Homemade Wet Mops...
(Texas, United States)
If you really like the convenience of the Swiffer wet mops, but hate the expense of the refills -- cleaning liquid and pads -- or the chemicals in the cleaning liquid, you can have the best of both.
Here's what I do...
- save 2 rubber bands off of broccoli or use 2 heavy duty rubber bands
- fold six select-a-size paper towels over each other and attach the folded paper towels to the flat side of the mop with the rubber bands
- you can then mix your own cleaning liquid into a spray bottle or if you really want to pinch pennies, just take a small cup of left over dish soap after you're finished hand washing dishes and spatter it on the floor
- mop and throw the paper towels away Strong paper towels hold up well.
Making your own house cleaning products...
(Tucson, AZ, United States)
I have stopped buying commercial cleaning products, except for laundry detergent, dish-washing/dishwasher and hand soap.
I use vinegar and water, baking soda, lemons, dish-washing liquid, borax, essential oils, for cleaning everything.
Vinegar is the key - it makes mirrors and windows gleam, you can dilute it with water and a little essential oil if desired and dampen a cloth with it for dusting, and it is perfect for cleaning all kinds of uncarpeted floors.
I use baking soda when I need an abrasive cleaner and to keep my drains running freely, I put baking soda in the drain, add vinegar and watch it bubble, and then pour boiling water down the drain.
I save a fortune on cleaning products by making my own, and I know that I am not using products that contain chlorine bleach (which I also do not use - I use hydrogen peroxide if something needs bleaching) and a lot of chemicals.
And, I save the environment by not having to recycle or dispose of all those cleaning product bottles, as I use my own spray bottles.