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Money Tip: A Cheaper Way to Clean Your Home


Many of you are turning over a new money-saving leaf in 2009, so why not begin your money makeover with the things under your sink? You might already have some of the products that can be used as various cleaners, and what you don't have can be purchased for little money. Mixing your own household cleaners is cheaper than buying name-brand products, and in its February issue Consumer Reports has made an easy to follow list for which products can be used for different areas of your home.

  • Ammonia: "Add one pint of rubbing alcohol to one half cup soapy ammonia, then add enough water to make a gallon. Pour into spray bottles, use to clean glass."
  • Baking soda: "Use it to remove stains from tile, glass, and china; clean inside the fridge; remove baked-on food from pots and pans."
  • Borax: "A freshener and deodorizer in laundry."

See four more cheaper household cleaner solutions when you read more.

  • Castile soap: "Made from vegetable oil. For general use on counter-tops and other surfaces."
  • Cream of tartar: "A mild acid that can lift stains from sinks and tubs, and remove spots from aluminum cookware."
  • Lemon juice: "Lightens stains and removes tarnish from brass, copper, bronze, and aluminum."
  • White vinegar: "Helps kill germs; removes some carpet stains; cleans coffeemakers and chrome. To clean wood floors, use one cup of vinegar per pail of hot water."

Have you ever used these products to clean your home?

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