I’m a cleaning expert – here’s how you can save £600 tidying up your home
REDUCING the money on your shopping bills is one of the easiest ways to cut costs as the cost of living crisis continues to bite.
And cleaning your home can become an expensive habit if you’re tricked into buying expensive brand name cleaning products every month.
With energy bills pegged at £3,549 for a typical household and inflation at 10.1%, it’s always worth assessing where you can cut costs to help you keep more of your hard-earned money.
Whether it’s cutting your laundry costs or replacing a range of brand name cleaning products with a cheaper alternative, we tell you how you can save over £600 a year on your cleaning costs.
The Sun spoke to Ann Russell, a self-proclaimed “middle-class old English bag” and freelance housekeeper for decades who recently rose to prominence on TikTok.
Affectionately referred to as “The TikTok Auntie” by some of her 1.4 million followers, Ann films hundreds of video clips every month to help answer your most pressing cleaning questions.
Ann’s recent fame has forced her to write a book, How to clean everythinghoping to educate the masses on how easy it is to keep your home spotless.
Ann shares her best cleaning tips and tricks to help you save hundreds on your bills every year.
Reduce laundry costs by £385 per year
We all want great results when washing our clothes, but laundry products are expensive.
However, Ann said swapping brand names for discounted products will still get you great results.
Ann said: “Persil’s non-bio detergent runs at around 14p per wash, but Lidl’s non-bio detergent is half the price at 6p per load.
“If you do four loads a week, that can save you almost
£125 a year.”
And there are still savings to be made. Ann said you can halve the amount of detergent you use in each wash and add a dollop of washing soda to save an extra £60 a year.
She said: ‘The soda ash softens the water and acts as a mild degreaser, allowing a smaller amount of detergent to be used and saving an extra £60 a year.’
Reducing your wash temperatures will also save you hundreds every year.
Consumer group Which? previously determined that reducing your wash temperature from 40 to 20 degrees reduced running costs by an average of 62%.
Ann said: “Modern detergents are designed to work well at very low temperatures. Replace your 40 degree wash with a 20 degree cycle.
“And if you’re worried about stubborn marks, just dilute a little liquid detergent in water and scrub the marks before washing them.”
Ann also recommends ditching the use of fabric softener and scent beads and she said if you want your clothes to come out fresh “buy a good scent instead.”
Tumble dryers are an expensive gamble and given the new energy price cap could cost you upwards of £400 a year for use three times a week.
Instead, Ann recommends investing in a clothes airer. She said: “A great trick for drying out an air rack is to position a regular cooling fan towards it; this lets moist air get away quickly and is much cheaper than using a dryer.
Cut cleaning product costs by £127 per year
A typical household can spend upwards of £127 a year on a whole range of different cleaning products.
From furniture polish, glass cleaner, kitchen sprays to bathroom cleaners and wipes – stocking up on these supplies can become an expensive habit.
For wood furniture, Ann recommends a dilute solution of vinegar. You can get five liters for just £6.68 on Amazon and that’ll get you going for over a year.
Ann says warm soapy water will be enough to make your windows, floors and work surfaces shine.
And you can get five liters worth £10.45 online.
She said: “Rather than using glass spray, wash your windows and mirrors with warm soapy water and use a squeegee to really get them to shine without smearing.”
Ann recommends that you don’t waste money on multi-purpose wipes.
She said: “Honestly? Don’t. However, if you absolutely MUST burn the money, make sure you put it in the trash and not in the toilet or you’ll get a huge bill from a plumber. ”
Reduce vacuuming costs by £100 per year
The vacuum is set to get more expensive from October when the new price cap kicks in.
It will cost you £31.29 a year to run an average 800W corded machine from October.
And while cordless vacuums might seem cheaper, they’ll still cost you £23.05 if you were to use one for more than an hour every week over the next year.
Ann said: “Cordless models are suitable for a small place with hard floors, but are battery dependent, tend to be small and light and rarely hold up well to serious dirt.
“With that in mind, you might end up using them more than if you were to have a corded vacuum.”
Cordless vacuums are also often stored on charging stations, so once your device is charged, be sure to turn it off at the outlet to prevent it wasting more power than it has. need.
If you have an old bagged vacuum cleaner and are looking to upgrade it, you could save £20 a year by switching to a bagless one.
It is therefore important to weigh the costs and assess which device is best for your household.
We’ve listed the 14 best cordless vacuum cleaners available for every budget.