Homemade Cleaning Solutions

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Home cleaning solutions from the store can slowly bite away at your wallet. There are a couple of home cleaning solutions you can make yourself, probably with ingredients you already have, and all you have to purchase is a spray bottle that cost less than a dollar (unless you already have one).

Mix: 1 cup white vinegar + 1 cup of water.

With this mix you can clean bathrooms, counter-tops, floors and other exterior surfaces. If you’re going to use this mixtures for tougher exterior surfaces, like shower walls, you can heat the homemade cleaning solution until it’s a little hot. This will help the solution be more effective in breaking down the residue.

Mix: make a paste of baking soda + water

This mix can be used for tougher grime and mildew. Apply this paste to an exterior surface and leave it there for 10-15 minutes. This will soften the soap scum and mildew, making it easier for you to wipe away.

Another thing you can use baking soda for is slow-running drains. Pour about 1/2 to ¾ of a cup of baking soda into the drain, along with just the right amount of water to wash the solution. After 2 or more hours, flush the drain with hot water. Not only will this clean the drain, but it will also deodorize it! Baking soda is always a miracle worker of sorts, and this is just touching the surface of what baking soda can do.

Money Saving Tips for your Home

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There are many things you can do around the house that will save you money here and there. Every little bit helps, so taking these tips into consideration will definitely help you out financially in the long run. These random tips for maintaining your home will save you time and money.

When you’re using your heater or your air conditioning, you can lower the cost of using them by lowering your square footage. How do you do this? Close your closet doors, as well as your closets along exterior walls. This will also help insulate your home better. This is a very beneficial thing to do, and you will save a nice amount of change every year off your energy bill.

Make your dryer run more efficiently, and minimize its potential problems, by shortening the dryer-vent hose. Beforehand, disconnect the hose and vacuum it out. After, cut the hose length so it’s long enough for the drawer to be a few feet out from the wall and no longer. If you have a short, unobstructed dryer hose, your dryer will run smoother for longer. Not only will you save money by doing this, but your clothes will dry faster as well.

Whenever you decide to paint or repaint your house, choose one neutral trim paint, as opposed to buying a gallon of a particular color for each room. If you buy a particular color for each room, you’re wasting money by only using part of the paint in each can. Better yet, get white paint: it matches with anything and you’ll never have to struggle to find a can of touch up paint.

Use these three simple tips and save over one hundred dollars a year.