Homemade Cleaners

DIY- Cheap Drain Cleaner!

When we moved into our rental home one of the bathroom sink’s drain was slow. Well, with time it became slower and slower and yesterday when I was cleaning the sink, it was unbearably slow where it was difficult to get the sink clean. So today, I scoured Pinterest for a drain cleaner “homemade recipe”. After browsing a few different ones, I decided to combine a couple of them.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 gallon boiling water

 

Directions:

  1. Remove all plugs or stops from drain
  2. Combine salt and baking soda in glass container that you can easily pour.
  3. Place a funnel in drain and pour 1/3 of salt & baking soda mixture down drain. You may need some wire or something to really get the mixture down there.
  4. Very slowly pour vinegar (1-2 tablespoons) down drain until you see the bubbles start to come of the drain and then hurry and put plug in drain to stop the bubbles.
  5. Wait until you don’t hear fizzing and add another small amount of vinegar and place plug in drain so bubbles don’t escape (repeat (2-3 times).
  6. Let set for ~20 minutes while you boil ~1/2 gallon water.
  7. Carefully and slowly pour boiling water down drain.
  8. Repeat 2 more times with the remaining mixture and ingredients.

 

This is a couple hour process, but it does work and you don’t have to use expensive cleaners that produce toxic odors.

Drain Cleaner Cost Breakdown:

1/2 cup salt            –    $.10
1/2 cup baking soda- $.15
1 1/2 cups vinegar  –   $.30
1 1/2 gallon boiling water- Free

Total: $.55 vs. $3.00-$5.00 for Drano or equivalent

Savings: $2.45-$4.45!!! Or… calling in a plumber… savings… $100+

 

This post was shared on Living Well Spending Less and Laberts Lately link parties

DIY Shower Head Cleaner

 

Eww… gross!!! As stated many times before our water is ridiculously hard. This is one of our shower heads with massive hard water deposits. Believe it or not, this is improved compared to when we moved in to our rental house. I had already cleaned this 2-3 times with the Miracle Cleaner. But, this still led us to shopping for shower heads. We went to Homebase where we could have picked a new shower head up for $30-$40. I told my husband “just buy it” but luckily he decided to be cheap. lol.

Somewhere amongst the big, wide world of the internet I had read to soak the shower head in vinegar and it would remove the hard water build up. Well, I have plenty of vinegar with my gallon jug and so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.

At this time I also sprayed down the shower with the Miracle Cleaner since the shower was not going to be used for 6 hours. Let sit for 6+ hours. Remove vinegar… scrub for less than 5 minutes… and drum roll please…

I was amazed! It was nearly as good as new!!!

Cost: Vinegar (Free-$.25) and maybe 10 minutes of my time for set-up and scrubbing.

Savings: $30-$40!!! Score!!! 🙂

DIY Kitchen Cleaners

It has been a day of cleaning for me… I know, try not to be jealous 😉 LOL. Thought I would share a couple of frugal DIY Kitchen Cleaners with you. 🙂

Do you have a Keurig or other single serve coffee maker which is difficult to clean? Do you have hard water (or extremely hard water like us)? Then I have a super simple fix for you!

 

Keurig Cleaner

Ingredients: White Vinegar & Water

  1. Fill the water hold/tank with white vinegar (ours only holds one cup, so we don’t need much vinegar)
  2. Press the “Brew” button (of course with a mug or container under the spout) and repeat with the same vinegar 5-7 times.
  3. Fill the water hold/tank with water and “brew” the water 5-7 times so your next cup of coffee doesn’t taste like vinegar 🙂

Super easy and it works! We now use Culligan water for ours because it was getting ridiculous to do this process every week. But if you don’t have ridiculously hard water, then once a month should be plenty! 🙂

Cost: Free-$.30

 

Kitchen Sink Cleaner

The recipe came from: Project Re Loved (I halved it because I have a small (as everything in the UK seems to be) kitchen sink.

Ingredients:
Baking Soda 6 Tbsp.
Lemon Juice 2 Tbsp.
Olive Oil 2 Tbsp.
Vinegar 2 Tbsp. (I used closer to 3, so I had enough in my squirt bottle to spray).

  1. In a glass or ceramic bowl mix together the baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil to make a paste.
  2. Slather it all over your sink.
  3. Pour vinegar in spray bottle and spray all over sink. It will do its fizzing magic!
  4. Scrub
  5. Rinse away

Cost: $.40-$.60

This worked great to get the grime off the sink and to give it some shine. Plus no harsh chemical odor. It didn’t work too well with the hard water spots. But as stated above we have ridiculously hard water. But the miracle cleaner works great for hard water spots! So by using both I will have a sparkly, smelling good kitchen sink with no water spots. 🙂

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DIY White Hat Cleaner

white hat cleaner

This is the hubby’s favorite hat and as you can see it was well worn. It is nearly five years old and I have washed it and took the bleach pen to it on several occasions. It served my husband well for many years and we were going to put it to rest, but thought I would try one last life saving technique. lol. I warned my husband that it might completely ruin the hat but since it was too dingy to wear anyway, I didn’t see any harm. He agreed and so the life saving began. 🙂

I found this recipe that supposedly takes any old stains out of white t-shirts.

Recipe: (Cost: $.10)

1 part dish soap
2 parts hydroxen peroxide

Pour directly onto stain and sprinkle some baking soda on top.

I then scrubbed the cleaner with a brush to get it nice and worked into the stains.

Let the cleaner sit and do its magic for about an hour

Then throw it into the washer with like-color clothes with laundry detergent.

The results:

white hat cleaner

Sorry about the poor quality of pictures, I need to stop being lazy and get out my camera instead of using my phone. LOL! But take my word for it, it is as good as new! Savings of about $20, making my husband’s day “priceless”! 🙂

Looking for other DIY Cleaners??? Check out DIY Shower/Bath Cleaner and DIY Carpet Cleaner