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Cleaning Products Made Simple by Moxie Gusto

October 19, 2011 • Paige

Is the area under your kitchen sink cluttered with ten different kinds of cleaning products?  You really don’t need them. Besides, they cost too much and they’re almost all toxic.  Having a “non-toxic” house (or close to it) is pretty easy. Just stop using commercial cleaners.  You already have simple stuff that works just as well.

All you need is hot water, white vinegar, and baking soda or salt. I clean my stove with plain hot water, which takes less effort than it used to with harsh commercial products.  Commercial cleaners irritate my skin and they have a nasty chemical “stink” to them.  Even when I’ve been lazy and there is stuck-on food from last weekend’s cook-a-thon, it all comes off with hot water.  Sometimes I might scour with a little table salt or baking soda, too. The same thing works to clean floors, counters, walls, etc.  Put a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and you have a natural germ killer and deodorizer spray.  There won’t be a vinegar smell when it dries.

  • Glass cleaner: Water and a clean, dry cloth.
    If you’re really old school, water and newspaper.
  • Floors:  A gallon of hot water with a cup of white vinegar.
  • Kitchen & bathroom: baking soda for scouring, vinegar & water spray, plain hot water
  • Toilet: straight white vinegar and a scrub brush
  • Soap residue and water spots: straight white vinegar

Sponges and scrub pads tend to get germy and stinky after a while, so I don’t buy them. I just cut up discarded t-shirts. I have all the cleaning rags I’ll ever need without spending a dime. The best part is that I can toss them in with the laundry.

Stay tuned… Next, I’ll share my super simple laundry secret.

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