Some household chores can be quite expensive to complete. When you count the cost of equipment, specialist tools and commercial cleaning agents, it’s easy to dream of what you could do with that money every month.
But what if there were ways to achieve the same results for a fraction of the usual cost? Luckily for you, there are some seriously clever hacks that will make the more expensive cleaning chores in your home a little cheaper.
Dusting is one of those cleaning jobs that never goes away. In some homes, dust starts gathering on a surface within seconds of it being removed. To keep on top of such a problem can prove costly, which is why you might want to think outside the box a little.
Clean your lampshades with a lint roller, and take care of light fittings with a detachable, handheld vacuum cleaner. Old (clean) socks can be used for polishing everyday surfaces, and you can create a dust spray out of filtered water and lemon juice.
2. Cleaning glass
Cleaning windows and mirrors can become very tricky when smears just won’t seem to budge. While there are some very effective window cleaners on the market, they aren’t cheap. Fortunately, making the glass in your home sparkle doesn’t have to be a particularly expensive and complicated job. Simply create a solution of water and white vinegar, and rub it into glass with old newspapers or paper towels. Or if you buy a handheld steam cleaner, you may never need to buy a cleaning agent ever again.
3. Cleaning your microwave
Microwaves can become very dirty and greasy unless they are cleaned regularly. Whether your microwave looks like it needs cleaning or not, schedule a clean at least once a week. But instead of using an expensive multipurpose spray, simply place a cup of water in the microwave and bring it to the boil. The steam created will soften any hardened, stuck-on food and grease — you should then be able to remove it with a slightly dampened micro-fibre cloth.
4. Cleaning your fridge
There is absolutely no need to spend a small fortune on cleaning agents for your fridge. Stains and odours can be removed with a paste of water and baking soda. And the most effective way to kill bacteria is by using a suitable attachment on a steam cleaner. To stop odours from coming back, place a little cup of coffee grounds or baking soda at the back of your refrigerator.
5. Use washing-up liquid more
Whether you’re cleaning dirt, grease or a combination of both, you’ll be amazed at how effective simple washing-up liquid can be when used correctly. Instead of going to the extra expense of buying multipurpose sprays, a little dishwashing detergent and hot water can cut through grease very effectively. Use hot, soapy water to clean your oven, your floors, your worktops and your cooking range.
6. Invest in long-term cleaning solutions
While the initial outlay might be significant, buying long-term cleaning solutions now could save you thousands over the course of several years. For instance, instead of buying paper towels or kitchen roll, invest in some quality micro-fibre cloths. Instead of relying on cleaning agents, invest in a steam cleaner that will clean and sanitise with just some water and an electricity supply. It’s also a good idea to have a bulk bag of bicarbonate of soda under your kitchen sink at all times. This relatively cheap substance can be used with water or vinegar to clean just about any hard surface in your home.
Don’t let the cost of keeping your home clean break the bank. Use these six hacks to slash the cost of household cleaning.