DIY cleaning products

I can’t stand the smell and fumes from cleaning products. It makes my eyes sting, my nose water and my throat scratchy.

Even if you aren’t sensitive to cleaning chemicals, you can save a buttload of money by using DIY (do it yourself) cleaning products.

ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER
Get a spray bottle or better yet, save the cleaner bottle that you’re already using and rinse it out well after it’s empty. Fill the bottle with 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water and one squirt of liquid soap like Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap. Put the cap back on and shake well. Spray counters, toilets, showers and floors and wipe off with a clean towel. The vinegar smell will disappear after a while.

TOILET CLEANER
Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda in the toilet. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Watch it bubble and fizz. I love that part. Add a squirt of liquid dish soap. Scrub well with a toilet brush. Flush.

NOTE: After cleaning this way a bunch of times, I don’t even measure anymore. Now, I just eyeball how much I’m using.

TUB SCRUB
This stuff is fun to make. Pour about 1/3 cup of baking soda in the tub. Add liquid soap and mix with your gloved hand. You want the consistency of cake frosting. Plop some of your “tub scrub” on a no-scratch scrub sponge and scrub away. Rinse.

SINK CLEANER
Plug the sink. Slosh a tablespoon of vinegar in the bowl. Add a tablespoon of baking soda and a squirt of liquid soap. Let it all bubble and fizz and then scrub with a non-scratch scrub sponge. Turn on the faucet and add some water–not a lot. Rinse the sink and the sponge several times. Unplug the sink and drain. Rinse your sponge and wipe down any leftover cleaner and suds from the sink.

FLOOR CLEANER
If you want something stronger than the all-purpose cleaner for your kitchen or bathroom floors, get a bucket and add in a cup of vinegar, a few good squirts of liquid soap, and then a good amount of HOT water. Mop with this mix then pour it out and mop with fresh water. Dry with old towels. I do this by skating around on the towels with my feet. And no, you can’t sue me if you end up falling down and hurting yourself.

Know your limits. If you don’t have good balance, then you shouldn’t be skating on towels on your just-mopped kitchen floor. Also, f you have marble counters or floors, you’ll want to check to see if it’s okay to use vinegar and baking soda on them. Be smart. Clean at your own risk.

Last but not least, buy vinegar and baking soda in bulk or when it’s on sale. I buy my vinegar, baking soda, and scrub sponges in bulk at Costco.

If you clean this way, not only will you save a ton of money, but your mucous membrane and lungs will thank you. Happy Super Frug cleaning!

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