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16.08.2018Saving on spring cleaning

Of all the tasks on the household to-do list, cleaning is perhaps one of the most onerous. But it can also be expensive. Here's some tips on how to keep the cost down.


Of all the tasks on the household to-do list, cleaning is perhaps one of the most onerous – and the least popular when it comes to dishing out jobs to each member of the family, too. But it can also be an expensive task and buying all the materials required to get a house clean and tidy is a drain on the budget.
 
Finding ways to cut down on the cost of cleaning, then, is a smart move. From reusing and recycling to working out whether or not a cleaner is a good investment, there are plenty of ways to do this. Here are a few suggestions to help get ahead of the cleaning game and make sure chores don’t bleed the bank account dry.
 
Cut down on waste
 
Eliminating waste is, perhaps, the key job for anybody who needs to save cash when cleaning their home. Bottles of spray cleaner are a prime example: it’s easy enough to use two or three squirts every single time a small surface is wiped down, when just one – mixed in with a bit of water from a cloth – is generally enough. Similarly, many cloths can be washed and re-used – so don’t throw them away after just a day or two of wiping.
 
Buy cheaper products
 
Australians spend a lot on household cleaning products. But as any cost-savvy shopper will know, budget ranges don’t set the household budget back too much. There’s a clear opportunity to save cash here: everything from bleach to anti-bacterial spray can be purchased from the discount section rather than buying the brand name!
 
Don’t fall into the old false economy trap, though: very cheap kitchen roll, for example, will probably disintegrate easily, and that usually means a person will need to use more just to mop up a simple spill. Opting for the second-cheapest brand in the supermarket is usually enough to strike the right balance between low prices and good quality.
 
Time is money
 
When it comes to cleaning, there’s a time cost involved as well – and this can quickly take over if it’s not carefully organised. For those who are freelance or self-employed, for example, cleaning can even become a procrastination tool with disastrous financial consequences. Hiring a cleaner is the solution that those modern families who are able to afford it now opt for, as it means the problem is fully removed.
 
For the many Australians who don’t have the luxury of paying for a cleaner, it’s worth incorporating some speed tips into a cleaning routine to make sure that household chores don’t grind anyone in the family down. Tidying on the move is one trick: by tackling jobs like the washing-up as soon as the pots are used, for example, chores won’t mount up.
 
In the way of work?
 
It’s also important that those in a one-income household ask these important questions, too. Perhaps one adult in the household stays at home while the other goes out to work, and the one who hangs back does the cleaning. But it’s vital to ask tough, honest questions about whether or not this is a wise move. In some circumstances, the household as a whole may profit from all adults going to work and a cleaner being employed instead.
 
Cleaning is a job nobody can avoid having to think about. But if hiring someone to do it isn’t an option for financial reasons, it’s vital to look for ways to do it as cheaply as possible. A household shouldn’t lose any more money on cleaning products and other items than it has to. From choosing cheaper products to working to pay for a cleaner, there are plenty of ways to get a financial handle on this most pesky of household responsibilities.


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