Life with kids gets messy — and expensive. There is inevitable lots of hours ahead on our journey of motherhood that will be filled with scrubbing gum off beloved items, erasing crayon marks from walls and washing our carpet until we can no longer see that bright kool-aid stain. Cut back on expenses and time with these easy diy cleaning solutions. They really work, and I rarely buy cleaning supplies! I love making my own and love saving money on expensive cleaning supplies. Get ready to spruce up your house on the cheap!
For super-sticky stuff, homemade Goo Gone is the way to go…and let me just say this right here. I LOVE baking soda!! There, I said it. Baking soda is one of my best friends. I use it as a paste to clean grout, scrub my stove and anything else that needs a really good scrubbing and has caked on grease. So, you know if a cleaning recipe has baking soda in it, it’s a winner!
Homemade Goo Gone
- 1 part vegetable oil
- 2 parts baking soda
Stir together until paste is formed. Then, use a paper towel or apply by hand to the surface that needs to be cleaned. Work the mixture into the sticky messes until they release from the surface. Rinse with soapy, warm water and enjoy the super-clean transformation!
This is perfect for bathtubs, showers, tiles and even some kitchen counters. This stuff gets out stains like nobody’s business!
Homemade Soft Scrub Cleanser
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup castile soap
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 10-15 drops of tea tree oil
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar
In a medium-sized bowl, mix the baking soda and castile soap. Add water and tea tree oil. Stir with a fork until well-blended. Next, add vinegar —slowly. The mixture will bubble up (remember the volcano experiments you did in school? :)) Stir until mixture becomes a paste. Store in a clean container of your choice.
Hand-washing Dish Soap
- 1/4 cup soap flakes or soap shavings
- 2 cups water
- 1-2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar or lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon glycerin (optional)
- 3-5 drops essential oil (optional)
Pour water and soap into a medium-sized saucepan and slowly heat over medium heat. Stir constantly until soap is melted. Do not let the mixture come to a boil. Reduce the heat as needed. Once the soap is melted, stir in the vinegar. Let the mixture cool in the pot. Add essential oils of your choice for added scent. Once cooled, store in a clean container.
Now you’re ready for some MAJOR house-cleaning! Roll up your sleeves and get to scrubbing! Your house will be squeaky clean in no time.
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