When I switched to making my own household cleaners, I couldn’t believe what a great sense of satisfaction I got out of saving that extra money. I haven’t made a complete switch as I am still a little timid when it comes to the dishwasher or dish soap in general. I still buy those pre-made, but if you have had luck with ones you’ve made yourself, please share. But making all of the rest of my own cleaners has been a breeze and it is very rewarding!
According to thenest.com, homeowners spend between $350 – $800 dollars a year (depending on region and family size) on household cleaners. It’s unclear but I don’t think that counts laundry detergent & softeners, which get to be very expensive.
I recommend you try switching to homemade laundry detergent first. It’s easy and cheap to make and I think it is where most families will see the biggest difference in cost right away. I make the liquid detergent and according to wellness Mama, it’s a savings of twenty-two cents per load! Here is a link to the website along with a recipe for both dry and liquid detergents. I have been using it for over a year and have not had a problem with any of my clothes fading. And you get to pick your own scent. Goodbye fake flowers! http://wellnessmama.com/462/how-to-make-nautral-homemade-laundry-detergent/
Another reason I suggest switching to homemade laundry detergent first is because it might also be the quickest way to see a reduction in your environmental impact. Store bought laundry detergents are full of fake scents and chemicals that are harmful to our waterways. Additionally you won’t see those thick plastic bottles accumulating in your recycling bins anymore! Seriously what’s not to love?
Next week I’m going to continue the discussion as well as share links to homemade glass cleaner (not just vinegar and water), Febreeze and disinfectants. As always, please share your success with friends and family and encourage them to make the switch too.