I have found some wonderful ways to save money on cleaning products. A lot of these finds came about because I have to be so careful in what cleaning products I use. Many cleaning products bother my family’s allergies and asthma so I found a lot of these tricks out of an effort for a healthier alternative. I discovered the other ways to save money on cleaning products by trying to be frugal and researching them out. I hope that they can help you, too.
1. Use Water in Place of Windex
One of the ways to save money on cleaning products is to swap out Windex for water. The smell of Windex was so strong that I had to find a replacement product. Water actually seems to work better. Windex usually leaves streaks behind, anyways. My mom always comments how my mirrors are always streak free now.
2. Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
I have just recently got on board with this trend. Many people have been doing it for a long while. After witnessing how well homemade laundry detergent was working out for a family member of mine, I decided to give it a whirl. It is simple to make and works really well. The only difference is that it does not make a lot of soap suds but that does not affect the quality of how well it cleans our clothing. It is also a great deal cheaper than buying premade laundry detergent.
3. Shop Generic Brands
There are some cleaners that I do still buy. Some of them I prefer to buy in name brand but there are others that I buy the generic version. I have found that many times the generic preforms just as well as the name brand cleaner does. I usually buy generic Clorox Wipes, Swiffer Pads and Lysol. I stick with name brand toilet bowl cleaner because it seems to work so much better.
4. Paper Towels for Your Swiffer
I usually do buy the generic pads for my Swiffer but if I run out of them, paper towels will work. You might have to change them a little more often than a regular pad but they work. Really, if you think about it, the purpose of your Swiffer is to simply remove the dust from your floor and a paper towel can do the job. I usually do this before I mop. When I mop, I have real fabric pads that I use that are machine washable.
5. Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent
This one is a new one to me. I haven’t tried it yet but I do have the recipe pinned and am going to do this the next time that I need dishwasher detergent. As often as I run my dishwasher, I need to do all that I can to save money. It is much more economical to make my own dishwasher detergent instead of buying it. Even with coupons, I end up spending ten to fifteen a month on store bought dishwasher detergent. The recipe promises to save you the majority of that amount.
6. Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is not a new cleaner. Cleaning companies have long known the power that baking soda holds for cleaning. I used baking soda straight out of the box when I want an abrasive cleaner but I don’t want to purchase one that has added chemicals and smells. It works wonderfully at cleaning tubs, sinks and other difficult to clean spots. It also deodorizes as it cleans.
7. Give up Sponges
I gave up sponges a long, long time ago. Sponges are very difficult to keep clean. They harbor germs and that was reason enough for me to get rid of mine. Instead, I use a fresh dish cloth every time I do dishes and launder them frequently. I like the way they clean much better, too.
There are a lot of different ways that you can cut costs on you cleaning supplies. I would love to hear some ways that you save money in this area. Would you be so kind as to share them?