Savings challenge: Make your own cleaning products

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Editor’s note: Each week, one of Bankrate’s personal finance reporters is reporting on a new way to save and chronicling the savings journey. This week, I made some DIY cleaning products, using a few basic ingredients, to see how much I could save. See what happened.

There are so many ways to waste money, and I wondered if buying cleaning products from the store was one of them.

I’ve pinned a lot of cleaning do-it-yourself Web pages to my Pinterest account in my time and have been in awe of several mommy blogs that tout the wonders of making your own household cleaning products. They always make it look so easy and effective, so I decided to finally try it out myself.

I wondered: How much money could buying my own ingredients save me, and would it even be worth the extra time and effort to make my own cleaning products?

“Do some research, find a couple recipes to try out, make small batches of the cleaning product and then try them,” says Carrie Rocha, creator and contributor to PocketYourDollars.com. “You will need to decide if the end result cleaning product’s potency is worth the extra effort you invest into making it.”

Here’s what happened.