There’s been a lot of buzz in frugal living, ecological and homesteading blogs about use of homemade or chemical-free cleaning products in the home.

If you want to look up some of the popular techniques, Saving Advice has this post 12 Recipes for Homemade Cleansers. And Home Life, a homesteading blog on BlogsMonroe, recently posted some of her favorite homesteading links.

So I’ll just talk about the frugal side of this concept.

You don’t have to throw out everything that’s in your cleaning supply bucket or closet. Go ahead and use up what you’ve bought. You’ve already spent the money on those chemicals.

In the meantime, try some different techniques with ammonia, vinegar, baking soda or other products and see if you get the results you want.

While I still have household chemicals in my array of techniques, I have significantly cut back on what I buy and on the amounts that I use.

Much of my routine cleaning is now done with homemade or frugal techniques. I save the more expensive chemicals and products for heavy-duty cleaning or specialty tasks.

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