HH Project: All Purpose Cleaner

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The first step in my Homemade Housewife Project is an all purpose cleaner.

I don’t know about you but I have spray for my kitchen, spray for my bathroom, liquid for my mop bucket and liquid for my furniture. I have no idea what manner of chemicals are in these various cleaning products, but I do know I have a variety of colours and smells and lots of different bottles of stuff all stuffed in my cupboards. The idea of being able to make ONE product from safe home products that does it all is obviously very appealing.

As well as appealing it is apparently very simple.

I finished up a bottle of Dettol antibacterial spray (I usually use Aldi’s own but Dettol have a nicer to use bottle) and filled it with a mixture of half water, half white vinegar, and a couple of drops of essential oil. Give it a good shake and away you go!

It’s remarkably effective. I have one bottle and it does the kitchen worktops, sink, the bathroom and cleans the various food marks left by Miss Rose off the sofa. I make the same mixture in my mopbucket and am left with gleaming laminate.

Vinegar is antiseptic so kills bugs and germs, a big plus, but does have a definite pong which is why some nice smelling essential oil is a good addition to the mix.

Now don’t go buying the glass jars of Sarsons that I started out buying. Yes it’s white vinegar, and yes it’s conveniently located in an aisle of ASDA you’d be browsing anyway, but my gosh you’ll be paying over the odds! Go online, or better yet, to your local Chinese supermarket. We headed for Denis Viollet Avenue in Trentham and the Wing Lee Supermarket. There I bought a 5 litre plastic jug of white vinegar for just a few pouds, less than I paid for a jar in ASDA. It’s also worth noting, for future posts, that I also bought a huge sack of Bicarbonate of Soda in there for a fraction more than I paid for a little pot in the supermarket.

If you’re anything like me you will find yourself using this white vinegar all the time. It’s brilliant. I am very pleased with my first success and shall soon post more!

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2 responses to “HH Project: All Purpose Cleaner

  1. This is excellent. I’ll definitely be following your housewife posts.



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