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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

How many different cleaners do you use?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (30614points) October 9th, 2017

I use a spray-on and rinse-off cleaner for the tub, Comet for the toilet, and a spray cleaner on the bathroom basin and on the kitchen counters and sink. That’s 3 different cleaners.

Do I really need 3 different cleaners?

I like the cleaner for the tub, because it takes zero elbow grease, and I am all in favor of modern conveniences to help a lazy man. I don’t mind a separate cleaner for the toilet and the basin. I’m using the same cleaner on both the bathroom basin and the kitchen counters and sink.

But seriously. Can’t I just use the basin cleaner in the toilet? It’s a cleaner, after all.

What do you use to clean different surfaces around your home?

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cookieman's avatar

I stuck with the Method Multi-Surface sprays for almost everything. Usually grapefruit.

They’re natural and less toxic.

The only exception is my Oxy-Clean Foaming Shower cleaner. Definitely very toxic, but it does a great job. Plus, I only clean the shower stall once a month.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Further: I’m in there getting clean. Why does the shower get dirty?

canidmajor's avatar

I mostly just use a vinegar water mixture, sometimes with baking soda, but on rare occasions I will use Fantastick or 409 or somesuch.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@canidmajor What do you use on the toilet?

josie's avatar

Vinegar and water
Vinegar and water and Dawn.
Thats about it.

Muad_Dib's avatar

Lysol power toilet cleaner for the toilet and shower (my water is super iron heavy, and it’s the only thing that reliably gets the rust out).

LA’s Totally Awesome degreaser – for lots of things.

Lysol all purpose cleaner with bleach

Clorox bleach

Dawn dish soap.

Gain laundry detergent.

Baking soda.

White vinegar.

canidmajor's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake, I use vinegar and baking soda. I dump in a bunch of baking soda (yay Costco!) then pour vinegar over it. Lots of foaming (à la middle school science project volcano) and quick scrub with toilet brush. Works a treat for a clean if disasters have not happened between cleanings.

Zaku's avatar

Hand/dish soap (sometimes use on counters)
Enzymatic general-purpose cleaner (e.g. for pet stains and counters)
Dr. Bonner’s peppermint mixed with water (for glass and killing wasps)
A natural glass cleaner product (don’t have to mix up, works differently than above)
Barkeep’s friend (for baked-on stuff – oven/sink)
Murphy oil soap (for paint and oil)
Toilet cleaner

I don’t really have an impulse to reduce the number of different products, but I think they all serve different purposes/targets well. I could not use dish soap on counters, not use Dr. B on glass, and try using something else in the toilet, if I wanted to reduce the number.

Lawn's avatar

I mix vinegar and water with 5 drops of lemon essential oil. I use it for everything.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Vinegar seems very popular. Is it that good?

canidmajor's avatar

Well, it’s a lot cheaper and infinitely less toxic than most commercial cleaners. It does require more elbow grease, but considering that I am quite lazy, it’s not too burdensome. :-)

Muad_Dib's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake – Vinegar is a very inexpensive (about $2.50 a gallon where I live) acid that works well as a degreasing agent, and also as a mild antiseptic. If you don’t mind your house smelling like a pickle for an hour or so, it’s really great for cleaning hardwood floors (use ½ cup to a gallon of warm water). The scent dissipates as it dries, and it doesn’t leave behind a film like a lot of commercial floor cleaners do.

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