Today I’m getting the house ready for guests to come over for a party this evening. We don’t use commercial products to clean the house, and it saves us a ton of money, plus it’s healthier for our family.
Really, our cleaning regime comes down to three products: white vinegar, baking soda, and borax. These three things are pretty much all we need, along with some elbow grease, to get our house sparkling clean. What’s more, they are all super cheap!
Simply fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. Use it on surfaces and glass to disinfect and deodorize. I have a small bottle for the kids to use for chores or to clean up a spill, and I don’t have to worry if it’s toxic for them to be around.
Baking soda makes a perfect deodorizer and cleanser. Its tough granules will help you scrub sinks, bathtubs, showers, and stovetops without scratching surfaces. Pair it with vinegar for a powerful one-two punch. Sprinkle some down the drain and pour a little vinegar to activate a drain cleaner and deodorizer.
We use borax to clean the toilet. Sprinkle a little in and wait 30 minutes to swish with a brush, then flush. Better yet, let it sit overnight or while you’re at work. Borax is handy for lots of other cleaning applications as well. Simply check the box for more ideas.
Reusable Cleaning Cloths
We use shop towels or microfiber cloths to clean our house instead of paper towels. In fact, we don’t buy many paper products, opting to use cloth napkins and towels instead.