During the last two years of my life, there has been a loss in our household income so I became very frugal and it hasn't hurt at all. I've discovered a few ways to save by using inexpensive products to clean my home.
It is amazing how many ways we can use vinegar around the house and it is probably the least expensive of all other cleaning brands found at the stores. There was a time that I had a granddaughter burn food in the bottom of a stainless steel skillet. I don't know why I thought of this, but I put regular Dawn dish detergent in the skillet to cover the bottom and then I added vinegar enough to cover the burn. I then heated it up to boiling and took it off the stove and let it sit all night. The next day the burnt part had started to lift, so I heated it again and by the next day the burnt food came out in a solid form! I couldn't believe this and I don't know why the idea came to me! But it works on any type cookware and sometimes it just makes it easier to clean up instead of wasting your time scrubbing!
There are many articles on the web that tells about natural weed killers. One of them caught my eye. Dish soap alone cannot kill weeds—but it can help. Environmentally conscious home gardeners often turn to it to reduce toxins in the soil and water. Dish soap, along with vinegar and salt, can kill weeds which will eventually die. Add 1 cup sale and 1 tablespoon of antibacterial dish soap to a gallon of vinegar and mix thoroughly. Use a funnel to put the solution into a spray bottle. For best result, use vinegar that has a high level of acetic acid — 10 or 20 percent. Protect your hands and eyes —vinegar can sting — and spray the plants on a hot, dry day. Repeated applications may be necessary on stubborn weeds. The dish soap works ad a binder allowing the vinegar and salt to stick to the leaves.
Using Dawn to bath a pet is also very useful as it kills all fleas and ticks. You have to lather the animal and then let it stay on a while. Then wash with a regular shampoo, then rinse with water until all the soap is gone with the last step being to use one part vinegar to two parts warm water, and do not rinse it off. It will leave your pet's coat shiny and pest free.
Many years ago a friend had told me she always rinsed her hair with a mixture of vinegar and water! Her hair was always so shiny and looked very healthy so I started using it also.
Please send me your ideas. I am welcome's to share them. I would love to hear about the ways you may have learned to conserve money and time!