Upon what cleaning chemicals do you depend in keeping your house?
I use few other than dish and laundry detergent, having switched to microfiber rags and mops, cleaning mostly with plain water. It seems to me to do a better job, and it leaves no residues or odors. I am curious to learn if others are experimenting with the same strategy.
I use vinegar for many cleaning tasks. It is very cheap. Check out my Green clean hub. Harsh chemicals are not good for you or the environment. Keep up the good work! Dish clothes and sponges can harbor germs very quickly so keep them clean by boiling or in the case of sponges, pop them in the microwave for ten seconds to kill the germs.
I have never heard of microwaving sponges to kill germs!? Does that really work!? I never thought about different, cheaper ways to clean other than adding a bit of water to make it last longer. If you only use water, do you not use anything to sanitize/kill germs?? I've been wondering what to use because antibacterial products are so bad/dangerous for you, but it seems that everything.
I've narrowed mine cleaning chemicals down, a LOT. There's a cleaner I use in the bathroom and kitchen that has an active ingredient of chlorine dioxide. In the product I use, it has not odor and isn't corrosive like straight chlorine. Mainly though, aside from the dishes and my clothes, I'll clean with a steam cleaner. I love it for the floors, but to pick up dog hair, I use a dust mop, and microfiber towels for dusting. I still do use a little Comet everyone once in a while (some things passed down from mom will always stick!).
I discovered the microfiber method when doing research on cleaning strategies for my church. It was developed for hospitals, laboratories and other places that have to control biological contamination, and it's said to get over ninety-five percent of the dirt and germs where traditional chemical and cotton cleaning gets only sixty or seventy percent of them. So far, that claim seems born out both at the church and in my limited experience around my house. It works only for hard surfaces, of course, not on rugs.
I got several plastic spray bottles, one quart each, from a cleaning supplies store. I put hot water in one of them for general cleaning. I no longer use glass cleaner on windows or mirrors, the water and microfiber way works better. When I especially need to kill germs, I use another spray bottle filled with hydrogen peroxide. I have a third with white vinegar in it to attack odors. Even on the bathroom floors and kitchen counters, though, plain water seems to do the job most of the time. Just be sure to keep changing to a fresh, clean rag whenever one gets dirty. It works by mechanically cutting off the dirt with all those microscopic threads, and so it only picks it up, it doesn't dissolve or neutralize it.
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