With all the different cleaning products on the market today, it’s easy to get confused.
Trying to find all the products you might need to clean your house can send your weekly grocery bill soaring.
But it turns out that most of the products on the cleaning shelves are branded and devoid of any substance.
We spoke to the cleaning expert lynsey crombie also known as the ‘Clean Queen’ to learn about the different areas of your home that you can clean with just one laundry product….
You might recognize Lynsey from the show Obsessive-Compulsive Cleaners, after developing an Instagram following online, she is now the author of four best-selling cleaning books.
“If I could only have one cleaning product in my mop closet, it would definitely be laundry detergent,” she says. It’s really inexpensive, antibacterial, removes grease and dirt, shines and smells great.”
“There are so many great uses for laundry detergent, it is an all-in-one degreaser, cleaner and stain remover. It costs a penny and is incredibly effective.”
And yes, we did the research at a time when Asda had one of the cheapest laundry detergents on the market with one selling for as little as 55 cents.
Everyone should have a suitable all-purpose cleaner in their home, and you really make a dishwashing detergent.
“Mix a drop of dish soap with water to make a perfect all-purpose cleaner that you can use in your kitchen to degrease your cabinets and surfaces as well as your stove, back, and oven,” says Lynsey.
Although there are many floor cleaning products on the market, you don’t really need them.
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Lynsey explains that dishwashing liquid will work well if you have a decent bucket and mop.
“You don’t always need a fussy product to clean your floors, and laundry detergent and warm water are the perfect solution for your mop,” she says. Don’t overdo it as too much can cause streaks, so you just need to put a drop in the bucket.
Toilet and surrounds
No one likes cleaning their toilet but getting some dishwashing liquid can make it easier plus you can get in and around your toilet with one product
Lyndsey says: “If you ever run out of toilet cleaner, just run a stream of water around the toilet and use a toilet brush to scrub the inside to clean the inner pan, then wipe around the outside and underneath, mix with water and scrub.”
Shower screens are notoriously difficult to clean. But you don’t have to splurge on expensive cleaning products to make your products sparkle.
“Dip water in your dish brush and scrub your shower screen, if you’re having trouble with hard water and limescale, let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing and drying,” says Lynsey.
Pet owners will be pleased to know that dishwashing liquid can be used on their pet’s bowl in the same way as normal use.
“Dishwashing liquid is safe to use on pet bowls and mats,” explains Lynsey.
Many of us are probably digging up our old vases this summer with pretty flowers in bloom.
But when you store flowerpots out of sight, they have a unique way of accumulating dust, and dishwashing liquid solves that problem in no time.
“Saturate your vase with warm water and a drop of dishwashing liquid,” says Lynsey.
New stains on carpet
Anyone who owns carpets will understand how frightened you feel when you see food or drink spilled on your precious carpet, but some laundry detergent can save you time.
“Put a small amount directly onto the stain and let it sit for 10/15 minutes, scrub with your fingers, and then simply put in the laundry as usual,” says Lynsey.
Delicate hand washing
Most of us use the same product to wash our clothes by hand as we do when we use the washing machine. But actually there is not much difference between washing basin and washing liquid.
Lynsey explains: “[Provided you are not allergic], You can use it with warm water to wash your clothes. If you’re self-catering on vacation, grab some. It not only washes your dishes, but refreshes your swimwear too!”