An excellent way to save some green (cash) is to use natural cleaners. The average store cleaner costs around $5.00 and needs to be replenished often. Laundry detergent can cost up to $20 depending on the kind and size. The larger sizes might last a month for an average family of four.
SO lets say you buy just the basic cleaners. A multipurpose cleaner, a floor cleaner, and something for the sinks and tubs. Say you clean a few times a week and replenish your cleaners twice a month. Say the big box of laundry soap lasts you a month and costs you $10.00 Your cleaning supplies including the laundry soap (notice I didn’t add softener or dryer sheets) or any of the other large gamut of cleaning supplies available) is costing you $50.00 per month.
Now let’s compare that with natural cleaners. Say you go to the store and buy the following ingredients:
76 oz (4 lbs 12 oz) borax @ $4.69/ $0.06 per oz
32 oz (2 lbs) baking soda @ $1.49/ $0.04 per oz
1 gal vinegar @ $3.99
8.5 fl oz. olive oil @ $2.80
1 gal distilled water @ $1.05
Total: $14.02 plus tax
SO you’ve already saved some money because you spent about $10.00 less than you normally would buying commercial cleaners from the store. But here is where the real savings come in….
Powdered Laundry Soap
Grate 1 bar plain white soap (76 cents if you’re using ivory)
2 cups (16 oz) baking soda or 1 cup super washing soda (both made by arm & hammer)
1 cup (8 oz) borax
Pour all ingredients into a container and put the lid on, shake very very well. Use immediately. 1 teaspoon per load for normal loads or 2 teaspoons per load for extra soiled loads. For a normal four person family, this will least approximately 4-6 months.
Total: $1.88 for 4-6 months of laundry soap
Comparison: $40.00 for 4 months of laundry soap.
SAVINGS: $38.12!!! per four months or $114.36 per year