We are all looking for ways to cut costs, but still want to maintain a clean home. Name-brand cleaning supplies can cost you an arm and a leg, but off-brand products are just as effective and you can keep your home just as clean but for cheaper!
- Handwash: Did you know antibacterial soap is just as effective as the regular stuff, but the cost can be double, sometimes triple the cost? The University of Michigan found that antibacterial soap is not as effective as advertised, but washing your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and regular bar soap does the trick. If you are still concerned about germs, use hand sanitizer. It will help save you money in the long term.
- Laundry: Cut costs by using less than the recommended detergent the container tells you to. For your dryer sheets, you can cut them in half and double the loads of laundry you can complete.
- Bathroom: Cut those expensive cleaners out of your budget! A quick and inexpensive way to clean your toilet is to use a ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the bowl, let it sit for a bit and then scrubs and rinse. An inexpensive all-purpose cleaner can be made using vinegar, club soda and water in a spray bottle (equal parts).
- Metals: Rather than replacing your silverware and other silver household metals, use a thin layer of non-gel toothpaste and rub it in with a damp cloth. Another way is to massage silver with a damp cloth dipped in baking soda… buff it dry. Brass can be cleaned with Worcestershire sauce or lemon juice. Follow this up with warm soapy water. Make sure you dry it afterwards. Pewter can be cleaned with cabbage leaves. Rub it on and then buff it dry.
When it comes to cleaning your carpet, you need to protect your investment. Call McGeorge Brothers ChemDry of Kansas City at (816) 533-4377 to make sure you clean your carpet in a way to does not ruin it.