Keeping clean doesn’t have to cost armloads of cash. And if you’ve seen the price of cleaning products, you know that having a separate cleaning product for each task will make your house clean — and clean out your wallet at the same time. I’ll show you some simple tips to keep a clean house and save money, too.
This is the biggest money gimmick there is. Buying disposable cleaning products costs you serious money and don’t do any better job than simple, old-fashioned products.
Of course, some things should be disposable, like paper towels. But a disposable toilet brush? That’s ridiculous. Many people buy these products –and they’re marketed — as a way to avoid having germs hanging around by where? The toilet? Where else would they hang out?
Yes, a toilet is nasty; that’s just the nature of a toilet and no matter what you do, there will always be germs hanging around there. What’s worse is that many of these kinds of products are not safe to be flushed, yet those that aren’t will be confused with those that are, and pretty soon there will be a clog.
At about $10 to buy one company’s “starter kit” and $3 toilet pad refills you will spend about about $37 a year — just to clean the toilet. Buying an all-plastic brush that can last up to five years costs around a dollar. Couple that with some scouring powder and spray cleaner and you will spend less than $5 for a year of clean toilets.
Disposable cleaning products run the gamut — from toilet brushes to electrostatic dusters and mops. All of these are designed to take your money. Clean your house, yes, but mostly to take your money.
One electrostatic duster has four duster heads and a handle and costs about $5 for a starter package and then $4 for refills. Using one each week will cost you about $57 dollars a YEAR to dust. Buy these for occasional use on those teeny-tiny places that are hard to reach and use a dust cloth for regular cleaning.
So, now the tally so far just for cleaning toilets and dusting is now at about $94 a year and that’s just getting started. Using a special “mop” system with throw away pads is also going to add to your cleaning bill, as will disposable furniture and window wipes. Is that where you really want to spend your money. Of course not.
So, forgo the novelty of these products and you’ll save yourself a wad of cash. It’s also the environmentally friendly thing to do. Throwing or flushing products away pollutes streams and takes up landfill space.
Using too much
Less cleaning product can still do the job, not empty your wallet, and won’t build up residue. This is the cause of many cleaning problems – too much cleaner. Having too much cleaner leaves an excess of cleaner on the surface, and when that happens, the cleaner actually attracts more dirt, making you have to clean more.
This is especially true if you have a water softener. Water softeners are wonderful because you can actually use less – up to a quarter – of the recommended amounts of cleaners. Using too much can cause problems like overfoaming.
I had a bad dishwasher leak and it was caused by using the recommended amountof dishwasher detergent. But the appliance man reminded me that my soft water would make the detergent double its strength.
When he ran my dishwasher without any detergent and then opened it, I stared in amazement at the amount of foam and bubbles there were just from the residual soap. Remember, cleaners are like toothpaste.
The amounts recommended are just that: recommendations. No one coats a toothbrush with as much paste as you see in a commercial. Go with the least amount of cleaner you can, say 1/4 cup of floor cleaner for one gallon of water.
Cleaning Products You Really DO Need
span style=”color: #000000; font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;”>–Scouring powder, about $1 per can, can use this in toilets and other surfaces