How to be smarter about buying cleaning products and equipment

When it comes to cleaning up your home, it’s possible to spend way too much time and money on useless products that don’t really help you. For example, you might buy lots of brushes and appliances that sound good on paper, but in reality, they’re not getting as much use as you would have hoped. So in this post, we’re going to share some smart tips on buying cleaning products and equipment. We’re also going to touch on just how practical (or impractical) some products are and how you can save a lot of money by making smarter cleaning decisions.

So without further ado, let’s jump into some of the best-value products that can keep your home clean.

Picking a vacuum cleaner for your needs

There are many different vacuum cleaners on the market these days. They come in so many different shapes and sizes that it can be tough to choose the right one for your personal needs. So how do you differentiate between them? Should you buy a cordless one? Or should you just invest in a heavy-duty one that costs a lot of money? The answer is a lot more complicated than you might think, and it’s important to consider your personal needs.

What kind of vacuum cleaner do you currently have?

If you don’t have one then obviously you’re going to want to buy something. However, if you already own some kind of vacuum cleaner then you’ll typically want to buy something that complements it. For example, if you already have a small cordless vacuum that you use for crumbs or cleaning your car, then it’s still perfectly fine to use around the house. However, it probably means that you’re going to need something a bit heavier and more powerful to handle general house tasks.

Nobody wants to crouch on the ground with a small cordless vacuum, so why not consider getting the best Henry hoover that you can afford or even a much larger cordless vacuum with a powerful motor? These are much better for general tasks around the house and they pair well with your existing cordless vacuum.

Similarly, if you already have a larger vacuum cleaner then you should look into getting something small and portable for everyday cleaning. If you drop something on your carpet then it doesn’t make sense to break out the big vacuum cleaner just for something small. Instead, you should get a small cordless one that is lighter and easier to carry around.

How much should you spend on a vacuum cleaner?

Let’s face it, nobody wants to spend hundreds of pounds on a vacuum cleaner, but most review websites will tell you to get something big and expensive. Just keep in mind that they’re all getting a small commission from it which means they have a reason to direct you to something expensive. But at the end of the day, those expensive vacuum cleaners are going to cost you way more than something simple and effective.

If you want to keep your house clean and tidy without spending too much money, we’d recommend doing a bit more research on good-value vacuum cleaners. A higher price doesn’t always mean that it will work better than a cheaper vacuum because the price can also increase due to factors like the design or brand name. And while many expensive vacuum cleaners come with lots of accessories and attachments, the average household doesn’t need all of those extras so you’ll end up paying for things you don’t need.

In short, be realistic about your budget and what you’ll be using a vacuum cleaner for. Don’t just look at all the extras and features that you won’t use. Instead, consider what kind of cleaning you’ll be doing with it and how much money you can realistically spend.

What about roombas? Should you get one?

Roombas are becoming more and more popular thanks to recent advances in technology. But are they actually useful cleaning machines or is it still just a fun gimmick? It might be surprising to hear, but roombas are actually worth the money these days.

However, you need to have lots of floor space to use a robot vacuum. Machines like roombas work best when there is plenty of room around your home. The more things there are around the floor, the more likely it’s going to get stuck. Your home’s floor plan might also be a little too complicated for a roomba to navigate, and it certainly can’t go up and down floors.

So if you have the right home for one, a roomba is a great investment that can actually help clean your home. They’re a little loud and you might occasionally experience glitches with the docking station, but there’s no doubt that they can actually help clean your home.

Helpful products that every household should have

There are two extremely useful cleaning products that every household should have; microfiber dusters and disinfecting wipes. Here’s why.

Microfiber dusters

One of the most useful types of cleaning products to have around the house is a microfiber hand duster. These are essentially hand dusters that have a microfiber cleaning head attached to them. They can be rather small or they can even have telescopic handles to help you reach higher places. These are incredibly useful for most cleaning tasks around the home because they soak up dust like nothing else. One swipe across a dusty surface and you’ll immediately notice the difference.

It’s also worth mentioning that they actually capture dust instead of just flinging it around. This means that you’re actively getting rid of dust whenever you use a microfiber duster instead of just relocating it. They’re also washable which means you don’t need to buy loads of them. A single microfiber duster with a reusable head can last you months if you don’t use it too often, and the heads are easy to replace if it does get a little too dirty.

To go along with your microfiber duster, you can also get a large pack of microfiber cloths for a great price. These are a fantastic deal because they’re absorbent and durable, they’re easy to clean, and they pick up dust really easily. As long as you maintain your microfiber cloths and wash them properly, they can remain soft for a long time. 

Disinfecting wet wipes

A pack of wet wipes is a fantastic investment to make, especially if they have disinfecting properties and are free of bleach. These wipes are great for cleaning everything from tables to cabinets, and they’re so convenient that you can just take out a pack, grab a wet cloth and wipe things down immediately. They dry on their own so you don’t need to wipe over them, and they even leave a nice scent once you’re done cleaning.

These wipes are inexpensive, especially if you buy them in bulk. However, if you’re looking to save even more money, then you can actually make your own disinfectant wipes using a bit of alcohol. While these aren’t as convenient as a pack of wet wipes, they can be great in a pinch if you’ve run out and only need to clean a small surface.

One of the great things about wet wipes is that they’re a convenient replacement for using an all-purpose cleaner and a cloth. When you’re cleaning the house then it’s normal to have a spray bottle and some wipes on hand, but if you only need to wipe down a surface quickly then having a pack of wet wipes is much more convenient.

How to avoid buying useless cleaning products and equipment

It can be all too easy to buy various cleaning products that you never end up using. So here are a few tips to help you save lots of money:

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.


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