Warmer weather often triggers an increase in many people’s activity and motivation levels, at least I know it does for me. I always get in a slump during the winter, but once April hits I’m ready to spring clean and get to work outside as the weather allows.
It’s almost summer now, but I still think it’s ok to do some “spring cleaning”. But if you are trying to keep a tight budget, you might be able to save a little money by employing some different strategies while still making your home tidy and fresh. Here are some tips for how you can spring clean on a budget.
Check Your Supply Level
Before you get ready to spring clean, you should check to see what you already have and what you may need to get so you can accomplish your spring cleaning. I have often forgotten this important step and ended up buying things I didn’t really need because I didn’t want to run out or “just in case”. Make sure you check out your supplies before you hit the store so you don’t end up buying things you don’t need.
Buy in Bulk
If you already have a warehouse club membership, take advantage of it and purchase your cleaning supplies for less by buying in larger quantities. Double check the prices of the items you intend to purchase, however, because sometimes the cost is more per ounce than if you would have purchased it from your regular discount store.
Sales & Coupons
You should start clipping coupons and watching for sales on cleaning products if you are not already doing so. Many stores send out sales flyers either in the mail or as an addition to the local paper. Some stores also have sales on cleaning products to help people remember to buy things to use when they spring clean.
If you aren’t tied to a certain brand of cleaner, make a trip to your nearest dollar store. Most of their products are…you guessed it! One dollar!
Buying a generic or off brand cleaner could save you one third to one half or more over the cost of the products you regularly purchase. But be careful to evaluate how well the product works when you use it. If you have to use more of a cheaper product, it may not actual save you money.
Reuse and Recycle
I use washable cleaning cloths whenever possible to cut down on waste and expense. My cloths mainly come from thin bath towels cut down and sewn into smaller cleaning cloths, or old tube socks for really nasty cleaning jobs. Then I can throw them away without guilt. Using things you already have and washing them is far cheaper than using paper towels and it helps the environment too.
When you need to clean a tiny crevice, did you know an old toothbrush can come to your rescue? Grab your old one and recycle it for this purpose. When you are finished, either throw it away or wash it to clean with again, but don’t reuse it on your teeth! Yuck!
DIY Natural Cleaning Products
The current trend of DIY covers everything from sewing to painting to making your own cleaning products. You can find many different recipes to try on the internet or in magazines. I have found several on Pinterest that I plan to try next time I spring clean. Many of these recipes use things you probably already have in your home.
What other ways can you think of to spring clean on a budget?