Cleaning is an important part of taking care of your home, but it can get expensive! In fact, a typical American family spends almost $50 a month on cleaning products. Drop that expense down a few notches with these easy tips and use the money for a nice treat, instead.
Use less product. If you would rather stick with store-bought cleaners, you can usually get away with using less product than the directions recommend (sometimes a lot less). As an experiment, try adding half the amount of laundry or dish detergent you would normally use. If your clothes and plates still come out clean, try to go even lower! Think of it as a cleaning game of limbo.
Use a microfiber cloth. If your household burns through paper towels faster than Usain Bolt runs the 100m dash, switch to a microfiber cloth, instead. This $35 item lasts (almost) forever and can clean everything from the kitchen sink to carpets to computer monitors. Buh-bye, paper towels!
Protect your brooms. If you’re a diligent sweeper, then your broom sees a lot of action. If it’s looking a little haggard, don’t replace it just yet! Instead, wrap a rubber band around the broom a few inches from the bottom. If your broom is in really bad shape, use multiple bands. Let it sit for at least one day, and then remove the bands. It’s like the Fountain of Youth, but for your broom.