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    Ways To Save Money Cleaning Your House

    I've been on a cleaning kick recently, so here are some thoughts on keep your place clean without breaking bank.

    1. Use cloth. Towels, mops and dusters can be washed and reused dozens of times — a great savings over disposable paper products. And cloth is generally better at trapping dust, liquids, oils and some bacteria, you may not have to use as many cleaning products (like cleanser or windex).

    2. Don't pay for dusters. Use an old white or clean old white socks instead. To clean your blinds, put a sock on your hand like a glove. Put a bit of water on it and then run it over groups of slats. Start from the top so any dust that falls will fall downwards.

    3. Reuse old toothbrushes. Old tooth brushes are good for cleaning guns, radiators and other hard to reach objects with small openings around your house.

    4. Buy inexpensive cleaners, in bulk. For most liquid type cleaning products, the bigger the container, the less you'll end up paying. Concentrated cleaners can also be diluted for extra savings.

    5. Do you need an expensive cleaner? Also, don't forget, in a lot of cases, you don't even need cleaning products. Water works just fine for cleaning up food spills and bathroom grime. Soap and hot water works well if you're cleaning grease off fixtures.
    Last edited by james.hendrickson; 06-01-2021, 10:43 AM.
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    #2
    Originally posted by james.hendrickson View Post
    5. Do you need an expensive cleaner? Also, don't forget, in a lot of cases, you don't even need cleaning products. Water works just fine for cleaning up food spills and bathroom grime. Soap and hot water works well if you're cleaning grease off fixtures.
    This is the biggest one for us. We literally have just 5 cleaning products in our house: vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, bleach, and (rarely used) packs of disinfecting wipes. Plus hot water, if that counts. Between those things (blended up at times), we can clean just about anything quite well. Way easier, way cheaper, and I don't have a cabinet filled to bursting with half-used cleaning products.
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      #3
      I buy Pinesol lavendar and pour some into spray bottles and add water to dilute. I have several spray bottles around the house and that goes a long way.

      I buy bulk bar mop rags on amazon. Those work great. I used them for everything. Cuts down on our paper towel use but of course you have to wash them.

      Old toothbrushes, old dish brushes, even old sponges are good for outside jobs. Cleaning your car, car rims, etc.

      I don't see the point of swiffer and all those attachable pads. Cleaners and rags and a sponge mop work fine.

      If you have shower curtains, I always have an extra set and simply take those down to wash every week and can clean the bathroom and have a new set ready to go.

      Keeping cleaning products available is helpful. I have cleaning products ready to go in the bathrooms so I am not hunting around for my supplies.

      Declutter and toss stuff on a regular basis, that is a big one for us!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Snicks View Post
        I don't see the point of swiffer and all those attachable pads.
        Thank you. Neither do I. At home, I use a dust mop to sweep the floor and I sweep all of the debris into a pile and then pick it up with the vacuum. At my cousin's house, he had a Swiffer so I put on the pad and swept the floor and still swept all of the debris into a pile that I picked up with the vacuum. I don't see any advantage at all to the Swiffer and if you keep replacing the pad every time it gets dirty (which is constantly), you'll spend a fortune but accomplish nothing in the process that can't be done with an old-fashioned dust mop that lasts pretty much forever.
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