Stop Wasting Money on Cleaning Products!

Are you spending over the odds on cleaning products? It’s time to consider that there are alternative cheaper ways to clean. We have brought you some top tips on how to stop wasting money on cleaning products and make your own cheaper versions to keep that weekly shopping bill down!

Kitchen

SpongesEvery room has different surfaces that need cleaning and your kitchen is probably one of the rooms that will need cleaning the most. When you fry food, drops of it will splash the surrounding areas and can end up on the stovetops, splash backs and even all over the cupboards. These stains can be difficult to remove but with a homemade solution you can get this cleaned in no time. Simply mix white vinegar in a spray bottle with a tablespoon of baking soda and spray on the effected surface. Leave for 5-10 minutes then wipe away with a dish cloth or sponge. This is a cheap and easy remedy to remove those greasy food stains on all hard and smooth surfaces. This white vinegar and baking soda solution is also great for cleaning burnt pans. 

Clothes

Did you know there are alternative ways to clean your clothes that can save you money? You can even make your own washing detergent and it is very easy to do. Grate one bar of natural soap and add to 4 cups of boiling water. Stir until dissolved then add to a large bucket of water. Add in one and a half cups of washing soda and mix well until the mixture thickens. Use 1-2 tablespoons of your mixture per load.  Check out our article on how to do your ‘Washing for Less’ for more great money saving tips.

Dining Room

Toothpaste CleanerDo you have a stain on your wooden dining room table that you just can’t get out? Don’t waste money on expensive wood cleaners; instead use a tube of toothpaste. Dab toothpaste on any areas you want to clean and allow it to dry then wipe away with a damp cloth. Toothpaste is also great for removing tarnish and shining silver. It’s good for more than just polishing your pearly whites.

 

 

Living Room

Are you constantly buying expensive cleaning products to clean your carpets? A standard dry carpet cleaning solution can cost anything from £5 but a homemade one costs less than £2 and does the trick and you get more for your money. Mix in equal proportions salt, baking soda and white vinegar until it forms a thick paste. Add the paste to heavily stained parts of the carpet and allow it to sit for several hours until it has completely dried. When dry simply vacuum it away and admire your lovely clean carpet.

If you have window blinds in your living room then you will know that they can often be difficult to clean. Blinds can lose their shape if you don’t take the time to clean them properly and this can be done easily without going out and buying expensive blind cleaning products or opting to have them professionally dry cleaned if they are fabric. Blinds are best cleaned by hand using warm water and a mild non-bio detergent which is designed for washing delicate materials. Take the blinds down and lay them onto a towel. Mix the detergent into a bucket of warm water and use a cloth to carefully clean the blinds. Let them dry naturally and flat and only re-hang them when they are completely dry. Incorporate this into your weekly cleaning schedule and the dirt won’t build up and your blinds should stay looking cleaner and fresher for longer after just a few minutes of cleaning work.

Bathroom

Lemon and Salt

Citrus fruits are great for adding a natural freshness to your bathroom and are a great eco-friendly way to clean any surfaces and bathroom fixtures. Lemon and grapefruit are great examples of fruits that can be used to clean stains and also clear up rust that may have appeared on your taps. To clean off rust simple slice half a lemon or a grapefruit and sprinkle salt on top of the open half. Sprinkle more salt on the rusted areas then moderately squeeze some juice over the fixtures and wipe with a cloth. When you are done, rinse away all the remaining salt and pulp the fruit may have produced. You should be left with lovely shiny taps and surfaces that smell great too!

You can clean the grout in your tiles using items that you have at home by getting out the baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle or rub dry baking soda into the grout of your tiles. Using a spray bottle, distribute some white vinegar over the areas that need cleaning and leave to bubble for a minute or two. Once the chemical reaction has started, scrub the tiles and grout clean – prepare for it to be messy! Wipe away the dirty solution with a wet cloth and admire the shine.

Bedroom

As mentioned previously making your own detergent will save you money when washing any duvet and pillow items in the bedroom and we have already mentioned a budget way of cleaning the carpets. If you have small children then one of the things that can get dirty in the bedroom are the walls whether that be by sticky hands or crayons. Removing scribbles from walls is simple and you will probably already have the supplies in your cupboard in order to do this. Lightly rub baking soda onto the affected area with a damp cloth and the crayon should come straight off. If your child has decided to use pens which are more difficult to remove, try spraying some WD40 onto the wall. WD40 will not damage paint or most wallpaper but will easily remove any stains including marker pen drawings. You may want to test a patch in the corner if you have fabric or textured wallpaper.

What is the Verdict?

MoneySavingPigDo you have any homemade cleaning recipes to add to this? Will you be saving money by using these techniques? We love feedback so please use the comment section below. 

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