There is a big trend for ‘green’ cleaning products now … If that’s what you’re looking for, this post is not for you … I like chemicals. I like strong scents and tough cleaners. These are my most used, tried and tested and well loved household cleaning products.
All purpose cleaners:
Flash with Febreeze (cotton fresh). This is my go-to kitchen cleaner. If I need to do the worksurfaces, appliances and metal sink … This will tackle everything I one fell swoop. I dump a cup full into a sink of hot water and use it for everything (including spot cleaning the laminate floor). It scents the whole room with fresh clean loveliness.
The second offering is an Asda-own product. This thick all-purpose disinfectant is a little thicker and better for sticky residue (remember I have a toddler who’s forever making mess). I really like the old-school pine scent, too.
Flash with bleach:
I have more bottles of this upstairs as I use it mainly in the bathroom. I use it all the time, it’s THE BEST product for getting toothpaste and soap marks off from the sink and mirror, it cleans scum from the shower and works wonderfully around the toilet and on tiles. I spray it, leave it to work for 5 minutes or so and then remove with toilet paper, which I can just flush away. Super fast, super effective.
Windowlene (original cream) and White Spirit:
This is my window cleaning power combo. And my God, it smells heavenly. I use about one part white spirit to two parts windolene (it has to be the old school cream which is hard to get hold of! Wilko sell it online if you’re interested). It’s brilliant and cutting through grease and leaves a lingering smell of my childhood (a mixture of Mom cleaning the windows and Dad cleaning paintbrushes).
CIF actifizz in ‘Ocean’:
This smells super clean and is so handy to have around because of the spray bottle. I use it for windowsills, on our stainless steel sink, door handles, to clean kitchen appliances and the highchair. Just everywhere. It’s regularly on offer, so I like to make sure I always have a few bottles in the house. It dries very quickly and streak-free.
Fairy, original washing up liquid:
Always Fairy, always Original … Why mess with a classic? I use this to clean any dishes that won’t fit in the dishwasher (hate having dishes sitting on the side!) and also to clean the inside of our cupboards and drawers, plastic chopping boards and kids toys. Cuts through grime. Lasts forever. Smells like ‘clean’. Win win.
These multi-surface polishes are amazing. The have lots of different scents, I like them all. I use them on our wooden dining table, the wood panelling in our hallway as well as the TV, other electrical appliances and all of our free standing furniture.
This Tesco offering comes in at a bargain 50p per bottle. The Ocean fragrance gives it a swimming-pool-y, chlorine-y edge – just delightful. I bung it down my toilet 3 times a day or so, deep clean the bathroom tiles and floors with it, use it in the kitchen for germ-busting and deep clean the bins with it.
I do use other household cleaners not listed here, but these are my holy grail products. The ones I purchase time and time again. The ones that keep my home clean and me happy.