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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