Keeping our homes clean is a natural part of what we do. Sometimes, however, we find ourselves spending a lot of money on different cleaning products and even all-out cleaning services.
The following list of hacks will keep your home spotless while still saving you money. All the sprays, detergents, and other cleaning products we usually stack up every month will be drastically cut down.
1. Clean Windows with Vinegar and Hot Water
Window cleaning can be a hassle to clean, especially if we procrastinate and put it off for too long. Calling a professional window cleaning company, however, is bound to cost a pretty penny. Not only that, but if you have kids and pets who, for some reason, can’t seem to keep their faces off the windows, you’ll want to avoid vigorous chemical cleaning.
Your windows can easily be cleaned with just a few simple ingredients that you find around the house. Make your cleaning solution with a tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water. Then add drops of essential oil or lemon juice to cut the acidic vinegar scent.
You can opt for apple cider vinegar over regular white vinegar if you like. Using this mixture as your window cleaning solution will not only save you some money but ensure that your children won’t be harmed by any chemical residues.
2. Make an Oil and Citrus-based Wood Polish
Olive oil acts as a natural wood conditioner. For this reason, it’s most times the essential ingredient in many polish and cleaning solutions. Make your wood polish solution with one part olive oil to half part lemon juice. You can include a little water and a few tablespoons of vinegar if you’re going for time-saving and both cleaning the wood surfaces and polishing.
It’s recommended, however, to clean first by wiping the same water and vinegar. You can use separate soft cotton cloths to clean the surfaces, then polish. This way, you avoid scratching the wood’s surface.
3. Use Baking Soda to Clean Carpets
If your home has wall to wall carpeting, then you know it can be a nightmare to clean. Carpets can be welcoming for all sorts of small insects. They can also be the perfect traps for dust, mold, and even mildew. This is why cleaning your carpets often is a must. However, a carpet cleaning service or fancy chemicals can be costly.
No need to worry though, a great vacuum cleaner and some baking soda will be more than enough to keep your carpets fresh and clean. Sprinkle the baking soda onto your carpet and leave it overnight, then vacuum it up in the morning. This method sanitizes and deodorizes your rooms.
4. Use Dishwashing Soap to Clean Upholstery
Your dish soap can work to clean more than just your dishes and utensils, and it can clean your couches too. This hack utilizes the strong cleaning ability of dish soap, which is powerful enough to remove food and oil without being packed with harmful chemicals. To get started, you’ll need the following ingredients:
¼ cup of white vinegar
¾ cup of warm water
½ tablespoon of liquid dish soap
Mix everything in a squirt bottle and spray your couches. The soap and vinegar combination makes for a reliable cleaning solution for the fabric.
5. Freshen the Fridge Naturally with Ground Coffee
Our refrigerators can often be a focal point for some weird or unpleasant smells that can linger even after you get rid of whatever was causing it. An excellent way to freshen your fridge before you take the time to clean it all out is to use ground coffee. You can use either freshly ground coffee or used grounds to deodorize your fridge freezer.
Fill a bowl with the ground coffee and leave it in your fridge overnight. The grounds will absorb any unpleasant odors. An excellent way to dispose of the grounds afterward is to dump them into your garden or potted plants as fertilizer.
6. Use Ketchup to Clean Burnt Pans
It turns out that ketchup is just for eating and cooking. It can also be used to clean up burnt pans. Ketchup, because it’s the main ingredient is tomato, has some acidity to it.
To clean up your burnt pan, liberally pour the ketchup on it and leave overnight. Wash away the marks the next day. They’ll quickly come off, leaving your pan as good as new.
7. Use Citrus Fruits to Clean your Bathtub and Sink
Citrus fruits such as lemons make great cleansers due to their acidic properties. Cut a piece of citrus, preferably an orange or grapefruit, and liberally add salt to the fleshy side. Now use it to scrub your sink or bathtub. You can do this with another cut of the fruit when the first piece gets worn out.
When you’ve finished scrubbing, just wash the residue away, and your sink or bathtub should be beautifully cleaned. This is a natural, chemical-free, and cheaper way to do some bathroom cleaning.
8. Sanitize Trash Bins
We try hard to avoid getting trash or messes inside the bin instead of the garbage bag. Sometimes, however, our bins trap some messes, and grime builds up. You don’t need to throw out your bin. Your simple home chemicals can clean it up nicely. First, put on a pair of gloves, then create a mixture of any all-purpose disinfectant and a little bleach.
Pour the mixture into a sprayer and spray your bin both inside and out with the solution. Leave for a few minutes and then just wipe the mixture away with all the lifted grime. Allow the bin to air dry, and it’ll be good as new and fresh.
