Saving money and living frugally is sometimes as simple as asking yourself “What would granny do?” Chances are, most of the money saving cleaning tips for the home that seem revolutionary to us, are old-hat to folks who lived through the post-war period or depression era.
A simple way to save money around the house is to be more deliberate about the cleaning products you use and buy on a regular basis.
Most frugal alternatives are not only cheaper, but better for you as they lack the chemicals that commercial products contain.
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There are a lot of great money saving cleaning tips from buying your cleaners in bulk to making your own household products.
Some require a little bit of effort but others are as simple as just using less of whatever products and detergents you normally buy. It’s amazing how a little can go a long way when it comes to products such as shampoo and lotion.
Another easy way to save money in the house is to make sure your home is not leaking heat or cold air by properly protecting it from the elements. A quick audit of drafty areas and some easy switches can save thousands in the long run.
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Money Saving Cleaning Tips For The Kitchen
- Use grocery store bags to line garbage cans rather than buying the plastic bags.
- Cut up old t-shirts and never buy cleaning cloths or paper towel.
- Keep old socks and use them for cleaning – if you put them over the taps then pour on white vinegar – leave them overnight – they will be all sparkly the following morning with no work involved.
- Dilute your dish detergent to stretch it longer
- Cut dishwasher tablets in half too, they do the job just as well.
- Clean windows with vinegar and paper.
- Use the plastic net bags that vegetable and fruit come in, tie a knot or two and you have a small scouring pad to wash the dishes with.
- Use homemade products to save money – vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle makes a great all-purpose cleaner. I also love using Essential oils to make cleaning products and laundry detergent.
- Disinfect smelly kitchen drains with by covering in baking soda then rinsing off with white vinegar. Your children will love to see the “volcano” it creates.
- Forget about fancy cleaners for stainless steel appliances, window cleaner works just as well and gives an awesome shine.
- To prevent fingermarks on your stainless steep fridge, wipe the entire thing with a thin coating of olive oil once or twice a month.
Frugal Ideas For The Bathroom
- Save pump dispensers from hand soap and refill with shampoo and conditioner that you keep in the shower. The amount that is dispensed with one or two pumps is plenty, and it will stop you from using so much.
- Turn off the shower while lathering up your hair to save water. Same goes for brushing your teeth, don’t leave the water running needlessly.
- Squeeze a toilet paper roll into an oval shape. It doesn’t roll out so easily – and kids tend not to use yards at a time!
- Don’t use too much shampoo and conditioner, we all tend to use far to much than needed
- Switch to bar soap instead of shower gel. It is better for the environment and much more economical
- Sprinkle baking soda in the toilet bowl to get it sparkling clean. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Then throw down a cup of vinegar and flush.
- Set a timer in the shower. Shorter showers can cut your water bill expenses significantly. If you have children who like to linger, make it a game to “race the clock”.
- If you are on a timed water meter, save your baths and showers for off -peak times to save on water heating bills.
8 Ways To Save Money In The Laundry Room
- Use a tablespoon of white vinegar as fabric conditioner
- Always measure out the laundry powder and use around half the recommended amount
- Save on dry cleaning bills by doing it at home using these dry cleaning sheets: Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner Starter Kit.
- Line dry clothes whenever possible. Using less laundry detergent will stop them from getting dry and crunchy.
- Use the sun’s natural bleaching power as a stain remover. I’ve found it gets out even the toughest stains from baby clothes, with no chemicals!
- Put a good handful of salt or a cup of white vinegar in with the washing if you’re not sure of the colour-fastness in a mixed wash. It’s just as effective as those color catcher sheets.
- Wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot.
- Forget the dryer sheets and switch to reusable dryer balls. I use these cute ones that are shaped like a hedgehog.
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