Tips for Frugal Cleaning
When you're on a tight budget, you don't have to sacrifice the cleanliness of your home. Commercially purchased cleaning supplies can be rather expensive, but it's actually not too hard to make your own. As an added bonus, you get the distinction of being "eco-friendly" -- which in my opinion just sounds better than "super cheap."
I make a lot of my cleaning products with vinegar and baking soda. Three of my favorite tricks:
- Clean and disinfect the toilet by pouring vinegar into the bowl and letting it set for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle baking soda on your toilet bowl brush to use to scrub any leftover stains. Flushed when finished.
Make it easier to clean your microwave by boiling ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water in a microwave-safe bowl for three or four minutes. This solution loosens food particles and helps to eliminate odors.
Remove odors from your couch and other upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda on the fabric before you start vacuuming.
When you're cleaning, don't forget to start paying attention to how much product you are using. You'd be surprised how many people use twice as much product as what's recommended on the bottle. In fact, there are a lot of super concentrated cleaning products that will give the same results using only half of what's recommended. Feel free to experiment until you find the right balance for your family.
While I'm pretty efficient at frugal cleaning, one thing I always make room for in my budget is the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I have a son who is fairly messy, so these things are lifesavers for getting out the toughest dirt and grime. I will buy the dollar store versions on occasion, but generally I find them to be less effective than the "real" thing. So, this is one item I try to stock up on when I can find sales and coupons.