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10 Budget-Friendly Household Cleaners You Need in Your Arsenal

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10 Budget-Friendly Household Cleaners You Need in Your Arsenal

Cleaning is often something that leaves us feeling less than excited. The idea of having to roll back your sleeves to scrub, vacuum, and mop will have you thinking of any way possible to put your chores off as long as you can. On top of being time-consuming and draining, cleaning can wind up being quite expensive.

Cleaning products aren't cheap, especially those that are natural or hard to come by. When you're living on a tight budget, you can't afford to spend an arm and a leg for cleaning products. That being said, you can't have a dirty home, either.

So what can you do? Well, you can start by looking through this list of ten budget-friendly household cleaners. By sticking to this list, you'll be able to save yourself more than a few pennies and keep your home sparkling clean. Make sure to add all of these products to your shopping list!

10 Budget-Friendly Household Cleaners

These are everyday household cleaning products to keep in your arsenal.


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  • Cleans carpets, upholstery, ovens, fireplace doors, windows, porcelain fixtures, crystal, jewelry, and white shoes
  • Removes tarnish and stains
  • Fights mildew
  • Strips floor wax

Baking Soda

Close up hand adding baking soda powder in to front-loading washing machine for clean inside the washer drum.


  • Cleans baby bottles, thermoses, cutting boards, appliances, sponges and towels, coffeemaker, teapots, cooking ware, and fixtures
  • Clear clogged drains
  • Deodorize garbage cans
  • Boost dishwashing liquid or make your own
  • Remove stains
  • Shine jewelry, stainless steel, chrome, and marble
  • Wash wallpaper and remove crayon
  • Remove musty odors


Selective focus of a bottle of borax chemical compound or sodium tetraborate beside a petri dish with solid powder substance. White Chemistry laboratory background with copy space.


  • Clear a clogged drain
  • Remove stains
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Remove mildew from fabrics
  • Sanitize your garbage disposal
  • Eliminate urine odor

Fabric Softener Sheets

Dryer Sheets used for laundry static removal and cleaning hacks. Also freshens laundry.

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  • Lift burned-on food
  • Freshen drawers
  • Remove soap scum
  • Repel dust from TV screen
  • Freshen hampers and waste baskets
  • Buff chrome
  • Keep dust off blinds
  • Renew stuffed toys


Basket full of lemons on kitchen with a window and a lemon grove in the background. Front view. Horizontal composition.

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  • Get rid of tough stains on marble
  • Polish metals
  • Clean the microwave
  • Deodorize cutting boards, fridge, and garbage disposal

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol bottle isolated with a white background


  • Clean fixtures, Venetian blinds, windows, and phones
  • Remove hair spray from mirrors
  • Prevent ring around the collar
  • Remove ink stains


Coarse sea salt in a wooden spoon and on a vintage table. Traditional medicine concept

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  • Clean vases, discolored glass, flowerpots, artificial flowers, percolators, refrigerators, woks, and wicker
  • Give brooms a longer life
  • Ease fireplace or flour cleanup
  • Make metal polish
  • Remove wine and grease from carpet, water marks from wood, and lipstick from glasses
  • Restore a sponge
  • Freshen the garbage disposal
  • Remove baked-on food
  • Soak up oven spills
  • Remove stains from pans and clean cast iron


Toothpaste isolated on white background. dental care. Fresh breath and caries prevention. Dentistry concept. Dental hygiene.


  • Clean piano keys and sinks
  • Polish metal and jewelry
  • Deodorize baby bottles
  • Remove ink or lipstick from fabric, crayons from walls, and water marks from furniture


white vinegar on the wooden table top

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  • Clean blinds, bricks, tile, paneling, carpets, piano keys, computers, appliances, and cutting boards
  • Clean china, crystal, glassware, coffeemakers, and cookware
  • Banish kitchen grease
  • Deodorize drains and closets
  • Polish metal
  • Erase ballpoint pen marks
  • Remove water rings and wax from furniture
  • Revitalize leather
  • Clean fixtures
  • Purge bugs


WD40. Anti-rust cleaner on a white background

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  • Remove carpet stains and floor scuffs
  • Remove tea and tomato stains
  • Clean toilet bowls
  • Condition leather furniture
  • Clean a chalkboard
  • Remove marker and crayon from walls

In Conclusion

By keeping these ten products on hand for your cleaning, you'll be able to save quite a bit of money. Many of these items have plenty of other uses aside from those listed, so they're worth keeping around for so many reasons. Plus, you likely already have several of them on hand.

So, the next time you begin to stress about how high your monthly expenses are, remember that there are ways to cut costs without cutting effectiveness. This list is a great example of that; be sure to keep it bookmarked so you can always return to it. It's a good idea to keep it handy in case you forget what each item can be used for!

If you do have some extra cash on hand, check out some of the best cleaners you can buy.

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