7 Cleaning Tips To Save Time And Money
Most people like to save time and money. Ok, so maybe that’s a big assumption, but I think it’s true and I know it’s true for me.
I want to save time to enable me to spend more time with those I love and to do more of what I love to do.
Cutting costs is also of importance as at this time we are living on one income.
So, what’s a gal to do?
I have learned to cut costs in the food department with meal planning and having a list of quick meals (find those meal ideas here) to save $$ instead of ordering out, but what about the rest of the house? What about saving time and money on cleaning? And, is that even possible?
It is possible and I have 7 tips to help you save both time and money with cleaning.
1-Tackle your most important areas and leave the rest for later (save time)
My most important areas are the high traffic areas such as the living room, kitchen, dining room and bathroom. These are areas I focus on daily and weekly. The rest of the house gets attention, but not as often. It’s easier to shut the door on an untidy bedroom then it is on the kitchen.
2-Be proactive (save time)
Create a daily task list to help stay on top of things and maintain them. Have children eat only at the table and wash them up right away. This cuts back on the amount of grim and sticky messes you have to clean later.
3-Use quality products that work (save time and money)
There’s nothing more frustrating than when a product doesn’t work the way it’s meant to. You end up having to try product after product until you find something that works.
If you have products that work, it will save you time and money rather than going through products and tools that don’t work.
See my favourite products here.
4-Keep supplies in each room (save time)
Instead of having to spend time finding products, keep a caddy in each room with products for that space.
I need a Window Cloth and Enviro Cloth for both my bathroom and kitchen. Not only do I not want to use the same one in each room, I don’t want to waste time looking for them. My bathroom and kitchen are both equipped with products and tools for each space.
5-Use Microfiber over paper towel (save money)
Microfiber is reusable and it doesn’t leave as many little particles behind on surfaces. They are also more cost effective and better for the environment.
6-Tidy clutter before you clean (save time)
Trying to clean around clutter is a frustrating task. Save yourself time by tidying up before you start to clean.
7-Dust before you vacuum (save time)
When you clean, start from the top, down. Otherwise you’ll have to do some jobs twice. That’s never fun.
It is possible to save money making your own cleaning products. I have tried this in the past for a few things, such as hard water deposits on my glass shower door and cleaning my oven. Unfortunately it did not work for me, but I found products from Norwex that did wonders! I do think that a lot of cleaning can be done with vinegar, baking soda and essential oils, but I am no expert. I am happy using my Norwex products and actually don't have to use a lot of products since they clean with a microfibre cloth and water.
If you would like to save money making your own cleaning products, check out these recipes here.
Last, but not least, a bonus tip to save time is to involve your family. If you teach them young how to clean a house, it will save you time later. I actually really enjoy cleaning my house because I love using my cleaning products and watching how well they work, but for those days and weeks I am really too busy to get to it, my older children are able to do many of the cleaning tasks I do. Because the products I use are safe, I don’t have to worry about what they’re using.
What is your favourite way to save time and money on cleaning? Leave your comment below.