When you decide to start saving money and eliminating certain items from the budget, the first things to do are usually unnecessary items like extra electronics, restaurants meals and lavish vacations. Few people think to stop buying items like cleaning products, because those items seem like a vital necessity to keep the home clean and hygienic. However, if money is truly an issue and you want to stretch your household budget as much as possible, then consider making these four cleaning products to use in your home. While each might take some time to make initially, over time they can save you a lot of money, or even help you to earn money should you decide to sell your products to other thrifty men and women.
In a supermarket or grocery store, bars of soap might not seem too expensive. However, add up how many bars or bottles of soap your family uses over the course of a year and you might be surprised at just how much money you are spending on this one simple product. Rather than give up soap, which is a great way to ward off germs and keep clean, you can make your own with a few simple ingredients, including water, fat and lye. While you will have to purchase lye outright first, any kind of leftover animal fat or oil will work well in the soap.
In a large family it is possible to go through hundreds of dollars in laundry detergent each year. While it is important to keep clothes clean and have your family look their best at school and work, there is no reason to purchase the expensive store brands of laundry detergent when making your own is so simple. Just boil together a bar of grated homemade soap and eight cups of water, adding in both Borax and washing soda. Store this mixture and dilute it slightly with water, using roughly a half cup each load of laundry you do.
Although the aforementioned laundry detergent works well for a typical load of laundry, some people like to use special whitening powders that enhance the color of their white clothes. Although these are typically quite expensive, it is possible to make your own just by mixing together equals parts hydrogen peroxide and washing soda.
Although bar soap is so much cheaper than body wash, many people prefer the simple and soothing feel of a body wash when bathing or showering. If the bottles are too expensive for your liking, just make your own at home using grated bars of soap and water. Stir ingredients together over heat until they combine and then pour them into a pump bottle to use in the shower in the future.
Few families would think of giving up their favorite cleaning or hygiene items just because they have a tighter budget. However, with instructions for making your own body wash, whitening powders, laundry detergent and soap, it is easier than ever to save.
Guest author Thomas Hathaway is a financial consultant