Cleaning Products for Less

Cleaning products can be a bit pricey. Make your own cleaning solutions to “be green” and save money too.
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Cleaning Products for Less

Cleaning products

Cleaning products can be a bit pricey. Common and safe household ingredients such as plain soap, baking soda, and vinegar or lemon juice are low cost ingredients for a number of household friendly recipes. Make your own cleaning solutions to "be green" and save money too.

We can use safe-to-handle household staples like baking soda, borax, vinegar and lemon juice to handle tough jobs. Baking soda can be used to cut grease, clean oven spills, absorb odors, and to clean tile and glass. Borax makes a good all-purpose cleaner. White vinegar and lemon juice are good at removing hard-water deposits, rust stains and discoloration on metal surfaces.

When making your own cleaning solutions, follow these steps:

First, read and follow all safety labels on the ingredients before mixing together. Some products like chlorine bleach and ammonia, produce a toxic gas when mixed together.

Second, mix only what you need for a month's supply. Some products may lose their effectiveness over times. Mix solutions in a well-ventilated area.

It is important to store cleaners out of the reach of children. Place mixed products in a new container and label and date.

Other cost saving ideas include use a damp mop on floors instead of sweeping and use a squeegee to clean shower doors after each used. To reduce the amount of dirt tracked indoors, place a doormat at each entryway; better yet, ask family members to remove their shoes when indoors. Freshen you indoor air by boiling cinnamon, cloves or other herbs instead of spraying store-bought air fresheners.

Drain Cleaner

For slow drains, use this drain cleaner once a week to keep drains fresh and clog-free.

1/2 cup baking soda

1 cup white vinegar

1 gallon boiling water

Pour baking soda down the drain or disposal, followed by vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam for several minutes before flushing the drain with boiling water.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) PA Nutrition Education TRACKS (SNAP-Ed)

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