Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tip of the Week

Do you know how expensive things are getting these days??? Of course you do - if you are living! When I retired a few years ago, I started looking for ways to save money around the house, and here's one that works like a charm. It's homemade window cleaner, but I use it for cleaning most everything from windows to countertops to appliances to whatever I need it for!

Here's what you'll need:

1 heavy duty spray bottle - I got a set of 5 for about $8 a few years ago at BJ's Wholesale, and all but one of them are still in service, so they've been well worth the investment.

2 1/4 cup hot tap water - yup, you got it water! What did YOU think was the main ingredient in those expensive things you've been buying?

1 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar - the cheapy stuff! I buy the store brand, by the gallon at about $2 to $3.00 a gallon.

1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap (cannot be a cream based soap!)

Now, pour the water and the vinegar into the spray bottle. Easy Peasy, right? Then add the dish detergent. )It works better this way, because if you add the soap first, the bottle fills up with suds and it takes longer to fill it up.) Next, put the sprayer on and tighten up the cap and shake it well. You are done!

Not only does this stuff cost pennies on the bottle compared to the stuff you buy in the stores, it's also the best window cleaner I've ever found, but the best, very best thing is that there aren't any of those weird toxic chemicals in there! Vinegar is all natural and smells so very clean. Trust me you are going to love this stuff!

Be blessed, friends! Becky