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The Cost of Clean 2019

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

The family budget is a fickle thing. We are constantly trying to stretch, bend, pull or fill it to fit our needs, enjoy a few fun things and give our kids a little more than we had. Each year the cost of raising a family increases just a little making the acrobats we do with our family budget even fancier to make it year to year.

I originally did a post on April 9, 2018 on the cost of cleaning products. You can read it here: https://dragonspitapothecary.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/the-cost-of-clean/

The post I did last April shows how by converting your home’s basic cleaning products to those you make with essential oils you can save a tremendous amount of money. Almost every item I listed from my own transformation in this area showed multiple dollars being saved through this process. The point being we have better things to spend our money on than cleaning products.

While we do still have better things to spend our money on, there are actually really big other reasons to also consider overhauling our homes’ cleaners. There are additional costs to cleaners that go well beyond what we spend in our family budget to purchase them and keep our home clean.

Update to Cleaners Cost

From my personal research I did not see much change in the cost of various products from when I posted this in April 2018. For the most part the prices I used in my comparison are about the same. Sure you can get these items on sale periodically or if you’re a couponer you can apply a discount here and there but in general you are going to pay between $2 – $8 for cleaners.

The average home uses these cleaners on a regular basis:

  1. Toilet bowl cleaners

  2. Bath/Tile cleaners

  3. Window and Mirror sprays

  4. Air fresheners & disinfectant sprays

  5. Multi-purpose/All purpose cleaners

  6. Carpet freshener

  7. Dish detergent

  8. Dishwasher detergent

  9. Laundry detergent

  10. Fabric softener

  11. Scent boosters

  12. Color safe or regular bleach

  13. Dusting spray

Most family budgets include these items in their grocery line item on the budget. On an average cleaners and detergents make up about 15-20% of our grocery expense depending on how often you need to replenish.

So let’s say your family budget for groceries was $150 a week or $7800 a year. That means you are spending $22.50 – $30 per grocery trip each week on cleaners and detergents. That is also $1170 to $1560 per year!

By comparison transforming your cleaners to natural plant based versions you make yourself reduces these estimates by over 70% or more! If you opt to purchase more natural based products than making them it reduces cost to about 40-50%. Still that is significant savings!

Many think essential oils, like doTERRA are expensive because they see this little 15ml bottle with a $10-$135 price tag on it. That can be difficult to see how it is actually less than what you are purchasing currently – I completely understand that because I thought the same thing.

Here’s the deal, when you make your own cleaners with these oils, you are using very few drops. That 15ml bottle lasts a very long time and it has more purposes that go beyond household cleaning. That oil becomes an ingredient in cleaners, cooking, personal care, health care, emotional care and more in your home. Each time you use it you are using 1-2 drops on average. There are 250 drops in a 15ml doTERRA essential oil bottle and each drop is pure, tested, and the highest quality you will find.

Additionally, you are not buying essential oils AND regular cleaners. NO! You are replacing other things with ones you made with the essential oils. That transition is where the savings are. So not only are you getting a safer, healthier cleaner but you’re replacing a cost.

Other Costs

There are other costs associated with household cleaners that extend beyond just purchasing the product. Many of the household products contain high levels of toxicity that can be harmful to us, our families and pets. This can lead to health care costs for allergies, asthma, skin issues, diseases and chronic illnesses.

Additionally, there is a high impact to our environment in terms of waste and pollution to water, soil and wildlife. We can no longer ignore the growing overflow of garbage and pollution our every day life leaves on this planet. The fact there is a island of trash floating in our oceans should be a huge wake up call to all of us. These problems are not only global but also right in our own homes.

Both of these areas are expensive and life changing. If we are serious about improving our own health, reducing our family expenses and improving our planet we must seriously think about what and how we things every day. What we define as convenient or fast response to our “needs” is actually socially imposed on us. We must seriously wake up and realize that we can still enjoy convenience and fast response but it may differ on what that looks like for the sak