Have you ever thought about how much money you spend just to keep your home clean? There are countless cleaning products and tools available that promise a clean home, but in reality we could do without many of them.
Throughout the years I have invested money in several fancy cleaning tools that ended up not being used for long. Sometimes sticking to simple tools gets the job done just as well. Plus these simple tools cost much less than fancy cleaning tools.
Toothbrushes are great for getting into small crevices that sponges and rags can’t reach. They are perfect for scrubbing around faucets and handles in sinks.
Another place I love using the toothbrush is around the toilet seat hinge. Every once in awhile, I take the hinges off and clean under there, but on a weekly basis I just use the toothbrush and scrub around it.
I use 3 separate toothbrushes for each location that I use them: toilet, bathroom sink, and kitchen sink.
These toothbrushes are from Dollar Tree. They sell up to 6 brushes in one pack and are of good quality for cleaning. You really don’t need anything fancy since you won’t be brushing your teeth with these!
2. White Rags
White rags are great because they are bleach able. No matter what kind of icky mess you are cleaning up, at least you know you can bleach the rags! I only use white rags for cleaning the bathroom. That way I can keep my cleaning rags separate from dishcloths and washcloths.
The white rags are great for wiping down mirrors, cabinets, the outside of the toilet, and the outside of the tub. Of course, I use separate rags to do these!
I purchased mine really inexpensively as a package of ten at a discount store called Ross. But I’m sure you could find them just about anywhere pretty inexpensively.
3. Microfiber Clothes
Microfiber clothes work really well for dusting. In fact, if I am in a hurry, I will even use them without dust polish, and they still pick up the dust. I also like to keep one in my car so that I can easily run it across the dashboard and steering console.
I also use them with my Swiffer mop in place of disposable Swiffer dust clothes. This way I don’t have to keep buying the disposable cloths! All I do is throw them in the laundry after I use them. They key is to not use dryer sheets when they are in the dryer, or they lose their ability to clean.
I purchased microfiber clothes when I was first married from Dollar Tree. Those clothes are what you pay for. If you don’t have the money to invest in nice microfiber clothes, then Dollar Tree is a great place to get them. However, the ones I had quickly wore out and were much thinner and smaller than the cloths I currently use.
The cloths I currently use are Ritz Microfiber Cloths* and have lasted me a long time. I was able to get them 50% off at my local grocery store, so watch for a sale!
4. Magic Erasers
They truly are magic! If you have never used a magic eraser, you are missing out on a lot of clean surfaces! It gets rid of pen from the wall, crayon on windows, stains on counter tops, stickers from glass vases, permanent marker from glass and plastic containers, and random scuff marks.
Pretty much anywhere you have a spot, stain, or scuff mark, a magic eraser can get rid of it.
I have found that the quality is the same whether you buy name brand or generic brand erasers. You can even find them at Dollar Tree!
5. Scotch Bright Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges
I have tried all of the sponges available (for me) and the good old green and yellow Scotch Bright Sponges are my favorite.
We have hard water and it sometimes builds up around the sink faucets in our home. I tried EVERY hard water cleaning solution available before finally just using a scotch bright sponge and some elbow grease to scrub the hard water deposits away completely!
The generic brand of these sponges at Dollar tree were a disappointment. They did not do as good of a job as the name brand sponges. These often go on sale at the grocery store, so make sure to purchase them when they are on sale.
What other simple cleaning tools do you use? Let me know below!
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