Cleaning on a Budget
When you know what you need and what you are going to need for cleaning projects you are better able to save money. This is because you can purchase things as they come on sale instead of investing in them at the time you need them and paying full cost.
Stay on track with your daily, weekly, monthly, bimonthly and bi yearly and yearly cleaning schedules. When you maintain things as you go, then you always know what you need or will be needing. This will save you time, effort AND money!
Spring sales are generally ripe with deals on cleaning products. This is a great time to stock up!!
Cleaning supplies are generally quite a bit less expensive when you purchase them in bulk. You can grab Peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, baking soda very inexpensively from warehouses. These stores will also carry bleach, laundry detergent, and other more stringent cleaners. Keep track of what you like to use and prefer to pay.
Try to stay away from paper towels and non-reusable products. Microfiber towels make excellent cleaning rags. They are great on electronics and even superb for dust rags.
I have written many times about the value of homemade cleaners. You will save a great deal of money by investing in some squirt bottles and a few necessities like peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, etc.
Try Store/Off Brands
If stirring up your own cleaning product isn't your thing, try going off brand. Look for store brands or even the Dollar Store for your cleaning solutions.
Not so Extreme Couponing
Cutting coupons can save you money in the long haul. It takes a time investment but can really pay off big. Look for stores that offer Price Matching - this will save you time and gas money.
Watch the Water
You don't need to always run things in the washer or the dishwasher for seasonal cleaning. Clothing that has been in storage should be clean when you pull it out. Maybe a quick set out on the bathroom shower rod will freshen and perk up some of that. There are some cleaning jobs that you definitely need HOT water (childrens toys, etc.) to get clean and germ free. Don't skimp on these jobs, but try to use less detergents (dish washing, laundry, etc.) and you won't have to use so much energy rinsing.
While this one sounds easy enough, it is often the most difficult to do. Simplify the products and tools that you use when you are cleaning. This will save you BIG money!
Whatever your cleaning needs - may you stay within your budget!
Make it a great one!
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