Household cleaners are necessary tools in the battle against grime, but germophobia doesn’t come cheap. Purchasing even rudimentary cleaning supplies rapidly becomes costly over time. According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spent an average of $645 per year on housekeeping supplies between 2013 and 2014. If you’re looking to save rather than spend this year, these 10 DIY household cleaners are economical and, most importantly, effective at mess management.
Homemade Carpet Stain Remover
Leave the newest name-brand carpet stain remover in the dust by delicately dabbing discolorations with diluted dishwashing liquid instead.
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As the source of your greatest gastronomical triumphs, your oven deserves a thorough scrubbing now and then to keep the appliance in tip-top shape. Create a paste of baking soda and water to banish filth.
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No pet is perfect, and on occasion your canine companion may make a mess. Use a mixture of dish soap and lukewarm water to lift the stain before saturating a towel in water to remove any soap residue.
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Why invest in expensive toilet bowl cleaners when an inexpensive homemade formula will produce better results -- without the toxic chemicals? A vinegar and water amalgamation will tend to germs, while borax attacks tough stains.
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Nothing tampers with tranquility more than a sleepless night. Keep mattress stress at bay by tackling stains with a blend of baby shampoo and water scrubbed into the surface with a clean toothbrush.
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Vinegar and hot water strike again. This time without leaving a streak!
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Strike away smudges, spills, and stains on your carpet by first soaking up the liquid with a dash of baking soda. After the powder is absorbed the liquid, simply vacuum away the remaining talc.
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To keep things running smoothly, baking soda plus vinegar is the trick!
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Copper is a higher-maintenance cookware material, but there is no need to devote all of your financial resources to preserving pots and pans. A simple scrub made of lemon and salt will restore luster to copper items.
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The wooden floors you walk on take quite a beating throughout the day, but costly cleaners don't hold a candle to this economical homemade solution. Combine a gallon of water with 1/8 cup of liquid soap and 1/8 cup vinegar to achieve gleaming planks.
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