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Ways to Make Cleaning Supplies Last Longer

Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Save money by stretching out your cleaning products, making your own, and choosing reusable cleaning supplies.One way to save money on cleaning supplies, and cleaning products, is to stretch them out and make them last longer. The best way to do this is to take the time to disinfect cleaning supplies, and to make your own cleaning products. You may be able to postpone paying for replacement cleaning products and supplies!

How to Make Cleaning Supplies Last Longer

Sanitize Your Sponges
Many people use synthetic sponges to wash their dishes or to wipe off counters. They are very convenient! Unfortunately, they can start to smell bad after a couple of uses. This is when most people throw them away. Instead, consider sanitizing your sponges. Fill your sink with hot water. Add one cup of bleach. Soak the sponges. Doing so will kill bacteria, remove odor, and give you the opportunity to safely use those sponges again.

Forget the Paper Towels
Paper towels are the “go-to” cleaning supply when you want to dust. The problem is that you cannot really use a paper towel more than once. When you run out, you have to purchase more. There is another option! Try a reusable dusting tool instead. You can get great results from microfiber dusters. Use them to wipe away dust. When they get too dusty, you can toss them into the laundry, wash them, and use reuse them.

Make Reusable Swiffer Cloths
Don’t you hate it when you want to clean the floor and discover that you are out of Swiffer disposable cloths? The Creek Line House has a step-by-step guide that will show you how to make reusable cloths that fit on a Swiffer mop. Grab some old fleece cloth (from clothing or scarves). Cut them to fit the Swiffer mop. Use them like a regular Swiffer cloth. Toss them in the laundry when they get dirty, and use them over again!

A Better Way to Clean Windows
The Chaotically Creative blog has an awesome, and frugal, idea for cleaning windows. You won’t need paper towels or the blue liquid window cleaner anymore!

Get a small bucket. Add a few drops of Dawn dishwashing detergent and some water. Use a scrubby pad. Dip the scrubby pad into the water/soap mixture, and squeeze it out. Clean your window. When you are done, use a squeegee to remove excess water from the window. Wipe the window with a clean cloth – and you are done.

Make your Own All Purpose Cleaner
The Simply Dixon blog has a recipe for an all natural all purpose cleaner. You will need citrus peels (like lemons and oranges), vinegar and a mason jar. You have to let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 weeks before use. After that, you can use it to replace a store-bought all purpose cleaner.

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