Cheap Cleaning Supplies

February 12th, 2013 posted by Kim Tilley

Spring cleaning does not mean you have to buy bunches of new cleaning supplies to do the job. Here are some ideas for recycling things that may otherwise go to waste, while cleaning at the same time.

Cloth diapers

Once the babies are out of these, save them and use them to clean with. You already know that they are absorbent, so use them to clean up any surface, with your homemade all purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, or use them as dusting cloths. Don’t have babies? Stock up on cloth diapers at yard sales if you can find them.

Old towels

When they are too holey to use in the bathroom, cut them up and use them as washcloths and dishrags. You can edge them with lace if you like, or finish on the sewing machine with a zigzag stitch.

Old socks or t-shirts

Use for dusting or dirty jobs (where you can throw them out later), use in place of paper towels.

Mops from socks This wonderful idea comes from the Tightwad Gazette. Make a mop head out of socks for the old clamp-style mops. Stitch toes together and clamp as many pairs in the mop as will fit.

Cleaning apron Jeff Campbell and the Clean Team suggest using a cleaning apron to organize your stuff. You can make one from old jeans or other clothing. Just cut out a big rectangle, finish the edges, then fold width-wise so that ends are uneven and form a pocket. Sew vertical lines to create more pockets. You can also add additional fabric if you want even more pockets. Add loops to hang cleaners and waist ties.

Old toothbrushes

use these to clean in those hard to reach areas and small areas

Old windshield wiper

you can use this as a squeegee to clean your windows


They really do a great job on windows and other hard surfaces!

Dust mops

make a cheap dust mop to reach those high places by putting your old socks on the end of an old broomstick

Old milk jugs

these make good carryalls if you cut off the top, but leave the handle on; you can also use these as small buckets


use to carry supplies and organize things. You can also put a basket in each area you clean with the supplies you need for that room. You can have a bathroom cleaning basket, a kitchen basket and a garage basket. This makes the cleaning go faster if you have everything you need in an easy to find place.

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