What Do You Use To Clean?

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

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!

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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. Heck, 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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11 thoughts on “What Do You Use To Clean?

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I love my spray bottle of dish soap. It keeps me from having to rinse & rinse to get off all the soap from even a tiny little squirt when I’m hand-washing a single dish.

  1. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner

    I love using an all natural cleaner. So much better for you than the commercial chemicals. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. Christy L

    Very cool! Can’t wait to try it. I’m visiting from Fluster’s Creative Muster Link Party.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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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