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Bicarb soda and white vinegar are cheap and effective cleaning ingredients

If you are looking to save money on cleaning products and still have a sparkling home. It is easy to make your own cleaners using items in your pantry. Making your own is also better for the environment as they don't leach phosphates and chemicals into our waterways.

The main items you need are :

Bi carbonate of soda
White vinegar
Dish liquid
Essential oils of your choice

With these ingredients you can make a few different household cleaners.

Make a cleaning paste using bi carb and water

Bi carb is a great all purpose cleanser and the gritty texture makes it ideal for scrubbing sinks and shower screens. For easy use, I make up a paste using bi carb and a little water. Stir until it becomes thick and store in a sealed container. Add a little on a cloth and scrub that shower grime away! I also like to apply the paste to my shower screen and leave it to dry, then buff with a dry cloth.

Apply the paste with a cloth for a great and effective clean

Vinegar is a great natural mould inhibitor. Place undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle and you can just spray this on the tiles and grout after using the shower.

Sink drains can sometimes get smelly. Avoid odors by tipping some bicarb down the drain and follow with a splash of vinegar. The chemical reaction of the acid and alkaline ingredients dissolves any gunk and gets rid of foul smells.

Get rid of horrible sink smells with vinegar and bi carb

Kitchen counter sprays tend to smell good but they are really of little benefit. Instead use a spray bottle and try this recipe:

2 cups of water
2 TBS white vinegar
1 tsp dish liquid
1 tsp baking soda
10-15 drops of 100% essential oil with antibacterial qualities like lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus or orange.

Personally I prefer this than the store bought ones which tend to trigger my family's asthma and allergies.

Would you consider ditching traditional cleaning products in favour of home made? Feel free to leave a comment.

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I now swear also by the ''Magic sponge''.

You fill it up with water, then squeeze up 90%, and just start cleaning!
It is just amazing...It dissolves the more you use it, so the whole thing is
using just the sponge, and plain water.No soap... nothing else.

It can even move texta off walls, it's application is huge.
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