Have you ever thought about how much it really costs to keep your home clean? Between buying detergents, repairing your cleaning gear and replacing things like towels and washcloths, it can actually get fairly pricey. If you want to stretch your budget a little more, then here are a couple of tips to help you save money on housekeeping costs.
Sharing is Caring
If you’re neighbors or roommates with people you trust, then there’s nothing wrong with sharing expensive equipment like carpet cleaners, steamers or even vacuum cleaners. Sure, you might be thinking that you could all buy a cheap one and just be done with it. However, cheap ones are terrible investments because they break easily, they don’t clean your home very well and they’ll need a replacement in the near future. In comparison, getting a more expensive model means it will last longer, clean your home better and also be more energy efficient. Check out this vacuum buying guide. Speak with your neighbors or roommates and consider splitting the use of expensive cleaning appliances.
Use Different Cleaning Products
You can also opt to use a variety of different cleaning products. There are many homemade alternatives (baking soda is your best friend) that cost less, work just as well and there are all-natural solutions that won’t introduce toxic chemicals or materials to your household. Take a look online for homemade cleaning remedies and you’ll find that you can save hundreds each year just by being smarter about the stuff you purchase.
Be Smarter About Purchases
It might surprise you, but there are plenty of people that don’t really think too much about their cleaning-related purchases and, as a result, end up spending more money on “cheaper” products than they’d imagine. For instance, if you use a cheaper laundry detergent that is weaker in strength, then you eventually need to use more per washing load and you’ll burn through a large bottle fairly quickly. In comparison, check out this “about our products” page of a 4-times ultra-concentrated detergent. It’s more expensive than budget detergents, but considering it’s ultra-concentrated it means you use less. This means you take up less space in your utility room, it smashes dirt better than other detergents and you’ll ultimately save money.
Some Lifestyle Changes
Your cleaning requirements change with your lifestyle. A great way to spend less on laundry costs is to buy garments that are easier to look after. For instance, if you purchase expensive dresses and shirts that need to be taken care of in a special way, then you’ll spend more time and effort on washing it than you would a regular shirt that you could just throw into the washing machine. Special care items can end up costing you a lot of money, so if you’re conscious about the money you spend on cleaning you may want to reduce their prominence in your wardrobe. Another good way to save money with a lifestyle change is to change the way you cook. The fewer pots and pans you use (and the less mess you make) the less you’ll spend on washing liquid.