There are a lot of cleaning products on the market for a variety of uses and temperaments. Windex was invented for cleaning windows. Its fresh scent and distinctive blue color have been copied by many generic brands. The truth is, Windex is little more than ammonia, water and a masking scent to make it more pleasant to use. If you want to save money, ammonia is very inexpensive. Do NOT under any circumstances mix ammonia with bleach. Not even if its in the Windex. Doing so can create harmful toxic gases. I have a friend who lost her sense of smell by mixing bleach and ammonia hoping to make a stronger cleaner. There is a warning label now on both bleach and ammonia. If the smell of ammonia is very bothersome to you another inexpensive alternative is white vinegar. Vinegar is all natural, organic, and cleans sinks, floors, windows and countertops as well. I have yet to see a real difference between generic bleach and the name brands. Some of the name brands offer scented bleach, which if you can't stand the smell can be nice. Be aware though, any kind of added scent may cause allergies. Bleach can be poured into toilets and let sit over night for a sparkling bowl. You can also use it in the laundry for white sturdy clothes. Use special bleach, such as Clorax II for colored fabric. Another organic all natural laundry booster you can use if you don't like bleach is Borax. Borax is safe with high efficiency washing machines and it smells very fresh. Borax can be mixed with water to wash floors and tile as well. Sinks and tubs can be scrubbed with abrasive cleaners like Ajax, Comet or Bon Ami which usually contain some bleach. Use a wet sponge to scrub off soap scum. In between cleanings, spray some vinegar on the shower doors to keep scum from forming. Wear rubber or latex gloves if the cleaners bother your skin. Washing floors used to be the bane of my existence before Swiffer invented their spray mop. This thing is an excellent tool. The mop head can be replaced endless times with new clean pads. The handle incorporates a squirt spray of cleaner which can also be refiled. Of course once you get started you are kind of stuck buying Swiffer products. Still, I like it so much better than wringing out a string head mop or squeezing an old fashioned sponge head mop, both of which quickly get smelly. One chore that seems to have gone the way of rotary phones is waxing floors. Most kitchens do fine with just liberal sweeping and mopping. Wood, such as cabinet doors and table tops should not be cleaned with any of the products mentioned so far. To keep wood nice looking and dusted use Pledge or Endust occasionally. But to keep the wood from drying out it is a good idea to once a month use furniture oil on it. Chose a time when no one is going to be home, or just before you are going to bed so that the oil has time to soak in and not stain your clothing. Oiling your wood gives it a wonderful natural luster.
By msmuffintop Mar 25, 2010 Edited Apr 14, 2016 0 0