I don’t know many people who actually like to clean (I’m definitely not one of them), and I really hate spending money to buy the expensive and toxic cleaning products that are on the market.
At one point in time, I even hired a cleaning lady to come into my home to clean up my own dirt. Although it was nice to come home to a clean house without having lifted a finger (except to write the check), I couldn’t justify having her come for too long.
It was nice, but it was expensive and not very practical. I live in a 1,500 square foot house, not a mansion. I should be able to clean up after myself. So I said goodbye to the cleaning lady.
Say Goodbye to Chemicals
Some of the most polluted air in our country is actually the air inside our own homes, and that’s because we use so many chemically laced products to “clean” our homes.
What we’re actually doing is harming ourselves, our families, and our pets with the products we’re using. Most cleaners are packed with unpronounceable chemicals that didn’t even exist 100 years ago.
They’re expensive, harsh, and bad for the environment and our bodies.
I really began worrying about this when I had my daughter. I hated to think about cleaning our bathtub with a harsh chemical and then giving her a bath in it later.
I felt like I was bathing her in chemicals for her little body to soak up no matter how much I rinsed out the tub! I felt the same way thinking about her crawling around on a floor that I cleaned with chemicals, too. I wasn’t going to sacrifice my daughter’s health so I could have squeaky, chemically-cleaned floors.
Fortunately, you can still get a squeaky clean home without purchasing those harsh, expensive products by making a small investment up front in quality products.
Consider these tips to save money on cleaning products so you can say goodbye to chemicals and expensive products.
Use Tried and True Baking Soda and Vinegar
You already know what a fan I am of cleaning with vinegar and baking soda, and there’s definitely a reason for that. They’ve been used as cleaning products for years, and that’s because you can clean most surfaces in your home with these two cheap household products. Once I realized how many surfaces they can actually clean, I was sold and began to use it for everything.
You can use it for cleaning windows (it will streak until it dries), the oven, laundry, bathtubs, toilets, kitchen counter tops (avoid natural stone surfaces), and as a rinse aid in the dishwasher.
With so many uses, there’s really no reason to bring bleach or ammonia into your home.
A box of baking soda will set you back about a buck and a huge jug of vinegar is $5 or less. Use up what chemical cleaners you already have (throwing it out won’t help your wallet or the earth), and then utilize vinegar and baking soda for your cleaning needs moving forward. You’ll be able to reap instant savings by not buying anymore chemicals.
Clean with Steam
When we moved into our home, it had wall to wall carpet everywhere. We weren’t prepared to rip it all up since it was brand new, but because we had a baby and two dogs, I knew we’d need to invest in a decent carpet cleaner.
What I didn’t want was to spread chemicals all over the floor that my daughter would be crawling around on, so we opted to purchase a steam carpet cleaner for about $100.
Mops get really smelly and harbor some nasty bacteria in the cleaning process, not to mention you have to use chemicals to clean your floors with them. I didn’t want that in my house, and I was tired of replacing my mops when they got to be smelly after only a couple of uses.
Instead, for our linoleum and tile in our house, we purchased a steam mop which has been one of our best purchases for keeping chemicals out of the house. The steam alone cleans the floor and the fabric covers are washable.
Unfortunately, after only my second time using it, I dropped it down a full flight of stairs, almost breaking it in half. I was aggravated but determined to make use of this practically brand new product I had just invested my money into.
I duct taped that sucker up and 5 years later, it still works like a champ! It’s not that pretty, but it was still a great investment even though it has taken a (literal) beating from me.
Invest in a steam mop for tile, hardwoods, and linoleum, and a steam carpet cleaner for rugs and carpet. While these purchases do cost more up front, you’ll no longer need to purchase chemicals to clean your floors. They’ll save you money in the long run while keeping your home spic and span as well as earth-friendly.
You Don’t Need Air Fresheners or Scented Cleaners
Go ahead and stop buying candles and chemical air fresheners for your home. They may give you a temporary (and very fake) nice smell, but the fragrances used in those products are hazardous to your health. They stay in your home long after the smell is gone.
Instead, if it’s nice outside, throw open the windows. Let the cool breeze in and the bad air out. If it’s too cold, bake something and appreciate the smell.
You could also heat a small pot of water on the stove that contains a cinnamon stick, or if you really must, you can purchase natural beeswax candles scented with essential oils that won’t contaminate the air inside your home.
Your home is your sanctuary, so treat it as such. There’s no reason to settle for products that harm your family’s air quality and your wallet. Instead, invest in a couple of good quality cleaning tools up front, and couple them with your natural cleaning products to save money in the long run.
What’s your favorite way to save money on cleaning products? Do you splurge for greener alternatives, or use the basics?