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7 things you can make instead of buying

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m.
homemade soap

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Cleaning supplies

Detergents, soaps and cleaning products may seem like small things, but they quickly add up. Just think about the variety of cleaning supplies you use: disinfectant spray, laundry detergent, dish soap, furniture polish, toilet bowl cleaner — the list goes on and on.


Your cabinets and shelves are probably crammed full of a variety of household cleaners that you could’ve made yourself with just a few basic ingredients you have in the kitchen like baking soda, vinegar and olive oil.


See these articles for some recipes and tips to get you started:

• Make your own household cleaning products

• Do natural cleaners really work?

• Homemade pet shampoo

• Make your own disinfectant spray

• It's easy to make your own laundry starch

• Make your own petroleum-free furniture polish

• Blast bathroom grime with cheap, natural cleaners