Having a clean home doesn't have to drain the food budget. Yes, the few cleaning products I buy are included in my small food budget. As a hired domestic cleaner of over 20 years, I've learnt that the fancy cleaning products are not necessary to keep a home clean. More than anything, they are toxic, expensive and a complete waste of space ( and money ).
Microfibre cloths are a great invention. I use the cheap version at home and work. They last for years and reduce the need for chemicals.
Miracle Spray is the best cleaning product I've come by. It's great for cleaning showers, toilets, sinks, floors, stoves, laundry stains and carpet stains. I'll be forever grateful to Joyofquilting from The Cheapskates Club for sharing her recipe. It's changed my life, my health and my budget. For about $1 you can make up a large 2 litre bottle.
Bleach is used every few months to keep the shower grout looking clean.
A small dash of disinfectant is used in the washing if the clothes are smelly.
Mirrors only need to be cleaned with water and a microfibre cloth for glass.
Floors are cleaned with vinegar, detergent and boiling water. Or you can just use boiling water.