It’s important to save money wherever you can. Cleaning your house is no exception. Here are some great ways to save some cash when money is tight and still have a clean house!
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a tipaholic. I’ve shared tips about baking soda and even tips for the kitchen. Even when I was younger, I would always check the newspaper for Heloise, because you could learn some great stuff!
When I find tips that work for me, I love to share them with friends and family. I wanted to give you a few tips on cleaning that can not only make cleaning easier, but may save you some money too!
15 GREAT CLEANING TIPS TO SAVE YOU MONEY
Clean your windows.
If you have newspaper sheets around to recycle, why don’t you use them to clean your windows, mirrors and glass? Wear gloves to keep the ink off your fingers, and wipe off your favorite glass cleaner (homemade or bought) for the greatest streak free windows ever. When you’re done, you can either recycle them or you can twist them and use as fire starters for the winter.
Clean your windows easier.
No, not all the tips are about cleaning windows, but isn’t it one of the least favorite chores ever? For us, we made it a “family chore” so we could get done quicker and then do something fun together. We would have one kiddo on the outside and one inside. We would tell the outside kiddo to wipe side to side and the inside kiddo to wipe up and down. That way, if there were streaks, we knew which side they were on!
Clean your house inexpensively.
I shared in this post about making my own cleaning solution. Another quick and easy one to use, with everyday ingredients, is to use 1/4 gallon of water, and add 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, a squirt of dish soap and 1/4 tablespoon non-sudsy ammonia. Fill a spray bottle and keep one in every place you need cleaner. Be sure to mark it WELL as cleaning solution.
Clean your cast iron.
If you are like me, and love using cast iron cookware, you know if it isn’t seasoned well, it can sometimes be hard to clean. If you have charred food on a pan, mix salt and vinegar together and let simmer in the pot for about 20 minutes. Rinse well and then re-season it. Learn how to do that here.
Clean your can opener.
I learned the hard way years ago that a manual can opener that isn’t clean will make life harder than it ought to be. Naturally, I thought the dishwasher was the best way to clean it – NOPE! I finally ran across this tip that is amazing and works great! Run a folded paper towel through the gears to remove any food residue, then wash, rinse and dry. Sparkling clean!
Clean your bricks.
If you have a fireplace in your house, or stains on your bricks outside, you can use this quick to make household cleaner on them to get rid of the stains. Mix together 3 cups vinegar, 3 cups ammonia (non-sudsy) and 3 cups borax. Mix in a bucket and scrub with a stiff bristle brush. You’ll be amazed how quickly the stains will be gone.
Clean paint off windows.
I am not known to be a neat painter, despite my best efforts. A few years ago, when painting window trim, I got some paint on the glass even though I had taped them off. I tried nail polish remover and it came right off! Just dab the nail polish remover on with a cotton ball or cotton swab, let sit for about 3 minutes, then wash off and clean with window cleaner.
Clean your oven racks.
I love this tip because cleaning the oven is a thankless job! We have a self-cleaning oven, but the racks never seem to get totally clean. So all I do is spray oven cleaner on the racks and then stick them in a large 30 gallon size black garbage bag. Put them outside where the sun can hit them and leave them a few hours. When you take them out, rinse with the hose, and you’re good to go!. No muss, no fuss.
Clean your disposal.
I discovered this years ago when we had an apartment with a disposal. Throw in 3 or 4 ice cubes (and some orange or lemon peels) and flip the switch. When the grinding is done, so is the job. Clean disposal and great scent too!
Clean your sink.
That furniture polish under your sink does more than just shine your wood furniture. Once a month after you clean your sink with cleanser, spray that polish on your stainless steel sink. This will keep your sink shiny and keep food stains from sticking. They’ll slide right off!
Clean crayon drawings.
If you have kiddos, you may end up with crayons on your walls or lamps or other things that don’t move. If that happens, all you need is a spray of WD-40. Spray a bit on a cloth, then wipe the crayon marks off like magic! If the marks are on wood, try rubbing some mayonnaise in, leave for 10 minutes, then wipe off.
Clean a smelly freezer.
Does your freezer have a funky smell you can’t seem to get rid of? Try putting a shallow bowl of freshly ground coffee in the freezer and leave it for a few days. The freezer will smell great.
Clean your ceramic tile.
You won’t believe it, but the easiest way to clean ceramic tile is by using rubbing alcohol. Pour it straight on to the tile, and mop until it dries. You won’t believe how great it looks.
Clean away food odors.
If you have dishes, bottles or Tupperware that have stubborn odors you think will never come out, try this unusual remedy. Add a teaspoon of mustard to hot water in the container and let the item soak for five minutes. The mustard removes the smell and the containers are as good as new after a quick wash!
Clean your…. steel wool soap pad?
I love using a steel wool pad, but hate the fact they rust so quickly after one use. I found this way to make them last longer several years ago. Use the tray of a flower pot – a terra cotta tray – to store your steel wool pad. It will soak up the water as it drains and keep your steel wool from rusting, making it last longer!
So those are 15 of my favorite tips. I’ll have more in an upcoming post.
But I’m interested to hear YOUR favorite tips. What cleaning tips do you use that you wouldn’t do without? Share them below, or on my Facebook page at My Greener Way.
Til Next Time