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Frugal Friday: Clean & Green

It’s great that commercial cleaning products have jumped onto the eco-conscious bandwagon, but there’s an even better way to clean your house without making a huge impact on the environment or your wallet. Plus, you probably already have all the necessary ingredients in your pantry!

Baking soda is a natural deodorant and mild abrasive that helps scrub and whiten in the kitchen and bathroom. We make a paste with baking soda and a little bit of water and vinegar or lemon juice.  Let it sit for 10 minutes, then scrub away!

Vinegar is effective in controlling mold, bacteria, and germs. Make your own homemade all-purpose spray- just add equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle, then use it on surfaces around the house and in the bathroom. Don’t worry- the smell will dissipate as it dries. Or you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a nicer fragrance.

Add 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to equal parts water and vinegar to get a quick, streak-free window and glass cleaner! And instead of using paper towels, we’ve found newspaper cleans glass efficiently, without leaving any lint behind.

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Frugal Friday: Laundry Soap

We try to make as many things as possible from scratch. All you need to make your own laundry soap is 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda (both naturally-occurring substances), and 2 bars of white soap. I shred the soap in a food processor, then add the borax and washing soda and process it to a fine powder.  It takes about 2 minutes, and you only need to use 1 tablespoon of your new laundry soap per load.