We all like to live in a clean, happy home, but making that happen can be time consuming and sometimes expensive. I’ve come up with a few ideas to help you keep your house clean, and your money in the bank.
One of my least favorite chores around the house is doing the dishes. And while we’d all rather avoid it, making a couple changes can save you a good amount of money. First, try to soak and hand-wash your dishes a few times per day, especially if you have a full house. Making an effort to not run the dishwasher 2-3 times per day can make a big difference.
While you’re hand-washing, make sure to turn off the water when possible. Spray a little water on all the dishes in the sink, then turn it off while scrubbing. Turn the water back on when it’s time to rinse. You can even make it a fun activity with your family, giving each person their own small job.
Hand washing dishes (versus using a dishwasher) just once daily, as well as not leaving the water running while scrubbing, can save 200-500 gallons of hot water per month. That’s not just good for the environment, it’s also good for your bank account.
Another way to save some dough is to concoct your own signature cleaning solution. DIY cleaners can be safe, natural, and if done correctly, less expensive. With basic ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, and fresh herbs, DIY cleaners can get the job done without harsh chemicals and for a small percentage of the price of commercial cleaners.
The ingredients are also easy to buy in bulk and store in your home, ensuring that you’ll never need to rush to the store for more cleaner, you can just make more! It’s also a smart choice for those with children.
How many times have you cleaned something with a harsh chemical cleaner just to have your child put it in their mouth? If you make your own cleaner, you’ll know exactly what’s in it.
Attempt DIY or Repairs
Another no-brainer money-saver is to keep your appliances clean and to do your best to fix small problems yourself, or calling someone more able, rather than sending appliances to the dump and just buying new ones.
Take small, easy steps like cleaning stuck-on food particles and hard water scale before they build up and cause problems. Also keep an eye on the seals for wear and leaks to help them last longer.
In the long run, maintaining your house can have a great effect on your wallet and your peace of mind.