Everyone dreams of owning a clean home. And why not? We spend so much time indoors and if we want to be safe and healthy, having a clean home is an absolute must.
If you dream of having a clean home but are unable to realize your dream because you’re unable to bear the cleaning costs, you’ve come to the right place! Having a clean home doesn’t require you to spend all your life savings; you can be the proud owner of a clean and healthy home by doing a few things right.
Listed here are some great tips to help you save on cleaning costs.
Plan before Spending
If you buy cleaning supplies without budgeting, you’re sure to buy things that you don’t need. Track how much money you’ve spent on cleaning supplies over the past few months. Ask yourself if you really needed all that stuff. Consider how much money you can spend each month on cleaning supplies and see what items you can do without purchasing.
You don’t need to buy everything you think you need. For example if you think you need to buy a steam cleaner, you don’t have to go out and purchase one! See if you can borrow a steam cleaner from a loved one or a neighbor. You might also be able to rent one! If none of that is possible, you may want to jointly purchase a steam cleaner with someone else who does.
In addition to this, try to re-use and recycle items. Use old newspapers to wipe down windows and mirrors, cotton rags and cloths instead of paper towels, old toothbrushes in place of grout-cleaning brushes, etc.
When it comes to buying cleaning solutions, don’t always fall for brands. Try purchasing store-brands; you will notice that they work just as well as the big brands. So you get the work done without spending a fortune!
Further, use coupons to your advantage so you can get items at a discounted price. Sign up for newsletters or check out the Sunday newspaper for deals. Do take a look at manufacturer websites for printable coupons. Also try out free samples of cleaning products or cleaning services to cut down costs. Note that you can get great deals at discount warehouses and dollar stores.
When it comes to buying upholstered furniture, upholstery fabrics, or clothes, invest in quality stuff. It will be expensive, but you’ll benefit in the long run. Most importantly, buy fabrics that can be easily cared for. Buying items that need special care will mean buying expensive cleaning products and spending money for upkeep.
Make Your Own Cleaners
Making your own cleaning solutions is very simple. What’s more, home-made cleaners are just as effective as the store-bought ones and cost a lot less! You only need to stock up on some basic supplies like lemon juice, white vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, ammonia, and washing soap to make your own cleaners.
- A mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar is all you need to get rid of dirt, hard water deposits, and soap scum. You can also use this solution to clean your hardwood flooring.
- Vinegar is also a natural deodorizer and will eliminate bad odors instead of simply masking them like store-bought air fresheners. Add your favorite essential oil to the mixture if you want your house to smell fragrant.
- Fill the vinegar and water mixture in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down countertops, backsplash areas, and the cooking range. You can also spray the mixture on a soft cloth and wipe down the insides of your microwave. For tough stains, fill a shallow bowl with this mixture and microwave on high for a minute. The vapors will make cleaning away the stains easier.
- Lemon juice or undiluted vinegar can be used on tough stains. The latter can clean showerheads clogged with mineral deposits and can soften clothes by eliminating detergent residue. Undiluted vinegar can also be used to get rid of toilet bowl stains.
- Baking soda can remove stains and grime just as well as vinegar. Further, it has natural deodorizing properties and a mild abrasive action to make your scouring job easier.
- Rubbing alcohol can be used on mirrors, windows, chrome fixtures, and hard-surface ceramic tiles instead of commercial glass and window cleaners.
- Ammonia can be used on tough stains that don’t budge even after using undiluted vinegar. You can use it to wipe down windows too.
Change Some Habits
Yes, you can save on cleaning-related expenses if you change some habits! For example, if you think maintaining your carpet is getting expensive, implement a ‘no shoe’ rule in your house. Remove your shoes outside the house and have all the people in your house follow the rule. Do set up a sign at the entrance for guests.
Additionally, aim to clean up stains and messes immediately. Carpet or upholstery stains can be easily dealt with using simple home-made cleaning solutions if you act fast. Allowing the stains to sit might require you to use expensive solutions and also put in more effort to get the carpet or fabric look spotless.
Maintaining your home by setting up a cleaning schedule will surely help you save money in the long run!
No longer do you have to worry about spending on cleaning! With the tips given here, you’ll be able to keep your home clean and healthy without spending excessively.