Ever gone and stood in the household cleaning products aisle in your local supermarket? The sheer quantity of all the different products that are available these days is astounding.
So how do you pick which ones will do the job in your house? Do you read the labels to see what the manufacturer claims the product will do?
Do you check what the chemical ingredients are?
Or do you just look for the cheapest option?
Believe me, sometimes the cheapest option can be the most expensive!
A cheap cleaning product is expensive if:
It doesn’t do the job you bought it for,
It doesn’t do the job very well and needs to be done more than once, or
You need to use twice as much (or more) than you would with another product to get the job done.
Kitchen Cleaning Products
In the kitchen, every surface and appliance needs to be cleaned, and in that supermarket, you will find a different product for each and every one.
You will find surface cleaners, spray, and wipes, floor cleaners, oven cleaners, glass cleaners, ceramic tile cleaners, mold removers, cleaners with a disinfectant in them, creme cleaners, stainless steel cleaners, dishwasher cleaners, fridge cleaners, and deodorants, drain cleaners and more.
If you were to buy just one of every type of kitchen cleaner you would be too broke to buy or build the extra cupboard you would need to store them all!
So how do you know which household cleaning products your really need?
Bathroom Cleaning Products
In your bathroom, you probably have a shower alcove, a bath, a toilet, mirrors, and a bathroom cupboard (not to mention the floor and the walls) that will need to be cleaned regularly.
In the bathroom I find that is not necessarily the particular cleaning products that you use that make a difference in how easy or difficult the cleaning job is, it is how you use them but more about that later!
Laundry Cleaning Products
The choice of laundry cleaning product you buy will depend on the particular laundry task (washing wool, removing stains, cleaning the laundry, ironing, etc) and the tools you are using to do it.
For example, do you wash by hand or is your washing machine a top-loader or a front loader?
Do any of your family members have sensitive skin or are they particularly hard (messy) on their clothes?
If you are washing a mechanic’s work clothes you are going to need a different product than if you were washing your delicates!
Upholstery Cleaning Products
Cleaning your upholstery can be tricky depending on the design of your furniture and what the covers are made of.
Carpet Cleaning Products
For carpets, you will find spot cleaners, shampoos, dry shampoos, and deodorants. Some are more effective than others.
Window and Glass Cleaning Products
Hands up to anyone who actually likes cleaning windows!
If you have got your hand up, I have got a ton of windows here that you can clean anytime you like…