This week I jettisoned yet another product. It turns out that anything bicarb can do, soda crystals can do better*. Soda crystals are a stronger alkali, which means you need less to do the same job; and a 1 kg bag costs the same as a 500g box of bicarb. I made a drain volcano this week as the bath was draining slowly; and a tablespoon of soda crystals did the job nicely.
Our cleaning kit now consists of:
- Soda crystals - they are just awesome - degreaser, deodoriser, toilet cleaner, drain volcano ingredient and laundry liquid ingredient/additive all in one!
- White vinegar - I use this for surface cleaning, glass cleaning, descaling and as a conditioner when I wash towels. Also, those drain volcanoes.
- Washing up liquid - I tried bar soap for dish washing, but our water is just too hard. I also mix it with water and vinegar for a shower spray.
- Oxy-bleach or Borax substitute - I use this very sparingly in white washes. I made do without for years, but it's the best way to clean white school tops. I prefer the Oxy-bleach, but only buy it if I can find it packaged in cardboard, not a plastic tub. Both can be used to clean patios and decking apparently.
- Bar soap - laundry soap ingredient and stubborn stain remover. I also use it to wash the lino floor in the hall.
I have a small collection of different cloths, rags and brushes for applying the products and elbow grease. The only place I use disposables is to clean the toilet and the potty - and one large roll of kitchen roll lasts months for this purpose.
I love it when I find that something can be done with even less money, waste and clutter.
*Apart from cakes. Stick to food safe bicarb for baking, obviously.