Our Favorite Household Cleaners for $5 or Less

published Oct 27, 2018
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A good household cleaner can make housekeeping a breeze. But a good household cleaner that only costs five bucks or less? Well, that’s a game-changer for your home.

To help make your housekeeping endeavors go more smoothly (and affordably), we rounded up the best commercial cleaning products under $5. From an all-natural multi-purpose spray to a heavy-duty degreaser, here are seven solid household cleaning staples that are usually priced at under $5 a pop, whether you buy them online or more locally.

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Magic erasers (also known as melamine foam) are a gift that keeps on giving. Not only can they clean all kinds of tough, hard-to-reach places ranging from bath tile to wall scuffs, when purchased by the four-pack, these sponge-shaped wonders will only set you back about a $1 a piece.

Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner

A multi-purpose cleaner with a cult following, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner is a bestseller for a reason. Packed with essential oils (such as honeysuckle and geranium) and plant-derived cleaning ingredients, this fragrant but effective spray cleans everything from countertops to finished wood naturally.

Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner

When it comes to inexpensive but hard-working household cleaners, Lysol Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner may be the MVP. Along with breaking down grease, grime, and just about any other surface stain you can think of, this popular cleaner kills over 99 percent of bacteria and viruses on contact, making it a powerful disinfectant, too.

Method Tub and Tile Cleaner

If you weren’t already hip to Method Bathroom Cleaner, now’s the time to smarten up. Not only is this mint-and-eucalyptus-scented tub and tile cleaner phthalate and paraben-free, it’s brimming with naturally derived ingredients that can destroy mold, mildew, soap scum, and other gross bathroom build-up in seconds.

Hope’s Perfect Glass Cleaner

Thanks to its ammonia-free formula and no-streak results, Hope’s Perfect Glass Cleaner has earned a rep for being the best glass cleaner in the game. Throw in the fact that this impeccable mirror, glass, and window spray is priced at under $5, it’s no surprise that it is top-rated across the web.

Mean Green Cleaner & Degreaser

Filled with strong, biodegradable cleaning agents, the Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser dissolves grease and grime in everything from fabric to concrete—in a matter of minutes. And since this heavy-duty cleaner is free of bleach, acid, ammonia, and other harsh (and stinky) chemicals, you can feel safe about using it on hard-to-lift spots and stains throughout your entire house.

Method All-Purpose Cleaner

We said it before and we’ll say it again, Method cleaning products are adored for a reason—and their All-Purpose Honeycrisp Apple Cleaning Spray is no exception. Comprised of super fresh-smelling plant-derived ingredients (like corn and coconut) this capable APC spray can tackle almost any kind of non-porous surface—including counters, tile, stone, wood, and glass—for only 3 bucks a pop.