Vinegar and Baking Soda – The Natural Drain Cleaner

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Baking soda and vinegar. Natures natural, non-toxic cleaners. I am still amazed by how well these two things together clean and deodorize. Plus they’re cheaper than commercial toxic cleaning options on the market!

When we had a funky odor that didn’t seem to want to go away in the linen closet in the new apartment we just moved into, we put a small dish of baking soda in the closet. The next morning all the odors were gone. This also works great in fridges and freezers!

When our drains get slow, we simply pour 1/4 – 1/2 Cup of baking soda down the drain.

Then follow with 1/2 Cup or more of white distilled vinegar. The vinegar and baking soda combined will fizz, helping to naturally clear drains without toxins and are safe for pipes. Let fizz for several minutes, then follow with hot water – or water you’ve brought just to a boil – down the drain to rinse free the baking soda and vinegar.

This doesn’t work on severely clogged drains or for drains with standing water. If that’s the case, you’ll need to first remove the clog. But if you do this natural baking soda and vinegar method monthly or whenever drains just start to get slow, it will help to prevent them from clogging again! Plus it’s much cheaper than buying toxic drain cleaners.

And, if you buy your baking soda in bulk from a source like Mountain Rose Herbs, you’ll save even more! You can buy a pound of baking soda from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $2.75 and use it in cooking and baking, to scrub pots and pans as well as for general household cleaning. You can even use it to make your own deodorant and toothpaste! Much cheaper than buying little boxes one at a time! (Buy more and save more! 5lb. is just $11.75.) I also buy vinegar in gallon containers locally.

Be sure to check out the article, Over 100 Ways to Use Baking Soda at Hubpages.com, for more ideas on ways to use baking soda. You may also like Good Housekeeping’s article, Spring Cleaning the DIY Way.

Household Ideas for Pinching Pennies and Stretching Your Dime

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Need household ideas that will save you money? You’re not alone. Following are some great DIY ideas that allow you to enjoy some of your favorite luxuries for less than retail by simply making your own!

While I’ve posted previously on how to save money on laundry and dishes by making your own laundry and dishwasher detergent and even household cleaners, here are a few other great household ideas for pinching pennies!

Tidy Mom has an excellent recipe for making an all natural, homemade drain cleaner using just baking soda and vinegar. Not only is it a LOT cheaper than buyer chemical drain cleaners, but it's non-toxic and won't harm the environment. Plus, it really does work.

Household Ideas for Saving Money

Tidy Mom has an excellent recipe for making an all natural, homemade drain cleaner using just baking soda and vinegar. Not only is it a LOT cheaper than buyer chemical drain cleaners, but it’s non-toxic and won’t harm the environment. Plus, it really does work.

My parents use this method to clear their drains whenever the water starts to drain slowly. I’m not sure how well if at all if it works on standing water – anyone tried this before? – but if you use this solution on a regular basis you should have no worries.

Febreeze seems to be a household staple for most everyone since gaining popularity for its ability to neutralize tough odors after being introduced some years back. In fact, this past March this air freshener created by Procter & Gamble hit the $1Billion sales mark. The price for this product isn’t cheap though. At a retail price of $5.59 each, it’s not budget savvy for those on fixed budgets facing rising food and energy costs.

But if you have pets or even kids into sports, it’s not necessarily something you want to live without. So I was super psyched to find a knock off recipe for Febreeze at Fake It Frugal. A 32oz. bottle of the knock off costs just 15 cents. I haven’t tried this yet, but would love to hear feedback if you decide to give it a shot.

If you enjoy scenting your home, but want a cheaper alternative, then turn to Holy Crickey for her diy idea for refilling your Wallflowers Scented Plugin with natural essential oils. Buying your essential oils in bulk will save money in the long run and you always know just what is going into your air because you choose the ingredients.

If you enjoy scenting your home, but want a cheaper alternative, then turn to Holy Crickey for her diy idea for refilling your Wallflowers Scented Plugin with natural essential oils. Buying your essential oils in bulk will save money in the long run and you always know just what is going into your air because you choose the ingredients.

Be sure to check out Holy Crickey for a photo tutorial of the process. You can also check out this recipe for DIY gel air fresheners from Soap Deli News.

If you by chance have a bottle of cheap vodka left at your house from your last shindig that you don’t plan to drink – I mean, I wouldn’t use Grey Goose or Ciroc for this – you can finish it off with twelve great household uses for vodka found at Apartment Therapy.

Vodka is great for things like keeping aphids off household plants, cleaning, removing stains on fabric, and even getting rid of the smell of cigarette smoke.

Don’t throw out your leftover soap slivers. Instead, use the leftover soap bits from your shower to create a DIY pre-laundry stain treatment. The recipe for this laundry stain remover is available on Tip Nut.

The next few ideas probably aren’t going to save you money, but they will make your life easier. So you may want to also check out the following household tips as well.

1. When painting a room, keep some of the paint aside in an old baby food jar for quick touch ups. (via New Uses for Old Things: Kids Edition from Real Simple.)

2. Make salad in a jar and keep it fresh for up to 14 days while making enough to last for ten days at one time. Find out how at Salad in a Jar.

3. Use citrus oil to remove sticky residue from jars and other glass you want to recycle. (via Green Your Way.)

4. Add drawers to the bottom of your kitchen cabinets in order to create more storage space. You’ll find the diy for building under-cabinet drawers at The Family Handyman.

5. Unexpected fruit flies? Trap them using a jar, a paper cone, and a banana. Find out how to make your own fruit fly trap at The Idea Room.

Looking for more household tips? Check out these articles from Soap Deli News for ways to make homemaking easier.

1. Household Tips for Organizing and Living.
2. Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.
3. Helpful Tips for Everyday Success.
4. Everyday Homemaking Tips.

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