5 products you should stop buying —because you can DIY!

There are a lot of things that we use that are actually pretty easy to do. Here are some DIY ideas that will save you money.

We all enjoy living in a clean and beautiful space, which smells nice and is visually charming — what if you could make cleaning products for just a fraction of the store-bought versions out there, but just as effective?
Here are 5 DIY ideas:

1-    Dishwasher detergent

You could spend only 4 cents a load if you follow the recipe published by Erin Hufftetler, the blogger behind My Frugal Home: mix together washing soda, kosher salt, baking soda and lemon juice and then separate in portions into molds. It only takes a few minutes!

2-    Cloth rags

You probably use paper towels to clean up every time you spill something, right? Why use this one-time product when you can easily create cloth rags out of any old shirt or towel you have lying around your house. Cut them into squares, you can wash them and reuse them.

3-    Fabric Freshener

Clothes can be pretty smelly, especially if you smoke, have pets or naturally sweat. To prevent that from happening, you can use fabric freshener — of course you can get a bottle for $5 at any store. But why spending that money if you can make it yourself? Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and cheap vodka and add around twelve drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake well and spray away!

4-    Foaming bathroom cleaner

These products are excellent for melting soap scum in minutes, and the best part is that you can easily do it yourself: mix one part white vinegar to one part blue Dawn dish detergent in a spray bottle and shake. Spray it on the area you are about to clean, wait for a few minutes and rinse clean. It stinks like vinegar, of course, but it disappears after a little while.

5-    All-purpose cleaner

This one is probably the easiest DIY tutorial there is: just mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. You can use it to clean grease on the stovetop, stains on the kitchen counter, dry toothpaste stains on the bathroom sink, windows, mirrors, well… there is a good reason why it’s called all-purpose.
Again, it also smells a bit, but it will disappear in no time.

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