Are you worried that going green is going to cost a lot of money?? Well have no fear, green cleaning can actually save you money! Just a quick trip to the dollar store and you can find these simple items for DIY cleaning products. (Stay tuned, I plan on sharing recipes soon!) These are some of my favorite dollar store deals:
- Baking Soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is great for absorbing smells. Pet messes are something I use it on often and find it works well. It is also a mild disinfectant. Baking soda has abrasive properties so it makes an effective cleaning paste. It is often used in making homemade deodorant and toothpaste as well. Check out my scrub recipe featuring baking soda HERE.
- Hydrogen Peroxide is known as a safe alternative to chlorine based bleach. It has similar whitening properties to bleach but it breaks down into oxygen and water. It does not form byproducts which contaminate. It is useful as a disinfectant and effective as a treatment for mold and mildew. But, be sure to keep it in the brown bottle it came in as it loses its effectiveness over time when exposed to light. Find out what it is great for cleaning HERE.
- White Distilled Vinegar is produced when distilled alcohol ferments. It is then diluted with water to make the 5% acidity we use. Because of this acidity, it can dissolve mineral deposits from various surfaces. It is also effective against mold and bacteria. White vinegar has been found to be the safest and most effective way to wash fruits and vegetables. I love it to deodorize and soften my laundry. Read all about it HERE.
- Isopropyl Alcohol otherwise known as rubbing alcohol is a product I consider optional. Find out why HERE. It falls into the questionable area of a green cleaning ingredient. It is something you don’t want your kids to be able to access but it is much safer than some alternatives. It evaporates quick and dries streak- free. Because of these properties, it is great to use when making cleaners. Stainless steel, granite and laminate floors are just a few places that rubbing alcohol is great for cleaning.
- Spray Bottles are one of my favorite dollar store deals. They come in various sizes are always useful to hold your new homemade cleaners. And, at only a dollar you can stock up.
- Stainless Steel Scourers are great little scrubbers. They are awesome for cutting through soap scum and grime of all kinds. They do the job without the need for tough chemicals. Sometimes elbow grease is all you need.
What is your favorite dollar store deal that you use for green cleaning?
Until next time,