After bills and kids, the cost of maintaining your home is likely to be your biggest expense. We funnel money into our homes on everything from renovations to decorating and daily cleaning. Over the years, the money and time you spend on cleaning your house can add up. Buying loads of expensive cleaning products is a common way to waste money. Luckily, there are many simple ways to save money without affecting your cleaning prowess.
Stick to basic cleaning products
As is usually the case, when it comes to cleaning, often the more simple the product or technique, the more effective the result. Simple products are also almost always cheaper. Use plain water or mild dish soap dilluted in warm water to clean most surfaces in your home. It’s gentle enough to be used on almost all materials and is surprisingly effective on grease and dirt. Soapy water can be used on walls and tiles, to clean glass, as a stain remover in the laundry and even as a carpet stain remover.
Baking soda is another old classic which can be used as a mild abrasive on most surfaces in your home, including carpet stains and baked on grease. Vinegar too is a good all-purpose cleaner and lemon juice can be used as a mild bleach.
Also make sure that you keep your product collection small. You don’t need 20 different bottles of chemicals to clean one house since most products have multiple purposes.
Avoid the brands and cleaning gimmicks
Don’t shy away from supermarket brands as they are often as effective as the more expensive brands you already use. Experiment as you need to replace products with cheaper products and stick to them as you find good ones.
A quick analysis of the cleaning market shows that some products stand the test of time and some don’t. Gimmicks come and go, generally without proving their effectiveness. In order to minimise the costs of cleaning, stick to simple products which you know and which work. Gimmicky products often have a lot of waste and don’t last long, such as disposable antibacterial wipes. You’ll obvsiouly save money if you use a reusable cloth and soapy water instead.
Clean regularly to avoid major work
Ensure that you clean regularly to minimise the costs associated with big, over-haul cleans. If you do a little each day you can easily avoid having to splurge on specialty products to fix disaster zones, like a greasy, caked stove top. If you deal with stains quickly with warm, soapy water you will rarely need to purchase specialty stain removers. The same goes for dealing with spills as the happen.
Purchase reusable cleaning products
You should commit to only buying reusable cloths and mops. This will be better for the environment and also better for you wallet. If you spend a little more on reusable items that are good quality, you’ll save even more in the long run because they last so much longer. The tick is to take care of reusable products when you’ve bought them.