Let’s face it, keeping a clean house is expensive.  There are so many products out there, each addressing a different cleaning ailment at a hefty price. But what if there was a way to have fewer products, more cabinet space, and more money?

For the sake of convenience I had gotten away from home or natural remedies; with a two year old in the house, the quicker I get something cleaned, the better! But I’ve come back around to the notion that saving a little money by making my own cleaning solutions is well worth it. Here are a few different home cleaning recipes I’ve tried that save my sanity, my pocketbook, and surprisingly, the health of my family.

Soft Scrub

No one likes soap scum or scum in general. Soap scum just makes things seem unclean even after you have given yourself tennis elbow trying to scrub it off. Soft Scrub has always been a great cleaner for the filmy bad boy. The benefits: you can use it in the kitchen on appliances and in the bathroom.  The drawback: the price. My recipe provides you with that same flexibility but on a much smaller budget.

1 2/3 Cup of Baking Soda
½ Cup of Liquid Soap
½ Cup of Water
2 Tbsp. of Vinegar
Squeeze bottle (I just used an old shampoo bottle)

  • Mix the liquid soap in a bowl with the baking soda.
  • Add water, stirring until the mix is smooth.
  • Add the vinegar; however, if you want it to smell a little less like vinegar you can add an essential oil.  I didn’t have any, so I didn’t do this, but the options are there.
  • Now pour the mix into the squeeze bottle, and away you go.

Now you can have confidence that your home is clean, and your pocketbook is full.


You have to love the infomercials! OxyClean works great.  But at such a high price, I just can’t afford to keep buying it every time I run out. The good news: you can make something just as good at home with items you already have. If you don’t have them, go buy in bulk because a lot of home recipes call for the same ingredients.

1 Cup of water
½ Cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
½ Cup of Baking Soda
Container to put it in – I use an old mason jar, but any container with a lid will do.

  • Mix the ingredients together. It really doesn’t hurt to put the whole jar into the wash of clothes and let them sit from 20 minutes or overnight. Then wash as normal. It is an absolute stain saver in my household. Goodbye, last night’s nachos on my pants.

Fabric Softener

I love fabric softener. In reality, I just like the way my clothes smell after they are washed. Sometimes I can get a great deal on fabric softener. But usually, it’s expensive and a real drain on my wallet. This recipe solves that problem.

6 Cups of HOT water
White Vinegar – Just keep this in bulk because it’s great for so many things. I even use it as a rinse aid in my dishwasher.
2 Cups of Conditioner – I use Suave because it is the most cost effective, and they have great scents. Try to stay away from Pantene because it has silicone in it and isn’t as effective.
Container – Reuse that empty fabric softener bottle you already have!

  • Mix the water and the conditioner until it is COMPLETELY dissolved.
  • Add the vinegar. I only use about 2 to 3 Tbsp. depending on my load.

That is it!  I love the way my clothes come out soft and smelling great!

When it comes to home care, it can be quite easy to save money.  It’s a simple matter of investigating and thinking outside the commercial box. I have found several recipes that have saved so much money ! Pennies saved are pennies earned, or so they say. Now does that apply to hundreds as well?

This has been a guest post by Christina from Lakewood, CO
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7 thoughts on “Three Homemade Cleaning Solutions that Save you Money”

  1. Can the fabric softener be used in HE machines?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Homemade Fabric Softener!

    What You’ll Need:
    6 cups HOT water
    3 cups white vinegar
    2 cups Suave Refreshing Waterfall Conditioner {or other favorite scent}
    What You’ll Do:
    Mix conditioner & hot water well, until conditioner is dissolved completely.
    Add the vinegar, and mix well.
    Store in a large container {empty fabric softener container, empty large vinegar bottle, etc}
    Pour into a downy ball… or use approx. 2 tbsp. in the fabric softener spot in your laundry machine… then wash!
    Thanks to frugal friend Holly for sharing this great recipe on The Frugal Girls Facebook page!

    I’ve been using it for awhile now, and absolutely love it!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I really want to try the fabric softener, but not sure how much vinegar to use, little help please?

  4. Cely Polanco says:

    I’m very going to try this, I hope it works! :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I also had a question about the fabric softener. i took the recipe to read that you mix the conditioner with the water til dissolved. then it says to add the vinegar, but it doesnt give an amount for the vinegar, It says to USE 2-3 Tablespoons per load.

  6. I’m a little confused… When you say “liquid soap” do you mean dish soap, hand soap, something else more generic or unscented? Also, the fabric softener- do you mix the water and conditioner beforehand and then add the vinegar separately to each load, or mix the vinegar in with the solution and store it all in the jug?

  7. anukriti sarvaria says:

    Christina – each time I put baking soda in a mix, after a while it settles down. Do you have to shake your soft scrub and Oxiclean before you use them each time?