Spring the best time of the year for gardening, picnics, and, of course, cleaning. After a long winter of staying inside to avoid the cold weather, it’s time to ensure your house is clean and able to keep you and your family comfortable and healthy. But between cleaning supplies, expensive equipment, and everything else that goes into cleaning, your spring cleaning efforts can get surprisingly costly. And with fewer than one in four Americans having enough money saved to cover six months of expenses, it’s important to not go overboard with spending this spring. So this article is going to provide a few tips on how to save money during spring cleaning.
First off, it’s a great idea to make your own cleaning supplies. This is not only a great way to save some money, but it’s a good way to ensure your family isn’t being exposed to harmful chemicals too! Products like soaps and laundry detergents can easily be made at home. Using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, distilled water, and essential oils, you can easily make budget-friendly cleaning products that are safe to use in your home. These products generally last longer too so you’ll be saving money in the long run as well.
If you’re doing some serious deep cleaning that requires equipment, try to refrain from purchasing equipment for yourself. While it may be more convenient to own equipment like carpet cleaners or polishers, they can be quite expensive and put a serious dent in your spring cleaning budget. Instead, consider renting the equipment. You’re most likely going to only use this equipment every once in a while and it may make more sense to just rent it as you need it. Home improvement stores often have this type of equipment available to rent or, if possible, borrow from a friend or family member.
Cleaning in itself can help you save some money too! Deep cleaning things like your refrigerator or HVAC system can help your systems run more efficiently — and we’re not just talking about giving them a good wipe down. Contaminants can build up in the units themselves, causing them to have to work harder. In fact, this is partly the reason why 25% to 40% of energy used by heating and cooling systems in a home is wasted, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With that in mind, it’s important to ensure that all of your appliances and systems in your home are thoroughly cleaned so they can run as efficiently as possible.
And one last thing you should do before getting into your spring cleaning is take inventory of what you already have. Almost everybody has gone out and bought something only to remember later on that they already have that item at home. Doing this can be a big waste of money. So, it’s important to pull all of your supplies out, figure out what you are missing or running low on, and then go to the store. This quick extra step can end up saving you big time.
Spring cleaning is a great way to give your house a quick refresher and make sure it’s ready for the year ahead. And if you follow these simple tips, you’ll have your house cleaned, and your bank account full, in no time.
Also be sure to read my Twin Cities Spring Cleaning Guide 2018 for more tips and resources!
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