cleaning house

March 8, 2011 § 5 Comments

My Mom will tell you that cleaning was never my strong suit as a kid.  When I was working full time I was more than happy to pay someone else to take care of our place. I didn’t want to spend my precious free time cleaning.  Now that I work from home I find that I am much more willing to clean a bit here and there vs waiting for the cleaner to come. It’s actually kind of foreignly enjoyable to me. I crunched the numbers and we can save about $2,000/year by cleaning ourselves. That trumps my spare change exercise from yesterday.

I also took stock of the cleaning supplies we use throughout the year. Isn’t there some saying about the best marketers being the most susceptible to marketing or something like that? I have totally fallen for the marketing ploy to get people to buy a separate cleaning product for just about every surface of your house. I’m also embarrassed to say that I never really switched over from the more traditional products which are both expensive and fairly toxic.

I found a number of helpful tips on cleaning alternatives that have the benefit of being much better for you and for the environment at a fraction of the cost. Just using vinegar alone as an all purpose cleaner I can eliminate 5 different products I typically buy, plus I can use it as a fabric softener which saves me another $25/year. Normally I would be put off by the smell but apparently it goes away as it dries and deodorizes. Lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent & when mixed with olive oil is a natural alternative to cleaning wood surfaces. Many of these natural alternatives were what people used back in the day before we went and complicated things. My budget, my body & the environment will be happy with these changes.

If anyone has any other good “old school” cleaning methods or savings tips they want to share, pass them along.

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§ 5 Responses to cleaning house

  • Jen Mageau says:

    vinegar and water is good for hard wood floors.

    cut a lemon in half and take one half and scrub your kitchen and bathroom sink hardware with it. clean and super shiny. smells divine.

    i use some mrs. meyer’s stuff (basil) because i love the smell. but if i had to put it side-by-side with a more “traditional” (chemical) product for efficacy? most of the time, the chemical product wins. meh. it’s a trade-off. i wish i could say i buy mrs. meyer’s to save the world. i don’t. i buy it for the packaging (which rocks) and the smells are great. did i mention the packaging? ugh. such is the life of a art director/designer.

    • dshively says:

      i’m going to put those skills to work missy when you come to Colorado! when is that btw? I can tell you the drive from Vegas here is quite nice.

  • Amy says:

    darce! vinegar as a fabric softener, really?! fill me in once you try it. miss you, chica. xo

  • Casey says:

    Might your former roommates weigh in on your cleaning skills? Granted, it was 15 years ago…

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