|03 April 2014
Saving Some Cash on your House Cleaning
The cleaning is such a boring subject that few people really take much time to investigate their practice that effectively. You may well find however, that on close inspection, you are spending quite a lot more than you really should be on cleaning, and it can make a serious dent in your monthly spending. Alongside food, cleaning is one of those things that you are constantly spending money on, as unfortunately, it is essential! Dust and dirt can carry bacteria and airborne allergens that can be a really issue for you and your family, not to mention that it is made up primarily of human skin flakes! Disgusting...To start with, you should think about what most of your money goes in to. If you use a particularly pricy brand of cleaning product, it may be worth setting up some tests to see if you could get the same results with a cheaper one. Much of the time, you may find that the price is actually worth it, but until you have tested it out, you will never know! For a start, just buy the cheaper version, make a note of how many times you use it, and then do the same next time with your normal product. If it’s cheaper and last the same amount of time or longer, with similar cleaning, then you are on to a new favorite! Invest in some longer lasting cleaning tools; disposable sponges and paper towels can put a serious hole in your weekly spend, and then end up in the bin! A tea towel or thick cotton cloth will do the same job, last months, and will likely cost about the same amount as a months supply of the disposable version! You can wash and reuse these products until they fall apart, which will take a fair old while! Also think about the larger tools that you use - how many times has your plastic pan and brush broken? Do you have a mismatched pair? Why not try getting a more solid option, perhaps made from metal or wood? It can cost a fair bit more initially, but they will last you years, rather than a couple of months, which is obviously a good thing that will make your money go a lot further! Have a think about alternative cleaning methods. There is a huge mark up on household cleaning products that means that they can cost you rather a lot, when they really do not need to. You could have a go at getting a little alternative with lemon, baking soda and vinegar, and seeing how well you fare. The acidity in lemon and vinegar cuts through grease with ease, and can sanitize surfaces very easily, with a fresh scent. Baking soda soaks up smells when dry and fizzes up when wet, creating a carbonated cleaning action which is extremely effective. When these products are mixed together, you can make all sorts of different cleaning products that will serve the whole house with minimum fuss! If this sort of cleaning works for you, then you can find the exact ingredients you like and bulk order them for a fraction of the cost that you spend on normal cleaning products! Even if these methods are not right for you, bulk buying can be the way to cut down on costs in general, as it is well worth looking in to how it can change your spending habits, have a look in to visiting a cash and carry sometime soon!
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