Welcome to a new series I am launching this year to share with you firsthand what we do here in my home to live naturally well. Tune in Tuesday gives you a peak into my life with information and tips for what we do, what we use and why we are doing it. This is an educational series to help you easily and quickly use the resources and tools you need to help your family live naturally well.
Today, I’m sharing with you 3 ways I have drastically cut what my family spends on household cleaners. Since all this month on the blog we are talking about the basics of living naturally well this seemed like a really good area to talk about. That’s because I believe our financial well-being is a big part of what helps us see what is possible in our life. When we feel good about our family budget and find those few extra dollars we can use to help us change, we can feel more confident in tackling other problems that sometimes it can take a little money to change.
So today, we’re digging into household cleaners. The last time I walked down the cleaning aisle at our local grocery store I was blown away at how much some of those products cost! Even with a good sale, on average the cost of a multi-purpose cleaner is over $4 a bottle. Then you add on toilet cleaner at another $4 to $5 and pile on some window cleaner for yet another $3 to $5 – you get the picture. By the end of that aisle we can easily spend over $100 a month on cleaners, detergents, air fresheners and a whole bunch of other things we use regularly to clean our homes. I can think of a lot of other ways to use $100 and I’m sure you can too.
Now, the other side of this is what’s on the labels of those cleaners. Almost all of them have some sort of warning, cautioning you against skin irritations, keeping it away from pets and children and what to do if it gets ingested or in your eyes. That is really concerning because if I use that product and then the dog licks the floor or my child puts his hands on the counter are they going to be sick afterwards? This raises some serious questions to me. Like should I even have these in my home? What other damage could they be causing if I use them? Are there long term side effects we should know about?
You can see that besides costing a lot there are some really scary things about the average cleaners that really had me thinking about finding alternatives. I want a clean home, that smells nice, is disinfected and doesn’t cost me a ton every month to accomplish. That should be pretty easy to figure out right? The answer is yes it is really that easy too and I can save a bunch of money.
Here are 3 ways I have drastically cut these costs and the amount of chemicals our family is exposed to through your average cleaners
1. Making Your Own
I get that we are all super busy and it can seem like an overwhelming ordeal to think about making your own cleaners. However, most cleaners can be mixed up in a matter of a minute or less. Yes, a minute! Also, you can use super cute bottles, spray containers and canisters that really saves a lot of space in your cabinets. This is by far the best way to see a big shift in your family budget when it comes to what you spend for cleaners and detergents.
On top of that you are significantly reducing the chemical ingredients, personalizing the aroma and getting a product that you can trust to do a good job. What I have also found possible is that with natural cleaners I often don’t need as much to do the job so whether I make or buy it I’m not doing that very frequently while still enjoying having a clean home.