How to Clean Your House on a Budget

We’re all trying to save a little extra money these days and that’s no different with it comes to buying cleaning supplies for your home. I have a few tips that I’d like to share that help me keep my cleaning costs down.

Give Vinegar a Try

Did you know that vinegar will kill most molds, bacterias, and germs, plus it’s environmentally friendly? Also, did you know you can use vinegar as an alternative to bleach? Well, vinegar is one my favorite products to use to clean my house. I’m able to clean most of my house with a simple solution of vinegar plus water. I’m able to purchase a 1.32 gallon container of distilled vinegar from BJ’s and the cost is usually $5 or under. I always keep a spray bottle handy. full of vinegar and water. In my spray bottle, I usually make a two to one mixture. Unless, the job calls for full strength.

In the kitchen some great ways to use vinegar are for counter tops, inside the microwave, inside the fridge, outside of fridge, and the front of appliances. I know that some people don’t like the way vinegar smells and there’s a simple way to fix that. You can go to your local natural marketplace and they usually carry scented oils which you can add to the vinegar, a lavender scent is really nice.

You can also use vinegar in your bathroom. I use it on all my bathroom fixtures, like my sink, mirror, outside of my toilet, and I can even clean my linoleum floors with it. I feel confident that using vinegar to clean my bathroom will rid the bathroom of nasty germs, bacterias, and molds. Plus, it won’t leave any chemical residues which are not good for your health.

I don’t really worry about this fact because even though I use vinegar as the best alternative for bathroom, I make it a point to call the house cleaning service by the end of each month to give it some finishing touches.

For some more tips on how to keep your entire house clean with vinegar, check out this great website, it’s called 131 Uses For Vinegar,

Give Baking Soda a Try

Another one of my favorite budget cleaning products is baking soda. I also buy this product at BJ’s. I buy a 12 pound bag for just about $5. There are so many uses for baking soda it’s incredible. You can use baking soda the same way you would other harsh chemical scrubbers, like Comet. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how fresh and clean baking soda will keep your house. My favorite places to use it are on the top of my stove, bottom of my tub, my kitchen sink, and in the laundry. If you put one cup of baking soda in your laundry, it will help your clothes stay extra clean. As hard as I scrub my stove or bathtub with baking soda, it will not scratch the surface. Baking soda is also great to clean the grout in your shower. For more tips and tricks for cleaning with baking soda, here’s a website to check out called 27 Ways to Clean With Baking Soda.

I’m not saying that you still don’t need regular chemical cleaners. I do use bleach on occasion and I have a couple of other chemical cleaners on hand, like, furniture polish, an all purpose cleaner, like Lysol, and toilet bowl cleaner. I can usually get these products very inexpensively by clipping coupons, following sales, and not being brand loyal. In fact, I just bought some toilet bowl cleaner for $.04 the other day during triple coupons.

I know it’s hard to think of vinegar and baking soda as household cleaning products, but give them a try, you’ll be happy with the results and the money that you save.

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