Thursday, October 10, 2013

Saving Money at Home


Let's face it, times are tight.  There isn't a lot of money to be spent for anyone.  Most families are having to cut corners just to make ends me and ours is one of them.

A few years back, I began to make our own laundry detergent.  I found a recipe online and gave it a shot.  I figured what did I have to lose?  Guess what!  It works great and I am still using that same detergent recipe.  I prefer liquid to dry.

After the detergent, I began using sponges in watered down fabric softener in the dryer instead of dryer sheets.  I get microfiber sponges and these have held up well for over a year now.  I squeeze out the dryer liquid or leave a little more if it's something like towels I'm drying, toss it into the washer and let it do it's job.  It works great!

I use vinegar and baking soda in my sink drains to keep them clean and fresh.  This also helps dislodge any clogs that may be building.  The smell goes away quickly, leaving a smooth flowing sink in the process.

I also use vinegar and baking soda with lots of water in my carpet cleaner.  The two help to clean and condition my carpet, taking out the pet urine scent along with it.  Nothing else has worked as well to kill that doggie pee odor as this combination has.

I use vinegar to kill weeds outside of our house.  This keeps us from having to use the heavy duty chemicals and keeps the weeds from taking over.  It's a safe alternative for our pets and kids.

Vinegar also goes into my washer to soften clothing and towels.  It helps to get the musty scent out of damp materials.  It makes a great additive to the wash.

What are some things you do around the home to save money?  Share your ideas in the comments below.

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