This is the first post in a series of all about things you really don't need to buy. You're not going to go without, you can simply make it yourself for pennies on the dollar.
In America we often lead frantic lives and pay for convenience. We spend more because we are busy trying to afford things we often think we need. Not to mention how tired we get doing all of this earning! It keeps us on the hamster wheel of making money to consume.
But often, there is an easy solution to save money. Emphasis on the word easy! In fact, many things showcased here are far more easy than running to the store.
Truth be told, almost anything in your house can be cleaned with baking soda or vinegar, a little water and some elbow grease. Growing up, that's how my mom cleaned. However, every once and awhile there are exceptions. Granite, for instance, should not be cleaned with acid (i.e. vinegar or lemon), which led me in search of a homemade granite cleanser. And sweet, sweet Google, as usual, you did not let me down.
I found the original recipe on One Good Thing By Jillee. Since I used a more mild soap (Dr. Bronner's), I added a whole tablespoon of soap.
Homemade Granite Cleaner
You will need:
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka
3 Drops Liquid soap like Dawn (or up to a tablespoon of a more mild soap such as Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap)
A spray bottle
Essential oil (Used to cover up the alcohol smell. Not needed if using soap already containing essential oil)
Put in the ingredients in the spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, and clean!