My post here about ridding my world of disposables received a lot of comments (thanks!) and also a great email from a lady who has a cleaning business and likes to use eco-friendly cleaners that are cheaper. Here’s some tips from Diane on cheap cleaners:
* Microfiber cloths are the greatest thing since sliced bread! I purchase mine from Microfiber Unlimited (on-line); remember you get what you pay for. There are different qualities out there. I use them to dust, either dry or damp. You can skip the windex and use one damp cloth and use a dry one to make mirrors shine! Once you start using them, you’ll find they’re great on everything!
* I have a microfiber mop. Kind of like a swiffer, but way less expensive. The microfiber mop head is washable and you can use it dry, to get the dust up and then use it damp for spills, etc. Great for wood floors!! Can’t live without it!
* Also, I use vinegar for all floors except wood. Way cheaper than floor cleaners out there, I buy gallons at a time. It’s a cheap de-greaser. Editor’s comment: Vinegar is awesome although it stinks! We used it to strip wallpaper and it was amazing, way better than the expensive stuff we bought!
* I, also, could not live without the Mr. Clean erasers, (I have bought generic ones and they do seem to work just as well). They get fingerprints off of walls, crayon marks, perfect for the stove with less work, cuts soap scum in showers, marks off the floor instantly; another product that once you use it; you’ll go crazy trying it on everything!