The cost of cleaning products can quickly get out of hand. We know we need to uphold a clean household, yet the cost of doing so is next to unbelievable. In fact, the other day I calculated that I would easily spend $150 or more in any given month buying cleaning agents.
As a result, I have decided to economise my spending a little – I am now going to instead opt to ignore the big brands and their fancy marketing and focus on making my own cleaning products for certain daily tasks that are costing me an arm and a leg.
Here is how you too can start to save money on cleaning chemicals.
List down your daily cleaning requirements
Firstly you need to list out what it is you clean on a regular basis. For me, I use a surface spray (Spray N Wipe) to clean the kitchen from top to bottom as well as the living room where we generally eat. On top of that, I tend to mop the back laundry room daily to help get rid of the dog smell (two dogs will quickly transform a room into a very smelly little place).
Now that I know where it is I am spending my money on cleaning agents, I can look to economise with substitutes.
I also use the same products to clean bathrooms, showers and sinks.
Look up the cost of your cleaning products
Then you need to look up the cost of your cleaning products. For me it’s around $10 for Spray N Wipe and $15 for a large contain of disinfectant that I buy to put in the mop bucket.
Now you know your base cost for cleaning, which for me is $25 a week roughly in the above.
Look at the active ingredients in your cleaning chemicals
There are a lot of fancy named chemicals in these bottles but the one thing you can’t go past is the amount of bleach in both. This shows that bleach is the active ingredient and once Google’d shows just how amazing this cleaning agent is in killing germs and cleaning.
What you need to purchase to get started
So to get started, you will need the following:
- 2 spray bottles from ALDI
- 1 oversized bottle of bleach, the bigger and cheaper the better
Recipe for a good all purpose cleaner
Pour one cup of bleach into the bottle carefully, then put 2-3 cups of water or until spray bottle is completely full. If you wish to give the spray a slightly better more homely smell – drip a drop or two of eucalyptus oil or similar into the bottle.
Leave the lid off and gently mix solution in a slow circular motion.
You now have a cleaning agent that will kill germs
You have now made a cleaning agent that is perfect for spraying on benches in the kitchen to kill germs.
HOWEVER you can’t use this on wood or metal as it isn’t as soft on those surfaces.
I am also using bleach in hot water to mop my back floors, a huge saving. Doing all of the above means I am cleaning my house for under $5 a week instead of $25 – not a bad little saving!