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Life can be hectic sometimes, and often we don’t get to spend as much time cleaning our homes as we need to. If you’re sitting in a pile of unfolded laundry and wishing you had help, you’re not alone.

Did you know that the average Angie’s List member pays between one hundred and twenty to one hundred and seventy-five dollars biweekly for cleaning services? That’s a lot of cash when you add everything up! When it comes down to it, are you really saving time and money by hiring a cleaning service?

Going The Cleaning Service Route

Prioritize

If you’re welcoming someone else into your home for cleaning services, make sure they know the important parts of the house to hit. If you let this person go around the house dusting for an hour, and only dusting, you will not have gotten your money’s worth. However, make a point to tell them to clean the bathrooms and fold all the laundry.

Now, they have spent time on some of the bigger chores in the house, and you’ve used their time, and your money, wisely. It’s easy to let your cleaners go about their business, but it isn’t doing you any favors if they aren’t getting to your top priorities.

Hidden Fees

You have to watch out for those pesky hidden fees! If you’re hiring a cleaning service, make sure you read the fine print carefully. You may think you’re getting a good deal and saving some money, but many companies prices seem so competitive because they are going to spring the real cost on you later. Remember, every penny adds up in the long run when it comes to saving money.

Cleaning Products

It should be clear from the start that the cleaning products used by the cleaners are to be supplied by the cleaners. If you’re paying for their time, as well as the cleaning products, then you’re essentially flushing your cash down the toilet.  This is especially true if you’re purchasing toilet cleaners. Cleaning services are already expensive enough without adding that extra cost.

Going The Do It Yourself Route

Follow A Set Schedule

One of the best ways to keep your home clean yourself is by doing a little bit every day. Following a set schedule is a great way to make the daunting task of cleaning your entire house less overwhelming.

Not only will this make everything seem like a breeze, but you’ll also save money each time you do something yourself instead of hiring someone to do it for you. Check out my free printable cleaning schedule and let me know if it helps you.

Coupon

Are your favorite cleaning products on sale? Do you have a coupon for a multi-purpose cleaner? Use these little lifesavers to your advantage!

You may feel like saving fifty cents at a time isn’t a lot, but remember, every single cent adds up over time! You can also find great sales where you can buy in bulk. These sales will help you save money in the long run and give you an extra long supply of cleaning products for your home.

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

I bet if you look around your home right now, you will find a lot of natural cleaners that are already in your fridge and pantry. Lemon juice is a great natural cleaner because it can bleach items with ease. Vinegar is another big hit among the do it yourself cleaning crowd. And don’t forget our trusty friend, baking soda! If you already have these in your house, why aren’t you using them to save money?

You can even go natural with your cleaning products! Check out these cleaning recipes for using Essential Oils!

Go Multi-Purpose

Leave the specialty cleaning items for the really tough jobs. All-purpose cleaners go on sale a lot, and you should stock up when you find them! Make this a simple swap for the expensive cleaners that run out quickly when you use them. Trust me; your wallet will thank you.

So, here’s the question: Are you really saving time and money by hiring a cleaning service? The answer?

Time

You don’t necessarily save time, but the extra set of hands can help with the bigger chores. If you follow my chore chart, it’ll seem like no extra time at all!

Money

Absolutely!

By using my cleaning schedule and following some of our tips on DIY cleaning, you can save yourself a ton of money each year! While cleaning services can be beneficial, they can also drain your wallet rather quickly. Put aside ten minutes of each day to clean a little and compare that to what you’d be paying for weekly cleaning services. The results will astound you!

YOUR TURN: What is your first thought about hiring a cleaning service? Let me know in the comments below!

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