We are having some unseasonably warm weather here in Montana. It looks like Spring in February, but everybody knows all you have to do is blink your eyes and everything changes. Nevertheless, Spring cleaning is on my mind. I shopped today at Walmart, CVS and Walgreen for sales on Spring cleaning items. I have some home remedies for all that doggone dust that collects in the Winter months. The best part is the cleaning items are cheap and will save you some time.
Don’t Be Afraid To Buy Generic:
Walmart has some great generic cleaning items. I purchased Magnum Power Lemon Scented Disinfectant Cleaner for less than $1. The plastic container contains 40-fluid ounces of cleaner. I use it in the bathrooms, toilet bowl, bathtub and counters. It does not have a burn your nostril hairs smell. I also use a 50/50 mix of water and Magnum Power in a spray bottle for fast counter cleaning. The cold and flu season isn’t over yet. I spray a small amount of Magnum Power on a paper towel and wipe off phones, stove tops and any surface where people congregate.
As an alternative, I have a half-gallon of Clorox I purchased on sale at CVS. I love Clorox for its effective reduction of surface germs and bacteria. I dilute Clorox with water and place it in a spray bottle for quick clean ups. The cost of the half-gallon size on sale was less than $1.50. I can use paper towels and wipe off counters, toilet areas, phones and other areas of the house. Clorox wipes are convenient, but purchasing the half-gallon size Clorox is cost effective.
Walgreen is currently running a sale on a six-pack of Bounty paper towels for $5. The Bounty towels are very absorbent and don’t tear when I use them. If the Bounty towels were not on sale, I buy Walmart’s generic paper towels. The Walmart generic towels are less absorbent, but do get the job done and cost around 89-cents per roll.
Getting Rid of Dust:
During the Winter when the heat is on and the doors are closed, dust seems to collect everywhere. Walmart has a starter kit for a Pledge Duster with two disposable dust heads. I bought the kit for $2.39 and I love it. It has an extension arm that allows me to get to places I could not easily get to. This includes mini-blinds, TV screens and above my head surfaces. I use a generic Pledge spray for furniture surfaces, the book case, my desk and the buffet. The generic furniture dust spray cost $1.29 for a 16-ounce can.
To remove cat air, I use a damp sea sponge and wipe the furniture down. The cat hair comes up easily and attaches to the sponge making it easy to dispose of in the trash. I use a sponge mop for the floors with a 50/50 blend of water and Magnum Power to remove dust and debris from the floor surfaces. Sponge mop heads are on sale at Walmart for less than $4. Otherwise, the mop stick and sponge cost around $9.
Plan Your Spring Cleaning:
Spring cleaning does not have to be a chore. I take on one room at a time. Put on some loud music or soft music and whistle your way through the chores. Once a thorough cleaning is done, going back for spot cleaning is easy. Cleaning can be fun and it is great to save some money.