Frugal Cleaning Tips
For A Squeaky Clean Money Saving Home
Frugal cleaning comes very high on my list of cost cutting priorities.
After all, have you noticed just how expensive all those different
cleaning products are and how the advertisers are always telling us
that if we dont use them we are going to have a germ filled house?
Its amazing how the human race has survived for so long without
all these chemical cleaners, isnt it?
Well thats it, we dont need them and we can carry out our
frugal cleaning safe in the knowledge that our homes will be just as
clean and safe, but without spending a small fortune (and not polluting
Buying cleaning products the frugal way
If you do want to buy your cleaning products then there are a few tips
to keep in mind that will help save on money:
Buy the shops own brand and not the leading brand names.
- Buy the concentrate version if there is one.
- Buy the biggest option, in the long run it will work out cheaper.
Make your own frugal cleaning products
- Always measure out your products using the recommendations on the
I picked up a lot of great frugal cleaning tips from my grandmother.
She was used to making her money stretch and lived in an era when chemical
cleaners were not in existence.
She lived in a spotlessly clean house and lived to a ripe old age,
thus proving that the basic cleaning products she used were just as
good at their job.
With a few simple ingredients to hand, you can make your own multipurpose
frugal cleaning products at a fraction of the cost and without polluting
your home with harmful chemicals.
The basic ingredients are:
- White Vinegar excellent for killing germs, bacteria
- Lemon Juice the acid provides antibacterial and antiseptic
properties as well as providing a wonderful fresh smell to your home.
- Olive Oil Good for polishing wood surfaces and adding
shine to stainless steel.
A few basic frugal cleaning recipes
- Salt A multi purpose cleaner and deodoriser, great
for frugal cleaning as it is so cheap to buy.
All of these recipes have been tested over the years but it always
best to try the cleaner on a small area first to make sure that it does
not harm your item.
All these cleaners can be made up and kept for later use.
Multipurpose Worktop, splash back and floor cleaner:
- 1 cup white vinegar1 cup water
- Mix together and wipe over surfaces
- 1 cup olive oil
- Half cup lemon juice
- Mix together. Use a small amount on a soft cloth. After applying,
rub off and buff with a dry soft cloth.
- 1 cup dry baking soda
- Place on a saucer and place in the back of the fridge. The soda
will neutralise bad odours.
If mixed with warm water can be used to wash the inside of the fridge
Blocked drain cleaner:
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup vinegar
- Mix together and pour down the drain. Leave for a few minutes then
flush the drain with hot water.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup borax
- Mix and pour onto the stain. Leave for at least 10 minutes then
using a scourer rub off. (Only use on surfaces that will not scratch)
Reduce and protect
- Dry baking soda
- Sprinkle on the carpet and leave for 1 hour then vacuum up.
A lot of money is wasted on replacing items that have not been cared
for correctly or are items that are simply thrown away after use.
Frugal cleaning is also about using things wisely and frugally
and extending the life of items so that they do not need replacing
Paper is used in the home far more than immediately comes to mind and
can be reduced or replaced by a reusable
- Napkins why not invest in some quality cloth napkins
that can not only be washed and reused time after time but also add
that certain touch of style to your meals.
- Toilet paper The shop brand toilet paper is much cheaper
to buy than the luxury brands and a lot of them are made from recycled
paper. Try to get everyone to reduce the amount of paper they use.
- Kitchen roll - use cloths and sponges to wipe up spills.
Kitchen roll can be very expensive and is very wasteful.
- Carpets are very expensive items to replace and can look
grubby and lose their brightness if not cared for properly. A little
TLC can increase the life of your carpet and keep your home smelling
fresh and looking at its best.
- Reduce fade Keep strong sunlight from shining on to
the carpet by closing blinds during the sunniest part of the day.
- Vaccuum by regularly cleaning the carpet you will
be removing grit from the carpet that will wear the carpet out if
- Door Mats make sure door mats are placed at the entrance
to reduce dirt being tramped in onto the carpet.
- Shoes remove shoes when walking in the house.