I’m not obsessively houseproud, though Hubby and I both like our home to be clean, tidy and presentable. Neither of us is adverse to pushing the hoover every day, and the kitchen and bathroom are cleaned at least once in every 24 hours.
I can remember in the 1970s staying with some male friends and using a whole container of Vim (a bleach powder that came in a cardboard tube) cleaning their badly stained kitchen sink.
Even they were surprised to discover it was white, not brown.
So when I had a home of my own, I used a similar product and a cloth for cleaning.
After a while though, a horrible musty stale smell wafted across my nostrils, a sure sign it needed to be replaced and another old tea towel or tee shirt ripped up for suitable rags.
Then came the wonder of J cloths, those blue and white chequered or striped cloths either on a roll or in a pack of ten. Disposable and cheap to buy at the time, yet when you think about it, you were only doing the same as with your old rags, it was just prettier.
Discount stores introduced their own range, and the quality, as well as absorbancy and size, went downhill. There is nothing more frustrating that trying to mop up and everything stays wet and streaky.
MSM always had a pack of anti-bacterial wipes in her downstairs cloakroom.
We’ve been carrying wet wipes or similar in the car for years as you never know when you might need them if eating out or clearing up after Maggie, especially if she’s been poorly as she was a little while ago on our tip run.
Anyway, I got used to using them for cleaning and am doing the same here.
For the small price of £1, I got 50 anti-bacterial wipes which can be used once and thrown (definitely not flushed) away.
The beauty of these is that they are moist when taken out of the resealable packet, and wiping seats, basins, baths and the surrounding tiles keep everything clean and fresh with no nasty smells likely to lurk.
The solution evaporates so you have no streaky water marks, and they also seem to be keeping the limescale at bay.
We have a white suite here, and both of us have commented on how easy it is to keep clean using such a simple and non contentious product every day.
These are not to be used as alternatives to toilet tissue!