Consider the products you are buying and where you are getting them from
Buy things that you can re-use such as reusable cloths etc. These are cheaper than disposables in the long run.
Keep an eye out for any vouchers in magazines and special offers at the supermarket.
Shop around for the best price on cleaning products.
Request free samples from manufacturers.
Read reviews before buying a new product.
Try using a supermarket own brand cleaning product instead of a branded product.
If you have a multi-purpose cleaner that suits all of your needs, just use that, don’t buy a different cleaner for every different cleaning job if one will suffice for them all.
Things you can do to minimize costs
Ensure you keep to a routine of cleaning daily. The longer you leave things to clean, the harder they will be to clean when you eventually get round to it. Furthermore, you may have to buy stronger and varied detergents to remove the buildup of dirt.
Regularly de-clutter your home. Decluttering is a major part of cleaning and the best thing is it is free to do. Get rid of anything around the house you aren’t using or don’t need.
Dry your clothes on the washing line rather than in the tumble dryer. Make sure you have the most energy efficient appliances you can afford to buy.
Follow the directions as given on the product container to avoid damaging whatever you are cleaning.
Clean things that could stain immediately, the longer you leave it the more likely it is to stain and need more expensive products to clean
Don’t allow shoes in the house
Put mats at the entrances to your home so people can wipe their feet before they enter
Keep your cleaning equipment in good repair and clean
Clean mirrors with old newspaper
When you cook try to use as few pots and plates etc. as possible so that you have less to wash up afterwards.
Use fluorescent bulbs instead of light bulbs as they can last up to 10 times longer than a regular light bulb, and are more energy efficient.
Natural cleaning products that you already have around the home
Vinegar is a strong, all-purpose cleaning agent and can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks. Simply mix with water (equal parts) in a spray bottle and this can be used to clean your surfaces hobs etc. this combination is an ideal mix for use in the kitchen as it is a detergent. Pure vinegar can be used as a bleach in the bathroom to clean the toilet and get rid of water rings. And the mixture can also be used on your floors, tiles and taps. Furthermore, vinegar acts as a fabric softener, put half a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle and your clothes with come out lovely and soft, plus anyone with sensitive skin will not need to worry.
Lemon Juice acts as a stain remover, if you have a stain on something white, cover the stain with lemon juice and leave it in the sunlight, this will bleach the stained area white again. Lemon juice can be used in the same way as vinegar as a multi-purpose cleaner, it is also effective at shining brass and copper. Lemon peel can be used as a natural air freshener.
Baking Soda is an effective non-abrasive cleaner and acts as a great deodorizer.
Air freshener, to make one half fill a saucepan with water and add orange peels, cinnamon sticks, and a few cloves. Allow the mixture to simmer and keep topping up the water as it reduces, this fragrance will completely fill your home.