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Happy spring, y’all. Now that it’s officially spring, I guess that means it’s time to finish up my spring cleaning. Yuck. I made a 3 day spring cleaning check list 3 weeks ago and only finished the first day. Whoops. Time to get back to work! Even though I’m not finished cleaning, I’m completely stocked up on cleaning supplies. I may not be the best at cleaning, but I know how to do some green spring cleaning on a budget.
This is my current stash of green cleaning supplies.
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I want to say that I first heard “green” cleaning when I was in college. At the time the cleaning products were as high as $7 a bottle. These days green cleaning is the norm.
There is so much competition out there that it’s not usual to see sales for Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Seventh Generation, and The Honest Company products. Big companies like Lysol and Windex even have eco-friendly options these days! Since I’m all about green cleaning, and I’m all about sticking to a budget, I’m going to share my favorite tips for green spring cleaning on a budget:
Baking soda and vinegar should be your new best friends
My favorite tips for green cleaning on a budget is to make your own cleaning products. Buy a few plastic spray bottles and get to town on making your own products. Here are a few of my favorites:
If all else fails, a combo of lemon, baking soda and vinegar is my go to. I swear it can clean anything from a nasty sink to dirty grout between tile. I do the same thing with my ceramic stove top.
You need Dr. Bronner’s in your life
I use Dr. Bronner’s for everything from hand soap and body wash to a gentle soap for my hardwood floors.
The soap is so concentrated that you only need a few drops to get things squeaky clean. My favorite way to use it is to put a couple tablespoons in with water to make foaming hand soap in a reusable foaming dispenser.
Order green products online
If you are still buying your cleaning products at the store, stop. Stop it now. I can’t tell you how much money you are wasting (unless you use stackable coupons at CVS- in that case, proceed).
I’ve been using Amazon Subscribe and Save for a couple years and can’t recommend it enough. The more you ship, the more you save. When you have Amazon Prime it all ships for free. Sign up and learn more here: Join Amazon Family 30-Day Free Trial
I love Grove because they often have great deals and sales. Plus they give you $10 for every friend you refer. Send a couple tweets or invite your family members and you’ll get a few cleaning products free. Sign up here: Grove Collaborative.
If you must buy in stores, check out Trader Joe’s
If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s near you, check out their cleaning section. I’m a little obsessed with this multi-purpose cleaner for less than 5 bucks.
Buy reusable cleaning cloths, or make your own
I’m still in love with my eCloth cleaning supplies. I was sent a sample last year and have not stopped using them since. Anytime I clean, I use eCloth. You can see them in the picture above. They are the yellow cloths.
I’ve also stopped using disposable supplies like Swiffer. I use a sheet of felt in my old Swiffer sweeper to pick up dust. These sheets are less than $1 at craft stores. Toss them in the wash when you are finished! Tip: take all the hair off first so you don’t end up with a ball of hair in your dryer. That’s gross. Trust me.
Make a cleaning plan and stick to it
Sticking to your plan will actually help you save money. By cleaning yourself, you’re saving an average of $100.
Smart Mom Smart Ideas has some really good ideas for getting cleaning done by asking for help with child care. See if someone can watch your kids while you get to work. Or even better, put the kids to work. My son loves helping me clean. Since we only use green products, I don’t mind letting him help.
What are your favorite tips for spring cleaning? Do you like green cleaning products too?