Save Money on Spring Cleaning With These 6 Tips

In a recent post, I shared some steps to spring cleaning your finances. Now, I want to share some money saving tips for spring cleaning places in your home.

Can you tell I like to clean and organize? :) One of the biggest problems with spring cleaning, is how expensive it can get. Paper towels, cleaning supplies and solutions don’t come cheap.

According to a market research company that publishes information in consumer packaged goods industry, households spend billions of dollars every year on household cleaning products. That’s crazy!

Here’s 6 ways to clean and organize your home without cleaning out your wallet.

1. Use online coupons and discounts

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2. Go green by making your own cleaning solutions

Surprisingly, there are simple household solutions our kitchens and bathrooms right now, that can be used as cleaning solvents.

  • 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water = excellent multi-purpose cleaner
  • 1 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of lemon juice = nice furniture polish
  • Baking soda naturally cleans and scrubs appliances/sinks

These natural solutions contain less harmful chemicals, which is not only better for the environment but can save you money too.

3. Repurpose and recycle used items

There are lots of ways to recycle old, used or outdated items we use everyday. By taking something that was useful we can recondition it for a new function and save money in the process.

  • Make your own cleaning cloths using old shirts and socks
  • Use plastic grocery bags, instead of normal trash bags for small trash bins in bathrooms or office areas

4. Buy cleaning products in bulk

Concentrated solutions normally come in larger bulk containers, which can save you money by adding a little water before cleaning.

Or consider buying the bigger refill bottles, instead of purchasing the smaller ones every time you buy new products.

5. Avoid buying name brands

As much as I love the Clorox and Lysol brands, some other no-name brands can clean just as well, without the name brand price tag.

Compare the ingredients of your favorite cleaning products, with the less expensive generic ones. In many cases, I’ve found they not only have the same ingredients, they provide the same result.

6. Use every last drop in the bottle

Most of us tend to use the same type of products over and over, because we like to stick with something that works. If this is the case, use every last drop by opening the new bottle and pouring the leftover liquid from the old bottle.

How do you save money on spring cleaning?


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About the author: Carrie Smith is the financial artist and editor behind Careful Cents. She helps creative entrepreneurs make a living with their creations, and reach financial freedom through systems and financial organization. She’s been featured in The Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, Kiplinger Finance and several other business websites. In May 2013 she quit her full-time accounting job to pursue entrepreneurship and blogging. You can find her on Twitter or Instagram @carefulcents.

4 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own

  • Zack Jones April 4, 2012, 6:46 am

    Olive Oil and lemon juice, eh? I’ll have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing the tip!

  • Kari April 5, 2012, 12:07 am

    Like you said, baking soda and vinegar can clean just about everything in your house, and they’re cheap. We have hardwoods now, but when we had carpets we sprinkled a little baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming. it’s like those fancy smelly powders that “clean” your carpets but actually works and doesn’t leave a weird chemically smell.

    • Carrie Smith April 5, 2012, 9:01 am

      That’s true, I didn’t think about sharing that! I use baking soda for the carpets in my apartment too. I actually like it so much better than the fancy ones, the smells are so overwhelming.

  • Jessica April 29, 2014, 8:41 am

    I am the queen of saving money!!! My husband loves me and hates me in the same time for this. :)) If having the chance, I always prefer to do the cleaning products on my own, this way I know they are Eco-friendly and non-toxic.

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