How do you clean?

United States
October 9, 2006 1:32pm CST
I want details? I am a natural disaster so I need tips and help. I was referred to Flylady.com which I am definately interested in but I want more!!! What type of cleaning products do you use? (the cheaper the better!) Do you prefer natural and safe or do you just want it clean? Do you use rags, sponges or towels? Be as specific as possible. I was told to try out the clorox wipes which were a little expensive for my taste but the lysol ones were on sale and I must say that I do like them quite a bit. I also like sprinkling baking soda on the floor before vacuuming. What do you do?
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@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
9 Oct 06
I have one cleaning hint to give you that makes cleaning a whole lot easier. Lots of my friends and family have thanked me for this one! When I start to clean, I fill a little bucket of warm water and add a couple of squirts of liquid automatic dishwasher detergent. This is good for cleaning porcelain, glass, windows, front of the TV and all kinds of things. What's so great about it is that you don't have to rinse like you would have to with other cleaning products (to get the soap or residue off.) My ex husband used to smoke and it was really hard to get that off of everything, doing this made it a breeze. Even works well on car windows and headlights. I use an old washcloth (dipped into it and then wrung out) to apply it, and then an old piece of cotton towling to wipe it dry. Even when you do windows on the outside, you don't have to scrub (and you probably know how hard it is to get the grime off the outside of a window!) Generally speaking, anything that you would be able to put water on would be safe to use this on. It's cheap too. I bought a bottle of the automatic dishwasher detergent probably a year ago, or so, and since it's only a couple of squirts, it lasts forever. I never buy windex or specialty cleaning mixes anymore, this works far better than any of them that I've bought.
• United States
26 Oct 06
what brand do you buy?
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
26 Oct 06
I just use the Cascade brand, because it has what they call the 'sheeting action'. When the water 'sheets off' something, it doesn't leave water spots. The last time I bought a jug of it was at least 2 years ago, and it still is about 1/4 full! Like I said, a couple squirts is all you need for about 1/4 pail of warm water. And since you're only using a couple squirts each time, it really does stretch your money! When I buy it, I use a coupon from the Sunday paper, and wait for it to go on sale so I get even more savings.
• United States
16 Oct 06
One of THE BEST cleaning products out there (in my opinion) is the Mr. Clean Eraser. It comes in regular and xtra strength. There are other brands like scotch brite which I've tried and they seem to work just as well. You can use them on almost anything! They work great (and fast) on things like kithcen appliances(the top of refridg) EVERYTHING walls floors Even the interior of your car the wheels Shoes!! U can also use baking soda for MANY other cleaning jobs. I try to stick with the safe and natural. White vinagar is another great product with many different cleaning uses.
• United States
26 Oct 06
i like the safe and natural as well. I even looked into Maleluca until I found out how much money you have to spend every month! I tried using vinegar to mop my floor one day and it ended up smelling too strong. I didn't even use much. I also tried vinegar and water to get cat pee out of my couch because of a stupid cat that wasn't even supposed to be in my house and it backfired and just spread the stain. And it didn't get the smell out like I thought it would. (i had heard that vinegar and urine kind of void each other out) i have to try more baking soda because I have heard that it works from others too and it is soooooo cheap!!
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
15 Oct 06
Flylady advocates using whatever you have for cleaning, say a shampoo you bought but didn't like on your hair. She says soap is soap. I like certain things for their smell, like a toilet bowl cleaner that adds a nice smell to the bathroom if I leave it soaking for a while. I am a fan of cleaning wipes, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom, because they make it so easy. I heard a tip that I haven't tried yet but might since I still have a decent amount of baby wipes on hand from when my son wore diapers. It said to put bathroom cleaner in the packet and then use that for cleaning the bathroom. This is economical if you already have the baby wipes or they are cheaper than the wipes made for bathroom. I think I will try. Good luck to you. I am also struggling with this.
• United States
26 Oct 06
I love the baby wipes idea!
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
9 Oct 06
I don't use the clorox wipes, but I do use the spray. I use that or 409 and paper towels. I invested in a good bagless vaccum and that helps a lot. To dust (which I don't do often enough) I use the Swiffer dusters, they work great. I hate to mop and we only have 4 very small tiled areas in our apartment so I bought some of the spray mopping solution and use that with some paper towles to "mop" the floor. If you get stains on your carpet use the resolve high traffic that come with a brush. That stuff works miracles. One of our cats spilled ink othe carpet smonths ago and I had given up getting it out and then I tried the resolve and it came out with no effot. I have alos used it to get kool aid and bubble gum snowball stains out of the carpet.
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• United States
26 Oct 06
I'll have to try that stuff
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Keep the house picked up and put back to "beginning" level every night before bedtime. Every day do a little deep cleaning. Once a week do house cleaning. Toilets get Lysol Toilet bowl cleaner, Sinks and tubs get Dow Bathroom cleaner and Soft scrub for the tough spots. Mirrors get Windex. Wood and wood furniture gets Endust. Kitchen counters get Soft Scrub. Appliances get Windex. Floors get a combination of Ammonia and a squirt of dish soap in a bucket of water. If that's not available, dump some Windex into the water. Tough spots on the carpet get Oxyclean, otherwise they just get vacuumed. Rags are used for all these jobs so they can be washed in hot water afterwards.
@srhelmer (6934)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
16 Oct 06
I try to do some cleaning each day. Usually picking up around the house and doing some dishes. I'm far from being a neat freak though.
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@MooNzoR (58)
• Canada
20 Oct 06
I don't do it, my mom does. When I do, I make it fast, so I can get back to doing whatever I want!
• United States
26 Oct 06
what will you do when you live on your own?
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
5 Jan 07
things like sprinkling baking soda are quite new to me. Would try these out I have been doing all my work through maids who do all the washing and cleaning basically using sponge only.the other daily jobs include dusting of products and sweeping of the floor and then wiping it off with wet cloth.
@nisheeth (507)
• India
23 Oct 06
bu detergents
• India
22 Oct 06
me too