6 Fun Cleaning Tips for The Home
Do you need a safe eco-friendly way to clean home while saving money at the same time? Well, then you have come to the right place. I learned these tricks of the trade while searching for new and fun ways to clean my home without all of the toxins that come inside some store-bought cleaners. So I'm sharing six of my secret cleaning tips for the home that will help you clean smarter not harder.
1. Use Vinegar
I've found that one of the best things for me to keep inside my home is Vinegar. It's the most versatile product on the market. I have it in my pantry at all times. I use vinegar to naturally disinfect surfaces, clean toilets, floors, clean coffee pots, and steam clean the microwave. It has even been known to restore used paint brushes.
In my house, I use three different types of vinegar. I use apple cider, white, and my personal favorite Aunt Fannie's cleaning vinegar. I found this one day while searching on Amazon and fell in love. It's a great multi-surface cleaning for any household cleaning.
2. Detergent Alternatives
I switched out my normal ($15 per box) laundry detergent for Arm & Hammer washing soda. I did this because it works so much better. And all their products are Phosphate and fragrance-free which is a huge plus for us. If you or someone in your house is allergic to a specific laundry detergent, this is the way to go. Not only does this help me clean more eco-friendly it helps me save money. Sometimes I use it to clean sinks, bathtubs, grout, and even stainless steel.
3. Eliminate Paper Waste
Ok, so I can't completely eliminate paper towels from my household, some things I just need them for. But when it comes to cleaning surfaces, I've found that they're more wasteful than anything. I have turned to using microbes rags for everything.
Using micro-fiber rags are great for wiping down surfaces. And the best part about them is that they are reusable - No more unnecessary money spent on paper towels. A lot of microfiber fags are bacteria resistant and they just go right in the laundry when I'm done. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
4. Keep Steady Airflow
Since living on a dirt road means my house is more susceptible to dust, I'm always on high alert for it keeping proper air flow throughout the house. Running the air conditioner and heater can also increase the dust build up. I like to keep the windows open when the weather permits and a humidifier with lemon oil in it in the main living room of the house. So not only does my home smell good, It's dust free, for the most part.
5. DIY Cleaners
My favorite thing to do is make my own cleaning products. I do this with products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, dish soap, and washing soda. These are all products that I keep on hand in my kitchen. I make things like multi-surface cleaner, window cleaner, and even floor cleaner.
6. DIY Dryer Sheets
This is my favorite tip to share, I think it's so cool. That's why it's last. I always save the best for last. I bought a pack of bulk sponges on Amazon, soaked them in warm water and fabric softener and anytime I have a load of laundry I just grab one out of the container, squeeze it and pop it in the dryer. That's all there is to it. I won't have to buy any more sponges and the liquid laundry detergent I use for scent last a couple of years. I could also use essential oils if needed. No more spending $6 on dryer sheets.
I hope these tips serve you well. Please feel free to share your tips with me. I'm always on the lookout for eco-friendly money saving tips!
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