Cleaning is essential. It’s how we keep our homes and cars from turning into utter chaos. In order to get everything spic and span, you can easily spend a bundle on cleaning products. Thankfully, there are ways to save money on cleaning without sacrificing cleaning power.
Do a Little Each Day
Your house won’t take as much cleaning product if it never gets completely dirty. Save yourself money and time by making a cleaning schedule. Then stick to it by doing a little each day. Here are some suggestions for tasks that don’t take long to get you inspired:
- Clean the toilets and sinks
- Replace your hand towels and dishcloths with fresh ones
- Do the dishes
- Wipe the counters and microwave
- Make the bed
- Sweep the floor
- Organize one shelf or drawer
- Wipe up spills immediately
- Clean the mirror
- Spot mop or vacuum in high-traffic areas
- Take out the trash
Being pro-active with your cleaning will save you in the long-run, and keep your house livable.
Switch to Store Brand
You don’t have to buy brand name cleaners to get the job done right. Compare active ingredients, and you’ll find that the ingredients doing the actual cleaning are usually identical among brands.
Trade Your Disposable Products for Reusable
Do you frequently pull out the paper towels for wiping up messes? Do you use one-time use wipes? These disposable products add up quickly and then end up in a landfill. There are cheaper, environmentally friendly options for you to try.
You can use microfiber cloths many ways around the house. They can clean windows and messes on counters, just like paper towels. But, these handy cloths are washable. Just wash them, dry them, and reuse them over and over again.
Instead of steel scrubs for cleaning the gunk off of your pans, try plastic scrapers. They don’t rust, are effective at removing burnt on grime, and last practically forever.
There are tons of reusable cleaning products out there, so find the ones that work best for you and your family.
Make Your Own Products
You don’t have to buy a specialized cleaner for every room in your house. You can make almost everything you need to keep your house clean. Here’s a site with tons of recipes for DIY cleaning supplies.
If you pick the right ingredients, your homemade cleaners are just as effective as the stuff you buy. The effectiveness of natural ingredients is impressive! In fact, many hospitals are now using grapeseed extract as a part of their cleaning protocol because it’s a very effective disinfectant.
Whenever you make your own products, be sure to read labels and dilute everything appropriately. Even natural products can cause harm if used incorrectly. Concentrated cleaners need to be added to a lot of water before use. If you don’t take this step, you can end up causing problems or even death — so don’t skimp on safety!
How Do You Save Money Cleaning?
There are more ways to cut your spending in this area. Please share your best tips on the iRazoo Facebook page. If you have a favorite DIY recipe, please share it as well!