10 Ways to Clean Your Home on a Budget
Almost everyone is extremely aware of the disadvantages of cleaning your home with harsh chemical products. People are always on the lookout for greener alternatives. If you have ever walked down the aisle of the cleaning section and taken a look at these cleaning products and their green alternatives, you will surely notice one thing.
They are not easy on the wallet!
Keeping your home clean and hygienic is very important, but it’s also great to be able to do it on a budget, right?
Here are 10 ways you can clean your home with great products – on a budget!
- Olive oil and baby oil
This is a great cleaning hack that you can use in your own home when cleaning on a budget. You will find a lot of oven cleaners and stainless steel cleaners on the market – however, most of them are quite expensive.
Instead of buying these cleaners, opt for olive oil or even baby oil. Pour a small amount of the oil into your stainless steel pots and pans, or even your oven. If you need to, you can add some coarse salt and use it as a scrubbing agent. This will quickly help you remove all kinds of grime, stubborn residue, and stains from your stainless steel without the need for expensive cleaners.
Olive oil also works great as a wood polisher. Mix one part olive oil with one part lemon juice. Use this solution with a soft cloth for cleaning and polishing any wood surface.
- Essential oils
Essential oils are absolutely fantastic. There are hundreds of flavors you can choose from – and they last for a really really long time. In fact, you need to use two or three drops at a time.
You can use essential oils as a natural perfume, or even use specific oils for their beneficial properties (tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, lemongrass oil helps to get rid of bugs and mosquitoes).
Always dilute your essential oils with water or any other base. Use it for cleaning, deodorizing, or adding scent to your home without having to invest in expensive fragrances and cleaners!
- Microfiber cloths
These little magic cloths don’t get enough credit. They are amazing when it comes to picking up little dust and dirt, which your usual cotton rags miss out on. Buy a couple of microfiber cloths for your home and use them for cleaning electronics, countertops, furniture, etc. You can even buy microfiber mops that help you clean your walls, ceilings, stairs, and floors quickly and effectively. Make sure you vacuum first!
- Baking soda
Baking soda is economical, easy to find, and works wonders. In the case of odors, pour some baking soda directly on the area. The smell will absorb on its own, after which you can vacuum the residue away. You can use it in your cupboards, inside your shoes, on your carpets and rugs, and even inside your refrigerator to remove odors!
In fact, baking soda works wonderfully as a cleaning agent as well. Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to any surface which you wish to deep clean.
Coffee tastes and smells great. Most people cannot even imagine starting their day without a cup of coffee.
But did you know that you can use coffee as an excellent deodorizer as well? Place some coffee beans or coffee grounds in a small container. Place this open container inside your cupboard, drawers, or any space which you wish to deodorize. The coffee will automatically absorb any bad smells and give off a pleasant whiff of your favorite coffee smell throughout the space.
- Use containers
De-cluttering is an essential part of cleaning your home. However, you can’t always throw away things just because they are taking up space in your home.
To make the area clean and aesthetic on a budget, buy some colorful containers. Place items in these containers and store them inside cabinets, or decorate them as a part of your home aesthetic. You can even buy plain containers and paint them yourself if you are creative enough!
Keep bathroom supplies, accessories, hair products, cleaning products, etc. in each container to make the area less messy and clean at the same time!
- White vinegar
White vinegar is so versatile – no wonder it’s a favorite product of many people! Use white vinegar for cleaning almost any surface of your home. Dilute it with warm water – and add a few drops of essential oil if you don’t like the smell to be so strong. Once the vinegar dries up, the smell disappears on its own anyway!
- Tomato ketchup
Did you know that you can use tomato ketchup to clean the burnt parts off your pans and pots? How does this work? Well, the main ingredient is tomato – which is quite acidic. Pour some tomato ketchup generously over the burnt area of your pans and pots and allow it to sit overnight.
Use a brush or a sponge to clean it out the next morning, quickly removing all the burnt bits – without wasting your money on expensive commercial cleaners!
- Natural air freshener
We all want our homes to smell fresh and beautiful. Well, commercial air fresheners are great, but they can get quite expensive. If that’s not enough, then these air fresheners are also very dangerous for the environment. If you or anyone in your home has allergies, these commercial air fresheners can trigger them as well.
Make a natural air freshener using apple peels, a few sticks of cinnamon, just a few drops of vanilla essence, and water! Please bring these items to a boil on your stove and let them cool down before storing it in a spray bottle. You have your natural deodorizer and air freshener ready to use at any time!
- Coca Cola
What do you do with the cola you get along with a Happy Meal from McDonald’s? Well, instead of wasting it by just pouring it away, pour it into your toilet bowl instead. Let it sit for an hour, and then take a scrubbing brush and scrub away all those nasty stains! It works great and is so economical!
These are some of the best cleaning tips you can use in your home. Not only are all these tips wallet-friendly, but they work absolutely great for your home! If you have cleaning questions or hard to remove stains in your home visit House Cleaning Advice, to find your answers!