Many people are unaware of the versatility of cleaning products. You may be tricked by brands and cleaning companies into the idea that a certain type of product is for the bathroom, whilst another is for the kitchen or sitting room. Whilst admittedly some cleaning products, like wood polish, will not be particularly useful when cleaning the windows, you should be aware that the dividing up of some products is not always necessary. In many respects, the use of soap in cleaning is universal. In history, sop was used for the face, the floor and for clothing, so why is it such a disparate set of things that fills our cupboards nowadays? Product diversification comes in trying to get the job done as best possible, but the amount of difference between using a cream cleaner on the bath and surface cleaner on the kitchen counter is perhaps less than is made out by the advertising. The compartmentalization of domestic cleaning products is acerbated by the companies that make them, as the more products that you buy, the more money they make. It is therefore in your interest to discover products that can do a range of things, rather than sticking to different cleaners for different jobs.
For a start, washing up liquid is made up of PH neutral soaps, which makes it perfect for washing dishes. It cuts through grease, kills bacteria, and leaves a variety of materials that go in to washing up clean and perfectly fine to eat off of. Given that the washing up covers plastics, ceramics and metal to name a few, it seems as if the product is safe to use throughout your domestic cleaning. As a start, within the kitchen cleaning, you can use washing up liquid to do the surfaces, as the lather will cut through the dirt and grease just like it would on a plate. Simply use posing and wipe down the surfaces, and then wipe away any residue lather with a wet flannel or cloth. You can use washing up liquid on the oven top as well, just leave it to soak in to the tougher dirt, before scrubbing it away.
The uses for washing up liquid are not limited to the kitchen, however. You will find that you can use it extremely effectively in-floor cleaning, upholstery cleaning and carpet cleaning. If you are concerned that your floor requires a certain degree of special attention because it is made from a delicate material, then you will often find that any problems would be caused by acid or alkali problems. Being PH neutral, washing up liquid is fine for this. Do not use too much in your mop bucket though, or it can lather up too much, and be a bit difficult to get rid of.
Try using washing up liquid in the bathroom, as it will cut through the soap scum, grease and dirt that can be so difficult to get rid of. Washing up liquid can go a long way, and lathering up a squirt of it in a shallow bath will give you enough lather to clean all of the sink, bath and shower. Just use a rough sponge and treat the surfaces as you would the plates in the sink!
Using a pea-sized amount of washing up liquid on a slightly damp sponge will be a great way to initially clean smaller stains on the upholstery or the carpet. Be careful not to use too much water when sofa cleaning, however, as otherwise, you risk mould setting in!
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