Instead of paying for Pine Sol, Windex or Tilex, make your own floor, window and tile cleaners, suggests Web site www.creativehomemaking.com. The site is full of frugal cleaning tips, including making your own solutions and substituting bubble bath for the more expensive liquid hand soap. Many of the ideas not only will save you money but will help eliminate having to store toxic chemicals in your home.
For a general-purpose floor cleaner, the Web site says to mix one-third cup of borax with one gallon of warm water, then add one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia. • For a wood floor cleaner, it says, mix one-half cup of white vinegar and one-half cup of vegetable oil. • For shower cleaner, mix one-fourth cup of Lysol or another concentrated cleaner with a half cup of isopropyl alcohol and water.
Clean chrome, the site says, with toothpaste. Clean glass with plain white vinegar. Reuse dryer sheets for dusting.
One word of caution: These sites remind us to never mix ammonia and bleach, which can create a harmful, potentially lethal gas.
Other tips are available at www.thriftyfun.com.