What Do You Use To Clean?

by Tammy Taylor

I was recently gifted a hefty supply of pears from the trees of two different friends.  How wonderful!  Wanting to keep them from going to waste I set to preserving them right away.  I peeled, cored, chopped, cooked and canned several pounds of pears over the course of several days.  It was a Crazy-Canning Lady’s Marathon!

When the cooking marathon was done I was left with a kitchen in dire need of a good thorough scrubbing.  There was sticky pear juice everywhere!

My kitchen cleaner costs very little and my ingredients are so much softer on the environment - even the containers are repurposed! #TexasHomesteader

So I washed all the dishes and put away all the stock pots, canning supplies, jars and such. Then I was left with wiping down the counters, cabinets, sink and any appliances I touched while I was working.  OK let’s be honest, I needed to wipe down EVERYTHING!

Inexpensive, Effective Cleaner

As I pulled my spray bottle of cleaner from under the sink I smiled knowing that my cleaner was effective, gentle and SO cheap inexpensive.  What do I use?  Just like your mama always told ya – soap & water!

I had a family member save the empty spray bottle from a commercially-produced cleaner for me. Then I rinsed it out & filled it with water and added a hearty squirt of grease-cutting dish soap.  A gentle swirl and an identifying label & I was ready to go.  (please ALWAYS remember to label your cleaners!)

It works so well for pennies. Plus  I enjoy the mild scent that takes the place of the chemically smell of the commercial stuff. The biggest plus? I know my homemade kitchen cleaning solution is both gentle and effective.

My kitchen cleaner costs very little and my ingredients are so much softer on the environment - even the containers are repurposed! #TexasHomesteader

 

So between my spray bottle of soapy water & my little shaker jar of baking soda (for when a little extra scrubbing was needed like my poor sinks) along with a trusty cleaning rag – I got busy wiping down everything in that kitchen.  I love that it cost so very little and that my ingredients are much gentler on the environment – even the containers are repurposed!

Give it a try – you have nothing to lose except sticky counter tops.  Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to get back to work cleaning!

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22 thoughts on “What Do You Use To Clean?

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  4. Linda

    I am a messy cook. After a day in the kitchen I need at least an hour to clean every surface. I like the baking soda in the little shaker idea. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend.

    Happy New Year!
    Linda

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Funny Linda, when I first filled that little shaker with baking soda I had no idea how often I’d use it (and for what). I’m constantly grabbing it for a little extra scrubbing power in my kitchen. ~TMR~

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  5. JES

    I’m with you. Haven’t bought a store cleaner in years… Just vinegar, water, baking soda and a splash of (essential oil if feeling decadent) or cleaning herbs like lavender and lemon 🙂

    Thank you for sharing all your resourceful and helpful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays.

    Have a happy, healthy and blessed new year!

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  6. Christy L

    Very cool! Can’t wait to try it. I’m visiting from Fluster’s Creative Muster Link Party.
    http://christyscraftycorner.blogspot.com/2013/12/scrap-smashing-monday.html

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  7. Jen

    I have the same bottle of soapy water to do my cleaning, too. I also use ammonia and water to clean my windows. I like to use vinegar on the kitchen sink. Our water has a high mineral content and it really helps with hard water deposits. We don’t have granite countertops to worry about, though.

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  8. Alli

    I add a little vinegar to my soapy water to make a super high powered cleaner. Just keep it away from granite counter tops!

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes Alli – me too! I had to find something else for my kitchen though when we got the granite counter tops. I’m pretty pleased that plain ole soap & water does such an amazing job. I still just the vinegar mixture for my cleaning in other rooms though – hard to beat it. ~TMR~

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  9. Marla

    Liked you post and what I use to clean is just baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemons, a few essential at times. Visiting from Tuesday With a Twist Blog Hop!

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