I care a lot about saving money and the environment. I save a good bit of money and a good bit of the planet (ha ha) making my own household cleaners. I use baking soda (>$1), salt (>$1), white vinegar ($2 for the big jug), borax ($2.50), and lemon juice ($2.50) for about everything. I keep a spray bottle in my kitchen as an "all-purpose" cleaner. It is vinegar, baking soda and water with about 10-20 drops of a citrus essential oil. If there is a big mess, I just spray it on and leave it for 5 min or so and it wipes right up. I sprinkle baking soda on carpets 10min before vacuuming and wash windows with vinegar. I use borax on the toilet bowls. Sprinkle it in, let it sit over night if possible and use the brush on it in the morning. It works very well. Also, if the bath tub is really yucky from soap scum, borax works well there too. I also make my own laundry detergent, which saves me a bundle. Grate a bar of Ivory or Naptha Fels soap, add 1 cup of washing soda (in the laundry aisle) and 1 cup of borax. It only takes 1/8 a cup of this to wash a full load and it works very well. I have 3 little boys so I can really say that. Also, I use a clothes line. I haven't turned my dryer on in months. Rubbing alcohol shines stainless steel faucets and such and cleans appliances really well (mine are white). I have all wood floors in my house and haven't found the right combination for cleaning them yet. I like Murphy's Oil, but I have to mop at least once a day and it gets too expensive. I have been using vinegar and baking soda, but if anyone has any suggestions I would love to here them. April
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