“Oohh that smell, can’t you smell that smell?”, the smell of cleaning supplies surrounds you… Welcome to the cleaning isle. It’s long, smells funny, and is filled with a large variety of brightly packaged products which are mostly, the same or unnecessary.
The biggest mistake you can make buying cleaning products? Hey, shopping at all for that matter? Buying name brand because it’s name brand.
Buy Generic Cleaning Supplies
Check the ingredients. Often the 5.99 bottle of “Mr.clean” is the same exact thing as the local discount stores brand. They work the same, but do not cost the same. You, in effect, are paying for that pretty label. Sometimes cleaning products can be a system of guess and check, you may have to try a few brands to see if they work well for you, and they may not. But if it’s far cheaper per bottle and if you do end up liking it, you just saved a bundle.
Buy Safe Cleaning Supplies
Speaking of that pretty label, what is on it? Some cleaning supplies can be harmful to your health, your families or pets health. Luckily for you, the government requires all potential threats to be listed on the label. This is also a good time to check for allergens. If some one in the house is allergic to say, bleach, your going to want to find a bleach alternative or someone will have a good excuse not to help with the house work.
Buy Only Necessary Cleaning Supplies:
Also, Do you need it? I know, with all the cool new gadgets available it’s hard to avoid buying them. However, consider, do you really need a vacuum broom for example, when you have a vacuum and a broom already? The same goes for quantity, do you need a tub cleaner, toilet cleaner, floor cleaner, mildew remover, tile cleaner, etc, or would just a multi-purpose bathroom cleaner do the trick of all of them? Think of your own house’s personal cleaning needs, and only buy what you really need. Items you use often can be bought in bulk as well. Buy one small bottle, and one big, and then simply save the smaller one and refill it from now on. Remember to shop around, even store prices sometimes can vary significantly.
Basically buying cleaning supplies is no different than other shopping. Be prepared: know what you need, Pay attention: check prices, ingredients, hazards and benefits, compare and shop around, and lastly, if you are going to go scented, sniff it first and try to imagine what that will smell like all over an entire room.
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A quick citation:
Lynyrd Skynyrd- That smell