How Concentrated Cleaning Products Can Save You Money

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a cleaning service at your beck and call, cleaning is probably a fact of your daily life, from washing dishes to throwing a load of clothes in the washer to scrubbing down dirty floors after muddy feet and paws whizz through. You may already know that your choice of cleaners has a significant effect on the environment, but did you know that the format of your cleaners also makes a difference? Buying in concentrate is much better for you and the environment — so you should consider giving it a go.

Cleaning concentrates provide, as the name implies, a concentrated cleaning solution in a bulk container. You need to dilute them to use them, or simply use less of them in cleaning. For example, concentrated detergent allows you to use just a little for a whole load of laundry (the washer does the diluting for you) while concentrated all purpose cleaner can be diluted in a bucket or spray bottle and used as needed.

There are a number of big advantages to buying cleaners in concentrate, and number one, you savvy money-conscious housekeeper you, is cost. Concentrates are much less expensive in the long term, even if the upfront cost for a bulk container is high. You’ll get much more bang for your buck with a concentrate. Think about it: a $5.99 container of regular detergent good for 20 loads versus an $8.99 bottle of concentrate good for 40. I think everyone can do that math! That extra bulk in non-concentrated products is mostly water — and you don’t need to pay for water when you can get it at your own house for free! (Well, mostly…your municipal water company wants their cut.)

You’ll also save big-time on plastic. Concentrates encourage you to recycle and reuse containers for mixing your own cleaning solutions as needed, and because you need to replace them less often, you’ll be tossing less plastic in the recycling. That’s good news for the environment, especially since many companies that sell concentrated cleaning supplies also use post-consumer recycled plastic and try to cut down on overall plastic weight in production. S.C. Johnson estimates that switching just one fifth of products sold in trigger bottles annually to concentrates would save seven million pounds of plastic.

Furthermore, you can select from a full-range of eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning supplies in concentrated form. You don’t have to settle for industrial cleaners, once the only option available in concentrate. Today, you can rely on natural cleaners with ingredients like orange oil and tea tree oil, manufactured in a way that’s light on the environment. They’ll be light on your home and family, too — no caustic chemicals that could hurt children or pets, or stain your clothing and furniture.

With concentrates, you determine the power of your cleaning solution, and you get to decide which products work for you. Why not save some money and help out the environment while you’re at it? Many companies offer samplers of their concentrated products to give you a chance to test them first, and if you have a product you’re used to getting in a trigger bottle or unconcentrated form, the same firm may make a concentrated version, too, so you can keep using the products you love, without hurting the planet.

Every time you buy something in concentrate, give yourself a little high five!

Katie Marks writes for This article originally appeared here.

Photo of seriously concentrated cleaning products in action: Official USS Theodore Roosevelt/Flickr

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Magdalena J.
Past Member 1 years ago

Thank you!

Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

Jayasri Amma
Jayasri Amma2 years ago

Thank you!

Eric H.
Eric H.2 years ago

Me and my wife never knew concentrated cleaning solutions are so effective, cost wise as well as cleaning wise until a few months back. We were using regular cleaning solutions for cleaning for everything, including laundry and dish washing. We occasionally call for maid service to clean our house, especially after parties and other functions that held at home. It was the maid who came to clean our house suggested about the concentrated solution. At first we were not sure about it’s effectiveness, but decided to give it a try anyway for laundry. The result was awesome. With a very small amount of solution, we could clean a load of clothes.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

It wouldn't take much time to mix up your own, and the savings are a great advantage!! I'm checking into this!

Franck Rio
Frank R.2 years ago


Anne K.
Anne K.2 years ago

Thank you!

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago


Leanne B.
Leanne B.2 years ago


Amanda M.
Amanda M.2 years ago

Ironically, last week my husband and I finally ordered the laundry soap starter set from the Lehman's catalogue after doing some number-crunching both at Sam's Club and at the local grocery store to see just how much money we spent on the ultra-concentrated liquid laundry detergent we bought there.

The results are as follows:

166 loads of our detergent at Sam's Club: $13.69, or 8 cents a load.

100 loads of detergent at the grocery store: $13.99, or 14 cents a load.

960 loads of homemade laundry soap courtesy of the starter set from Lehman's: $54.95

This comes out to 5 cents a load. That's right, a NICKEL per load! Even better, we can get supplies replaced as needed at the grocery store for a fraction of the cost of a new bottle of concentrated detergent. I'll let you know how it goes making our own laundry soap, but it sounds like we're probably going to stick with it.