For many people, keeping their home clean comes with serious expenses. You want your home to be clean for the people who live there, which is why you need to maintain everything inside.
Buying different cleaning products for different purposes can be very dangerous to your wallet. That is, if you want everything to be spotless and cleaned the right way.
But, does it have to be this way? Do you have to spend a fortune to keep your home clean? After all, this is something everyone does to make their life better and healthier, so why is it so expensive?
The truth is, you don’t have to empty your pockets to keep the house clean. With these four simple tips, you can save a lot of money and still live in a clean, sparkling home!
1. Use Natural Products
All those cleaning supplies and products seem cheap until the point where you calculate it all together. You need different cleaning products for everything from your windows to your counters. If you only use water, your home won’t be as clean as you want it to be.
But, instead of cleaning with the expensive products to achieve this, you can try some natural cleaning products with the items you already have in your home. Here is a slew of hacks for economy cleaning that will work just as well, and make your life that much easier:
Use vinegar – and a lot of it
Vinegar is cheap and necessary, and you can find it in most homes. With a little vinegar, you can do some miraculous things. Here are some ideas:
- Mix vinegar and water to remove the gunk off your stove and the exhaust filters.
- Use vinegar and water to clean your microwave. Turn it on, let it steam a bit, wait for it to cool, and wipe it clean.
- Put some vinegar on your shower head (in a baggie and secured with a rubber band). This will remove build up.
- Spritz an old sock with some vinegar and put it over your hand. Use it to wipe down those dusty blinds.
- Clean your pots with boiled vinegar and water mixture. Add some baking soda to it before you start scrubbing.
Baking soda for all purposes
You’ve surely heard of the many, many things you can clean and do with baking soda. People don’t just use it for cooking. They use it to clean their pipes, remove stains, and remove mold and build up, and whatnot. Get a lot of it at a cheap price and reap the benefits it offers!
Coffee grounds to make a fridge smell fresh
Baking soda is good for cleaning most things, including your fridge. But, when it comes to freshness, you need something else, something that won’t cost you a fortune. The solution – coffee grounds! Use them to make your fridge smell better.
Dish soap for stains
Dish soap is something you find in any kitchen, but its use isn’t limited to washing plates only. You can also use it to remove stains off your carpet or your clothes.
No more expensive stain removers – soda or dish soap should do the magic most of the time!
Mix and clean!
All these items can be used separately or mixed with each other. There are so many cleaning supplies that you can make on your own! Do some research and start your cleaning DIY project. It is fun and rewarding, and most importantly – it really works.
2. Use Cheaper Cleaning Tools
Not all expensive cleaning tools work miracles. Also, not every cheap cleaning tool cleans poorly or is of bad quality. In fact, a vacuum cleaner costing less than $100 will clean your floors just as well as a more expensive one. It won’t have as much power and won’t come with the bells and whistles, but it will clean your floor nonetheless.
Also, try to find some tools with more cleaning options. For example, there are vacuum cleaners that contain a bag only, and those who also have a mop or a blower. Think of what you need for your home and try to get a more versatile tool. It might be more expensive than the simpler option, but it will be much cheaper than buying all those items separately!
3. Clean a Little Every Day
We all have that silly habit of cleaning only during weekends. This is a natural temptation since, during the week, most people work and have little time or energy to clean around the home.
But, you don’t have to get back from work and start cleaning for hours. It is often wiser to clean a little bit every day to make your life easier. It doesn’t have to be much. One room every day will leave you the weekend to actually rest.
Once you get the hang of this, you will have an excellent habit that doesn’t overwhelm you or makes you tired at all. Your house will always be clean, and you won’t have to sweat about it.
4. Get Rid of the Clutter
The fewer things you have, the less you have to clean. If you find cleaning to be exhausting, you probably have too much to clean. De-cluttering your home might take some of your time, but it pays off much more than you can imagine.
Are there things in your home that you don’t need or haven’t used in ages? Find all those things and throw them away. If you have clothes you don’t wear, donate them. If you have furniture that’s outdated or has no use, sell it or give it away. Don’t let clutter take more and more of your valuable time. It is distracting and time-consuming.
Are you ready to improve your cleaning habits? These four simple tricks will help you save on cleaning expenses and make this much more enjoyable for yourself and your family. Don’t let the cost of cleaning and the obligations around your home ruin your budget or your weekend