Last night I was cleaning my bathroom - using "409" or whatever that citrus scented crap from the grocery store is. It was REALLY strong, and very unpleasant to smell it for even a couple of minutes.
I'm curious as to what natural things people use for household cleaners? Any suggestions for when giving the bathroom/kitchen a deep clean?
At the risk of incurring the wrath of downvotes, I have to admit that with one exception, I don't use any of those hippie cleaning products because they're ridiculously ineffective. The one exception is Seventh Generation fabric softener, which smells really nice. Other than that, I use conventional products because they actually work.
Here's what I'm talking about: I had a wool sweater with arm pits that were full of really nasty stank, even after washing. I wet it and applied Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds to the pits, full strength, lathered it up, let it sit for half an hour, and rinsed it out. It was as if I'd done nothing to it. Repeat with Dawn dishwashing liquid: stank gone. And, that's not the only case. Take the hippie dishwasher detergent... stuff was so lame I practically had to hand wash the dishes before loading the dishwasher.
It's Formula 409, Clorox Cleanup, Cascade, Windex, unscented Tide detergent, etc. for me.
Baking soda (cannot live without it).
I can't stand the smell of vinegar, I use citric acid instead.
Microfiber cloth - works wonders on dust, windows, stainless steal. I have at least 10 of them.
Sodium Perborate for tough stains on clothes. Ox bile soap for some stains.
Eco-friendly dish washing liquid that is completely natural and does not smell.
This is ALL I use. Never use anything else.
Bathroom kitchen spray. Take a spray bottle, fill 2/3 to 3/4 with hot water. Add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid (or powdered surfactant if you have it, which I do because I make stuff). Gently swirl until dissolved. Fill the rest of the bottle with just plain old rubbing alcohol. You can add a couple drops of essential oil if you want. Lavender/tea tree is good, as is anything citrus. Right now I have lavender/geranium and it rivals anything from Mrs. Meyers albeit without cute packaging.(Don't overdo--it will take a couple days for the scent to "set").
If you've ever used Trader Joe's cleanliness is next to godliness spray, this is like that. I just hate the smell of the EOs they use.
The soap water combo cleans, the alcohol disinfects and makes it dry faster so no streaks. You can make this without, but keep in mind that the alcohol also acts as a preservative.
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