Keeping your home clean can be a serious enemy to your budget. With so many different cleaners for each corner of your home, from the toilet to the living room, investing in each of these products can make a big hole in your pocket. But luckily you don’t need most of those products. You can find a homemade cleaning solution for pretty much anything. Here are a few tips that will help you save money on cleaning supplies and still live in a spotless home.
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Use coupons and buy cleaners on sale
What is a better way to save some money than the good old fashioned coupons? Remember how your mother used to cut these all the time? Well, she was right. Nowadays, it is even easier. Just go online and visit some of the manufacturers' websites. You will find a lot of coupons and promotions there. Go through social media as well. If you follow the manufactures or even stores, you will get promotions in your feed. Look for the items on sale and buy extra if the price is right.
Purchase quality products
Wait; what? Can you save money by spending more? That is correct. By getting a better quality product (not always the most expensive), you will waste less of the products, and it will last longer. Let's say your vacuum broke. What would be the better choice? Get a cheap one that won't do a good job and will probably die in a year, or get an excellent quality vacuum cleaner that you can use more than ten years? I would go with the latter. Just make sure before you get the product or item, to do thorough research. You can find a ton of information online from customers.
Use homemade cleaners
Now, this is my favorite! There are so many ingredients in your home that can be used to make some potent cleaners without spending much. Vinegar and baking soda are just a few of them.
Here are a few vinegar based homemade cleaners you can make today:
- Window cleaner
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. Put it in a spray bottle and spray it on your windows. Wipe with a clean towel.
To clean your blinds, create a mixture of ½ cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, ¼ cup baking soda and a gallon of warm water. Take a clean cloth or a sponge and wipe the blinds with the mixture. Rinse with clear water.
- Coffee makers
White vinegar is great when you are dealing with limescale and mineral deposits. Just fill the reservoir with white vinegar and run one cycle. Rinse away the vinegar residue by running another cycle with clean water. You can do this step a couple of times until the smell of vinegar disappears.
Boil a mixture of ¼ cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave until you see steam forming on the window. Take it out and wipe away the food residue with a clean towel.
- Pet urine in carpets
Blot up as much of the urine as possible with a dry towel or a sponge. Create a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water and pour it on the stained area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Blot with a clean towel afterward.
Here are a few cleaning tricks with baking soda:
- Clean the tile grout.
Sprinkle some baking soda on already wet grout lines and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, scrub the grout clean using a cleaning brush. Rinse away with warm water.
- Freshen up your carpets
Baking soda works wonders when dealing with bad smells, especially on carpets. Just sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the carpet and vacuum it after 30 minutes. It's that simple.
- Laundry brightener
The next time you do your laundry, add in a cup of baking soda in the washing machine and let it do its magic.
Make your own disinfectant wipes
Clorox wipes are fantastic, but why spend the money when you can easily make your own! They are easy to make, effective as name brand wipes and most importantly – free of harsh chemicals. Here is the step-by-step guide:
- Mix 2 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon liquid soap, and 1 cup rubbing alcohol
- Place paper towels in a container that just fits them, like a large glass
- Pour the mixture you made over paper towels
- Remove the cardboard tube and your homemade paper towels are ready
Use old rags instead of expensive microfiber or paper towels
Getting microfiber towels can be expensive. One way to get around this is to use old rags. They are very absorbent and cost nothing. You can use these from wiping the floors to picking up the dust. Next time you have an old rag or a shirt you want to throw away, think twice.
Forget the paper towels as well. If you calculate how much money you spend on paper towels you’ll get a headache. Instead of spending money every day on paper towels, use fabric towels and just wash them when they get dirty.
Filip is a freelance graphic designer, blogger, and father of two with a passion for cleaning, organizing, and home improvement. You can find more about Filip's work on his blog at housecleaningadvice.com
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