How To Save Money On Household Cleaners, And Make Your Home A Safer Place To Live

by David Bakke

As we embark on a New Year, I for one abhor New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t find them to be useful or motivating in my personal life, and I basically avoid them altogether. However, this year I have decided to make one resolution for myself and I plan on sticking to it. When I look through the cabinets and closets in my home—what I basically see is cleaners on top of cleaners. There are cleaners for virtually every item in your home and on top of that, you have detergents and cleaning liquids as well. So my one New Year’s Resolution is this:  to rid my household of all chemicals and to get as “green” and organic as possible.

How To Do It?

Well, rather than going through all the different cleaners that I have in my home and replacing them with organic substitutes, I have found a much less expensive way to make my house “green”. It is actually quite simple. I purchased a few bottles of what is called Pure Castile Soap. It is all-natural and organic.  There are a variety of different brands—I believe I paid about $8 for one 32 oz. bottle. While this may seem expensive, keep in mind that most Pure Castile Soaps are highly concentrated.

What Is It Good For?

The Pure Castile Soap that I bought claims that it is 18-in-1. That is, there are eighteen different uses for it. Well, as I have come to find out, there are many more uses for it than that. I have found ways to use this base cleaner, combined with a few other natural ingredients, to substitute virtually every single cleaning product that I have my home. Let me briefly outline what I use it for as of right now:

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner (I believe you combine it with baking soda and white vinegar)
  • All Purpose Cleaner (works on windows, countertops, tables, etc.)
  • Hand Soap (be sure to dilute it down pretty good for this use)
  • Dish Liquid (depending on the level of concentration—this will clean just about anything dish-related. Good for use right in your dishwasher, also good for baked-on, burnt-on messes. Great for cleaning stovetops as well)
  • Laundry Detergent (a little less than ¼ cup will suffice for a full load)

Other than that, I can’t think of too many other things that you’d need it for in your home.

Other Benefits

So now, I have gotten rid of all the other cleaners that I used to have in my household. No more laundry detergent, no more toilet bowl cleaner, and so on. The only thing I have in my cabinet is my few bottles of Pure Castile Soap. I feel that this will make my home a safer place to live, especially for my four-year-old son. I won’t have to go out shopping for these items anymore, and I won’t be littering the environment with all kinds of plastic bottles anymore either.

In Closing

As is said, I am not really into New Year’s Resolutions, but this is one that I have already put in place, and it has made my home safer and more organized. You should consider looking into one of these Pure Castile Soaps for your home, as the benefits are tremendous.

As always, your thoughts and feedback are appreciated below.


1 Rebecca January 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I think i’m really going this. I have a two year daughter who loves going into the cabinets so the safer the better.

2 David/moneycrashers January 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm


This one truly is fantastic–i sue it all the time!

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