Cleaning on a Budget: Melissa Maker’s Money-Saving Tips

Here are some fantastic cleaning hacks that not only save you time but also help you keep more money in your wallet. I know cleaning can be a drag, and we’re all trying to be more budget-conscious, especially during these challenging times. So, I’ve put together this video to share some of my favourite cost-effective cleaning solutions.

1. Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

The star of my cleaning show is undoubtedly the all-purpose cleaner. It can handle just about any surface in your home, and you won’t believe how simple and cost-effective it is to make. Forget about those pricey store-bought cleaners! Just mix half a teaspoon of dish soap with two cups of water. This DIY solution works like a charm, and it’s gentle yet effective on surfaces. I whip up a batch about twice a week because, let’s face it, I go through a lot of it. And every time I do, I can’t help but think about how much money I’m saving.

2. DIY Glass Cleaner

Why splurge on commercial glass cleaners when you can make your own at a fraction of the cost? I’ve been shouting this from the rooftops—vinegar and water are all you need! It’s a straightforward recipe: equal parts water and vinegar. Mix them up, spray on your glass, and wipe it clean. Your windows will look stunning, and you’ll have saved a significant amount of money.

3. Baking Soda vs. Magic Erasers

Now, let’s talk about Magic Erasers. Some people swear by them, but I’ve found an equally effective and budget-friendly alternative—baking soda. It can tackle many of the same cleaning tasks as a Magic Eraser, and it’s a fraction of the cost. Just dampen the surface you want to clean, sprinkle a bit of baking soda, and scrub using a cleaning cloth or microfiber cloth. As always, be sure to test it in a hidden area first to avoid any potential damage. Baking soda is a champ at removing marks, scuffs, and soap scum.

4. Repurpose Your Old Toothbrush

Don’t throw away those old toothbrushes just yet! They can be invaluable cleaning tools for various tasks around the house. While they can’t do it all, toothbrushes are perfect for tight spots in the kitchen, bathroom, and even your car. Keep a separate one for bathroom cleaning to reach into toilet hinges and those tricky tub corners. Your old toothbrush can also tackle dust in tight spaces. So, instead of tossing them, save your old toothbrushes for their cleaning superpowers.

5. High-Dusting Made Easy

Say goodbye to expensive high-dusting tools or disposable options. You can achieve the same results using a mop pole and a microfiber cloth. Just flip the cloth over, use an elastic band to secure it, and you’ve got what I like to call the “cleaning ghost.” This DIY solution is perfect for reaching high places like the tops of doors, corners, and light fixtures. It’s also fantastic for dusting baseboards without bending down or for those with mobility issues.

6. Budget-Friendly Stainless Steel Polish

Lastly, let’s talk about stainless steel polish. Save your money on expensive stainless steel cleaners because the secret is simple—mineral oil. First, clean your stainless steel surfaces with soap and water or a vinegar-water solution. Always wipe in the direction of the grain to avoid streaks. Then, apply a small amount of mineral oil on a paper towel (about the size of a nickel). Rub it onto your stainless steel surfaces in the direction of the grain. It might appear patchy at first, but as you work it in section by section, it provides a stunning high polish that also helps prevent fingerprints. It’s cost-effective and incredibly effective!

Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore that drains your time and money. With these budget-friendly cleaning hacks, you can make your own cleaning solutions, achieve sparkling glass and stainless steel, and put those old toothbrushes to work. You’ll be amazed at the results and how much money you can save along the way.

Before we wrap up, I’d love to hear from you.

What are you doing to save money at home right now?

We’re all looking for ways to make our money go further, so share your tips in the comments below.

As for me, I’ve switched to a more budget-friendly grocery store and source my produce from a local farm, which has significantly cut my grocery bills.

Thanks for watching, and remember, cleaning on a budget doesn’t mean sacrificing quality!

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. Hi Melissa! I’m so excited to have stumbled upon your page!
    I need some suggestions on let the and cleaning surfaces like couches, carpets, beds. But I especially hate having to Swiffer dust my floors before I wash them. Any suggestions would be exhaustively appreciated 👍🏻 👏🏻 💕 (and from shaving my cats 🤣)
    Thank you


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