9. Take Advantage of Sunny Days for Fresh-smelling Linens
Sometimes we overthink fixes and end up spending what we don’t need to. Solar energy can kill bacteria, and the fresh air of the outdoors will help eliminate odors. From blankets to even your child’s stuffed bear, most fabric type items in your home can benefit from some time in the sun.
Just place your fabrics on a clean clothing line. The sun will do a lot more than your dryer will, and it’s free, so you’ll save money on not just fabric fresheners but on power.
10. Wipe Off Crayon Marks Easily with Mayonnaise
Our children are a blessing and the joy of our lives. However, we could definitely do without their wall “artwork.” You can get rid of crayon marks by just borrowing some mayonnaise from your fridge. It seems like you’ll only be making more of a mess of your walls, but this easy hack is a great way to avoid buying wall cleaners, and it works!
Just rub some mayonnaise on the crayon marks and leave to soak for a little over a few minutes. Wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth, and there you have it, a newly cleaned wall that didn’t require any chemicals or repainting.
11. Use Baking Soda in the Laundry
Some tough stains and thick dirt marks might be too much to handle for your regular laundry detergent. Your laundry will come out of the washing machine, still looking filthy—a quick and easy hack to this, adding miracle-working baking soda to your load.
Sprinkle a few teaspoons of baking soda into your wash. You can also add them to your clothes directly and give them a light scrubbing by hand before putting them in the washing machine. Either method provides your detergent a helping hand, and your clothes will look and feel cleaner than usual.
In addition to improving the clean, baking soda also eliminates putrid odors. You’ll save money on laundry products by using this hack. You’ll also be able to stretch your detergent by using less than you usually do with every load.
12. Keep Shelves Clean with a Simple Water/vinegar Solution
Vinegar is a long time member of the home cleaning Hall of Fame. It’s an incredible liquid that is safe for both humans and animals. Add a half cup of vinegar to about one and a half cups of water to make your solution. Then add the solution to a spray bottle.
You can spray surfaces such as your shelves and counters and just wipe away with a clean cloth. The solution is also multi-functional as it works well on walls, bed frames, and most other surfaces. The simple dilution of vinegar in water can also remove stickers from any surface by weakening the adhesive.
13. Invest in a Microfiber Cloth for Dusting
Microfiber cloths are the perfect items to reduce what you spend on cleaning products drastically. A dry or damp microfiber cloth can be used to dust any surface in your home. The great thing is that it most times doesn’t require the use of any cleaning products.
These cloths can even last years with proper care. Microfiber cloths are also great for cleaning windows and mirrors and shining stainless steel. There may be some surfaces that we opt to use a cleaning product on, such as bathroom surfaces.
Even with these surfaces, however, the absorbent nature of microfiber allows you to clean much larger surface areas with limited use of the cleaning product. This means your cleaning products will last longer, therefore keeping more money in your pocket.
14. De-Gross Your Sponges with Saltwater
With continued use, sponges can become old and stink and even have residues of grime stuck on it. With this hack, however, there’s no need to throw them out. Saltwater can bring them back to their glory days. Fill a bowl with cold water, then add three tablespoons of salt and stir to dissolve.
You can then add the sponge to the solution and let it soak overnight. The salt will eliminate the bacteria, lift any odors, and even dislodge any grime. Your sponge should be as good as new the next day, but if there’s any residue, a quick lather with your dish soap will get rid of whatever’s left.
15. Freshen up your Furniture
Freshen up your couch doesn’t require a spray of flowery garden smells in a can. Store-bought fresheners can be expensive and even toxic in some cases. You can make your own freshener. Make a half cup solution of baking soda and water.
Then mix a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender, or lemon juice into the solution. Spray lightly over your furniture and let it air dry. Your furniture will take on the fresh scent of your preferred essential oil, and the baking soda will actually keep your furniture clean.
These hacks will definitely save you some money, while still making sure you have a clean and happy home. Drop it in the comments if you have any additional hacks that are perfect money savers and give an effective clean. You can also comment on how trying the hacks have worked out for you.
- Clean Windows with Vinegar and Hot Water
- Make an Oil and Citrus-based Wood Polish
- Use Baking Soda to Clean Carpets
- Use Dishwashing Soap to Clean Upholstery
- Freshen the Fridge Naturally with Ground Coffee
- Use Ketchup to Clean Burnt Pans
- Use Citrus Fruits to Clean your Bathtub and Sink
- Sanitize Trash Bins
- Take Advantage of Sunny Days for Fresh-smelling Linens
- Wipe Off Crayon Marks Easily with Mayonnaise
- Use Baking Soda in the Laundry
- Keep Shelves Clean with a Simple Water/vinegar Solution
- Invest in a Microfiber Cloth for Dusting
- De-Gross Your Sponges with Saltwater
- Freshen up your Furniture