One of my least favorite things to buy is cleaning products. As necessary as they are they’re just no fun! They don’t taste yummy and they don’t bring me joy and yet, I’m constantly buying more and more. I’m always trying to reduce my cleaning cost. From clipping coupons to making my own products I’ve learned a lot and now I’m ready to share with you!
So without further ado here is how I cut down on cleaning costs!
1. Ditch The Chemicals
I don’t know about you, but there was a time in my life where I had a different chemical for every surface in my home. Why? Because I fell for the advertising. Buy this product! It’s perfect for natural stone surfaces, this one is good for windows and glass, this one is “all-purpose.” So I had them all. In reality, a lot of these products had the same ingredients and some were completely unnecessary.
For example, window cleaner. As a mom of 2 young children and 2 slobbery dogs, my windows tend to be a nightmare. A never-ending battle of smudges that required a constant supply of window cleaner. Until one day I discovered that I could get my windows just as clean with a spritz of water. I simply spray some water on my windows then wipe my window down with a wet microfiber cloth and then buff the window with a dry one. If this method cleans my windows, you know it’s effective.
Instead of using so many different chemicals I now use a natural cleaner that is safe for all surfaces for my everyday cleaning, a bleach and water (or vinegar if bleach is inappropriate) solution for deep cleaning, and toilet bowl cleaner. That’s it. My house is just as clean, my wallet is happier, and I eliminate a lot of unnecessary chemicals from my home.
So as much as I do really hate clipping coupons (it’s very time-consuming!), I still always search for coupons and sales for cleaning products. Often I can find coupons for Seventh Generation cleaning products that make them comparable in price to standard chemical cleaners. And of course, I always like to stock up on bleach and toilet bowl cleaner when I find them at a great price AND with a coupon.
One of my favorite cleaning products is Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Concentrate. Just ¼ of a cup of this concentrate makes a gallon of Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner. For less than $10, that’s a steal!
Even if you are still a fan of the harsher chemical cleaners, buying concentrates and making your own cleaners is still a great way to reduce your cleaning budget.
4. Do Away with Paper Towels
Okay, before I get into this, I am not anti-paper towels. I still buy and use them. Just not as often. I think they are great for absorbing cooking grease. And believe it or not, companies that make paper products often use sustainable farming practices that actually CREATE forests that we wouldn’t have otherwise. (Don’t believe me? Check out Adam Ruins Everything, the going green episode.)
That being said It’s easy to overuse paper towels. Which is why we switched to microfiber cloths. If you’re skeptical, don’t worry so was I. It just seemed, “icky” to clean my house with something that I had previously used to clean my kitchen or bathroom. But after a lot of research, I found that often cleaning with a microfiber cloth and water can actually be more effective than using an all-purpose cleaner and paper towel. The best part? You only have to buy them once!
This brings me to number 5…
If you haven’t already heard of Norwex you’ve been missing out! Norwex is a company that sells microfiber cloths as well as other home and cleaning products. Their quality is top notch. If you are like me and a little grossed out by using a reusable cloth for cleaning your bathrooms, Norwex is perfect for you. Not only do their cloths pick up 99% of bacteria but they also have bits of silver in the cloths which inhibits bacteria from being able to survive on the cloth and discourages mold, mildew, and odors as well.
The best part is that because Norwex is available through a consultant, it’s really easy to get what you need at a low price; by either hosting a party or taking advantage of other savings the consultant might offer. It’s a great way to get quality products on a tight budget.
Need a Norwex consultant? Check out my friend Shari’s website!
I’m always looking for effective and CHEAP ways to save on cleaning costs! What budget-friendly cleaning ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments below!