I am trying to cut corners in my budget. One way that I can do this is to limit the number of times I get the house cleaned. It is nearly $100 every time she cleans. I haven't had her since the first part of December.
I can run a dishwasher. I can do the self-cleaning oven by myself. If I don't do it all at once, I can take the garbage bags out to the garbage cans. I can dust with my Swiffer dust thing. She was not dusting the vents for the heat pumps & it keeps them from working properly.
I can clean a toilet if I have a long handled brush.
After I buy the stovetop cleaner I can clean the top of my ceramic top stove.
What I need advice about is cleaning the floors. I have hardwood floors in most of the house. I have tiles in the bathrooms. I have some sort of flooring in the kitchen.
I have a big Oreck vacuum cleaner.
I was told that those steam cleaners like you see on tv and in catalogs clean really well. You've seen them.....they include Haan and Shark. According to what I've seen, they cost just over $100 and they have reusable pads that can be washed.
I also have a Swiffer for floors.
I would rather not use a lot of chemicals on my floors or in the house. If I do the vinegar thing, do I use white vinegar or cider vinegar?
Suggestions and comments, please ?
I guess what I'm saying is that I can clean better than most of the cleaners I've had in the past, but I have to do it one room at a time and spread it out so that it does not overwhelm me. Don't get me wrong....I HATE to do housework, BUT I don't like to pay almost $100 for less than 3 hours of cleaning. I also don't like to find things are missing like the lids for my Rubbermaid storage containers for the freezer (the red lids that you see now). I bought a set of them and the lids are missing and I have looked everywhere in the kitchen and pantry for them.
I'm not totally cheap. I just don't like to waste $$$. Besides, I would rather use the $50 (not counting the money for gas) and go eat with my widowed friend 3 times than to pay someone to clean and not have the house cleaned the way I want it done. She and I use coupons whenever we go out to eat.