I find the people with the most cleaning supplies usually have the dirtiest homes because they think the products do the cleaning when the truth is YOU must do it (sorry!) and you don’t need that many different products to get the job done.
There are fancier ‘green’ products out there that cost 5x as much but I like to keep it simple. I also don’t need added scents which usually just give you a false sense of something being ‘clean’.
Along with these, Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook gives you detailed instructions of how to clean and maintain just about everything in your home. I refer to mine all the time. She also has great tips online.
– deodorizer: leave an open box in fridge + freezer, change every 2 month
– deodorizer: sprinkle on carpets and furniture then vacuum
– sprinkle on bottom of burnt pots and pans, add hot water, soak overnight
WHITE VINEGAR – natural disinfectant
– use one cup in bottom of dishwasher before running a cycle to make glasses sparkle
– soak shower head to remove mineral deposits
– spray shower walls and curtains to prevent mildew
BAKING SODA + VINEGAR – a powerful combination to remove stubborn dirt
– pour baking soda into kitchen and bathroom drains, follow with vinegar
and let the magic happen to prevent clogged drains
BON AMI – non abrasive, nontoxic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic power cleanser
– porcelain and stainless steel sinks, tubs, etc
– tub + tiles
– marble (use the original formula)
GOO GONE – citrus based solvent
– removes sticky stuff left over from stickers,
note: remove as much of the paper part of the sticker first
– use the BBQ grill cleaner to easily and safely clean your oven
MAGIC ERASER – like a microderm abrasion for hard to clean surfaces
– scuffs off painted surfaces
– hard to clean plastics
– outside surface of refrigerator (not for stainless steel though!)
BOUNTY PAPER TOWELS
yes, they’re not the most environmentally friendly product, but they’re strong enough to be used more than once. Personally I use them to dry off the sink area after washing dishes then reuse them when cleaning out the cat litter to clean off the scoop, not something you’d want to use a rag to do.
– clean hard to reach places and corners
– inside kitchen and bathroom drains (if you have access to drain itself)
– the often overlooked kitchen drain strainer
SEVENTH GENERATION PRODUCTS
personally I love the ‘free and clear’ line that is unscented.
I use dish liquid, laundry detergent, and glass and surface cleaner.