There are certain aspects of cleaning my home that I like, and there are some that I really dislike (like cleaning the bathroom and kitchen for example). I must admit that I am guilty of buying different cleaners for different areas of my home. I have an arsenal of cleaning supplies from CLR cleaner spray that I just bought, to Scrubbing Bubbles, to VIM to clean my stove. I have even contemplated hiring a cleaner to help clean my home for me just because I feel like I can't get it to be as clean as I would like it myself, however, thankfully it has not come to this stage yet because that would be serious lifestyle inflation.
Even though most of us probably do not enjoy cleaning our homes, it is something that just has to be done. So it makes sense to save money doing it because it's a need not a want! Here are some ways to save money cleaning your home.
When Cleaning Your Home, Stick to the Basics
Like I mentioned above, I am guilty of buying new-fangled cleaning supplies in hopes that it cleans better than the rest (when usually that is not the case). Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can get you through most of your cleaning. Check out the post on three household must haves that will save you money. Not only will it be better for the environment (less packaging, less toxic chemicals in our water system) but it will be better for your pocketbook. Vinegar (less than $2 for a container) sure beats buying $7.99 CLR spray that is on sale!
Clean Out the Stuff that You Tend to Ignore
Sometimes it's hard to remember regular maintenance on certain things. However, neglecting to do these regular checks can cause your energy bill to be higher than is necessary. For example, Wisebread recommends that you clean the dust off the refrigerator coils on the back of your refrigerator. If you let the dust accumulate, it acts as an insulator and causes your fridge to work harder than is necessary (meaning your energy bills will be higher than is necessary). All it takes is for you to unplug your refrigerator, move it so you have access to the coils, and dust the coils off. If your fridge is in an area where it is hard to accumulate dust, even better... but it wouldn't hurt to check it out once in a while.
Declutter Your Home
AARP highly recommends that you declutter your home and get rid of junk. The less stuff you have the less you'll need to clean. For me, that may mean decluttering my desk. I have a lot of things that I am too lazy to move off the shelf and dust, so one idea might be to remove all those things and get rid of them so I won't have to move them to dust the shelf! The best part is that you can sell these things at a garage sale. Here's a post on 4 tips to make money at your next garage sale to get you started. At the last garage sale I was at, we made over $800. I'll definitely be trying to arrange a garage sale again this year.
Prevent Those Water Spots from Building Up
MoneyNing recommends that you wipe down your faucets and fixtures with WD40 and then polish the faucets and shower doors with wax paper to repel water longer. Personally I use a squeegee after I shower to prevent those water spots from sticking around and it has worked wonders for me. It saves me from having to clean the bathroom shower doors.
Don't Buy Brand Name
Instead of buying a Swiffer container of wet Swiffer wipes for $20 (or however much it costs), I go to Dollarama to stock up on my cleaning supplies. I buy a package of wet wipes for their "Swiffer" for $1.25, bought their Swiffer type broom stick ($2 for the stick and $1-2 for the actual piece that touches the floor) and use that instead of an actual Swiffer to clean my apartment.
Bargainmoosers, are there other ways you like to save money on cleaning your home?
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