From a green perspective, going the DIY route eliminates some of the harsh chemicals in your home, reducing your family’s exposure to them. It can also save you money. In a pinch, using cinnamon or cayenne pepper could save you the $5 needed to buy a set of ant traps. And in the long run, buying bulk containers of multi-task products like baking soda and vinegar is cheaper than shelling out for bottles of specialized, one-task cleansers.
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