* Toilet disinfectant wipes. A chux cloth, rag or toilet paper sprayed with a little Miracle Spray will do the same job. Soak it in a bucket then wash it in the machine with other cloths / towels. Beware, toilet wipes cannot be flushed down the toilet. Yes, they do clog the sewer pipes.
* Dishwasher tablets. For decades people used powder in their dishwashers and it worked just fine. The tablets were invented and suddenly it's the only product to use. I use Coles no name powder which costs about $2 per 1 kilo box. I only need two level teaspoons to clean my dishes. Because I use so little powder, I can get over 60 washes for $2. We load our dishwasher as soon as dinner is over. Boil lines on saucepans are lightly scoured, plates are scraped and the dishwasher is turned on before the food dries on the plates. Yes we do have tablets in our home but they are saved for special occasions when we are really short on time. The bonus of using powder is you can put the dishwasher on a quick wash saving electricity and water. The tablets need the longest, hottest cycle for all of the tablet to dissolve.
* Hard floor / tile cleaners. Generally they leave a film on your floors so they don't look as clean as they should. Avoid the harsh smelling chemicals and use a dash of dish washing liquid with a good squirt of white vinegar in a bucket of boiling or very hot water. Make sure you wring out your mop as much as possible to avoid water marks. I've used this combination on all sorts of hard floor surfaces with great success.
* Air fresheners. I'm sure you are not keen on spraying the fragrant chemicals in your home. Sometimes there is a need for an air freshener especially when you've had a smoker in your home, visitors are coming or sickness arrives. Save the Glen 20 for the sickness and make your own air freshener for the other needs. Just add a few drops of essential oil and cooled boiled water to a small spray bottle and shake. I like to use water soluble lavender oil for my air freshener.
* Stainless steel cleaner / wipes. I've tried using these a few times and I'm not convinced they are the only product to use. I've found water and a clean microfibre cloth will do the job especially if you dry the appliance off with a dry cloth or paper towel Potato water does an amazing job too. Have a read of this blog post I wrote earlier this year. .
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