People often wonder what is in my cleaning cabinet. With the plethora of cleaning products available, it’s sometimes hard to know what a frugal person needs. Or rather doesn’t need. My cleaning cabinet is very basic. I’ve found that with a few basic items, I can clean almost anything.
Essential Frugal Cleaning Supplies
- Vinegar. I’ve written before about all the things I love to do with vinegar. From fabric softener to disinfectant, vinegar on it’s own can clean a lot of things. It’s even more powerful when combined with other things.
- Baking Soda. Baking soda makes a great scouring powder. It also deodorizes carpets, refrigerators, and cat litter boxes. And when combined with vinegar, it can unclog drains. I also use it in my homemade laundry detergent.
- Dawn Dishwashing Detergent. Dawn is great for breaking down grease. I like to use it in combination with vinegar to clean my bathrooms.
- Rubbing Alcohol. This is great for cleaning computer and television screens. You can also use rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and water to make a glass cleaner. Just use a cup of rubbing alcohol, a cup of water, and a tablespoon of vinegar.
- Olive Oil. Mix three parts olive oil with one part vinegar to make a great furniture polish. I confess I hardly use furniture polish, though. I just dust with a slightly damp rag.
- Borax. Borax is a great laundry detergent booster, and I use it in my homemade laundry detergent recipe. It also works to get rid of ants.
- Washing Soda. Another laundry detergent essential.
- Fels Naptha Soap. My favorite soap for making homemade laundry detergent. On it’s own, it’s also a great spot remover.
- Commercial Dishwasher Detergent. So far I haven’t found anything to replace dishwasher detergent, so this is the only commercial cleaning product I use.
That’s it. With these 9 ingredients, I clean my entire house and do the laundry. All of these ingredients combined cost less than $25. That’s a lot better than an overstuffed cabinet full of $100 worth of cleaning products, each used for a single purpose. I prefer to keep things simple…and cheap.