Thursday, May 15, 2008

Frugal Cleaning Solutions

Some people like to use alternative cleaning solutions as a way to keep their house free of chemicals or as a way to live a 'greener' lifestyle. That's great, but alternative cleaning solutions are also good for staying green another way. This article from lists a few uses for vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and others. There are also some great ideas in The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I plan on doing a full review of this book in the future, but for now I'll just say that this is a great book for anyone searching for ideas on ways to save money and be more resourceful. Here are a couple of tips from this book.

All-purpose cleaner:
  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 gallon water

Also from the book I learned that the amount of detergent required for laundry and dishwasher loads depends on the hardness of your water and the extra spot for detergent in the dishwasher is wasted unless you select a mode with a pre-cycle, such as pots and pans.

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