Guest Post by Jessica L.

So, the other day, one of my real-life, non-blogging friends calls and says “Hey, I have a post for you!”. Ummm, sure, twist my rubber arm! Jessica and I have been friends for over 10 years, and it’s always fun when we get on the same page about things. In the last couple of years, she’s been making big changes to her family’s diet, as well as more recently to the products she uses in her home. Yay Jess! :) I’m sure you’ll find what she has to share useful, as I know I did!

Spray bottle While I don’t know exactly what prompted me to spend an hour tackling the math of how much I am actually saving by making my own cleaning supplies, I am sure glad that I did. Not only do I have the assurance of knowing that I am using things that are non-hazardous for my son and that I am being a good steward of the earth that God has entrusted to us, but also I am saving a whole lot on our monthly budget.

So, here are the four items that I decided to make based on the recipes that Steph and her guest poster so kindly gave us: Glass Cleaner, Stain Remover, Tub & Tile Cleaner, and All-Purpose Cleaner.

**My note- Here is the link to the stain remover recipe, and here is the link to the guest post Jess mentions, Carefree Cleaning, where you will find all of the other cleaner recipes.


Glass Cleaner

Windex 26 oz $4.39

Homemade 26 oz $0.35

Stain Remover

OxiClean 21.5 oz $5.49


N Wash

22 oz $3.99

Homemade 22 oz $2.41

Tub & Tile Cleaner

Lysol 24 oz $4.99

Homemade 24 oz $1.41

All-Purpose Cleaner

409 32 oz $4.49

Lysol 32 oz $4.49

Homemade 32 oz $0.19

Now I should note that all prices are in USD (before tax), based on the Walgreens website for non-bulk, name brand items, that includes the ingredients for the homemade products.

So, for example, if the cleaner recipe called for baking soda, my price calculation was with a small 16 oz box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. However, if you are like me, and you buy the no name version of everything and/or you buy things in bulk, then these prices would be even cheaper.

I am so thankful for having been given these resources because, tough economic times or not, God, through my husband, has seen fit to make me the steward of our grocery budget (what was He thinking!!) and these simple recipes have helped so very much. Thanks Steph!

Doesn’t this post help to bring home the fact that not only are these homemade cleaners so much easier on our homes, our bodies and the earth, but especially on our wallets? Are any of you making these recipes, or similar ones, and enjoying the savings as well?

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