canstockphoto16136435Cleaning is an important task if we want our homes to look presentable. You may have noticed all of those television commercials advertising the latest and greatest cleaning products. “If you want to remove those tough stains fast, you should try this product.” “ If you want to stop the grease from sticking on your kitchen surfaces, use this spray because it’s the best.” These ads are everywhere.

Before you go out and spend your hard- earned money on something that may or may not be worthy of your time and energy, here are some suggestions for you.

 

Buy in bulk. Most stores usually offer a discount when you purchase more than one product. If you have a favorite type of cleaning product that you have been using for years that still work works for you, then you know that it is always needed. Stocking up will save you money in the long run.

Do a little research. Just what exactly is in these cleaning products? It is as much important for you to save money as it is for the environment. Cleaners with bleach are usually more expensive. You can just use the bleach itself. Most of the ingredients are added as fragrance or to help bind together the other compounds.

Make your own household cleaners. This is not as difficult as it sounds. You will not be required to be a scientist that’s cooking up something dangerous in the lab. If you have a bottle of bleach around the house just mix it with water. It will make an excellent disinfectant for cleaning your sink, bathtub and shower curtains. You can also add a little to dishwater to remove tough stains on pots and pans.

What about lemon juice? It is citric acid and can be used to get rid of grease. Simply squeeze some juice concentrate on the grease stains or mix it with warm water in a spray bottle and apply. Let it sit and you can use a dampened sponge in order to better remove the grease.

White Vinegar. It has many uses, which includes getting rid of foul odors out of rugs and furniture where you have spills. It can also be added with warm water to clean your linoleum flooring. Mix it with water in a spray bottle and apply it to clean the windows. You may also use ammonia combined with water. Dry it with a piece of newspaper.

Clean Regularly. As Ben Franklin quoted “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keeping  a set schedule for daily or weekly chores will prevent the build- up of dust, grease, soap scum, hard water stains and the like. Milder cleaning products, like the ones that are homemade  can be quite effective for regular cleaning without having to put in all of the extra hard work.

If you are looking to save money on cleaning products, you can easily create your own. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty you can always purchase your favorite brand by the bulk. You can keep your house squeaky clean while staying on a budget. Let’s start cleaning!

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