Want to know the cleaning products that I use regularly around my home? You may even have several of these products in your cleaning supply tool belt right now. The best part about these cleaning products? They’re cleaning products that do double-duty. No, they aren’t cleaning services (that’s what kids are for!) but they will save you time and money. What makes them so special? They’re inexpensive, quick, easy to use, and you won’t have to spend your money buying lots of different, expensive cleaning products because they all have double uses.
Cleaning Products That Do Double Duty
Lemon oil: Lemon oil is a great product for cleaning all of your wood surfaces. Squirt a little on a cleaning rag and wipe away the dust while protecting and moisturizing the wood. Next, use that same cleaning cloth to wipe down and clean all of your stainless steel appliances. Get double-duty cleaning credit by wiping your kitchen appliances and removing those pesky finger prints. Just like cleaning wood, go with the “grain” of the stainless steel. I like Weiman brand but make sure to only poke a small hole in the top when first opening it rather than removing the entire plastic covering. This will keep the oil from dispensing too quickly.
Rubbing Alcohol: Did you get sap on your hands while cutting down your Christmas tree or while doing yard work? No problem. Pour a little rubbing alcohol onto a cotton round and rub that sap right sap off. Double-duty job? Use another cotton round to give your bathroom or kitchen sink faucet fixtures a quick wipe down. You won’t believe how quickly your sink fixtures will be gleaming and germs are gone in an instant.
Baking soda: Baking soda is great to use on food that’s stuck to your pots and pans. Don’t spend time scraping or scrubbing that pie pan. Sprinkle baking soda into the dish with soapy water and let it soak over night. While you’re sleeping, the baking soda is working. Make yourself a baking soda shaker, too. It’s easy to make and pretty to look at. Double duty use? Once your sink is empty but still wet, sprinkle baking soda into your sink and rub it in for a paste. Leave for 20 minutes (or longer) and with a quick wipe and rinse, your sink will be gleaming.
Borax: Borax is a laundry booster and can help add an extra punch when cleaning your clothing. If you have a soiled garment, get a small bucket and place the item inside. Add 1 scoop of Borax and cover with 2-3 inches of water. Let soak a couple of hours (or a couple of days) and then add this mix to your laundry load when you’re running the next load of wash. You can also soak garments in the bottom of your washing machine if yours allows you to fill it a little and stop it. Double-duty use? Add a scoop to your toilet bowl and let it sit over night. When you wake in the morning, give your bowl a quick once over with a brush, flush and voilà – done!
I’ve stopped using Borax because it got a horrible review on Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) so I no longer buy it. Try Arm and Hammer Laundry Booster instead.
White vinegar: White vinegar can be used as a multi-purpose cleaner around the house and is especially good at getting rid of mildew. Make sure to dilute your white vinegar with water so that it’s not too strong. Undiluted vinegar is quite acidic. Double-duty use? If you’ve bought a new pair of jeans for the holiday season, let your jeans soak in a cup of white vinegar and water mixture overnight prior to washing them the first time. After soaking and a quick spin in your washing machine, your new jeans will retain their color longer.
These household cleaning products are great for cleaning. And, because they have double duty uses and don’t cost a lot, you’ll find that they’re great to keep in your arsenal of cleaning products or your cleaning tool belt or whatever you prefer to call it.
What’s your favorite cleaning product?