Tuesday, March 6
Before I Recommend
My views and opinions on cleaning products are very personal and they might not match your own; we all unique with our very own circumstances and criteria.
My first category is the naturals. A website I would suggest you have a look at should you be interested in using natural products is www.dri-pak.co.ukI am generalising here but these are the products our grandmothers and great grandmothers used. They do work but comparing them to what most of us are familiar with today they do lack sophistication and ease of use. Today for instance I used liquid soda crystals and bicarbonate of soda to clean my kitchen sink – it’s very clean now but the bicarb took ages to rinse off and without buffing dry there are a few smears. I also now have the hands of a scullery maid.
The star of this collection has to be soda crystals for their all round usability. And they are reasonably cheap to buy. Great for keeping drains clean and free flowing (use weekly) and quite magical when used for soaking oven shelves. But there is nothing instant about them.
White vinegar is another star performer; more expensive than supermarket own brand window cleaners, it does smell – yes you've guessed it of vinegar but the smell wears off very quickly.
Environmentally friendly products.
This is where I am going to be a little outspoken so prepare yourselves – before I go into any detail I want you the reader to think about when you buy (if you do) these products? I’m going to suggest that there is a certain amount of fantasy and aspiration that we as consumers have been sold as part of the environmentally friendly bandwagon. I also think guilt has a large part to play as well.
Of course I don’t think there is any one who has absolutely no regard for the environment, but does buying Ecover washing up liquid really make the difference to the way this world is heading? My biggest bugbear is how influential lifestyle magazines that make us hanker after off white carpets and pristine houses and expect us to keep this fantasy clean with EF cleaning products!
Nothing I tried was better than a “regular” product. Saying that I have a few products I perverse with – the washing up liquid, and the general purpose cleanser.
The other major consideration is cost – these products are expensive and are very rarely on special offer.
The Big Guns
I am 43 years old. I can remember my mother soaking things in buckets, her preoccupation of grease marks and "under"stains; so I make no apology for choosing to use biological washing powder. I do however only use half the recommend dose and spray grease marks with a pre-treat spray just before my clothes go into the washing machine.
I am currently in love with a spray surface cleaner that took my eye in Waitrose, but I am fickle when it comes to this sort of product and will be lured into buying special offers should the packaging not be too gaudy or brash (I have issues with Mr Muscle)
And then there's my beloved Cif which I refer to as Jif it's old name. I do use it sparingly and I don't know what else I can say about it -it works!
Tomorrow I shall finish my personal cleaning Odyssey with tips! And then I feel it will be back to business as usual:)