Your grocery list should include vinegar, baking soda and olive oil. It's far cheaper than buying a bunch of bottles that might be pricey. Then arm yourself with a nylon scrubby, clean sponge and micro-fiber cloth.
For cutting boards and countertops, vinegar and hot water is a great to say goodbye to bacteria.
Toilets and bathtubs can shine up well with a big helping of baking soda and some elbow grease.
If you want to keep germs at bay, fill a spray bottle with 10 percent vinegar and 90 percent water. Spray surfaces and let sit for a half hour, and then rinse with water.
The vinegar-water solution is also the best recipe for clean mirrors and glass. When working on exterior windows, add a dab of dish soap to the solution to get rid of heavy dirt.
Using a micro-fiber cloth makes the job a lot easier. If you don't own one, a soft lint-free cloth will do.
When it comes to furniture, a damp micro-fiber cloth will remove light dust without a problem. If you are looking for a bit of a shine to surfaces, follow with a cloth dabbed with olive oil, but don't put oil on your micro-fiber cloth - use a soft cotton cloth instead.
To make a big batch of all purpose cleaner, mix 8 cups of water, a 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. It will be good for all kinds of basic cleaning.
Finally for those tough jobs, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a tablespoon of water. Make a little paste, and put it on the rough spots. Let it sit two hours, and then get scrubbing.