Before you realize it, cleaning supplies can eat up a surprisingly large chunk of your budget. All those specialized soaps, spritzes, and scrubs really add up. And that’s not taking into account the expense involved in cleaning such things as car upholstery or fine art.
How can you cut the costs of cleaning? The blogosphere is awash in tips, all of them vying to make your home cleaner for cheaper. Here are a handful of good ones to get you started.
1. Mix your own citrus-vinegar cleaner. It’s easy, super-cleansing, and smells good.
2. Transform a Swiffer Sweeper into a mop using a washcloth. Easy, cheap, effective.
3. Make your own laundry detergent. Spend just $20 to make enough to last a year or longer.
4. Detail your own car, including the inside. Get that clean-car smell for a lot less.
5. Use vodka to remove stains from upholstery, including those made by ink, grass, and some types of food.
6. Whiten your linens using lemon in a pot on the stove. You can pretend you’re a housewife from days of yore, stirring your laundry over the fire.
7. Remove spots from wood floors with fine steel wool. You can combat stains from water, ink, pets, and other sources with a bit of judicious scrubbing.
8. Wipe your sink daily with water and white vinegar for continuous clean. If you do it while you brush your teeth, it will soon be second nature.
9. Clean the dust off paintings with a piece of white bread. Dab, don’t wipe, and make sure not to eat the bread afterwards.
10. Use cream of tartar to clean porcelain, aluminum pans, and other items. Mixed with water, vinegar, or peroxide it can be a top-notch cleaning substance.
What are your top thrifty cleaning tips? How much money do you save every month by using these alternative methods?