Housework: Homemade Cleaning Products

Do you remember how ages ago I said that I would use Saturday posts for goal updates and discussions about housework? The goal posts have been going up (but we’re only in May, so miles to go there!) but I haven’t really talked about the housework. Why? Well mostly because there is nothing to talk about. I’m more or less on top of my domestic duties. I know the things that need to be done and I do them. There are four things that trip me up are:

  • cleaning the oven
  • defrosting the fridge
  • hoovering and all other types of cleaning the floor
  • ironing

But in the last two weeks, I’ve got on top of all of them, the oven doesn’t smoke, I can close the freezer door and my carrots and mushrooms don’t get frozen anymore.

I don’t expect it to last but it’s nice at the moment.

The recent oven cleaning got me thinking about how my cleaning products have changed this year. I’ve started to ‘make’ them. I never thought this would be me, for a start I didn’t clean enough. I’m a huge advocate of tidy but not so much of cleaning and dusting, so I would buy some flash or the method multi surface cleaner  and clean as and when things were dirty. I did wipe down the kitchen counters every day but with fairy liquid!DSCF5190

Then I discovered the mice. I’ve written about how awful it was and that I was cleaning every day, mostly twice a day (in the hope that mice were repelled by the smell of bleach!) and the cleaning became a habit (which has been reinforced if I was thinking of slacking off by the dead mouse incident last week). So now, after I wash up and put everything away (another habit I’ve developed), I use a bleach spray and clean the counters. I was running through cleaner enough that I started to make my own bleach spray. It works pretty well so when I ran out of bathroom cleaner, I started to use it there too, with the addition of peppermint oil.

I also bought some distilled vinegar with and made a half vinegar/half water spray also with essential oil, orange this time for use on windows, the hob and the sink.

Every money saving blog in the world talks about bicarbonate of soda as an oven cleaner and because it is so much cheaper than oven cleaner I thought I’d try it. If it was rubbish I could go back to oven cleaner. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt worked pretty well, didn’t smell disgusting when I switched the oven on again and didn’t give me chemical burns. Ok, the oven was a bit white and dusty after I first used it again but that was easily cleaned up with a wet cloth and didn’t take any more effort than using an oven cleaner did.

I’m not ever ruling it out but I don’t think I’m going to start making my own laundry detergent or fabric conditioner and I’ll never abandon Fairy Liquid but my cleaning things are a lot more homemade than they used to be!

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