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Maybe, it’s just me who is a complete sucker for cleaning stuff, but I suspect I’m not alone … go on, I challenge you, count all the products you’ve got … hmmm, I thought so 😉
I guess we fall for these products because most of us suck at cleaning.
But, something had to change and I have SLASHED the 25 right down.
AND what a result!!!
With the help of 7 low cost natural cleaning products I cut out 20 other products!!
That’s a whole load of money AND space saved.
So here’s my take on what you do and don’t need and how to combine the 7 super essentials easily to tackle just about EVERY cleaning job in the house.
7 Essential Natural Cleaning Products
These seven are my war horses that let me declutter AND save money!
- White Vinegar (UK)
- Baking Soda / Bicarbonate of Soda
- Cream of Tartar
- Citric Acid (UK)
- Hydrogen Peroxide (UK)
- Micro Fibre Cloths (UK)
If you can’t find them locally in bulk, you can get them on Amazon.
If you haven’t used micro fibre cloths before I totally recommend e-Cloths – they clean … AND kill bacteria … super quickly with just water.
Which means you’ll save even MORE money in the long run!
What You Need for Each Cleaning Job
|Cleaning Product||Keep?||Replace With|
|Anti-Bacterial Spray||N||Micro-fibre cloths, vinegar, hot soapy water|
|Cream Cleaner||N||Paste of baking soda & water|
|Lime Scale Remover||N||Vinegar, lemon juice|
|Oven Cleaner||N||Baking soda or cream of tartar & water, mix to paste + leave overnight|
Scrape off with spatula. Then wipe with microfibre
|Stove Cleaner||N||Micro fibre stove scrubber|
Or paste of cream of tartar & water
|Wood Polish Spray||N||Equal parts olive oil & water with squeeze of lemon|
|Dusting Spray||N||1/2 tspoon olive oil, 1 cup vinegar, 3 cups of water|
|Floor Soap||N||Equal parts white vinegar & warm water|
|Quick Floor Cleaner||N||Micro-fibre mop|
|Glass & Mirror Cleaner||N||Vinegar & micro fibre cloth|
You can make your own from grated soap, washing soda, baking soda, salt & citric acid … the fab Jessi from Practically Functional has a recipe.
I am just not there yet …
Vinegar in the rinse cycle. Or half a cup of a solution 6 parts vinegar to 1 part baking soda.
I am still using fabric conditioner but very, very little per wash & everything is much less crusty!!
|Stain Removers||N||A stain removal kit of dish washing liquid, baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and surgical spirit (or vodka!) will tackle almost all stains|
|Toilet Cleaner||N||1/4 of a cup of citric acid & same of baking soda|
|Dish Washing Liquid||Y|
Hot soapy water is brilliant for getting rid of all sorts of germs. And dish washing liquid is great on stains.
But check the chemicals in your brand … Google them … and you might want to go greener.
Eco Me gets the highest A rating from the Environmental Working Group
|Dish Washer Tablets||Y|
You can replace with a mixture of 1 cup of washing soda and 1/4 cups of citric acid & coarse salt as per this recipe from My Healthy Green Family
Make your own washing soda by baking a baking tray of baking soda at 400f / 200c
|Rinse Aid||N||Put vinegar in the rinse compartment|
Yes you need to buy soap but it doesn’t need to be anti-bacterial. Ordinary soap just as effective.
Unnecessary use of anti-bacterial soap may contribute to rise of super bugs.
|Anti-bacterial gel||Y||As a mum, I think you need this when you’re out + a long way from soap + water. Accidents happen!!|
|Hand stain remover||N||Get dried paint off your hands by rubbing them with oil, lots of hand lotion or butter (!) + wash well.|
|Drain Unblocker||N||1/2 cup of baking soda followed by cups of vinegar & hot water. Leave then rinse with boiling water|
|De-scaler||N||Boil 3/4 full kettle. Add 1/5 cup of citric acid. When stops bubbling rinse thoroughly with cold water.|
|Ant powder||N||Boiling water on nest. Vinegar. Baking soda.|
|Fly & wasp spray||N||Spray with hot water and dish soap|
|Moth sachets||N||Sachets of dried mint, rosemary, lavender & cloves will repel moths|
|Grout Cleaner||N||Solution of 2 parts water to 1 part hydrogen peroxide sprayed on & scrubbed with tooth brush|
I do hope this helps you cut down on your cleaning clutter.