Money Saving Laundry and Cleaning Tips

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 Money Saving Laundry and Cleaning Tips

Thank God for…Vinegar?!

I’ve been reading up on frugal (OK, down right cheap) homemaking ideas in my quest to save, save, save. I am totally impressed with the 1001+ uses for Distilled White Vinegar!

So, are you ready for GROSS?! We had calcium built up on our facets (well water).  I’ve learned to soak tissue in vinegar and wrap our facets over night.  I did add a little cleaning toothbrush scrubbing at the end to remove chunks…I said it was gross.

Here’s the proof!

Yeah, I know…gag!
Told ya’, yuck!  I’ve tried comet, bleach, scrubbing bubbles, etc.
And now…insert angel harps here!
All sparkles after an all night vinegar soak!
ARMED and ready to clean effectively and on the CHEAP!  We’ve used bleach for years in cleaning our home.  I’ve had to carefully watch our older boys when cleaning with this product.  We are BIG believers that our children should be trained in running the household and contributing to the family unit.  NOW, they each have their own spray bottle of either 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water OR 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart warm water for a general cleaner.

Just a few other uses for Baking Soda or White Vinegar:

-Baking soda on a damp sponge to clean and deodorized all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

– White Vinegar also breaks down uric acid.  Use 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water for babies’ clothes and clothe diapers.

-Septic Care!  That was VERY exciting for me to find out, since we live in the country and have a septic system.  I’ve spent $7 per month on a septic additive to maintain the PH balance.  According to ARM & HAMMER 1 cup per month will maintain the PH balance  (not bad for a .44 cent box of the CHEAPEST baking soda)

-2 tsp of Baking Soda added to your sink dish detergent will help cut additional grease and grime.

Household Cleaning with Vinegar


Here are more household uses for vinegar.


 Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

I finally made homemade laundry detergent. It was so much easier than I thought it would be. It’s funny how some things seem “hard” in our minds. I spent less than 20 minutes making a batch that yields 10 gallons.  Annually I’ve been spending $120 on laundry detergent. What a savings!  Also I have enough Borax and Washing Soda left for years to come.  The batch I’ll make next year I’ll only need to buy the $1 bar of soap!

$7.80 worth of supplies (locally I found all these at Martians)
Click here for the easy homemade laundry detergent recipe!
CHEAP Fabric Softener Recipes:
60 .oz bottle of cheapest softener @ Wal-mart $2.47.  6 pack of sponges $2.50 (I missed it on the sponges, should have gone to the Dollar Store, however we will not need to buy Fabric Softener for months…maybe a year? )
1 part Fabric Softener
2 parts water
Throw your sponges in a bucket
When it’s time for the dryer, ring out a sponge and toss it in as a homemade dryer sheets.  After your load dries toss is back in your bucket!
Another CHEAP Fabric Softener trick is add 1 cup of WHITE VINEGAR to your rinse cycle.  You can reuse your Downy Ball for this.  It softens your fabrics, makes your clothes fresh and cleans your washer hoses too!
What are your cheap cleaning and laundry tricks?

If you’d like more cleaning ideas here’s a post on Cleaning Schedules for Homeschool Families!

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