Cleaning is something we all have to do but not many of us enjoy. So, what if there were some useful cleaning hacks that could not only save you time but money too? Well there are, so read on to find out!
Cleaning Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money
1. Don’t Overlook the Power of Soaking
Mould and mildew can build up on shower grouting and takes ages to remove, even with heavy-duty cleaners. Then there’s problems like limescale, which need loads of elbow grease to shift.
Luckily, soaking overnight is a quick and easy way to remove mould and mildew, and even limescale build-up.
For shower grouting, soak cotton balls in normal bleach and press them into the grout. Leave overnight and wipe down in the morning, and the mould will be gone!
Limescale can be removed by soaking the item in white vinegar overnight. This also helps remove water marks from shower heads. Simply soak your item and wash in the morning to get rid of stubborn limescale.
2. Switch to Steam Cleaning
Steam cleaners are eco-friendly germ killers that make light work of pretty much any deep cleaning job. You can use them on:
Although a steam cleaner will be a bit pricey, it’s a sound investment considering all the different cleaning products it can replace.
3. Make Your Own Cleaning Products
So many cleaning jobs can be tackled with white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, borax, and other old-school cleaning products. Better yet, most of these are far cheaper than branded cleaning products you find in the supermarket.
Different jobs will need different mixes. For example, bicarb is a decent deodoriser and it can be used for getting marks of cooker tops. Vinegar is ideal for cleaning windows and, when mixed with bicarb, can shift marks off your toilet.
4. Buy in Bulk
As a follow-up to tip 3, buy these products in bulk. You should easily find them online or in zero-waste shops. Not only does buying in bulk save time in regards to shopping, it’ll save you money in the long run.
5. Clean Areas Daily if You Can
This might seem counter-intuitive initially, but cleaning certain areas daily will save time compared to deep-cleaning them every week or so. It doesn’t apply to everything, but something like your sink can be sprayed and wiped daily to keep it cleaning. This’ll reduce how long you spend on the job because it basically never gets dirty!
6. Let Your Microwave Clean Itself
Microwaves can get dirty pretty quickly, and dried-on food is a pain to clean. Luckily, you can let the microwave do most of the hard work for you.
Simply add a bowl of water with a slice of lemon and set the timer for 3 minutes. The water should produce a lot of steam in that time, which helps loosen caked-on food.
After 3 minutes, leave the bowl for a minute or two (microwaved water can be a bit dangerous), then remove it. Wipe down the inside of the microwave and it’ll be sparkling clean.
7. Set Up Subscriptions
You can get a subscription for pretty much anything nowadays, and cleaning products are no exception. Lots of eco-friendly brands sell products that you add to water and they can easily be shipped in the post.
Compared to products you find in the supermarket, these should save you some money. These companies aren’t shipping unnecessary water or packaging, which helps reduce costs. Plus, having a subscription means you never need to think about buying them, and should get you a discount too!
8. Don’t Bother with Specialist Products
Sure, that skirting board cleaner might look like it’ll help, but will it be better than something you can make with what you already have at home? You can easily fashion one out of a mop or broom with a cloth tied around the end.
The same logic is true for so many specialist cleaning products. For example, washing up liquid can replace de-greasers (so can vinegar) and bicarb can be used to deodorise carpets and shoes. Provided you know how to properly use these multi-use products, you can save a lot of money.
9. Invest in a Microfibre Cloth
Microfibre cloths are an amazing addition to a low-cost cleaning arsenal. They can be used on windows and mirrors or as dusters. In a pinch, you could even use it for cleaning your kitchen.
Saving time and money when cleaning is about proper planning and focusing on multi-use items. With a bit of thought, you can drop your cleaning products down to a handful of items that are quick and easy to use. Better yet, most of them are kind to the planet too!
Do you not have any time to do any of these hacks? Maybe you should consider getting a domestic cleaning service.