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Tips for Frugal Cleaning

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Everyone always wants to know about ways to save a little money here and there around the house and in their busy lives.

One often overlooked area where it is possible to save a good chunk of change that affects every household is in cleaning around the house. But with just a little creativity, some basic ingredients and some money saving savvy, there are some really great, simple ways you can limit the money you spend on your most basic chores around the house.

To begin with, one thing that will help much and immediately is to take off your shoes before you come in the house. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (or cleaner!), after all.

If you take off your shoes before entering your house, there will be considerably less dirt and grime that gets tracked inside on the carpets, on the hardwood floor, on the kitchen tile, etc. This means less paper towels, Swiffer pads, cleaning chemicals, vacuum time (and electricity consumption) etc. that will have to go into cleaning that dirt and grime up. You’ll be amazed at what a difference this simple step makes over time. If you like wearing shoes in the house have a pair of house slippers or socks ready at the door at all times.

Next, get rid of all the junk that is just taking up space! Stuff that you don’t need around the house causes clutter and clutter attracts dirt and pests. Get a Toronto junk removal company to haul away all those excess belongings that don’t fit you or your lifestyle anymore, and you’ll have to spend less to clean around it!

And finally, use Natural Cleaners. Here is a great list of basic items that are reliably useful in household cleaning and that you probably already have around the house, and what they are used for:

Baking soda can be used as an all-purpose cleaner. It is non-toxic and can clean, deodorize, remove stains, be used to scour and polish items, and more.

Cornstarch can be used to clean carpets and rugs and act as a deodorizer for them afterwards as well. Some people even use it in place of baby powder!

Ketchup, believe it or not, can be used as a great agent to clean copper. Give it a try and see for yourself.

Lemon juice is a natural whitener (that’s why some people use it on their hair in the summer). And there’s a reason other than pleasant smell that many dish soaps use lemon juice in their ingredients: it also naturally cuts grease and stains, notably on aluminum and porcelain.

Salt can be used as scouring powder.

White vinegar can be multifunctional and extremely useful for whitening, cleaning hard surfaces such as countertops or windows or even shiny metal surfaces, as well as acting as an agent to remove mildew, stains, grease and wax. Some people also swear by vinegar as an ant repellant.

And finally, peanut butter. For those with little ones, peanut butter can be used to get chewing gum out of hair and carpet. Hard to believe, but true!