You work hard to pay for your things, but the last “things” you want to pay for are cleaning supplies. You want to enjoy your home. You don't want to shell out a third of your salary to clean it.
Consider these tips to make things easier.
Stock Up on Essentials
Imagine if you could clean your grout, get rid of stains from clothing, make laundry softer, clean your tub and sink, deodorize your drains, clean your windows, disinfect your counters, clean fruit and vegetables, clean grime from your pipes and effectively clean your pans with two ingredients. It's absolutely possible. All you need is simple baking soda and vinegar. Vinegar cuts through grime, prevents stains from setting, helps to get rid of build-up and more. Baking soda helps to scrub surfaces without scratching, and it deodorizes. You can pick up both for less than $5, and they're a “green” solution.
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
You've probably heard about making your own laundry detergent: both the globby and the powdered kind. Both work well, but what you don't know is why. When you buy detergent, you're getting the surfactant part of it, but you're also buying fillers, which are either sodium sulphate or water. It doesn't seem like a big deal until you get down to the actual amount of detergent you need to tackle your clothes. On bottles and boxes, clothing detergent will say how many loads of laundry that bottle or box can handle, but what they don't tell you is that it's for the smallest possible loads. If you're being economical, you're not doing small loads of laundry. You end up paying a decent amount of money for something that doesn't last that long. Making your own laundry detergent is fun, it lasts a long time, and you don't have to use a lot of it to get your clothes clean. Think of using simple ingredients like washing soda, a laundry bar soap and borax. You can improve this concoction with a laundry booster.
Marketing companies want to make money, so they'll try to convince you why you need this cleaner or that one to handle different surfaces in your home. This is true to an extent. You don't want to use bleach on your carpet or furniture polish in your tub, but you can get away with not purchasing window cleaner when vinegar, rubbing alcohol or dish soap will do. Aim for a multipurpose cleaner that can clean your hardwood floors, windows, cabinets, countertops and other surfaces. This makes cleaning up a breeze too. You just need to mix the multipurpose cleaner with water, and start wiping down surfaces. Mind you, you need to be careful of cross-contaminating surfaces, but that's not difficult to avoid.
Hiring professionals to clean the home can help to save money. You don't need professional cleaners for everything, but you don't want to skimp on your carpet. Here's why: at-home carpet cleaner equipment is not as efficient as professional-grade equipment at removing stains and water. This is problematic because you could potentially endanger your home and its occupants with mold, which can cause asthma flare-ups and a host of other issues. Also, excessive water in the carpet can lead to water damage in the home's subflooring, furniture or drywall. Using a professional carpet cleaning service helps to avoid hassle and exorbitant carpet cleaning prices associated with at-home methods in terms of repairs and additional cleaning. You should also hire a professional for your HVAC duct cleaning.
Have fun while cleaning your home. Enjoy loud music, drink some coffee and wear your favorite pajamas. Life is what you make it—even if you're just cleaning your home.