We use homemade goods more than prepared (cleaning supplies and food!)


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Hi Charmaine!

Actually, a LOT and it's very inexpensive...

Liquid Laundry Detergent $.01 per use
-1 bar grated soap (dissolved on the stove with 1/2 c water
-1c Borax
-1c washing soda
Hot Water
5 gallon bucket (from HD or Lowe's)

mix water and dry ingredients together until powders are dissolved
add soap/water mixture
cover and let stand overnight
use 1/4-1/2 c per load

for a softener, use white distilled vinegar in the wash

Household cleaner $.30 per bottle (vinegar and water 50/50 solution)
- works for ANY general cleaning
- better at cleaning windows than Windex

-spray bottle (mister type is best) of straight vinegar
-opaque spray bottle (again, mister is best) of hydrogen peroxide
spray the vinegar first, then the hydrogen peroxide, let dry - this works because the combination of the two creates pure oxygen as it dries. NO bacteria can survive pure oxygen.

To cite research findings:

You can replace these toxic cleaning products and disinfectants with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. The combination of the two kills 99% of bacteria.

Place 3% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and full strength plain white or apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Use a little bit of each one to clean your produce and then rinse with water. Use the same to clean your food surfaces in the kitchen. This would also be good for bathrooms and tiles.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University found that these two products together kills virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E.coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces, making this combination more effective than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaners.

The disinfectant can be used on any surface or food (yes, even meats). It leaves no aftertaste, odor or residue.IT DOES NOT kill viruses (like the flu) - it will kill bacteria!!!

Toilet bowl/shower cleaner and scrub...use Borax in the toilet, use a baking soda and water paste for the shower

My company-BeCentsAble- is putting out a workshop in the next two months to tell you all about this and a million other ways to be natural/eco-friendly at home for little money (even net savings!).


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Charmaine - posted on 06/07/2009




Thanks Kristen, I'm in Australia and it's good to know I can try other alternatives.

Charmaine - posted on 06/07/2009




Hi Kristen, what sort of cleaning supplies do you make at home? Would love to know how to create cleaning supplies at home

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