Spring cleaning and organizing your kitchen can take a big chunk out of your household budget. Not only are cleaning supplies expensive but so are things like shelf paper, organizers, and food containers. To save money on spring cleaning my kitchen this year, I turned to the dollar stores for the supplies I needed. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars to clean my kitchen cupboards and get them organized, I only spent about $16. Here’s how it was done.
Cleaning supplies. In many cases, dollar store cleaners are just as good as the competition. I saved money on spring cleaning supplies for my kitchen this year by using the dollar priced Spic and Span Antibacterial Spray Cleaner. Not only did this product clean greasy dust build up in my kitchen cupboards, it also tackled those icky stains caused by dripping molasses and honey. I merely sprayed the cupboard shelves with Spic and Span and then let it soak for 10 minutes before wiping up the mess with a damp rag. The Spic and Span also cleaned up the gunk on the cabinet handles and removed grease from the outside of the cupboard doors.
Dollar store shelf liner. Shelf paper is a great way to protect the shelves in your kitchen cupboards. Most stores charges between $6-8 for a 20″ x 4 foot roll of washable vinyl shelf paper. Dollar Tree carries comparable brands of washable vinyl shelf paper priced at $1 for a 12″ x 30″ roll. While the dollar store paper won’t work for deep cabinet drawers, it’s just the right size for lining kitchen shelves.
Dollar store organizers. When you do as much cooking and baking as I do, it doesn’t take long for things to get into a jumbled up mess. To keep my baking supplies and Kitchen Aid tools organized, I picked up a handful of mesh-style dollar store baskets that would fit neatly on my cupboard shelves. One basket, for example, is now holding partial bags of brown sugar, confectionery sugar, and so on. Another basket is keeping my cake sprinkles, food dyes, and non-pareils contained so they won’t get lost on the shelf. Small plastic baskets are a great way to contain related food items and best of all, are totally washable in cash of a spill. Other organizers you can find at dollar stores include cutlery baskets, hooks for hanging cups, and spice holders.
Cleaning and organizing kitchen cupboards doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Dollar store cleaner, some shelf paper, and a few baskets is all it takes to spring clean and straighten up a cluttered cupboard.
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