Saving Money Series — Save MORE Money on Cleaning Supplies

I’ve given some tips on how to save money on cleaning supplies.  Here are some other ways to save more money on cleaning products.

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  • Buy reusable cloths and mops – I invested in a spaghetti mop and a good mop bucket with a wringer. When the mop head gets dirty I simply launder it with other cleaning cloths. I keep a spare on hand that’s been laundered in case I have an overwhelming urge (or need) to mop when one is dirty. For cloths I found that used surgical towels are wonderful, lint-free cleaning cloths. You can buy used (fully sterilized) surgical towels online.
  • Use store brands – Compare the ingredients or make up of store brands to nationally known brands. Many times these cleaning products are made by the same companies and only the labels are different. And, of course, the price. Don’t pay extra for the advertising big companies use to get us to buy their products.
  • Look for double duty products – If you check out the cleaning products aisle at any market you’ll see that there are many, many items for each job. You could spend a lot of money and take up a lot of space buying specific cleaners for each chore. Instead, opt for multi-purpose cleaners.
  • Make your own cleaners – There are recipes all over the internet for homemade cleaning products. Some I’ve tried and loved and some didn’t do the job at all. Research the recipes by reading reviews and then try the ones that get the most raves. But be careful not to mix ingredients without checking that it’s safe to do so.
  • Use “cleaners” you already have in your kitchen – Lemons can be used to bleach items like cutting boards. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can be used in place of many harsher cleansers. Coffee grounds can take the place of baking soda to absorb odors. Just put a bowl of used coffee grounds where you want to soak up odors and replace every couple of months. Ketchup is wonderful for shining brass. Pour a little ketchup on a cloth and shine your brass as you would with a store-bought polish. Just remember to rinse the ketchup off with clear water and dry the brass. A great article for using stuff you have around for cleaning can be found at: http://www.moneytalksnews.com/19-uses-for-baking-soda-dryer-sheets-and-beer
  • Spray your cleaning cloths not the surface – Spraying cleaners on surfaces usually wastes the cleaner and leaves excess on the surface. You’ll spend more time just wiping away wasted cleaner than if you spray it directly on the cleaning cloth.
  • Foam is better than liquid – When it comes to bathroom surfaces foam is better. Foam clings to surfaces instead of just running quickly down and pooling at the bottom. You get more cleaning bang for your buck.
  • Adjust the amount of dishwasher detergent – It’s not always necessary to fill both dispensers of your dishwasher. Fill each cup about halfway and add a little bit more for extra dirty loads and if you have hard water. Too much detergent leaves a residue on your glasses and flatware and filling both dispensers all the way just means you have to buy detergent more often.
  • Always measure laundry detergent – Because laundry detergents are concentrated (2x and 3x) using a full cup for every load is just wasteful. Extra detergent doesn’t mean extra clean clothes. The agitation of your washing machine is doing most of the cleaning. And using too much detergent means that the items you’re washing will just have excess soap in them at the end of the wash cycle, making the rinse cycle less effective. And many front loading machines simply shut down if there are too many suds.
  • Buy cleaning products on sale and/or with coupons – Try to stock up on the cleaning supplies you do buy when they’re on sale or when you have a coupon. If you store allows you to use a coupon for a sale item it’s even better!
  • Store cleaning supplies properly – Most important is keeping cleaning supplies away from children and pets. And you’re also wasting money if you expose your cleaners to extremes in temperature or light. They’ll be less effective or not effective at all and have to be replaced.
  • Keep it clean – By maintaining a cleaning schedule and keeping your home clean you won’t need really tough cleaning products. You will be able to keep things clean with things like water and dish soap, vinegar, baking soda, and other inexpensive items. And you’ll use less of the cleaners you do buy.

 

 

 

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Author: Elizabeth

I'm a wife, mom, and grandma who loves cooking, baking, gardening, and all things that go into making a cozy coop for my brood. Although I'm disabled I try not to let it get in the way of what I love doing.

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