Cheap Spring Cleaning

March 9, 2014 0 Comments

Spring has almost sprung here in the Midwest!

The warmer weather and longer days makes plenty of time and opportunity for us to shake off the dust of winter and get ready for a fresh, new spring season.

Spring cleaning can inspire dread in the hearts and wallets of many- but it doesn’t have to!

I have discovered a multitude of “make-your-own” cleaning solutions that are not only cheaper than the store-bought ones, but better for you and the enviroment.

Below are directions on how to make your own cleaning solution and cleaning wipes for pennies.

So with a sponge in my hand, I wish you all a very happy season of cleaning! 🙂


Homemade Cleaning Solution

Cost: $2.23

Courtesy of Living Well, Spending Less

1 tablespoon borax
1 tablespoon washing soda
1 teaspoon dishwashing soap
1 cup vinegar
4 cups hot water

Mix all elements together in a large bowl, then funnel into spray bottle.  Spray on, then wipe surface with a moist rag.  

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Cost: $1.96

Courtesy of Fabulessly Frugal

1 roll of paper towels

1 cup water

1 cup vinegar

Few drops of dish soap

Airtight container

Cut the paper towel roll in half with a serrated knife. Combine all wet ingredients into the airtight container and add paper towel roll. Make sure that the paper towels are completely moist with the solution. Voila!  


About the Author:

In July 2013, Mary joined the news team at FOX 47 KXLT-TV as an anchor and multimedia journalist. It's a homecoming for Mary, a native of Edina, Minnesota. She is excited to return to her Midwestern roots and tell the stories of the tight-knit community of Rochester. Mary is a proud Mizzou Tiger and completed her master's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2013. She was selected as the 2013 David Kaplan Memorial Fellow, which included a fellowship at ABC News in Washington, DC. Over her time in Missouri, she worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for KOMU 8 News, the NBC affiliate for the region and as a graduate research assistant in the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Database Library. Mary also has experience writing and anchoring for, a multimedia video news service that allows users to compare news sources from around the world to see how a story unfolds. In the spring of 2012, Mary worked as a statehouse reporter for Missouri Digital News out of Jefferson City, where she produced radio spots for St. Louis' KMOX News Radio and KBIA, Columbia's NPR affiliate. Mary earned a B.A. from the College of Communications and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA in 2011. She graduated Cum Laude and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society. She is a proud member of Delta Gamma Fraternity and sports anchors and pearls whenever she has the chance. During her college years, she also studied abroad at University College Cork in Ireland. Got a great story idea? Or just want to say hello? Get in touch with Mary at

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