Want to get away from commercial products but aren't sure where to turn beyond your box of baking soda? Here are easy recipes for 5 household products! Sometimes baking soda is enough... and sometimes you need something more. These are all recipes I have tried and used extensively -- with my honest opinion of them. :)
1. Homemade scouring powder. This takes just a minute to mix and works great. I haven't bought commercial scouring powder since trying this homemade version several years ago. If you use scouring powder, this one is worth making (unless you can get it for free somehow!). :)
2. Homemade laundry detergent. You knew this one was coming, right? :) Now, for my confession. Ever since we moved across-country almost 2 years ago, I have just used laundry soap powder in a big bucket from Costco. It's around $14 and my first bucket (which was actually a gift from my in-laws when we moved here!) lasted us 12 months! I use less than the recommended amount and it works great. No storing supplies to make my own. And for $1.20 a month? I do like 20+ loads of laundry every month!!
3. Homemade toothpaste. This one's fun to make and even tastes pretty good! I'm not still using this homemade toothpaste, since I instead am going by this dentist's advice for dental health -- which includes fluoride. No, I'm not done studying about teeth...
4. Homemade/upcycled/free dish cloths. Don't laugh! Seriously, these are the best dish cloths. But if you like your fancy store-bought dish cloths, then here are tips on how to deal with stinky dish cloths. :)
5. Homemade deodorant. Really easy, effective, and affordable. Aluminum-free! This stuff is great. Do give your body an adjustment period of a week or even longer if you've been using anti-perspirant for years on end. Body odor is a strange thing some times! Another frugal deodorant alternative is a salt crystal.
Re-purposing cheap shampoo (from when my long, thick hair said "noooooo" to the free stuff!)
Simplifying cleaning around the home! Unfortunately, I think every time we add a child to the family the definition of "clean" changes a little -- for the dirtier! Someday when the kids are older this trend reverses, right??? ;)
Getting motivated to clean! I sure need this most days. :P
My cleaning routines/tips. That post, from several years ago, is funny to read. Life changes a lot in 4 years' time, I guess!
Frugal toilet cleaner: I read somewhere that using a few tablespoons of bleach is just as good as any fancy toilet cleaner. For tears now, I've just used a splash of bleach in the toilet every couple weeks -- and use a brush to clean it. I turn on the bathroom exhaust fan when I do this, to help avoid the fumes. I keep bleach in the house for various reasons so this works for me! :)
Frugal glass and mirror cleaner: Distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. This makes a good kitchen or all-purpose cleaner as well. This is probably my most-used cleaning product -- except for dish soap! :)
My household cleaners:
Scouring powder (bathroom, kitchen)
Vinegar in spray bottle (bathroom, kitchen)
Bleach (toilet, towels occasionally)
Various soaps and cleaning cloths/rags -- for dishes, handwashing, and laundry
Do you have a recipe for a really great worth-making household product? Leave me a link or comment about it! I'm up for trying something new! :)