Homemade Cleaning Solutions: Affordable Mr. Clean Magic Erasers!

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Good morning, savvy savers! For this weeks Cleaning Solutions post, I want to share one of my secrets to a clean home, I have found a way to purchase cheap magic erasers! Through a little research, I discovered that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are just squares of melamine foam! Just cheap, plastic foam! What the melamine does, is that it acts like a small grit of sandpaper. So, my tip it to purchase your own squares through Amazon; I use this seller, here. You can purchase a box of 30 for $6.99, with free shipping, making each eraser only $0.23 each; which out-prices even the Dollar Tree’s 2-pack of erasers by a third!

So, if you use this cleaning product often, then be sure to look into this idea.

Here’s to a cleaner home!

Ways To Stretch The Dollar: Make Homemade Customizable Scents Of Pine Sol, For Only $0.15 A Bottle!

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Hello again, savvy savers! With many of us elbow-deep in Spring cleaning projects and chores, I thought that this would be a great time to post the recipe for my favorite homemade cleaner! So for this weeks Ways To Stretch A Dollar Series, I will show you how to make customizable, homemade Pine Sol!

As we all know, Pine-sol is a great all-purpose cleaning solvent, as it can be used to clean floors, used in a spray bottle for sinks and counters, and even used to soak and sanitize general household items! What’s not great about the cleaner is the hefty price tag it bears! Fear not, I have learned to be able to make my cleaner for $0.15 a bottle!

Here’s how:

1) Make a base solvent, using 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of borax powder, if used in a spray bottle.

2) If bottling a concentrate, mix 8 cups water, with 8 teaspoons of borax powder; store the mixture in a used, cleaned cleaning bottle.

3) Add your scents.

-6 Drops Pine Essential Oil and a cedar ball in the bottom of your cleaner = Original Pine Sol Scented Cleaner.

-1/2 squeezed lemon and 2 drops Eucalyptus Oil = Lemon Fresh Scented Pine Sol.

-9 Drops Lavender Oil and 2 Drops Eucalyptus Oil = Lavender Clean Pine Sol.

-6 Drops Eucalyptus Oil and 1 piece of dried sage in cleaning bottle = Sparkling Wave Pine Sol

-1 Cinnamon Stick, 6 drops lemon oil, and one piece orange peel in bottle = Mandarin Sunrise Pine Sol.

-6 Drops Eucalyptus Oil, 1 Cedar Ball, and dried mint= Outdoor Fresh Pine Sol

And that’s it! I generally make my cleaners the night before, and let them sit, and for stronger scents, I make them several days ahead of time. As well, I use Amazon.com gift cards, earned from taking online surveys, to purchase my essential oils; I also find that I can save money by adding these oils to my bi-monthly Amazon Subscribe & Save Program as well!

Here’s to cleaning!

Homemade Cleaning Solutions: Make a Clorox Bleach Pen, For Only $0.05!

 

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Good morning, savvy savers! As Spring Cleaning is a way of life for so many us presently, I thought for this weeks Homemade Cleaning Solutions post,  I would share my recipe for homemade Clorox Bleach Pens! These pen, though so handy, are quite expensive, but fear not, with my recipe they can be made using recycled goods and products you are sure to have on hand, for only $0.05!

Here’s what you’ll need:

¾ C water
¼ C cornstarch
5–8 Tbsp bleach
Empty glue bottle
1 Sandwhich Bag

Here’s how to make it:

1) Mix together cold water and cornstarch in a saucepan.

2) Stir continually over medium to high heat until mixture thickens.

3) Once your mixture is thick and pasty, let it cool.

4) Transsfer your mixture to a small plstic sandwhich bag.

5) Stir in the bleach, slowly as to avoid splatter.

6) The mixture will thin out depending on how much you add; a good rule of thumbs to note is that the more bleach you add, the stronger your gel will be.

7) Now cut a small hole in the corner of your sandwhich bag, and pipe your mixture into a glue bottle, labeled bleach pen, and reseal.

8) Enjoy the clean!

