Cleaning your home can account for a significant amount of your budget, but there are some easy ways to bring that cost down. With a little planning and routine adjustment, you can save on some quality cleaning supplies without overextending your monthly budget.

Use Store Brands

We all get stuck on the well-known and highly advertised brands of cleaning products, but sometimes there is a store brand that works just as well at a much lower price. Check the labels, most of the time both the store brand and name brand product are made up of the same components. I will admit that sometimes you just need to buy Windex brand window cleaner because you like the results. Save in other areas and splurge on the name brand products you can’t live without.

Dish Soap & Water

You probably never thought a cleaning solution could be so simple! AND CHEAP! Many areas of your home can be kept clean by using dish soap and water. Dish soap can be used as a laundry stain remover, a window cleaner, carpet stain remover, the possibilities are endless. Click here for more ways to incorporate this simple cleaning solution to your housecleaning routine.

Make It Yourself

Making your own cleaning products is a great way to save money and control the use of chemicals in your home. Your probably already have most of the ingredients that you’ll need to make these awesome cost-effective cleaning solutions that will actually CLEAN your home! Click here for instructions on how to make / use these concoctions.

Choose Reusable Cloths & Mops

Disposable items are very convenient, but the cost can, and does, add up quickly. If you choose items that can be reused you will save money. Cut up old towels into rags and use them for cleaning surfaces, floors, etc. Microfiber cloths are a great choice for dusting and scrubbing. Instead of disposable mopping pads, pick a good reusable mop and take care of it.

Maintain Your Space Daily

Most dust, dirt, and grimy stains can be removed with water, dish soap, or laundry soap if they are treated quickly. Spills that are wiped up right away rarely need much product at all to be cleaned. Clothes that are spot washed/scrubbed right away will not require you to wash the entire garment, thus resulting in less water usage and less laundry detergent. You will see that it’s unnecessary to purchase those specialty products. A bit of daily maintenance will reduce the need for tougher cleansers to clean your home.


Removing unwanted items from your house means you have less to clean. The added benefit can be turned into extra cash if you decide to have a yard sale. Getting rid of stuff you don’t need with cut your cleaning time and your expenses! How cool is that?!


Michelle Petrovic is a writer for Retiring Wise. Give us a call at 800-401-8114 to talk to one of our licensed professionals. They can discuss your financial situation with you and determine if a reverse mortgage makes sense for you and your financial goals.