Sunday, January 10, 2016

How Much Saved?

This post is inspired by a reader as she asked if I have any other home made cleaning products besides the orange cleaner that I use.

I'll post what I have normally used as well as the minor changes I've made because my body can't handle the pain involved in cleaning without a little help  from 'my friends'.

Wood Floors: Until recently I got down on my bum and cleaned with a rag and hot water.  I tried the cleaning pads the other day (attached to a Swiffer pole) with side effects to Marley.  I had to get down after that and wash the product off the floor anyway.  So to solve the problem I have a steamer.

Sinks, counters, bathroom fixtures, cooktop, and most other surfaces: I use the home made orange cleaner.

Windows and glass surfaces:  Vinegar has been my go to cleaner for these surfaces.  I need to look up the recipe so if anyone wants to use it to clean their glass surfaces it's available.  Fill half a spray bottle with water and the other half with white vinegar to make a glass cleaner.  Because I got a bottle of glass cleaner free a few months ago, I have that on reserve.

Clothes:  Wash ball and dryer balls.  The wash ball goes in the sun after 30 uses to regenerate.  I do use Tide free and clear for the dogs bedding with a touch of bleach I purchase from the dollar store.
I also use tea tree essential oil in the dryer to discourage the collection of mites on all bedding.  You know the ones we can't see that are normally demonstrated with the use of cartoon characters.  I'm not even sure they really exist, but to be on the safe side the essential oil goes on the dryer ball.

The wash ball, dryer balls, and essential oil used to
clean bedding and other clothes.   The oil is placed on one
of the dryer balls.

Stainless steel surfaces.  I use plain warm water and a lot of elbow grease.  If one of the grands leave a full hand print, I clean around it because I love to see those little prints that bring up feelings of love.

Cooktop:  I tell anyone within ear shot that I'm not happy with the ceramic cooktop.  This feeling aside it needs to be kept free of dirt and grease.  First I use the orange cleaner then I sprinkled baking soda and use a damp rag to spread it around in a circular motion - with lots of elbow grease.  Not only do I not prefer to use store bought cleaner, but I refuse to pay 9.00 a bottle for it.  I swear it's only a paste made from baking soda and water anyway.  The cooktop also needs a couple of rinsings to remove any residue left behind from the baking soda.  The final step is a good buffing with a clean clot in a side to side direction.

The ceramic cooktop before cleaning.

Baking soda sprinkled on the cooktop after the orange cleaner has
been used then removed.  Water is added to the soda to create a paste.

The results after the cooktop has been buffed.

The items used to get the resulting shining cooktop.

Walls:  Most of the house is painted with a surface that is not smooth.  The only thing I can use is a magic eraser from the dollar store.  I also use the small paint kit the builder left behind for any touch ups needed.

Wood surfaces:  A small amount of plain water on a rag then buffed up with a clean rag.  I use to use a spray that had fabreeze in it because I liked the scent it left behind.  Then I read the ingredients on a fabreeze label and decided to change my strategy.  I also clean painted wood surfaces this way. but add just a drop of essential oil then rinse with an additional cloth.

Doing the math is my favorite part of this equation.  Let's calculate the annual savings.  The items and their costs come from current pricing on amazon.  I'm going to try to compare environmentally friendly items.


I couldn't find an item to clean the stove top.  The price in my local grocery store is very close to 9.00.  Realistically this item is used every week or more.  To be more than fair- because I don't know the size of the container - let's say we use only three per year.  27.00 total

Just these five items will remove 141.69 per year from your wallet.  My orange cleaner cost whatever the peels of citrus costs and about 2 cups of vinegar.  Baking soda costs .50 at the dollar store.  The elbow grease is free.

It's been said we have either time or money.  I've found out I can have both.

Stay safe and let us know if you have any home made products you use that saves you money.  The simple life is the healthiest and stress free life I have ever encountered.  A simple life can be had no matter where you live.  To me it's more a frame of mind than location.


  1. I do not know if cleansing bricks are well known in the US. This is my absolute favorite!
    It is suitable for nearly all surfaces, like stainless steel,plastics, ceramics and more.
    Just rub them with a damp sponge and it will work. Non- toxic, food-safe, no damage to human
    and animal health.Has been on the market for about 70 years.And very, very frugal too.


    1. We don't have such an item in the USA. I sure like the sound of it, though.

  2. Thanks so much Angie , I appreciate this post. I clean my oven door by sprinkling the baking soda and then spraying lightly with vinegar. I love the orange oil recipe and use it all the time . Thanks again Angie x

    1. Are you cleaning the inside of the door with BS and vinegar?

    2. Yes I do clean the door with vinegar and soda.

  3. thank you for the tip on the glass-top stove...going to go do that right NOW. I forgo cleaning it as I should, cuz I too, don't like using the store bought - it stinks (literally!). God Bless...LynneInMN

  4. Welcome Lynne! So nice to see you here in the comment section. I hope this works as well for you as it does for me. Don't forget the elbow grease!