Going Green on the Cheap

How would you like to know the secret to sparkling countertops, glass, and other surfaces in your home? I am gonna give it to you – and it costs less than 25 cents a spray bottle! Vinegar and water, folks – there you have it. I realize that I am the slow one here – family and friends have given me that tip for years, and I just have never purposed to change my large variety of expensive, harmful cleaners out for it.

Going Green on the Cheap

However, last week when I picked up the bottle of the new formula of Windex at the store, and it was simply labeled “vinegar,” I realized that all these years, I have been duped. I was about to pay over $3 for a small spray bottle of chemically enhanced vinegar and water! I promptly determined to go home and make my own green cleaners. So after some quick research online, I began using my trusty vinegar cleaner on everything, my glass tabletop, doors and windows, mirrors, kitchen countertops, stove top, and more! You would not believe my sparklin’ house, you all! Even my husband was pleasantly surprised that it does not smudge, smear, or streak!

Here are a couple of quick tips for any first-timers out there wondering how to get started on making your own green cleaners. (I know I wasn’t the only one still buying those chemical cleaners, because the products are still on the store shelves!)

1. To make the vinegar and water cleaner, simply put half water, half vinegar into a spray bottle, and Voila! No really, it’s that easy!

2. When I first start wiping the vinegar with newspaper, paper towel, rag (your choice, you already know what’s greener!) it looks as if it is going to smear, but keep wiping, and you will see the shine!

3. There is a great green bathroom cleaner you can use, it is hydrogen peroxide and water. You can search the net for valuable information on this green product, as well.

This is a such a good discovery! The scent is not offensive, and it leaves no harmful residue for family members or pets to inhale, ingest, or absorb. So now all I am asking myself is, what took me so long? It’s not rocket science, but more like, back to the basics our Mamas taught us! Enjoy this quick green cleaning tip, and contact me with your ideas – what simple solutions have you come up with to go green with your housecleaning and save money?