Is your house ready for company at a moments notice?
Would there be a mad scramble to hide everything in sight if somebody knocked on your door?
Does the thought of cleaning your house make you want to call a maid?
Cleaning your house does not have to be overwhelming, especially if you have well-stocked cleaning arsenal on hand already.
We are a one income family. Money is tight. And frugality is a necessity. So when I buy cleaning supplies, I practice thriftiness. Stocking up on cleaning supplies do not need to be expensive.
Take these three factors into consideration when buying cleaning products.
1) Finding a product that can multitask is one way to save money.
2) Stick to tried-and-true products.
3) Invest some money up front and you will save money in the long run.
My cleaning arsenal has evolved over the past eighteen years, but through trial and error, my arsenal is complete. And I am going to share the list of products with you below.
*Disclaimer: These are not miracle products. You do need to apply elbow grease in your cleaning. I do not make any money from promoting these products.
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- Murphy’s Oil Soap: It has been around for years. The smell is fantastic. Read the label for its many great uses. Safe and natural.
- Dawn Dish detergent: Extremely versatile and safe. From washing dishes to cleaning your bathtub or shower, removal of stains on clothes, or washing your car…this detergent does it all
- Bleach: Laundry, household uses such as bathroom and kitchen, outdoor furniture.
- Vinegar: Versatile, non-toxic, very effective natural cleaner, can be used practically anywhere.
- La’s Totally Awesome: You will find many uses for this concentrated cleaner. Please read instructions and ratios when mixing.
- Window cleaner: Ammonia-free, generic is great, extremely versatile. It will is able to remove stains from your carpet with window cleaner? Or spray and wipe your wood floors for a great shine? And some more great uses such as insect repellent, jewelry cleaner, de-greaser, clean your children’s toys, countertop cleaner, tile floor cleaner, whiteboard eraser, appliances, kitty litter boxes, phones, crystal, and the list goes on.
- Spray bottles: To mix up your cleaning solutions in. Label them. Keep them handy and close by.
- Pine Sol: Floors, bathrooms, furniture, garbage disposals, car interiors, appliances, pet stains, patio furniture, carpet stains, clothing stains, de-smudge walls, and outdoor toys. This great smelling cleaner has been used by my family for decades. Safe, effective, and multi-purpose.
- Method products: I absolutely love Method products. Safe, great smelling, and work great.
- Essential Oils-Lemon, orange, and tea tree oil: Essential oils mixed with vinegar with the correct ratio can be an extremely effective cleaning tool foryouru household. Non-toxic, safe, and biodegradable these cleaners come in a wide array of products for your household.
- Microfiber cloths: Buy a ten pack, use them specifically for cleaning, launder separately than other towels, and use on practically anything.
- Microfiber mop: Gentle on floors, effective for grabbing dirt and debris, and if taken care of properly should last you for years. A microfiber mop is well worth the investment and can be used on a variety of floors.
- Dustpan and broom: Keep one set on each floor of your house.
- Window squeegee: Useful tool for quickly cleaning windows or cleaning up spills.
- Box of old rags: Use instead of paper towel. Can be washed and used over and over again.
- Apron: Wear an apron with pockets to hold cleaning tools or various things around the house you find that need to be put back. It saves multiple trips for me when I am cleaning.
- Basket: A laundry basket to hold all your cleaning essentials and tools helps you stay organized and efficient.
- Long handled microfiber duster: To clean under furniture, fans, corners, and hard to reach spaces.
- Brushes: Old toothbrushes and a variety of scrub brushes.