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15 Cleaning Products That Aren't Worth the Money

Glass Cleaner

Instead of buying Windex, make your own glass cleaner by combining 2 cups of water, ½ cup of white vinegar, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol (70% concentration), and 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil for fragrance. Store in a spray bottle for convenient use. Now, Windex is not a really a product that will break the bank, but think about how many bottles you use per year—those small purchases can seriously add up! 

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Heavy-Duty Scrubs

Skip the noxious smelling Scrubbing Bubbles and make your own heavy-duty cleaner by dipping half a lemon into borax. Scrub your bathtub, sink, and similar surfaces with it. Just be careful to not use this product on granite or marble. 

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Grease Cleaner

Grease can be difficult to remove from your oven hood or grill, so instead of turning to expensive products, make your own. Mix ½ cup of sudsy ammonia into one gallon of water. Dip a sponge into the solution and scrub away! Rinse clean with water. 

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All-Purpose Cleaners

Lysol or 409 are great, but they are a little overpriced. If you want to save some money, make your own all-purpose cleaner by adding 4 tablespoons of baking soda to one quart of warm water. Pour the solution onto a clean sponge and wipe away!

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Stain Remover

If you don’t want to purchase pricey OxyClean to get that wine stain out of your shirt, make your own. Simply add 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent and 1 cup liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of hot water. Soak the garment in the solution for 20 minutes, then wash as usual. 

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White Ring Remover

If you get a white ring on your cherry coffee table, you don’t have to turn to harsh chemicals to get it out. Mix one part white, non-gel toothpaste to one part baking soda. Dampen a cloth with water, add the toothpaste mixture, and scrub.

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Dishwasher Cleaner

Removing stains from your dishwasher is easier and cheaper than you think! Simply pour ¼ cup of lemon or orange drink powder into the detergent cup and run a regular cycle. Repeat if necessary. 

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Brass Cleaner

To clean your drawer pulls and bathroom fixtures, you can skip the Brasso and make your own. Dip a cloth in white vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle table salt on the cloth and gently rub the brass surface. Dry with a clean cloth. 

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Marble Cleaner

You need something gentle enough to not damage your countertops, but the store-bought stuff doesn’t come cheap. To save some money, add a drop or two of mild dishwashing liquid to two cups of warm water. Sponge over the marble and dry with a cloth immediately. 

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Tile Cleaner

Ditch the Comet for a cheaper, healthier, DIY tile cleaner. Combine ½ cup of baking soda with liquid soap until the mixture resembles the consistency of frosting. For fragrance, add 5 to 10 drops of an essential oil. Dip a sponge into the mixture, scrub, and rinse. 

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Oven Cleaner

Avoid introducing dangerous chemicals to your oven and save a little cash by adding 1 tablespoon of dish liquid and 1 teaspoon of borax to 2 cups of hot water. Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, spray the surface, and wipe with a cloth. 

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Dust Cleaner

Why buy a pricey, chemical-laden dust cleaner when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost? Combine 10 drops of lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and a few drops of olive oil. Dip a soft cloth into the mixture and wipe any dusty surfaces. 

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Laundry Detergent

The fragrances in many laundry detergents can cause allergies and migraines. Why pay for something that makes you sick? Instead, combine ½ cup of soap flakes, ½ cup of borax, and ½ cup of washing soda. Use ½ to 1 tablespoon of the mixture per load. 

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Bleach

Adding bleach to your laundry cycle can end in a disaster. Luckily, there is a gentler, cheaper alternative: lemon juice. Simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Your whites will be whiter than ever!

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Dish Soap

Instead of buying Dawn or Ajax, you can easily make your own dish soap for hand-washing. Combine 1 cup of liquid castile soap, 3 tablespoons of water, and a couple drops of your favorite essential oil. Use as normal. 

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