Affordable Cleaning Solutions: Save $48.68 A Year With Homemade Orange-Infused Glass Cleaner!

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Good morning, savvy savers! For Thursdays Cleaning Solutions post, I wanted to share with you my recipe for Homemade Orange Glass Cleaning Cleaner! With the outrageous cost of commercial glass cleaners, I created an organic, non-toxic, child and pet-safe all purpose cleaner which can be for under $5.00 for a years worth of cleaner! As the average cost of a bottle of store-bought orange cleaner is 3.89, and I use a bottle of spray a month, that’s a savings of $48.68 a year! Here’s how to make this!

Ingredients:

1 Clean, dried mason jar
The peels of 3 oranges
2 Cups Distilled, white vinegar
1 Empty Bottle
1 Funnel
1 Plastic Bowl
1 Sifter

To start:

1) Obtain a clean mason jar, and fill it with 16 ounces, 4 cups, of distilled white vinegar.

2) Place the peel of three oranges in the mason jar with the vinegar.

3) Secure the cap and ring on the mason jar.

4) Store the jar in a cool, dry place for 14 days.

5) On the 15th day, open the jar and strain the contents into a sifter, over a plastic bowl.

6) Return the solution to the mason jar with a funnel; label your jar as cleaning concentrate.

7) Open a spray bottle and add 1/4 cup of the solution, 2 ounces, to 5 cups water.

8) Seal the bottle and shake gently.

9) Use in conjunction with newspaper to clean most glass surfaces, including counters.

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Please note, that this is the cleaner I also use daily to clean off the counters in my own kitchen, on the cabinets, and around the baseboards! This is also the cleaner I use when completeing many of the daily challanges on MoneySavingMom.com and their Organizing Challanges!

This is an awesome cleaner!

Enjoy the clean!

Affordable Cleaning Solution: Clean Toilet Bowl Ring With Gatorade!

Hello again, savvy savers! Today finds us with another awesome, affordable cleaning solution for a common bathroom problem, toilet bowl ring! I have a tried-and-true method to remove toilet bowl ring stains, Gatorade! Yes, America’s favorite sports-drink is also an awesome, affordable cleaner! Simply pour 2 cups of Gatorade, for harsh set-in stains, and for general cleaning use 2 ounces, or 1/4 cup, in the toilet and let sit for twenty minutes. Scrub and flush. The citric acid is the cleaning agent, and the hero of this piece. What’s better, I often find sales on Gatorade, and my local Winn-Dixie sells single bottles, enough for six cleanings, for only $0.69! That blows the lowest price I had previously seen at the Dollar Tree for Lysol Cling Toilet Bowl Cleaner of $1.00, by a whopping $0.31! You can clean your toilet for $0.10 a week, if using it for normal cleaning, as mentioned above! How awesome is that!

Cleaning Solution Tip: Doll Hairspray!

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Calling all parents with adorable, cute little girls? If your child was anything like myself as a kid, then the quality of their dolls hair may not be the best on occasion, and to this I have a great, simple, affordable solution, doll hairspray! Just take a spray bottle, add two tablespoons fabric softener to three cups cold water, shake well, and voila, doll hairspray! This is a tried-and-true method for fixing any dolls hair. Please note, use a comb for most dolls hair, as I have found that many brushes, including the small plastic brushes that come with most toys, will pull doll hair loose from its track cap! Enjoy!

An Affordable Way To Clean Your Whole House Series: Remove Rust with Cream of Tartar!

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Here is another great way to save on cleaning your whole home! When I find some of my stainless steel appliances, such as my over, toaster, coffee maker, and refrigerator, all of which are stainless steel, have small spots of rust, gunk, spots, or dirt, I use a simple paste of cream of tartar and water, along with a toothbrush, to clean these items to a shine! This trick works well, is economical, and a real time-saver! Enjoy the sparkle your appliances, and pots and pans for that matter, will have after using this trick!  Also note, from time to time my local Dollar Tree carries this spice rack staple, and when they do be sure to stock-up with this purpose in mind!