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Create your own cheap, green cleaning supplies

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Before you head to the store to buy supplies for spring cleaning...check your pantry.

"If you look in your favorite store... furniture polish runs between $4.00 and $4.50 and we put this furniture polish together for about $1.25," said Lynn Clark.

Lynn Clark and Kristen Lastrape with Habitat for Humanity don't spend a fortune cleaning their donated furniture. Instead, they use homemade furniture polish to wipe off everything in the warehouse. It's a mixture of olive oil, vinegar and scented oil. Using that simple recipe, they save 3 to 4 dollars every time. 

"A lot of people don't realize but a lot of cleaning products are really bad for the environment-they contain a lot of chemicals," Clark said.

Here's another one: by mixing together vinegar, baking soda and water you replace a four to five dollar bathroom cleaner -- with a cleaner that costs just forty cents. These ladies then use eucalyptus, lemon, or lavender drops to get rid of the vinegar scent.

"Perhaps you don't have the essential oils or can't find them in a store of course you can always use lemon juice or actually lemons to scent your products," Clark added.

For glass cleaner just use one fourth cup vinegar added to water in a spray bottle. Another reminder...you can always use an old T-shirt instead of paper towels to wipe off surfaces. Crumpled newspaper is my favorite to get a streak free shine. 

Other common ingredients used to make cleaners include baking soda, cornstarch and hydrogen peroxide. 

If you want to ditch the cleaners altogether, use microfiber cloths. They're inexpensive and lift dirt, grease and dust without the need for extra products.

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