Buy in bulk
1. Buy bulk. If you’re a member at Sam’s Club or another warehouse discount store, then you should use your membership to the fullest, especially when it comes to cleaning supplies. You should also opt for a multipurpose cleaner that will meet most of your cleaning needs rather than getting a whole cart full of cleaning supplies.
Some will work on mirrors, countertops, and virtually any surface in your home (apart from natural wood and stone in most cases). This could save you a lot of money in the long run, and if you wait for sales to stock up, it’s like you’re getting double the savings.
2. Order online with a group. In most cases, you can realize a greater savings by purchasing online, and further reduce your cost (possibly by a significant margin) by ordering enough to get the wholesale price (generally reserved for businesses). If you have the room to store cleaning supplies for the next couple of years and you can gather up a group of other households to participate in the transaction (as a way to spread out the cost of such a large order) you could all end up saving a ton of money in the long run.
3. Buy refills. Instead of buying a new bottle of 409, purchase the refill bottle instead (and do so for all of your cleansers – in fact, try to buy only products that offer these larger refill sizes).
You’ll not only save money per unit; you can also reduce your waste.
4. Use generic. You might think that generic isn’t as good as name brand; there seems to be a misconception that less expensive cleaning supplies simply won’t work as well. But if you look at the label, you’ll probably notice that most, if not all, of the ingredients are the same. In most cases, the formula is almost exactly the same, but at less cost. Think about what you’re really paying extra for when you buy a brand name item; it’s more than likely the label on the bottle.
Make your own
5. Make your own. Even better (and cheaper) than buying generic is making your own. By looking online you can find recipes for window and surface solvents, abrasives, and even items like homemade laundry detergent and dish soap. Best of all, you can easily make non-toxic, chemical-free cleansers that are just as good as the stuff from the store with none of the health risks. And you might be surprised by how easy the ingredients are to procure (baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are all common cleaners that pack a punch and leave your house spotless and free of odors).