This is a sponsored post brought to you by Eureka. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I have this interesting mix of personality traits where I am simultaneously messy and a neat freak. How in the world does that work?!? Well, basically I get really busy and things get crazy and I turn into the Swedish Chef, no matter what I’m doing. The kitchen gets littered with tons of dirty dishes and ingredients spill on every surface imaginable and this is just while I’m making a simple little dinner for Rob and me. If I have lots of deadlines my office is even worse. I will use this and then that and this other thing over here will get pushed over to the side and then that and when I’m finished with it and I end up with piles of stuff that is plain old in the way.
Now I might have an issue with creating terrible messes but when I clean, I CLEAN. My Mimmie always told me that regardless of how much money you have you can almost always afford to be clean. And, to be honest, the cleanest home I’ve ever kept was when I was laid off from my job. I was living off of my meager savings trying to figure out what to do next but all I really needed was a bottle of multipurpose cleaner and some vinegar. With those things I kept that house spick and freaking span, my friends. I might have been in a financial nightmare but at least my world was very clean!
These days I’m self employed and while I’m not in the position I was back in those days I still have to be very careful with my expenses. For example, this year the ad company I used until just recently went kaput. They haven’t paid me for the ads they served on this website since December, 2015. If you’re wondering, yes, ads are my main source of income and how I mainly make money running this website, so it’s not been the most comfortable year as far as finances go. As such I tightened my belt on all spending, including cleaning expenses.
Since I have quite a history of being a thrifty cleaner I’m going to share with you my thriftiest tips for keeping a clean home thanks to Eureka, who has partnered with me through the end of the year. These days I have a home with tile floors exclusively but I still use a vacuum cleaner every single day. I prefer to vacuum over sweep so that I don’t throw dust and animal hair up into the air and onto all of my furniture. I also have lots and lots of rugs to keep clean. Oh, and there’s also the pesky little problem of allergies that really get going once I pull that broom out and toss a bunch of animal dander into the air and I don’t need that. Today I’m taking a look at the Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo the good folks sent me to try to keep my floors clean and my sinuses happy.
This vacuum sells at Walmart for only $60, a bargain. While there are no super fancy bells and whistles, the Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo is an affordable vacuum cleaner that gets the job done. It features Airspeed Technology® deep cleaning technology which translates to some powerful suction when vacuuming rugs and upholstery. And since there are limited bends and turns inside of the vacuum more air runs through the machine and dirt has less distance to travel. That just basically means that the powerful suction is here to stay. It has 5 height settings so you can get a nice, close clean even with rugs of varying thicknesses.
What I liked most about this particular vacuum cleaner was the weight… at under 10 pounds I was able to easily heft this sucker over baby gates rather than having to take them down and set them back up. That right there saves me a ton of time not to mention my lower back. The other awesome feature I’m totally down with is the super long power cord, 25 feet, to be exact. I could plug in and then I can almost vacuum my entire, massive great room in one go, which is so much better than powering down, unplugging, walking the cord to a new outlet, plugging in again and starting up the vacuum again and again and again. It may not seem like much when it’s just what you have to do but I pretty quickly noticed I was saving a bunch of time without having to mess with all of that business.
Now my last vacuum cleaner had the option to vacuum upholstery, and with pets that’s an absolute must for me. But my old vacuum required that I disconnect the main hose and then connect the upholstery hose and it was quite a hassle to deal with. I’d wind up making a mess unhooking the first hose when little things like beads and whatnot that had gotten stuck somewhere in there would trickle out. And then there was the fact that I’d have to get down on the floor to do all of this and it took a good few minutes to swap everything out and get going. And some days when I’m worn out I don’t even want to try to get back up :)
The Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo has a nifty little knob you twist and, boom, it’s ready to start vacuuming the upholstery. It’s a huge time saver for me and, to be honest, I was super excited to have such an awesome little feature on such an affordable unit. I was also quite happy with the upholstery turbo nozzle attachment that I used to go over all of my living room furniture. It’s a powerful little guy and I vacuumed up all of the animal hair in one, quick go. Though I have no way to test it, it’s supposed to be fab for stairs, too.
Since the vacuum requires no bags and has washable filters, it’s not only a bargain when you buy it at $60, but you don’t have those added expenses to keep up with. That right there is a big, big plus when trying to keep your home clean on a budget! So I guess the first on my list of thrifty ways to clean is the Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo… but let’s check out a few other thrifty cleaning tips…
One of the best tips I can offer you is to keep a cleaning caddy in your laundry room or under your kitchen sink. Inside keep a scrub brush, lint brush, paper towels, replacement trash bags, a few sheets of newspaper and a feather duster. A lint brush, toothbrush, magic eraser and metal scraper also come in handy when a specialized need comes into play and I don’t have to start digging around under the sink to locate these things. This saves me time and time is money! You’ll also want to stock your cleaning caddy with:
- glass cleaner
- disinfectant spray
- carpet deodorizer
- multi-purpose cleaner
- dusting cleaner
- scrubbing cleaner (for bathtubs, sinks, etc.)
- toilet cleaner
When you have a well stocked cleaning caddy you’ll find that you don’t purchase every cleaner under the sun. When I had the entire under sink area for cleaners I’d purchase, this, that and the other thing and then I’d have the area full of stuff that never got used and that’s just a waste of money.
Here are a few quick, thrifty cleaning tips:
- Carpet deodorizer can be easily, and inexpensively made at home and does a world of good for a clean smelling home.
- Vinegar can be used to clean and disinfect just about anything. Add to water in a spray bottle and you can clean your kitchen and bathroom for pennies.
- Sweep your bathroom with disinfectant spray between cleanings to help keep germs at bay. It’s cheap and super effective.
- Lemon goes a long way for removing smells. Use to clean strong smells out of cutting boards and run through a garbage disposal for a quick freshen.
- Remove wax accidents (I am obsessed with wax burners) by placing items, size permitting, into the freezer. Once chilled the wax should easily pop off. On larger items you can sometimes place an ice pack to achieve the same results.
- Vinegar in water wiped away with dry newspaper will make for really clean mirrors and windows on the cheap.
- Clean your microwave by running on high power with a bowl of water inside. The steam will loosen up food on the ceiling and walls. Add a little vinegar to the water for extra stubborn cooked on food.
- To save money on paper towels take shirts as they become worn out and cut into rag sizes. Keep clean rags in one bag and dirty in another. Run through the washing machine with appropriate loads to keep clean. I literally didn’t buy paper towels for almost 5 years with this trick! (but I’ve gotten busy/lazy :)
- Line the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil, or a specialty liner purchasable at super stores. Instead of using caustic cleaners to remove the gunk you simply pull the mess away with the liner!
- Use a pumice stone (and gloves, ew!) to clean hard water rings out of toilet bowls without expensive or harsh cleaners.
And don’t forget, another way to save money while maintaining a clean home is with the Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo for only $60 at Walmart!
I received product and compensation for this post as a Eureka influencer. As always, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own, here at Dream a Little Bigger. Thanks again to Eureka for partnering with us! Keep up with what Eureka is putting down by following on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Eureka.com!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website