Frugal homemaking causes us to find ways to eliminate wasting supplies and, in turn, wasting our hard earned money.
Commercial cleaners which come in spray bottles can be pricey and seem to stop spraying before the cleaner is used up.
Don’t toss that spray bottle of cleaner when it stops spraying, though. It’s not really empty yet!
Many people think that when a bottle stops spraying, it is empty enough to throw away. The Home Ever After team decided to find out just how much liquid is left inside a spray bottle of cleaner once pulling the trigger no longer makes liquid spray out.
We tested a popular kitchen cleaning brand’s spray bottle of kitchen cleaner (brand to remain nameless). Measuring the liquid that remained in the bottle allowed us to get a rough estimate of what percentage of cleaner would be wasted if you threw away the remainder.
- Starting contents of bottle: 32 fluid ounces
- Cleaner left inside after bottle stopped spraying: 5 fluid ounces
- According to these measurements, 15.6% of the cleaner is still in the bottle when you can no longer spray it out.
- If your cleaner cost $5, that 15% is worth 75 cents!
- Multiply this by one bottle of cleaner a month, and you could possible be throwing away $9 per year.
Don’t waste 15% of your cleaning spray! The remaining cleaner can still be used in buckets of cleaning water or in mopping water. Here’s how:
1. Unscrew the sprayer from the bottle and discard.
2. Use a plastic zipper bag or plastic wrap and rubber band to cover the top of the bottle.
3. Put the bottle with your cleaning supplies.
4. When mopping or cleaning, add the remaining cleaner to a bucket of warm water. This mixture will clean and disinfect using a sponge, scrub brush or mop just as well as if you were spraying it out of a bottle.
Never waste cleaning liquid again! Cut your family’s household expenses by getting the most out of what you’ve already bought. What other products can you apply this principle to?