Ways to Save, Part IV

This is the fourth and final part of a series of posts about saving money for Christmas.

Part IV: Cleaning

1.) Stop buying commercial cleaners. The ads on tv have convinced us we need a specific cleaner for each specific room/item/floor/surface of our house. NOT TRUE! Vinegar, baking soda, and Borax – these are pretty much all the things you need. I clean toilets, sinks, mirrors, floors, upholstery, and lots more surfaces with those items. Here’s a list of things you can clean with vinegar: http://www.diynatural.com/white-vinegar-cleaning-laundry-more/. It’s also healthier for you – no toxic fumes or worries about mixing harmful ingredients!

2.) Make your own baby/cleaning wipes. We do this on a regular basis (maybe twice a month). I love that I know what’s touching my baby’s sensitive areas. (PS – You can switch out the baby shampoo with a mix of vinegar water to make cleaning wipes for countertops, etc.) Here’s the recipe: http://www.homemademamas.net/2010/07/homemade-baby-wipes.html.

3.) Try cloth diapers. On paper, the savings were tremendous. Unfortunately, practicality just wasn’t on our side. We can’t afford to purchase a whole lot of the “new-fangled” diapers at once. I did try the old-fashioned safety pin and rubber pants method…for all of one week. I don’t know about babies in the 1950s, but mine is a SQUIRMER! She always tries to flip onto her tummy on the changing table, leaving me with horrible nightmares of eyes getting poked out by the safety pin. No thanks!

4.) Stop buying disposable Swiffer-type pads. You’re just filling up landfills with more trash! Just use a damp rag (or I’ve even seen a burp rag or receiving blanket you don’t use anymore cut to fit). You may even look into buying a robot vacuum to keep things clean when you don’t have time.

May the God of all grace bless you immeasurably more than you could have asked or imagine! ~Eph. 3:20-21

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