Monday, 18 February 2013

75+ Things You Need to Run Your House!

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To prove a point in a rather heated argument - about the effort involved in housework - I counted up all the different things that we buy from the supermarket to keep the house vaguely clean and functioning.

There were over 75!

Yes - you heard me - 75 different things!

Is it any wonder that we spend a small fortune on shopping every week! Or that I need a dedicated shopping list to keep track of it all!

I'm sure we could cut this down a bit by using more natural products - like baking soda, and vinegar - and I am pinning lots of ideas for natural alternatives that you can check out at the bottom of the post.

But even with lots of natural alternatives I think it would be pretty hard to get this list to under 50 items ... What do you think? Are there things you manage without? Or would you add more

75 Things You Need to Run Your House

  • Cleaning: Anti-bacterial spray, cloths, cream cleaner, lime-scale cleaner, rubber gloves, oven cleaner
  • Dusting: Dusters, feather duster, wood polish spray, dusting spray
  • Floors: Floor soap, quick floor cleaner, mop head, hoover bags, hoover filters
  • Windows: Glass polishing cloth, window and glass cleaner
  • Rubbish: Black bin bags, small bin bags
  • Laundry: Clothes washing liquid, clothes washing power (whites), delicate washing liquid, fabric conditioner, laundry bleach, stain remover stick
  • Stain Removal: Bicarb of soda, big bag of cheap salt, white vinegar
  • Shoes: Shoe polish - neutral, colours, suede, shoe cleaning - brushes. shoe laces
  • Bathroom: Loo brush, replaceable heads, loo paper, loo cleaner, loo freshener
  • Food Care: Cling film, foil, greaseproof paper, kitchen roll, freezer bags, ice cube bags, bag clips
  • Washing Up: Dish washing liquid, dish washing brush, dishwasher tablets, dishwasher rinse aid, scouring pads
  • Hygiene: Anti-bacterial soap, anti-bacterial gel, hand stain remover
  • Maintenance: Plug hole un-blocker, de-scaler liquid, silver polish
  • Pest Repellent: Ant powder, fly & wasp spray, moth sachets
  • Electrics: Batteries, fuses, bulbs
  • Emergencies: Torches, candles, matches
  • Stationary: Printer paper, printer cartridges, biros, blue-tack, envelopes, sellotape, stamps, staples, glue, wrapping paper

To help keep track of your household, you can download, save and print off this one page 75 things you need to run your house shopping list. and you can check out some ideas for natural alternatives on this Pinterest board ...

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  1. I think it all depends on what you are comfortable using. I worked for years to get my list short without sacrificing cleaniless. I use vinegar to clean my counters, floor (+ dishdetergent), to my daily shower cleaner, windows, and bathrooms (not the natural stone.) I also switched from disposable items to reusable items which helps a lot. For example, I try to use containers for the freezer and fridge as much as possible instead of cling wrap or zipper bags.

    1. Totally agree - it's a big mind shift to use natural products. Trying to get there, baby steps at a time ...

  2. I'm going to keep this list to show my husband for the next time he asks me, "How is it that you run to the store for one little thing and end up spending $75??"

    Boy, when you add it all up, it's insane how much you need!

  3. What great tips! I found you through The Inspiration Board at Carolyn's Homework and would like to invite you to link up to my party, Project Inspire{d} ~ I hope to see you there!

    Mary Beth

  4. Oooh! I just found you through Works for Me Wednesday. Lots of neat stuff on your blog. Going to spend some time reading. Thanks!

  5. I love, love, lists. That's how I can keep things straight and organized in my mind. Thank you and love your site.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

  6. Amazing! Sometimes the list of things a person needs feel overwhelming! Thanks for sharing at The Gunny Sack!

  7. Found you from Ladybird Ln and SO glad I did. I'm getting my house ready to sell and this post is just what I need to make sure I have everything I need to prep it!

    Jen @ Noting Grace

  8. Wow, that is quite a list. I run a nine room B&B and don't use that many items. Surely a lot of the items on that list can be purchased more cheaply in bulk than you pay for the same item at a grocery. A glass cleaning cloth?? Newspaper out of the recycling bin works great. Loo brush with disposable head? It is more economical to use a reusable brush. Floor cleaner can double as toilet bowl cleaner. Window spray can double as counter top cleaner. Bleach can be used for mildew in the bath as well as the laundry use. If you really feel a need for an antibacterial spray, a tablespoon of bleach to a quart of water works just as well as any commercial product out there. One laundry detergent should work for any item by adjusting the amount used. (I do indulge in stain removers: Biz and Zout.)

    But like Lisa says, it is whatever you are comfortable using.

  9. This post was the most viewed link at my linky party last week. Love it! It is so true we do buy the same thing over and over again to make our household run!

    Thanks for sharing such awesome mom advice!

  10. Interesting post. I'd love to have you share this at What to do Weekends party. Take care, Linda


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