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How to save money on cleaning products

March 19, 2009 5:51:41 AM PDT
You can find cleaning products for just about anything, including tiles, floors, sinks, toilets and cabinets.When Eyewitness News teamed up with Consumer Reports, we found out you don't need a wide range of products, and you don't have to spend much money to clean your home properly.

Georgine Kaczmarek has loads of cleaning products in her cabinets that promise to add sparkle and shine to every room in her home.

"Everything and anything, I have a use for each one," she said.

But Sue Perry from Consumer Reports says cutting back on cleaning products can save you money.

"We found you don't need a whole army of cleaners to get a clean home. For instance, you don't need cleaners labeled antibacterial for the most part. Over-using these cleaners can contribute to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria," Perry said.

An all-purpose cleaner like ammonia is essential. Just be sure to dilute it, according to the instructions. You can keep it in a squirt bottle for everyday cleaning jobs around the house.

You see lots of bathroom cleaners on store shelves, but you can save there, too.

"You can skip a separate toilet bowl cleaner. A little all-purpose cleaner in the bowl works just fine" Perry said.

As for the rest of the bathroom, Consumer Reports tests show Scratch-free Comet Disinfectant with Bleach works wonders on shower-scum and on sinks and counters throughout the house.

For stainless steel, a little undiluted liquid dish detergent cleans as well as special stainless-steel cleaners.

"When it comes to your kitchen floor, you need to buy something that's formulated for the type of floor you need to clean. But if you have a wooden floor, hot water and a slightly damp mop is all you need." Perry said.

Finally, Consumer Reports' top-rated Windex No Drip foaming action will let the sun shine through your windows and into your sparkling clean home.

Consumer Reports says be aware, ammonia cannot be mixed with bleach because that creates dangerous fumes, and because ammonia is a harsh chemical, it's important to wear gloves and goggles to protect your skin and eyes.

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