Today officially marks the beginning of spring, according to the Met Office, that is. And although no one seems to have let the weather know, it’s the time of year when most of us start to get our houses in order.
This generally means giving your home a thorough spring clean but if you’re on a tight budget, you might think you can’t afford expensive cleaning products. Don’t worry – you don’t need to spend a lot of money to be able to clean your home properly. We’ll take you through how you can do a good job on a budget with some handy money-saving tips.
Make do and mend
Before you rush out to stock up your cleaning cupboards, it’s a good idea to take stock of what you already have. You might not even need to buy any new products as plenty of simple household items will also double up as effective cleaners. For example, white vinegar is a great household cleaner and can be used for everything from whitening your tea-stained mugs, freshening up your dishwasher and cleaning lime scale off your taps. Baking powder and lemon juice is also a winning combination – you can use this to get mould off your bathroom tiles and your shower curtain.
If you’ve got a little one at home, baby oil is a good cleaner for stainless steel and hairspray can help to get any crayon stains off your paintwork. As a general rule, most cleaners are made with bleach so if you’ve got a bottle of this at home, you should be able to do the majority of your jobs – you don’t necessarily need separate cleaning products for everything.
Buying on a budget
You don’t have to go DIY to save money on cleaning products – there are plenty of cleaners you can buy on a budget. Poundland has a great range of products from some of the top cleaning brands, including Dettol, Cif and Domestos. However, as everything from here costs £1, it’s worth checking whether you can find them at your local supermarket for cheaper as some products are definitely better value than others.
Speaking of supermarkets, you could get some own-brand cleaning products that do just as good a job as their expensive branded counterparts. For example, Asda has own-brand multi-purpose surface wipes for £1.20 with a similar product from Dettol available for £2.26. Asda’s cream cleaner for your bathroom is only 78p, while the Cif equivalent is £2.36. Quite often, own-brand products will contain the same ingredients as branded cleaning products, but check the labels to be sure before buying.