Clean up for cheap – Naturally!

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This year one of my resolutions is to not only clean my house for cheap but also to clean more organically.  I wanted to share with you some tips for cleaning on a budget with natural products.

1.  Baking Soda

For approximately $1.00 (16 ounces) you can use baking soda to deodorize carpets.  We had a issue where our carpets were wet and we sprinkled it on the carpets, left it overnight and vacuumed it in the morning.  It was a great natural deodorizer!

You can mix a little baking soda with water to make a paste and wipe down your bathroom sink/tubs.

You can add about a 1/4 cup to your HE washer and it will clean the “smell” away.

You can add it to your dishwasher and run the cycle and it will refresh the inside!

2.  White Vinegar

For approximately $1.00 (16 ounces) you can use white vinegar to prevent mildew in your fridge and bathroom!  Mix up a 50/50 solution and wipe down your surface.

To brighten whites add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle when you do laundry.

You can also clean windows and glass with it!  Making a 50/50 solution use it as you would glass cleaner.

You can add about a 1/4 cup to your HE washer and it will clean the “smell” away.

You can add it to your dishwasher and run the cycle and it will refresh the inside!

You can use it in your steam cleaner.

3.  Lemon

For the cost of one lemon you can clean your microwave.  Warm a microwave safe bowl filled with water and half of lemon sliced for 30 seconds and it remove any residue and refresh your microwave.

Another tip is that you can use lemons in your garbage disposable.  After you clean your microwave run the hot solution down your drain and run your blades.  Not only will it sharpen them it will clean out and make your sink smell fresh!

I hope these tips help you clean up your house for cheap this year!  Also, while we help save Mother Earth.

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  1. I’ve started using all three much more these days. Great ideas!!

  2. As far as vinegar goes, I just put that in my steam cleaner as opposed to the other harsher more expensive chemicals.. It cleans it even better than those cleaners.. the carpet is brighter (we have an off white carpet with a dog :) ) and it’s way more ‘plushier’. Sometimes until it dries completely, it may have a vinegar smell but once it’s dried.. it’s nice and clean.. with a nice clean smell!

    A gallon of vinegar will last quite a long time using it in the rug shampooer

  3. Baking soda also helps as a natural softener for laundry

  4. I need to get with the natural cleaners. (Now can you find me the time?!!?) :)

  5. If you want to do it even cheaper, you can buy your vinegar and baking soda in bulk. I get both of them at Sam’s Club. It’s $1.50 for a gallon of vinegar.

    I also have 3 lemon trees :)

    I love Jes’s idea of using it in the carpet cleaner; I haven’t tried that! I think I will next time!

  6. These ideas sound great – easy and cheap!! :)

  7. Thanks for all the tips, I will definitely try the lemon and microwave and than garbage disposal one!!!

  8. Krista Rospierski says:

    I really like the idea of using vinegar in the wash to brighten whites. We have really hard water and our whites are forever getting a dingy look.

  9. Where do you add the baking soda in an HE washer? Do you just throw it in the “tub” or put it in one of the detergent compartments? thx

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