I like to keep natural stuff in my house. No crazy deadly chemicals. It's difficult to keep a clean, 'germ-free' house with 3 kids. Sometimes buying the cleaners at the store is just easier.
I've been following the Fly Lady for several years now, but never really keeping up with her daily tasks. I (try) to read the testimonies and (really!) try to do at least 2 routines a week.
One thing that she says, that keeps popping in my head once in a while is "Soap is soap"
I got a new washer machine a few months back. Love it! The only problem is that I had bought 3 large boxes of laundry soap. The soap was not for a HE machine. Hubby bought me a HE machine. What do I do with several hundred loads of soap now? Hmmm
The soap sat in the laundry room for about 2 months. I was going to put it on freecycle and bless someone else with it.
While cleaning toilets I noticed that I needed more toilet cleaner. I keep a vase (cheap $ store vase) with a toilet scrubber in each bathroom. In the vase is toilet cleaner. Sometimes store bought, typically vinegar and baking soda. While looking in the laundry room for the baking soda I noticed the laundry soap.
Enter the Fly Lady voice.
Why not try it. Worst case scenario, it doesn't work and I go buy baking soda (apparently I am out).
So, I put about a tablespoon full of granulated laundry soap in my vase, add water (to the top of the bristles of the scrubber) and get back to the bathroom. I scrub the potty.
It smells good. Better than the store bought stuff. Definitely better than vinegar.
I don't let the toilets get 'dirty' before scrubbing them. So I cannot tell you if this will work on a really gross toilet, but it seems to do the job 1) clean the toilet 2) use up the old soap
I think I will keep using this. When I run out of this soap (in 20 years!) I will probably buy some really cheap laundry soap and continue using the same concoction.