For 20 years, Bruce Lubin and his wife Jeanne have been collecting tips and hints to save time, money, and make everyday tasks easier. Their book "Who Knew?"by TeleBrands includes thousands of money-saving secrets for cooking, cleaning and keeping up with tasks around the home.
Store-bought household cleaners are not only full of toxic chemicals, but they're also much more expensive than cleaners you can make at home for a fraction of the cost. Check out the slideshow below to learn about some of our favorite homemade cleaners.
To easily give your living room a wonderful scent, add a cotton ball soaked in vanilla extract to your vacuum cleaner bag. It’s a great way to rid your home of an offensive odor by creating a nice scent instead.
Clean wood with this easy recipe: just combine one part lemon juice and two parts vegetable or olive oil and shake until mixed. Then use a clean, dry rag to wipe on your wood furniture. It will smell great and replenish the wood's much needed moisture. Keep any extra in the refrigerator until the next time you use it.
To clean your coffee table and keep dust away for good, dampen a rag with warm water mixed with a drop or two of natural liquid fabric softener. Wipe down the tabletop and the fabric softener will repel future dust while getting your table sparking clean.
If your carpet has been stained, we have the solution. Use shaving cream to remove wine, tomato sauce, or grease stains; flat beer (as light in color as you can find) to remove coffee stains; shampoo (without a built-in conditioner) for oil stains; and a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice to remove ink stains. Just leave on the stain for five minutes, then dab with a wet cloth to remove. Repeat as necessary and make sure to test a portion of your carpet first for color-fastness!
Brighten faded rugs by rubbing them down with a rag that has been soaked in salt water, then wrung out. You can also submerge throw rugs and drapes in a solution of salt water, then wash as usual.
Dreading cleaning your radiator? Hang a damp cloth or damp newspapers on the wall behind it, then use your hair dryer to blow the dust off it. The dust will stick to the wet surface behind it, and then you can simply throw away the cloth or paper.
To easily clean a ceiling fan, spray a mixture of half vinegar and half water on the inside of a pillowcase. Put the pillowcase over one arm of the fan, then pull it off while applying gentle pressure toward the floor. The pillowcase will wipe the top of the blade clean.
Lemon is also great for cleaning ceramic figurines and other ornaments. Simply rub them with the cut side of a lemon wedge. Leave the lemon juice on for 15 minutes, then polish up with a soft, dry cloth.
Just because you have a wet/dry mop like Swiffer doesn’t mean you have to spend a cent on those pricey replacement cloths! Instead, use a sock from your “missing mates” pile and stretch it around the head of the mop. It will work just as well, and you can throw it in the washing machine when you’re done!
Believe it or not, a great way to clean wallpaper is with white bread. You can eliminate fingerprints, light stains, and even ball-point ink by simply rubbing a piece of white bread vigorously over the spot.