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Saving While Cleaning

Cleaning is something that will cost you a fortune over your lifetime. There are tons of cleaning products in the stores that lure you into spending your money over and over again.

Here are some ways that I save on the cost of cleaning products.

– Buy your Magic Erasers as generics at Dollar Tree or in bulk on Amazon. Cut them in half. You usually don’t need a whole one to do the job.

– Use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels. My window ones do a great job. I use these cloths for just about every cleaning job.

– I like the Method all purpose cleaners so I stock when I see a great price. I find these cleaners do 90% of the cleaning jobs around my home. Or you can make your own with vinegar and orange peels.

– Don’t use store bought Swiffers- dry or wet. I use an old fashioned dry mop and a reusable mop with washable pads.

– I use reusable dusting wands that I can hand wash and hang to dry. 

– Don’t use Lysol Wipes that you have to buy over and over again. Make your own with some paper towels and vinegar. Or use a microfiber cloth like I do. They do a great job in sinks and tubs. I only use Lysol wipes in the car. I keep a container of them in case of a messy car job on the road or a spill. 

-Make your own daily shower cleaner. I use vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water. Just use google to find one.

– We use our own steam cleaner a few times a year to keep the shower clean. It does a great job on grout. 

– Don’t pay to have your carpets cleaned. We have purchased two shampooers over the years and we clean our own.

– Use a packet of citrus Kool Aid like lemonade to clean the inside of your dishwasher. It costs pennies compared to the products they sell to do it.

– I use vinegar in my dishwasher instead of Jet Dry.

– Good old cheap Pine Sol mixed in a bucket does a great job on floors.

– Cut steel wool pads in half for whatever job you need them for. Half a pad will usually do the job.

– Clean your kitchen sink with baking soda and a microfiber cloth. Clean the garbage disposal with baking soda and vinegar. Make sure to mix it in a container in the sink because it will fizz up. Pour it down the garbage disposal and let it sit a bit. In between deep cleanings I throw my lemon slices from my lemon water in it and grind them up.

– Throw a cheap Equate denture tablet in the toilet and let it fizz. Then use a reusable toilet brush to clean it. 

These are just some of the ways I save. I am sure there are plenty more. Feel free to share in comments the way you save on cleaning. We can all learn from each other.    

13 replies on “Saving While Cleaning”

how do you wash your microfiber cloths when used for different things. like kitchen and bath. I never have a full load. and I just love the microfiber cloths. Joyce of Pa

Just be careful using Pine Sol if you have pets – it's not safe for animals.. the phenol and pine oil is toxic to cats and dogs. I use Simple Green, a nontoxic cleaner/degreaser, bought in bulk and diluted for many cleaning jobs, and ditto on vinegar as the best cleaning agent out there.

I cut my SOS pads in half. After using one for scouring I put it in a zip lock bag and place it in the freezer. Keeps the pad from being soggy and rusty. Makes the pads last much longer. Penny S.

It's not a cleaning tip, but a tip to keep in mind for cleaning purposes if doing any renovations. Consider installing hard floors instead of carpet unless you have a call for carpet (i.e. colder climates, have some sort of need for soft floors, etc). There was carpet installed in one room of this house right before we moved in. When we removed it to freshen up the room, I was appalled at the state of the underside of the carpet and the carpet pad even though we had used our carpet cleaner religiously every six months (I'm so with you on buying a carpet steamer instead of renting one if you have carpets!). We've installed hard floors of different types in every room except one and I mostly just sweep/vacuum and steam clean with my Bissell mop (sometimes the kitchen does need a little extra).

Hi AD, this is Chris. I usually use bleach to clean the toilets. I use the mix of Dawn dish soap and vinegar to clean the rest of the bathroom. I just got some new dish cloths to try at Kroger on a deal. They are a dish cloth on one side and a scrubby part on the other. I will report back after awhile if I like them or not. I got 5 of them for $3 which I thought was good if they last awhile.

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