The arrival of warm weather signals one thing: winter is over and spring is here. It also means it is time to get a jump start on spring cleaning.
One of the biggest problems with spring cleaning is that it can wreak havoc on your budget. All the money spent on cleaning products can be quite insane.
According to Packaged Facts, a market research company that publishes information in the food and beverage and consumer packaged goods industry, households spend BILLIONS OF DOLLARS every year on household cleaning products. That is a lot being spent on fancy, name brand furniture polish, floor cleaners, and toilet scrub!
The truth is that consumers will spend lots and lots of money on cleaning supplies that can always be replaced with a cheaper alternative. As it is time for spring cleaning, here are some tips to save money without sacrificing overall cleanliness.
Buy Cleaning Supplies in Bulk
Think about buying cleaning solutions that are in concentrate and not smaller bottles. Many big box stores sell less flashy cleaning supplies where all you have to do is add a bit of water before cleaning.
Repurpose and Recycle Old Items
Did you know a used dryer sheet can clean your television and other hard surfaces? Old t-shirts are perfect for turning into dust rags rather than paper towels, which pile up in the garbage can and lighten your wallet. Always look for new ways to use old items.
One of the ways cleaning companies get to your wallet is by creating specialized cleaners for every appliance and surface. One all-purpose cleaner will do the trick…promise!
Make Your Own Cleaning Solutions
There are numerous books and websites dedicated to the topic of creating your own cleaners. Simple household ingredients can easily be put together to create a DIY cleaner.
You can create a multipurpose bathroom and kitchen cleaner by mixing a cup of white vinegar and a cup of water (but do not use on marble or acrylic surfaces). Create a perfect wood polish by mixing a cup of olive oil with a half-cup of lemon juice. These natural solutions work the same as store-bought cleaners and are actually a lot better for you as they do not contain harsh chemicals.
If You Are Buying Cleaners, Go for the No-Name Brands
If you are not a fan of DIY cleaners, that is okay. But do not go for the big brands. Compare the ingredients between some of the biggest name brands and the generic counterparts. Do you know what you will find? You will find that both brands have similar, if not exactly the same ingredients. Not only that, but both types of cleaners will most likely produce the same exact results.
While you do not want to damage furniture with a bargain basement cleaner, no-name brands often provide similar results at a fraction of the cost.
Look for Coupons from Local Grocery Stores
While you may not enjoy looking for coupons, the truth is they can provide you great savings. Most stores are always providing coupons on various cleaning products.
Check out the circulars in the Sunday newspaper, coupon database websites, and even manufacturer websites to get special deals and offers on cleaning products.
Watch Your Water Use
When it comes to using water, be judicious. Most likely clothes that were sitting in a trunk all winter do not need to be cleaned, just hit with some Febreeze. Make the bucket with water and cleaner stretch as far as it can go before spilling it out and refilling the bucket with more water.
Use these tips and you’ll welcome spring with a light heart — but not a lighter wallet!
Guest post by Chris Molnar, owner of a birthday party planning and party theme website. He is also a stay at home dad for two girls and a professional blogger who likes to write about everything from cleaning to hosting the perfect party.