Spring Cleaning: Budget Edition
A clean home takes time, effort and money. But there are ways to save on your spring cleaning! As spring rolls around, many of us will be looking to deep clean, declutter, and organise. But your spring cleaning routine doesn’t have to break the bank. Emma from beemoneysavvy.com is here to share some money-saving tips to make your spring clean cost less this spring season.
Repurpose Household Items
I’m a big fan of the reduce, reuse, recycle motto. By breathing new life into old items you can both save money and the environment with your savvy cleaning tools.
- Old newspapers are great at soaking up liquid inside your bin. Line your bin with newspapers to eliminate bin juice.
- Baby oil makes a great cleaner for stainless steel, and costs virtually nothing compared to cleaning spray.
- Make dust rags out of old T-shirts; cheaper and better for the environment than paper towels.
- Keep old toothbrushes to help scrub hard to reach cracks and faucets.
Natural Cleaning Alternatives
You don’t need fancy and expensive cleaning solutions. Making your own natural solutions using ingredients that you already have at home is a sure way to save money. With some basic household ingredients you can create a variety of cleaning supplies to clean your kitchen, bathroom, and more. Natural cleaning alternatives are also a great way to avoid toxic ingredients such as chemicals and preservatives.
- Hot water is the most basic cleaner. Don your rubber gloves, fill a bowl full of hot water, and use a rag to clean floors, doors and worktops.
- Vinegar is a staple ingredient in homemade cleaners. Most people include essential oils to help mask it’s pungent odor.
- Baking soda is a great, low-odor scrubbing material. Add lemon juice or vinegar to baking soda produces the fizzing result that can help clean drains.
Clean the air with plants
Looking to reduce toxins in your home? NASA scientists have found houseplants surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside our homes. These are just a few of the air cleaning plants that will help you remove toxins and improve air quality.
- Areca Palm
- Lady Palm
- Bamboo Palm
- Rubber Plant
- Boston Fern
Spring Cleaning Sales, Discounts and Cashback
Most retailers offer spring cleaning deals as we approach the new season. Take advantage of these sales for your spring cleaning supplies, just don’t forget to use further discounts and cashback to further your savings! Buying in store? Download Green Jinn and Shopmium for the latest in-store cashback deals on home products (as well as food and drink). If you’re buying online make sure to use Topcashback or Quidco to save money.
Sell your old Clutter
You can actually make money while decluttering! Assess the necessity of everything you come across while cleaning. When was the last time you used it? How much space does it take up? Could you make money selling it?
- Old phones are likely to bring in some decent money dependant on how old the phone is and what condition it’s in.
- Bulk sell old CD’s, DVD’s and Games. Individually these items aren’t likely to make you a lot of money but trading them in will clear up a lot of space and get you a cash reward in the process.
- Be selective when it comes to branded and quality items. You’re far more likely to get good money for branded items when sold nationally (or internationally). But you will need to consider postage and package.
I hope that these tips help you to get your spring cleaning done on a budget! Do you have a great recipe for floor cleaner or bathroom spray? Have a spring cleaning hack that saves you tons of time? Please do share them below.