Save Money on Cleaning Supplies: DIY Alternatives

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man-cleaningKeeping your house clean can be a serious household expense. There is a different cleaning product for everything, from the toilet to the carpet, and investing in each of these products can be crippling for your wallet. But do you really need to be spending so much on keeping your house clean? Not necessarily! We’ve gathered six tips to help you save money around the house without spending money at the store.

  1. Coffee grounds can be used as baking soda

    Stop spending money on baking soda to make your refrigerator smell better, all you need are some leftover coffee grounds. Instead put a bowl of coffee grounds in your refrigerator instead. They need to be replaced about every two months and will keep you coming back to your refrigerator for whiffs.

  2. Dish Soap is more versatile than you think

    Dish soap is for more than just washing your plates, it can be used as a stain remover as well. Whether you have a spill on your carpet or a stain on your shirt there’s not reason to run out and buy expensive stain remover if you’ve already got liquid dish soap around the house. All you have to do is mix it with warm water and apply it to the stain.

  3. Ketchup can be used for shining brass

    Ketchup can be used for shining brass, so there’s not need to buy pricey brass cleaner if you’ve already got this popular condiment around your house. Put the ketchup on a cloth and use it the same way you would brass cleaner, but be sure to wash it off after you’re done!

  4. Don’t use laundry detergent

    Do you find yourself throwing money away on laundry detergent? According to Funny About Money, you don’t necessarily need to

    be using it for all of your loads at all, the agitation of the washing machine is enough to clean your clothes in itself. If you’re not willing to part with soap though, laundry detergent is easy to make yourself.

  5. Use old rags instead of paper towels

    Replacing paper towels can be expensive. One way to get around this expensive household expense is to save old rags. They are more absorbent than paper towels and instead of buying new ones all you have to do is toss them in the laundry.

  6. Make all of your own cleaning products

    Save money on all of your cleaning supplies by just making them yourself! Lots of products can be made out of ingredients you already have in your kitchen cabinets. Mother Nature Network has recipes for making your own products, and they have got pretty much everything covered. From window cleaner to furniture polish, there’s no need to spend money at the store when you can make it yourself!

Do you have any secrets to saving money around the house? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

By Louie Andre

B2B & SaaS market analyst and senior writer for FinancesOnline. He is most interested in project management solutions, believing all businesses are a work in progress. From pitch deck to exit strategy, he is no stranger to project business hiccups and essentials. He has been involved in a few internet startups including a digital route planner for a triple A affiliate. His advice to vendors and users alike? "Think of benefits, not features."

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