Hello Dear Reader,
Thanks for writing about cleaning products and whether we should spend more and buy Eco products or buy for economy. Well, it depends what you call economy I suppose. It depends on your budget and what you want to do with your money.
Years ago, very many years ago, I used to be a publican and caterer and was fully trained in the legalities of cleanliness for health and safety reasons. Here’s the cleaning products we were trained and expected to use. Oven cleaner, detergent, abrasive cleaner and bleach. That was it. You can use any brands of those but I use supermarket own brands and as you know I shop in Aldi but I also buy cleaning products in Poundland.
Here’s my cheap scrubbing of my house. I buy oven cleaner in Poundland and spray the oven with it once a week, leave it for an hour and use an abrasive nylon scrubber to get it clean. I have packs of microfibre cloths, again from Poundland and rinse it out. I get five cleans out of one £1 can of oven spray.
All the work surfaces and floors are washed with hot water and a squirt of bleach. I also use a small squirt of bleach and a loo brush to clean out the loo. A 59p bottle of bleach from Aldi lasts me for well over a month. From my training, I remember being taught that you won’t get it cleaner using more bleach so use just enough.
I wash the dishes in a plastic bowl, washing the cleanest items first and just use supermarket cheapy washing up liquid. Dirty pans, roasting dishes, grill pans get scrubbed clean with wire wool pads which I buy 20 for £1 in Poundland.
I clean skirting boards, internal doors, door frames, window sills with hot soapy water and good old cheap washing up liquid.
I launder our clothes with supermarket laundry liquid and softener and I use it sparingly. We have very soft water here in Cornwall so we don’t need much soap. I also don’t like my clothes to smell of detergent when they’re dry.
So, if your budget and your choice is to use Eco products, feel free. I think a house can be kept clean with minimal products used sparingly. I’m certainly not going to tell anyone else what to do but I use a few cheap and simple products that I use sparingly.
Whilst I’ve written this, the oven has been ‘soaking’ and I’m off to rinse it out.
Love Froogs xxxxx