How to Save Money on Cleaning Products

You’ve probably looked at your grocery receipts and wondered why cleaning products take such a big bite out of your budget. Who knew scrubbing the toilet could cost so much? But before you resign yourself to choosing between a clean house and money left in your wallet, listen up. There are tons of ways to get your home sparkling without spending a fortune on fancy cleaners.

In this blog post, you’re going to learn clever tricks for making your own natural cleaning products using common household items you already have on hand. We’re also talking about how to score deals on store-bought cleaners and rethink your cleaning routine to cut costs. With effort, you could have a fresh-smelling home without breaking the bank. Let’s dive in and start saving you some cash!

Shop Bulk

Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to reduce costs on household cleaning supplies. Wholesale and warehouse stores offer huge sizes of popular products at a fraction of the price. Stock up on things like laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, and trash bags—you’re going to use them eventually! Just be sure to check the expiration or ‘best by’ date before purchasing in massive quantities.

Compare Prices

Always compare the unit price, not just the total price. The unit price tells you the actual cost per ounce, sheet or load so you can determine which size and brand offers the best value. Generic or store brands are often cheaper than name brands and work just as well for basic cleaning needs.

Make Your Own Cleaners

For simple cleaning solutions, you can easily make your own cleaning supplies at home. Products such as distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice are natural disinfectants and deodorizers. Combine them with water in spray bottles for an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, and scrubbing paste. Essential oils like tea tree or lavender add antibacterial power and fragrance. Homemade cleaners are cheap, eco-friendly, and free from chemicals.

Reuse Things

Don’t throw away empty cleaning product bottles or containers—reuse them! Fill them with homemade solutions or diluted commercial products. Repurpose other items for cleaning rags, dusters, and brushes. Old t-shirts, towels, and cleaning cloths work great and eliminate the need to purchase expensive disposable paper towels or dusting pads. With creativity, you’re going to be well on your way to a sparkling clean home and money in your pocket.

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Find Sales or Coupons

One of the easiest ways to save money on cleaning products is to buy them when they’re on sale. Check your local stores for weekly ads to see when cleaning products go on markdown. Stock up when you spot a good deal.

Coupon Sites

Sites like, and offer digital coupons for many popular cleaning brands. You can often find coupons for $1 off or Buy One Get One Free. Some stores also have apps with coupons you can load directly to your account. Be sure to check those too!

Store Coupons

In addition to manufacturer coupons, many stores offer their own coupons for cleaning products. Check your stores’ websites and apps for coupons you can use in addition to the ones you’ve already clipped. Some stores will also accept competitor coupons, so check into that as well. Using a combination of coupons is one of the best ways to maximize your savings.

With some simple tricks like using coupons and finding sales, You’re going to be saving money on cleaning products in no time and keeping your house sparkling clean without breaking the bank.

Store Brands vs Name Brands

When it comes to saving money on cleaning products, store brands are the way to go. Store brands, also known as generic or private label brands, are produced by major manufacturers to be sold under a retailer’s name, like Target’s Up & Up or Walmart’s Great Value. Since you’re not paying for fancy packaging or national marketing campaigns, store brands typically cost 20 to 50 percent less than name brands.


Store brand cleaners will clean just as well as name brands for a fraction of the price. A bottle of name brand disinfecting wipes can cost $4, while a comparable store brand is $2. The ingredients are often nearly identical, so you’re mainly paying for the brand name.

Just as Good as Name Brands

Back in the past, store brands had a reputation for being worse. But today, retailers demand high-grade products to build customer loyalty. Major manufacturers like Proctor & Gamble and SC Johnson also produce store brands. So you can feel confident you’re getting a safe, effective product. Retailers also conduct quality testing to ensure their store brands meet or exceed name brand standards.


Another perk of store brands is the selection. Whatever name brand cleaner you need, there is likely a store brand equivalent. From surface wipes and toilet bowl cleaner to laundry detergent and glass cleaner, you have plenty of options to choose from. Many stores also offer environmentally-friendly “green” options if you prefer more natural cleaners.

The bottom line is store brands can save you a bundle on cleaning products without sacrificing quality or selection. Make the switch and keep more cash in your wallet for the things that really matter. Your sparkling clean home will look the same, and your bank account will thank you.


Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Making your own cleaning products is an easy way to save money and avoid harsh chemicals. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry.

All-Purpose Cleaner

For an all-purpose cleaner, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. The vinegar cuts through grease and grime and leaves surfaces sparkling. Use it on counters, appliances, floors, bathrooms—anywhere you need an all-purpose cleaner.

Glass Cleaner

To make glass cleaner, combine one part white vinegar or lemon juice and one part water in a spray bottle. Spray it on mirrors, windows and any other glass surfaces. The acid in the vinegar or lemon juice helps cut through dirt and leaves glass streak-free.

Toilet Cleaner

When it comes to toilet bowls, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the bowl. Spray with white vinegar or lemon juice and scrub with a toilet brush. The fizzing reaction helps lift stains and deodorizes. For tough stains, let it sit before scrubbing.

Drain Cleaner

For clogged drains, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes, then flush with boiling water. The chemical reaction can help break up clogs and keep your drains flowing freely.

You can also make your own laundry detergent, dish soap, floor cleaner and more using simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and castile soap. Making your own cleaning products is an easy way to save hundreds of dollars per year and avoid the toxic chemicals found in many commercial cleaners. Your home will be sparkling clean, and your wallet and the environment will thank you.

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