cleanser by mixing equal parts baking soda and Borax. Shake a bit out, add a drop of dishwashing liquid, and scrub away. Jennifer’s thrifty sister Anne swears by it and gave out boxes of the mixture as Christmas gifts for like-minded friends.
  2. Make your own carpet freshener. Why pay a few dollars for a spray or powder that makes your carpet smell good when you can easily make your own? Buy a big box of baking soda. Add some dried lavender seeds or finely chopped rosemary leaves. Pour it into an empty pizza cheese shaker, and there you have it–your own scented room freshener. Walk around the room shaking it everywhere, wait fifteen or so minutes, and vacuum it up. Just like the store-bought, but you made it yourself for less.
  3. Make your own air freshener. Like making your own carpet freshener, you can also easily make air freshener. Take an empty spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the water, and spritz away.
  4. Make your own moth repellent. Don’t buy chemical moth repellent or moth balls; use natural methods for free instead. Moths dislike rosemary. If it grows in your garden, cut several small sprigs and hang it from a clothes hanger in your closet. If you don’t have a ready source of rosemary in your own yard, look around the neighborhood to see who does. Knock on the door and ask your neighbor if you can cut a bunch. You can also use lavender, mint, thyme, and eucalyptus for the same effect.
  5. Make your own glass cleaner. Skip the blue stuff from the store and instead make your own simple glass cleaner. Reuse a spray bottle (clean it first) and mix together 1 cup of water, 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.
  6. Use salt everywhere. Salt doesn’t just add flavor to food; it is an amazing versatile mineral that can be used for a variety of budget purposes. You can remove stains with salt, open clogged drains by adding one-half cup of salt to one quart of hot water and pouring it down the drain, use it as a weed killer, clean brass and copper with a salt and vinegar paste, and keep ants out of your cupboard shelves by sprinkling a bit there too. Use cheap salt instead of high-priced cleaning products.
  7. Make your own insecticide. You can spend a lot on insecticides, including the price you pay in possible health damage and environmental costs too. But you can also make your own witches brew of ten cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of vegetable oil, three cups of hot water and a teaspoon of dish soap. Yes, it sort of sounds like what you’d find in your sink along with your soaking dishes after a rich Italian meal. But it works.
  8. Make your own spot weed killer. Sure, Roundup works great, but it also costs a bundle, especially if you just need a little, because you have to buy a lot, even in the smaller containers. So try making a mix of your own: Blend 2 cups of liquid bleach in a1 gallon of hot water.

The above tips are directly quoted from 573 Ways to Save Money by Peter Sander and Jennifer Sander. While the title boasts that you can, “save the cost of this book many times over in less than a day,” I opted to borrow it from the library, and I recommend that you do the same.




  1. More advice:

    Cinnamon can also be used to repel ants. Just remember not to vacuum it up after (use a broom instead), as it will smell like christmas in your home pretty much forever.

    Salt works wonders to remove blood stains. Even from walls (this sounds bad, but really I killed a mosquito against the white wall and it lefts a blood splatter. Salt took all of it).

    Hairspray can help remove ink stains from clothing.

  2. oh, and vinegar pretty much is a wonder cleaning-aid.

  3. Thanks for adding to the post! I have a book that Mrs. Mary gave me with a bunch more ideas, but these were relatively new ones I read in this book I just borrowed from the library about ways to save money. Seriously, using natural products and saving money? Can’t go wrong. Thanks for reading and commenting!
    Oh- and big ewwww about the bug.

  4. This is the first time I’ve been to your site. Thank you for posting more details.

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