Saving money without cutting your cleaning power can be a challenging, but rewarding activity. While you might think that just cutting corners will help you get the most out of your buck, doing it the right way will help you to actually clean your home, your body, and your mind without clearing out your wallet. These 8 tips will help you do just that. ;)
1. Daily cleaning! (Or at least frequent cleaning) - Doing just a little bit of cleaning everyday can actually help you save on cleaning supplies relatively easily! Because you’re cleaning everyday, you’ll need less and less deep-cleaning days! So, clean that stain right away, mop your floors constantly and sweep up any dust on the spot!
2. Store your cleaning supplies properly - Improperly stored cleaning supplies can cost you more on the long run. Make sure your supplies aren't exposed to extremes in temperature (either cold or warm) or light. Extremes in temperature might actually affect the effectiveness of your supplies, therefore making you run to the store more often.
3. Make your own cleaners! - Nope! It is definitely not that hard to make your own cleaning supplies! In fact, there are a bunch of ingredients right on your kitchen that can help you make great cleaners! For example, vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner and baking soda is gentle enough to use as a mild abrasive in many areas of your home. Lemons have a natural bleaching ability. Combine all three and you’ll have a powerful multipurpose cleaner on your hands!
4. To the last drop! - To get out the most out of any cleaner, one of the most important tips is to just use them! The last few drops of laundry detergent can last you for another load or you can add some water to the last of the dishwashing soap to extend its life. More detergent does not necessarily mean “better cleaning”! A little bit goes a long way, so be sure you’re not wasting your detergent away!
5. Clutter control - Controlling clutter,and messes is a major part of keeping a house clean and healthy. Remove all unwanted and unnecessary items from your home through yard sales or by donating those items you have no use for anymore. Less items mean less cleaning!
6. Reduce your cleaning supplies - In grocery stores you will find there is a cleaner for absolutely everything: bathroom, living room, glass, metal, tables, toilet, etc. Do you need them all? Absolutely not! Most of these cleaners can just be replaced by a single multi-purpose cleaner. If you do end up buying specialty cleaners, just save them for really tough jobs! You will start buying less and saving more!
7. Buying refills - Part of the cost of cleaners comes from the bottling process and the cost of the actual bottle. Cleaning companies have started to implement refill models to reduce the cost and price of their products. However, if you want to go the extra mile choose a plastic-free refill model! ;) That way you will reduce both your expenses and plastic waste!
8. Buy concentrated formulas - Whether you’re buying dish soap or laundry detergent, there are concentrated formulas available. Even though these may cost more upfront, they will save you money in the long run just because of how little product you will actually need to keep your home clean.