One of the expenses that put strain on each household budget, is the one for cleaning supplies. There are hundreds of cleaning brands, offering you thousands of cleaning products for each area or surface in your house, and contrary to all laws of economics, the prices of these cleaning solutions most often are through the roof. Having said all that, there's a way to avoid all that wallet-crippling spending. Check out these thrifty tips I’ve gathered for you.
1. Regular cleaning Regular house maintenance will do miracles for you. Committing about 15 to 20 minutes a day for cleaning and tidying up your household would be enough to prevent dirt from building up and keep your home clean without using tough and expensive cleaning agents. Water and dish soap, on the other hand, can successfully remove most stains and dirt, if you treat the surface on time. Similarly, if you wipe a spill on the carpet, rub in soap on the affected area and then rinse it, you will almost certainly eliminate all possibility of stains.
2. Know how to use your supplies Most of the cleaning supplies available on the market can be used for cleaning multiple surfaces. So, instead of spending a small fortune on cleaning supplies, you just need to buy all-purpose detergents. If some of those you've picked prove to be inadequate, you can easily replace them specialised cleaners.
3. Be creative Surely you have a lot of ingredients around the house you can easily mix into an efficient cleaner, so be creative and experiment. To get the ideas going for you, here are some tips that will be of great use. Number one, you simply cannot go wrong with white vinegar. It's a multi-purpose cleaner and does a great job for cleaning windows, tile floors, even bathroom surfaces. Instead of buying expensive brass polish, apply some ketchup to the surface, scrub it well using a cloth, and don't forget to wash the area off.
4. Don't get hooked on brands Paying extra just for the name of the brand is wrong to say the least. Instead of literally giving all that cash away for some fancy name, buy store brands. More and more chains develop their own brands which will do as good a cleaning job as any name brand, so why not give that a try? The only difference between the two is that store brands come in simplified packaging and are a lot cheaper.
5. Use reusable cleaning supplies Most people tend to use disposable cleaning supplies because they are convenient. The downside, however, is that you have to buy new ones every time you clean the house. That alone can make a dent in your budget. Going for reusable brushes and washcloths would be a viable way to cut down on your cleaning expenses. The added benefit being that you also help the environment.