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How to Save Easy Money While Doing The Dreaded Cleaning

Posted January 11, 2015

Cleaning. It's something we all have to face at some point. Why is it that a bottle of generic cleaner that contains who knows what tends to eat up so much of my grocery budget? I am a self-proclaimed neat freak. Ask anyone who has visited my home and they will concur. I can't help it. I just think more clearly when my house is clean. This is not such an easy feat with two boys ages 2 and 3 and a less than tidy husband. Something else you should know about me is that I grew up in a house where the family motto was: never pay full price unless it's an emergency. Suffice it to say I'm careful with my spending. Have you seen the prices of cleaning supplies? Outrageous! I'm here to let you in on a little secret ::whispers:: you don't have to buy that stuff to clean your house. All you need is vinegar, dawn dish soap and baking soda.

We moved into our current home a year and a half ago. Initially I was horrified by the thought of soaking in a tub with 20 years worth of someone else's soap scum. I tried everything. No matter how much bleach and scrubbing power I threw at it, I was still left with a dingy gray tub. That is until I followed my mom's advice:

  • Fill a spray bottle with half a cup of blue dawn dish soap
  • Add warm (fresh from the microwave) vinegar to fill the rest of the container
  • Spray on tub, wipe and voila! Bye, Bye residue of previous owners.

Could that be any easier?

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Steve Rhode
WRAL Get Out of Debt Guy

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About this Blog:

Steve Rhode has had careers in opthalmology, real estate and as the head of a nonprofit debt counseling firm. On his blog, he offers hard-won, free advice about getting out of debt, consolidation and making the right choices as you manage your money.