Living with my grandmother and facing the tough times of the economy really helps to teach you how to pinch a penny or two or — a bunch. There are ways to save money on all fronts, and keeping a clean house doesn’t have to be expensive.
Here are six ways to help cut the costs of keeping your home clean and save a buck or two here and there.
Use Cloth Instead of Paper
Don’t use paper towels to clean. Paper towels are both wasteful and expensive, and every time you clean up the counters or window or whatever with one, you end up throwing the paper towel – and money – away.
Get some rags instead for cleaning. You can use them over and over again, which saves you money, instead of using multiple paper towels for one job and then throwing them in the trash.
Don’t Buy Store-brand Cleaners
Buy the knock-off brands. A bleach cleaner is still a bleach cleaner – it’s mostly bleach and water – regardless of what name is on the label. And, if you look, you will notice that the same company puts out several different brands of the same product many times, and this is true for many things, not just cleaners.
Make Your Own Cleaners
If you can, choose to make your own cleaners. Do a little research and you will find that many household items are wonder cleaners and can be used for anything from shining stainless steel to softening the laundry.
I’ll just say white vinegar and baking soda are the thrifty cleaner’s best friend.
If you don’t make your own cleaners, you can make yours last longer by diluting certain cleaners. Windex can be diluted with white vinegar, which will actually make it clean better. Vinegar takes the streaks off windows.
Hand-wash the Dishes
If you don’t run the dishwasher and use up all that electricity and water, you will save money. The dishes can be cleaned with a tiny amount of soap, a much smaller amount of water, and can air-dry, which saves you electricity.
Air-Dry the Laundry
Don’t use the dryer if you don’t have to use it. Dryers eat up electricity and run up bills. Don’t turn it on if you don’t have to. Use the clothesline instead, and you will be glad you did.
If you must use the dryer, make sure the lint trap is clean.
You can also air-dry things like towels and toss them in the dryer for just a touch-up to make them soft and fluffy again instead of stiff, which is how they tend to come off the line.