Buying household cleaners can quickly suck up your monthly household budget. This can be heartbreaking. In fact most of your non-food budget focuses on household items like shampoo, paper towels, toilet paper and cleaners. Come on, there must be another way? As a matter of fact, there is. You can spend less on household cleaners. Here are four tricks to cut down on your household cleaner expenses.
1. Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is a great idea but only if you buy what you need. A lot of people fall into the trap of buying stuff they don't use often because there are amazing discounts in the store at that moment. But this can drain your wallet. Besides extra stuff can take up too much storage space. Furthermore, as most things expire sooner than later, you need to consider buying in bulk only those items you use a lot and on a regular basis. So, do buy in bulk but don't buy things you are not likely to use. Just stick with the stuff you really need.
2. Go to the Dollar Store
To a lot of people shopping at the dollar store is second nature. If you still haven't made it a habit to check out your local dollar store, now is a perfect time to do it. You are likely to find top-quality cleaning brands that are quite inexpensive and that are sold for $4 and more at other stores.
3. Use up What's Left
If you are like most people, you probably toss a cleaning solution once you notice too little of it is left. However, if you are wise enough, you will make sure to use everything before buying a new product. No matter if it is a glass cleaner, bowl cleaner, wood polisher or dish soap, adding a little bit of water to the remainder of solution will stretch your cleaner to last you longer. Don't head to the store unless you really need to replace those items.
4. Make your own
And here is the best budget-friendly idea. Making your own cleaners can save you bucks of money on store-bought household cleaners. You may be surprised to find that you already have at hand the most essential ingredients for your cleaning recipes.
Here is what you can use:
- Vinegar. Polish your faucets, wood floor and furniture. Clear clogged drains (add salt or baking soda as well). Clean toilet. Remove mildew, grime and scum from shower curtains, tiles and bathtubs. Clean stainless-steel and chrome fixtures. Dust shelves.
- White vinegar. Clean your washing machine and dishwasher.
- Lemon juice. Clean and freshen up floors. Polish wood.
- Lemons. Clean your microwave. Add lemon halves into a bowl of water. Toss it in the microwave and press start. Leave it for five minutes or so. Your microwave will be fresh. Simply rub with a cloth and dry.
- Baking soda. Clean your oven. Remove stains. Clear clogged drains (add vinegar as well). Remove mildew and mold in bathrooms using a solution of lemon juice (or vinegar) and baking soda.
- Mouthwash. Clean and disinfect tile or vinyl floors with a solution of one gallon of water and a cupful or mouthwash. Don't use on wood floors. The same ingredients in the mouthwash that are responsible for killing germs in your mouth will eliminate bacteria on your floors.
- Salt. Rinse your produce in salt water to remove dirt. Remove wine spills from tablecloths. Remove mildew from your bathroom using a solution of salt and lemon juice. Clean your cutting boards and remove bad smells.
And that's how you can save money on household cleaners. I hope this helps you to keep your household budget on track.