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Everyday Cheapskate: Favorite Household Cleaners You Can Make Yourself for Just Pennies

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It pretty much kills me to spend money for things I know I can make myself for less than their pricey commercial cousins.

Take cleaning products for example. Knowing how to make things for pennies that cost dollars at the store just makes me happy. It's a no-brainer.

Here are three handy recipes to help you get started saving all that money you've been spending on household cleaners.


Countertops made of granite, marble and stone are tricky because these materials are porous and stain easily. You never want to clean them with anything acidic, which means vinegar and lemon juice are both out.

Here is a homemade granite cleaner that will not stain nor is it acidic. Used with a good microfiber cloth, it works like a champ to clean and shine these natural counters.


Pour 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Add a few drops Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent, five to 10 drops essential oil (this is optional, but will add a nice fragrance) plus enough distilled water to fill the bottle. Apply the spray top and shake to mix. You can use this cleaner to clean and shine your appliances as well.

This homemade solution costs about 25 cents for 16 oz. Compare that to Granite Gold ($21.75/64 oz.), or Method Daily Granite, ($22.30/two 28 oz. bottles)


Start with a clean 16 oz. spray bottle. Pour in 1 1/3 cups white vinegar, five drops Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent and 2/3 cup distilled water. Apply the spray top and shake to mix.


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