Choosing affordable alternatives to the things you normally do not only saves money, but it tends to benefit the environment, too. Cost-cutting often involves taking the DIY approach, and in the case of making your own cleaning products, you’re being kind to the environment while also adopting healthier choices for your family and your home. Store-bought cleaners are not only expensive, but they’re also loaded with abrasive, potentially unhealthy chemicals. You’re cleaning up dander, debris, and dust; you don’t want to introduce a load of toxic chemicals into your home in the process.
Create an all-purpose cleaner using ingredients that you have already. Grab an empty bottle, then fill it with one part vinegar to nine parts water—that’s it. You have a solution to tackle practically any room in the house. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to cut the aroma of the vinegar. For a tip-top dusting alternative, fill a spray bottle with two tablespoons of lemon juice, a few drops of olive oil, and 10 drops of lemon oil. A solution of one part water to three parts baking soda is an ideal grout cleaner for the bathroom.
Conventional cleaners end up going down the drain. After that, they may wind up polluting rivers and streams, where the disinfectants and metabolites wreak havoc on flora and fauna. Keep those harsh chemicals away from your family, the fish, and the other critters that live in the lakes and ponds. Continue reading to learn more about how to save money while being kind to the environment.