D.I.Y Cleaning on a Budget!!

It's Wednesday! 
Which means the week is almost over.
 If you're like most people, you'll probably spend some of your weekend cleaning. 
I figured I'd share some of my budget friendly cleaning products. 

I'm crazy about a clean house, but it was getting to the point where I was spending too much on cleaning products. So a few years ago I started making my own products that are easy on the pocket, and won't leave your house smelling like bleach. 

CARPET POWDER

We have white carpet in our bedroom, so we use a lot of carpet cleaner. Here's the recipe for my favorite carpet powder. 


2 cups borax 
2 cups baking soda
Peel from 1/2 lemon
20+ mint leaves

Combine all ingredients in a container and let it sit for 2-3 hours before using - it's that simple. If you don't have mint you can use essential oils, nutmeg, cinnamon, or any herb. I normally use something from my herb garden, and the smell of mint on our carpet is amazing!

I sprinkle the mixture on all my carpet/rugs and leave it for 15-30 mins, and then vacuum. 


ALL PURPOSE CLEANER (APC)

This by far is my favorite cleaner. It can be used for bathroom, tile, and all kitchen appliances. But because of the citrus, it's not safe for granite, marble, or wooden floors.


 2 cups vinegar
4 cups water
2 tablespoon Borax
juice from 1/2 lemon 
juice from 1/2 lime 
fresh lavender (or essentials oil)

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Let the mixture sit over night before using, and then you'll be good to go.

Lavender is just for the smell, and since we have 6 lavender bushes along our fence, I tend to use it a lot for cleaning. You can use any scent you like. 

WOODEN FLOOR AND GRANITE CLEANER

This stuff works wonders on my wooden floors, and keeps my granite looking brand new. It's also great on mirrors and windows.


3 cups water
2 cups rubbing alcohol (or vodka)
1/3 cup vinegar
lots of lavender

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake. Let it sit over night before using.

If you don't have lavender, any herb or essential oil will do the trick. (DO NOT USE CITRUS!!)

GARBAGE DISPOSAL CLEANER

I'm not sure what smells worse - a dirty garbage disposal, or the smell of bleach in the disposal.

Here's my fix to those problems. 


Fill an ice tray with vinegar and lemon pieces and freeze overnight. (leave lime out)

1.) Run water in garbage disposal until hot, and then turn off. 
2.) Cut lime in half
3.) Turn on garbage disposal, and throw 4 vinegar ice cubes in.
4.) Turn hot water back on, and squeeze 1 whole lime into the garbage disposal. 

After this you'll never go back to pouring bleach down your disposal. 


TEETH WHITENING

For some reason teeth are always the first thing I look at on a person, and it can be fairly expensive to get your teeth professionally whitened. I've tried pretty much every whitening product out there. Some worked great while other didn't work at all. A few years ago, I started researching D.I.Y for whiter teeth, and this one seems to be working. 

 

 2 tablespoon peroxide
2 tablespoon baking soda
a pinch of lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and use a toothbrush to apply. 

After I'm done brushing, I let it sit on my teeth of about 1 minute, and then rinse. Then I brush my teeth like I normally do! (I only use whitening toothpaste). Since there is lemon in the mixture, I do this only once or twice a week so it won't destroy my enamel.

I brush and floss my teeth a minimum of twice a day, and I check in with my dentist every six months!


 On days I need a little extra whiting. I add a little bit of baking soda to my toothpaste! 

Happy Cleaning
xoxo ~ Em

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