Some of the best ways to use basic cleaning products are for everyday cleaning. High priced cleaning products are not needed. They provide some good disinfectant, but more harmful ingredients.
Choosing a few basic cleaning products to mix and reuse on a regular basis will work in your home. Over the years I have used lots of products with bleach. Bleach is a hard chemical. Now, I have an allergy to bleach from using it too much. After much research I switched products.
My bathroom is clean and disinfected without the harmful effects. Regular cleaning is key. Using simple products such as hot water and a clean white rag to wipe down the toilet or sink. Hot water disinfects, otherwise washing our hands is useless. Using this logic helped me to save a lot of money in areas of cleaning.
When I set a day of the week to clean, the hard products were not necessary. Switching to less harmful products was one of the best ways I have found to clean.
Basic Cleaning Products
My cleaning supply closet is not full of cleaners. I have basic easy cleaners that work everywhere in the house. Most are green cleaning products without chemicals. If I do use harder chemical products, then they sit to remove dirt while I clean.
The first basic cleaning product is hot water. That’s it. Hot water removes dirt, disinfects, and is in everyone’s home. Why is hot water one of the best ways to clean your home? Because hot water has so many uses. Hot water kills weeds, removes dirt scum, laundry stains, sore muscles and more.
Hot water is a basic cleaning product for each home. The hot water is must have for cleaning.
Next, olive oil. A small amount of olive oil is good for hair, cleaning the woodwork, stainless steel sinks, cooking, and sanitizer. Olive oil is on the top of my best ways to use basic products in your home.
Another staple cleaning product is white vinegar. White vinegar is great for windows, bathroom glass doors, stain removal, dirt scum removal, hard water stains, laundry stains, fabric softener, and cleaning tile floors. Mixed with a little bit of water a gallon jug will go a long way in cleaning.
My last basic product is baking soda. I use baking soda to get the stains out of my bathtub, toothpaste in a pinch, scrub the top of my stove, clean the inside of my stove, and baking soda also removes grass stains.
Baking soda is one of the best ways to clean hard stains like ring around the collar or bathtub rings. Buying baking soda in bulk saves money and is a multipurpose cleaning agent.
Storing Basic Cleaning Products
Storing these products is easy. Some are safe enough to go under the sink, otherwise keep them in the cleaning closet or laundry area. To accent the most use buying in bulk, then breaking them down into smaller bottles will help them to last longer.
Most of these products do not need anything fancy. A lot of these products are already staples in the home. Researching these products to see where they can best be stored will also improve the usability span.
Baking soda can become clumpy, so storing this in a seal tight container is one of the best ways I have found to preserve it. When storing, also think about ease of use. If I need baking soda for my recipe walking to the cleaning closet is not ideal. Keeping this product in an airtight container with my spices does work better.
Find what works best and it may not always be a cleaning closet.
Best Ways to Use Basic Cleaning Products
Trial and error have helped me a lot in my cleaning journey. It is safe to say that using vegetable oil on the floor is a bad idea. Some products need to be common sense. Using baking soda on a granite countertop would not work. First and foremost would be the residue. Next, long term damage.
To avoid these problems and more try using is a small area first. Too much vegetable oil in the hair will obviously make it greasy. Use small amounts and build with oil and baking soda.
Grab some books at the library and do some research. Our family recently purchased a new stainless steel refrigerator. The store recommended that it be cleaned with WD40. That does work, but I don’t like the smell. What did I do? Started to think of other products that might work. I landed on olive oil.
Trying to match these basic products to the effect you are looking for will help match the best one. I wouldn’t use white vinegar, but the oil had the same finished look that I desired. I knew that I could work a small amount of oil into the refrigerator to make the handprints disappear. It worked and no WD40.
Working with all natural cleaning products that are currently in your home is definitely one of the best ways to clean. All natural cleaning products are safe for kids and parents. No harsh chemicals to inhale.
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Dee | Grammy's Grid
Great tips here! If we all got back to basics we’d probably be a lot more healthier. Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Monthly Link Party 22. Shared!