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10 Money Saving and Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips That Cost Less Than $1.00

Posted Feb 19 2010 2:19pm
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With the down economy, many are facing tragedy; having to choose between feeding family and paying the mortgage. Simple money saving tips like reducing your family's  energy consumption is not enough. Continuing to purchase the very expensive and non-eco-friendly chemical cleaners seems outlandish when you can use one miracle cleaner that costs less than a $1.00 per gallon: vinegar!

Below are some cleaning tips you can easily utilize in your home to help you save money. Keep in mind vinegar is not as strong as some of the corrosive chemicals out there and sometimes takes a little extra elbow grease - well worth it to save the extra cash: 

  1. Remove bacteria and pesticide residue from produce - Use 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, wash produce thoroughly.
  2. Clean windows and countertops - Use a 50% water and vinegar mixture to clean windows and countertops.
  3. Remove shower and bathtub film - Use vinegar full strength on an old wash rag.
  4. Toilet bowl stains - Use white distilled vinegar full strength with a scrubber.
  5. Furniture polish - Use a 50% olive oil and vinegar mixture and polish furniture with a soft cloth. Be sure to test furniture in an inconspicuous spot first because vinegar is acidic. 
  6. Clean microwave - Utilize 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a bowl. Place in the microwave and cook until boiling. Immediately wipe interior of microwave.
  7. Wash no-wax floors - Add 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water. Mop or scrub floor.
  8. Clean kitchen cutting boards - Use vinegar full strength on cutting boards.
  9. Wash grass stains out of fabric - Use a 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water mixture. Apply to stain and blot.
  10. Remove molds and mildew - Use a 50% water and white vinegar mixture for light mildew stains, and full strength white vinegar to kill heavier mildew and mold growth.
Use vinegar as an all-purpose eco-friendly solution and save your money for more valuable necessities; like food and clothing.

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!, The Green Blog -, or The Garden Blog -

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