How to Save Money on Cleaning Essentials

By Kaitlin Hurtado on June 8, 2019

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Not only can cleaning cost plenty of time depending on the cleaning task, but it also has the ability to be a little costly when it comes to monetary value. Whether it be keeping a steady supply of disposable goods like paper towels or one-time use floor cleaning pads or purchasing brand name cleaner over and over again, you may find yourself spending more money on cleaning essentials than you would care to admit to.

Luckily for you and your budget, they are plenty of ways you can learn how to save money on cleaning essentials. With these ideas in mind, trying saving money on cleaning essentials during your next round of cleaning tasks:

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Be more sustainable

Sustainability may just be something you see trending every now and then because of the latest wave of Hydroflask or metal straw hype, but sustainability efforts are not just limited to social media traffic. Taking the initiative to be more sustainable in your daily life can also help you save money when it comes to cleaning essentials. Think of how wasteful you can be when you are cleaning. A paper towel ripped off of a roll to quickly wipe down a small spill may not mean a lot at the time, but those single-uses add up over time.

You can easily replace single-use paper towels with more sustainable options. Do you have worn out towels, shirts, sweaters, socks, or bedding? Don’t hesitate to cut it up into “towels” that you can use instead of single-use paper towels. With these reusable options, you can easily toss them in the wash after building up a load and have them fresh and ready for whenever you need to clean next.

Buy in bulk

This option can be more sustainable and can save you money in the long run. Cleaning essentials can be seen as “small purchases” when you are only buying what you need when you need it, however, these purchases to add up. If you’re buying the smaller option because it is the cheapest option at the time of purchase, you could be costing yourself money. If a product is something you use consistently – dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach – you may want to consider buying the bigger version or the bulk option. It may seem like a lot of money and product at first, but if you think about how you will eventually use all of it up and spend less money than if you were to buy smaller versions more often. Some cleaning essentials like all-purpose cleaners will offer concentrate options where you buy a super-concentrated solution and dilute it as you see fit.

Many cleaning essentials like sprays or detergents have bulk options and you can still pour them into smaller containers to make them easier for daily use and storage. Of course, if a certain cleaning product isn’t part of your daily cleaning routine, it probably will not be worth your while to buy it in bulk. Pay extra attention to what cleaning essentials you go through quickly and learn how much you really need of each cleaning essential. Try to buy in bulk when you can to save future you some time and money when it comes to buying cleaning essentials.

DIY your cleaning essentials 

Just a word of caution – before attempting to do any DIY with your cleaning essentials, make sure to put effort into researching whatever you decide to DIY to be completely safe when making and using the product. While you may think that DIY cleaning essentials evolve complex steps and pricey materials, picking the right cleaning essentials to DIY can save you plenty of money when it comes to completing your cleaning routine.

Like many other DIY projects, DIY cleaning essentials can be as cheap and easy to make as you want them to be. Many basic DIYs for cleaning essentials include baking soda or white vinegar – household items that are cheap and easy to get a hold of, and can serve multiple purposes. Adding scents is up to you, but can be extremely useful to freshen up your space as you clean.

For example, this DIY recipe for a scented all-purpose cleaner from Good Housekeeping just has four simple ingredients: lemon rinds, rosemary sprigs, white vinegar, and water. Combine the ingredients into a glass container, shake, and let them sit for a week before you start incorporating your new DIY product into your cleaning routine. DIY cleaning essentials are not limited to all-purpose cleaners, but can also come in the form of deodorizers, glass cleaners, and clothing stain removers. Don’t forget to mark up your DIY cleaning essentials so that you know exactly what ingredients are in each concoction.

Cleaning essentials do not have to be breaking your budget to be effective. With one or all of these tips in mind, start saving money on your cleaning essentials. Happy cleaning!

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By Kaitlin Hurtado

Uloop Writer
Hello! I'm Kaitlin, a fourth year Literary Journalism major at UC Irvine. I'm a writer on Uloop's national team and a campus editor for UCI.

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