I really enjoyed reading everyone’s responses to my “How often do you…” post. Animals, kids, country living or not, family size, all played a part in how often we do housekeeping basics.
I had one question from a commenter:
I've been reading your website and blog for over a year now. My question is (and you may have previously addressed it) what cleaning products do you use (mainly bathroom, mopping liquid, etc)? I thought you might use homemade products or strictly Borax. Please share if you can. Thanks:)!
Mainly I use vinegar. Funny how after trying this and that I come down to vinegar. I make a small bucket of cleaning water (about a gallon) using vinegar and a little essential oil for a nice fresh lemon smell. I use 1 gallon of water, ½ cup vinegar and a drop or two of lemon essential oil. Technically it is a floor cleaner, but I end up using it for wiping down counters, wiping down walls, and of course cleaning floors. I use this cleaner more than any others because it is easy to make and inexpensive.
I make one gallon of this cleaner up and it lasts me several days. The trick is to never put a dirty or used rag back in the bucket of cleaning water if you want it to last for awhile. When I clean my floors I use a Sh-Mop.. a nifty floor cleaning tool my mother in law introduced me to years ago and I became an instant fan. Same idea as a Swiffer Mop.. only better.. the head it bigger and the cleaning cloths are terry cloth and you wash them and reuse them. They last an amazingly long time and do a great job in cleaning up the floors. I tried a Swiffer type thing once and was very disappointed in comparison. Plus I would not like having to buy the refill wipes for these.. don’t like being tied to a product like that and I guess I am just too frugal to boot.. Ha..haa.. :) So as soon as I mop my floor I take my Sh-mop cover off and toss it into the laundry. It gets washed with the rest of the cleaning rags. So basically no dirty rags ever go back into the cleaning water, so it lasts until it runs out. If you are interested in looking at a Sh-mop you can see them here: http://www.thecleanteam.com/catalog_f.cfm?category2=cat10&category=Sh-Mop
I do use a few store bought cleaners too.. I use Commet type cleaner to swish my toilet every day, I use Scrubbing Bubbles on my tub, tile, and sinks.. because the stuff is amazing.. and Windex on my mirrors and windows. Sometimes I will make my own window cleaners or tub cleaners. It is nice to know how to do this when I run of something.. there is always a homemade alternative!
I have my homemade household cleaners listed here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/homemadehouseholdcleaners.htm