How to Clean Your Home on a Budget

When it comes to cleaning your home, choosing the right supplies can be a chore in itself. Supermarket shelves are overflowing with options. But which ones do we actually need? “We actually don’t need a lot of cleaning products,” says Charles MacPherson, President and Founder of the Academy for Butlers & Household Managers. Put together a simple cleaning caddy to save time and money, and include natural products that are just as effective as toxic cleaners on the market today. You’ll have your home sparkling from top to bottom in no time, and your wallet will thank you for it.

Steps

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    Purchase a caddy that is heavy duty, has lots of space and a handle.
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    Add a squeegee for windows, a pair of rubber gloves, and some Ziploc bags for disposing of things you find around the house.
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    Add some dusting cloths. Choose regular microfiber cloths in different colours so you can use a different one for each room. Simply wash and re-use these cloths.
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    Include a box of baking soda, a plastic spray bottle of vinegar, and a good all-purpose cleaner. These are the three key cleaning products you will need throughout the entire house. Use vinegar to disinfect surfaces and to clean mirrors. Use baking soda to clean surfaces, remove stains, deodorize, scrub pots and pans, and more (for a few ideas, see tips below).
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    Add toilet cleaning wands. These convenient wants have disposable cleaning heads pre-filled with a cleaning solution. For a more environmentally friendly option, use a regular non-disposable toilet brush.
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    After vacuuming or sweeping and/or washing the floors, grab your caddy and get to work!
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    Have fun! As much as we dread it at times, cleaning can be therapeutic and a great workout!

Tips

  • Clean pots and pans with baking soda to remove baked on food.
  • Try to go all natural and avoid chemical cleaners. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish with everyday items you already have in your kitchen, like vinegar and baking soda.
  • Remove tea and coffee stains from cups by sprinkling with baking soda and wiping with a wet cloth.
  • Just one box of baking soda packs incredible cleaning power in a small (and very inexpensive!) package. Here are some ways to use it:
  • To remove stubborn stains and to clean a variety of surfaces, make a baking soda paste. Mix three parts baking soda with one part water. Wipe surface with a cloth dipped in mixture, then rinse. A damp cloth sprinkled with a little baking soda also works wonders.
  • Banish odours in garbage bins by sprinkling baking soda in bottom of pail, changing bag, then sprinkling in some more.

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Categories: Budgeting | Home Improvements and Repairs