Using Vinegar to Clean up your Budget!

By now if you are following how we designed our Budget Steps One, Two and Three you should start to see where your money is going every month.

One item we noticed that cost us a bit of money was “cleaning supplies”.  We asked ourselves whether it was necessary to spend over $20.00 a month out of our budget.

Then it happened, I realized how much more we could save after hearing my mothers voice in my head.

When I was younger and my mother told me that she liked using vinegar to clean windows. I just thought she was nutty but like the saying”you will understand when you get older” now makes sense.

Here is a list of Cleaning Supplies I used to purchase even with coupons.

  • Windex or Window Cleaner
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Brasso
  • Fantastik
  • Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner
  • Wipes
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • Stainless Steel Wipes
  • Silvo
  • Liquid Plumber
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Leather Wipes

The list goes on and on, and I didn’t realize the many uses for vinegar. Vinegar is not only used for cleaning but an array of ideas have surfaced all over the web.

Yes, Vinegar Kills Bacteria, Mold and Germs! This is why I now keep a spray bottle with 5% Vinegar ( available at the grocery store) and use it for cleaning.

A  4 litre jug of vinegar can run you $1.99 when it is on sale but save you hundreds long term.

Money Saving Ideas using Vinegar

You know when you’re making a recipe and it asks for an ingredient you don’t have such as “Buttermilk”. Did you know you could make Buttermilk by mixing a tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of milk and let stand for 5 minutes to thicken. No Kidding! :)

I haven’t tried making Buttermilk this way but I’m certainly going to give it a shot. Buttermilk costs a fortune to buy!

I also spend money on purchasing air fresheners for the house as I can’t stand the cooked food smell. Who knew you could simmer some vinegar and toss in some lemon peels or cinnamon sticks to freshen up the air.

My favourite by far is Vinegar to clean Patent Leather using distilled vinegar. We spend around $5.00 or more on leather wipes each month. Yup, kiss that goodbye.. yay!

English: Budget and Spending

It’s worth the read at  131 uses for vinegar  it simply will blow you and your budget away. I’m sure I can find 131 uses for the money I will save!

What other uses for vinegar do you have?

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