8 of the Best Budget-Friendly Cleaning Products Out There (They’re All $4 or Less!)

published Apr 6, 2022
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When it comes to cleaning products, expensive isn’t always better. In fact, some of our the best cleaners cost just a few bucks (which makes them even more amazing).

If it’s time to stock up on cleaning supplies, or you’re looking for more budget-friendly alternatives to your current line-up, this list is for you. Here are eight amazing, cheap cleaning products — and they actually work.

Bar Keepers Friend

We can’t stop raving about this old-school cleaner. The powder cleaner is great for rubbing off burnt residue, shining up metal or glass surfaces, and cutting through grease in your oven. You can even use it as a stain remover in your laundry.

Buy: Bar Keepers Friend, $2.08 for 21 ounces at Walmart

Bon Ami

Thanks to the natural, soft abrasives feldspar and limestone, Bon Ami powder can safely remove grease, grime, and stuck-on gunk from pretty much any surface in your kitchen, bathroom, or wherever else you need it.

Buy: Bon Ami, $1.39 for 21 ounces at Target

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Dawn Dish Soap

Seriously, what can’t Dawn do? Use it for everyday dishwashing, scouring away stubborn food residue on pots and pans, removing laundry stains, and even for cleaning your bath tub.

Buy: Dawn Dish Soap, $1.19 for 6.5 ounces at Target

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Have annoying scuffs on your wall, skid marks on your floor, hard-to-remove marks on your counter? Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to the rescue. Just get the melamine foam wet and wipe away to your heart’s desire! At $4.94 for a four pack, these must-have cleaners come out to just over a dollar each.

Buy: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, $4.94 for four at Walmart

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Baking Soda

You don’t need specialty cleaners to tackle the toughest chores in your home. Baking soda, which is basic and slightly abrasive, is useful for so many cleaning jobs. I love it for absorbing gross smells in the trash and fridge, and forming a paste that can easily scour away caked-on food from glass cooktops or degrease the inside of an oven that hasn’t been cleaned in months. 

Buy: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, $0.99 for one pound at Target

White Vinegar

As long as we’re on the topic of pantry staples, white vinegar is another inexpensive must-have cleaner. Dilute it with water, then use it to clean glass, disinfect your kitchen sink, or de-grease your stovetop. A half cup in the wash is also great for dealing with stinky laundry!

Buy: White Distilled Vinegar, $2.79 for 218 ounces at Target

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Pumie Scouring Sticks

These hand-held pumice sticks belong in every cleaning lineup. People love these for removing the toughest toilet bowl rings, but you can also use them for removing baked-on food or stubborn stains in your bathtub or shower — all at a fraction of the price you’d pay for specialty cleaners. 

Buy: Pumie Scouring Sticks, $1.98 at Walmart


In search of an all-purpose cleaner that can do everything from cleaning wood floors to disinfecting food prep surfaces? Look no further than Pine-Sol. This versatile cleaning hero is concentrated, so you can dilute it to different strengths, getting up to 12 gallons of cleaning power out of one $3 bottle. 

Buy: Pine-Sol, $3.78 for 48 ounces at Walmart

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 8 of the Best Budget-Friendly Cleaning Products (for $4 or Less!)