by Stacey Carroll, Contributing Writer
I hate cleaning. However, it is a necessary evil for those of us who don’t wish to live in filth. Since I like a clean apartment, I know I need to clean it, and I need to buy cleaning supplies. However, I don’t want to spend a small fortune on those supplies. I have found some interesting ways to save money on cleaning supplies without digging through the Sunday paper for coupons.
Make Your Own
There are several recipes online for making various types of soaps. My favorite soap to make is powdered laundry soap. It’s also the easiest with three ingredients: washing powder, borax, and Ivory bar soap. The initial cost of the supplies is about $15. With a half a box of borax, 12 bars of ivory soap, and a box of washing powder, I can make enough laundry soap to last two years. Each load takes two tablespoons of powder. I save about $120 a year by making my own laundry soap.
I can buy a gallon bottle of vinegar for about $2, and it takes the place of almost every all purpose cleaner on the market. Vinegar sterilizes and cleans and it’s environmentally friendly. The only other all purpose cleaner I need is bleach, and that’s only to get tough stains out from my counters and floors. I save about $200 a year by simply buying Vinegar and Bleach. To save even more money, I water both down to 75% concentration.
Shower and Toilet Cleaners
I can use vinegar and bleach on my shower and toilet, but I don’t prefer to. I prefer to use chemicals specifically designed to clean showers and toilets. My favorite two bathroom cleaners are Oxiclean and Works toilet bowl cleaner, and I can get both of those at the Dollar Store. I also buy my dish soap at the dollar store. This saves me roughly $100 a year on bathroom cleaners and dish soap.
I don’t worry too much about the cost of a package of trash bags. What I am more interested in is the size of the trash bag. I can go through a 13 gallon trash bag in a day, so instead of buying 13 gallon trash bags, I buy 30 gallon trash bags. They cost a little more, but I use one 30 gallon trash bag a week verses five to seven 13 gallon trash bags. It saves me about $15 a month on trash bags.
All in all I save about $420 a year on cleaning chemicals by making my own, and shopping at the dollar store. This decreases my cleaning budget substantially allowing me more cash for other items such as food and gas for my car.
Stacey Carroll is the author of the thriller series - Avia. She also authors the paranormal erotica series - The Blooddoll Factory. Stacey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. she went to college at Indiana State University (ISU) and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in aerospace in the professional pilot program. She has flown Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, the Pipe Seneca and the King Air. She also graduated with a minor in computer science that specialized in web design.
She has always been interested in reading and writing, and the first book she was ever read was the Grimms Brother's Fairy tales. From the ages of 6 to 11, she read the Nancy Drew series. By the age of 11, she had graduated to Stephen King novels. A few of her favorites include Carrie, Tommyknockers, The Dark Tower Series up to book 3 (That's where it stopped in the late 80s/ early 90s), Pet Semetary, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand, It, Cujo, Christine, The Eyes of the Dragon and Thinner (Richard Bachman). In her teen years, she moved on to Anne Rice and got through about four of those books before they degraded. If you've ever read Anne Rice, you know book 5 isn't readable. Stacey has read a couple Harry Potter books as she was introduced to them in the early 2000s, and she's never read or watched anything Twilight or 50 Shades. Sorry. I'm a vampire purist, and nothing needs to be said about the latter. You already know.
She is currently an author and freelance writer. She received an honorable mention in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in 2008 for a short story entitled The Field. In 2014, she was published in 13 Stories by Us by MacKenzie Publishing.
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