Were you caught out when the panic buying started in March ? Did you have enough cleaning supplies to complete your usual cleaning tasks ? I'll admit even though I usually have lots of everything, I didn't have enough cotton gloves on hand to feel comfortable during these crazy times. I'm allergic to rubber gloves and use cotton gloves inside the rubber ones when I'm at a cleaning job. It took many months for them to be available again so I made sure I bought heaps.
Even now, I've noticed the rubber glove and sponge / cloth section of the supermarket is a little bare at times. Maybe everyone is still buying up or maybe stocks are low at suppliers. I'm not sure.
Here are some cheap ( or free ) multi purpose items you should stock up on to keep your home clean and sparkling -
* Laundry soap. Whether you buying Sunlight or the generic bars of pure laundry soap, they are the key ingredient for making your own laundry powder. The boxes of soap don't take up much room either.
* Bi carb of soda. Buy in bulk from a pool supply shop ( known as ph buffer ), from Costco or a herb and spice shop to make great savings. I use bi carb in homemade laundry powder, to clean the dishwasher, for baking and oven cleaning. Others like to use it for all cleaning tasks.
* Lectric soda ( washing soda ). Found in the laundry aisle in the supermarket, it's used in Miracle Spray and for making laundry powder.
* Disinfectant. I only buy hospital grade and the pine fragrance for using in the washing machine to freshen up smelly dirty clothes. Also great for wiping down door handles, toilets and to disinfect a kitchen bench after handling raw meat. I've been known to spray a little disinfectant on a piece of paper towel, placed in a small bag and taken to the supermarket to wipe down trolley handles. I can't guarantee the supermarket will have wipes on hand.
* Rags. Any shape or form. I save all old face washers, hand towels, bath mats and bath towels and store them under the laundry trough to wipe up spills.
* White vinegar. It's a key ingredient used to make Miracle Spray, I use it in a spray bottle for wiping up cat messes. Vinegar makes a great deodoriser for underarm smells on washing, for cleaning windows and as a fabric softener. Of course there are more uses. I've just named a few.
* Rubber gloves / latex gloves. I'm not a fan of sticking my bare hand down a toilet to clean all the groves under the water line. Rubber gloves give a great barrier against germs and sickness. Also handy for using in food preparation.
* Glen 20 spray. This became as rare as hen's teeth back in March. Since then Glen 20 claims to be effective in eliminating Corona virus germs off surfaces. It's great for sickness smells and kitty litter smells.
* Spray bottles. Any shape, any size even recycled ones from used up cleaning products. Spray bottles are a wonderful way to save on cleaning sprays. I decant vinegar, disinfectant and diluted dishwashing liquid into separate spray bottles for various uses around the home. Guaranteed, if you need a spray bottle, you won't have one on hand.
* Epsom salts. They are great for soaking tired bodies, for cleaning the washing machine and for making bath bombs.