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Frugal Methods To Clean Your Home

Frugal Methods To Clean Your Home

If you love staying on a budget then this article is for you. Tired of all those expensive cleaners for the house which do not produce the results you desire? If you want a handy solution that is organic and safe, try these easy home cleaning remedies.

Multipurpose cleaner


Combine one-quarter cup of vinegar (use the regular white vinegar, the apple cider varieties can be used for cooking). Combine this with a cup of water, a pinch of baking soda and a bit of liquid detergent. Voila! You have yourself a functional and highly effective cleaning solution. You can use this to clean glass surfaces, metal and even floors.

Wood polisher


Take about a quarter cup of vegetable oil or any oil and combine it with a quarter cup of vinegar. Mix well and use this solution to polish up wooden floors and wooden furniture pieces. This works as good if not better than most commercial wood polishers in the market.


Glass cleaner


Most glass cleaners can be very expensive. Instead, try this simple mixture, which works wonders for all stained glass surfaces. Take an ordinary spray bottle. Pour a quarter cup of vinegar along with one cup of plain or distilled water. Shake the bottle vigorously. The solution is ready for use.

Cleaning cloths


Instead of buying cleaning cloth from the store, consider using your old t-shirts and other soft clothes for this purposes. Try using clothes, which you are planning to discard. It is a great way to recycle old clothes and the cleaning results as better than most commercial cleaning cloths.

Eliminating odors


Vinegar is great for removing those smells in the house. If your refrigerator does not smell right or if there is a weird smell just take a pinch of baking soda and mix it with vinegar. Keep this solution in the place where the smell is coming from. The next morning the smell should be gone.

Bleaching clothes


Lemon juice is great in terms of its bleaching properties. Just add lemon juice straight from the fruit. You can even mix it with salt or baking soda if the stain is too stubborn. Let the mixture sit on the stain for sometime and then wash as usual. The clothes are bleached and there will not be any trace of the stain.

Rust removal


If rust has settled in on any steel furniture, utensil or any equipment, you can now remove it completely using a homemade recipe. Just submerge the area that is rusted in vinegar (or a diluted vinegar solution if the rust is not too severe). Let it sit for half an hour and then rinse off. The rust should be gone completely.

Washing vegetables and fruits


Most vegetable and fruit washing solutions are very expensive. Try this frugal method instead. Combine vinegar and water in equal proportions and spray this on the fruit or vegetable. Then wash as usual.

Mildew removal


If mildew or mold has settled into your wall or other parts of the home, you can use this recipe for eliminating it completely. Combine a quarter cup of vinegar, quarter cup of laundry detergent, a cup of water and some baking soda. Mix the solution thoroughly and then spray it onto the mildew infested area. Take a hard-bristled brush and then scrub clean. The mildew will be gone completely.