I've been a domestic cleaner ( as a job ) for over 24 years and used just about every cleaning product available in the supermarket. Usually they don't live up to the hype and leave me with a whopping headache from the fumes.
Quite a few years ago I ditched the cleaning sprays and products full of nasty chemicals and fumes. I opted to use the humble detergent for about 95% of my cleaning needs for our kitchen, bathroom, laundry and general household cleaning with amazing results.
I've used branded kitchen detergent as well as the Aldi 1 litre 99 cent bottle ( price might have increased recently ) and had good results from both.
Here are 10 ways I use kitchen detergent to clean -
* Clean the toilet. There's no need for fancy cleaners. Use dishwashing liquid heavily diluted with water in a spray bottle.
* Clean stains from carpet. Add a few drops to a damp microfibre cloth or old ( but clean ) rag. Gently work on the stain in circular motions. Blot dry.
* Mopping floors. Add a small squirt of dishwashing liquid to a bucket of hot water. This works on many hard floor surfaces. For high gloss floors, straight hot water might be the best option
* Clean kitchen benches and stove tops. I use dishwashing liquid diluted in a spray bottle. For benches I just spray and wipe. Stove tops should be sprayed with the diluted dishwashing liquid and left for a few minutes to soak into spills. Wipe with a clean cloth and buff dry.
* Remove sticky residue with a few drops of dishwashing liquid on a scourer. If the residue persists then add a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
* Clean the showers. Dishwashing liquid cuts through soap scum quite easily. Add a squirt to a scourer ( non scratch or heavy duty ) with water and clean in circular motions.
* Clothes stain remover. Often stains can be treated with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a small scrub of a toothbrush.
* Clean windows. Add a small squirt of dishwashing liquid and vinegar to a bucket of hot water. Wash the windows with any cloth and buff dry. Drying the windows reduces streaks left by the water.
* Clean your jewellery. Soak jewellery in a bowl of warm soapy water for a few minutes. Use a toothbrush to loosen any dirt.
* Degreasing appliances. Grease and grime can build up on appliances, especially in the kitchen. Either add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to a cloth or spray the appliance with detergent diluted with water in a spray bottle.