We try to keep things simple over here. We try. Often I fail, get overwhelmed and then figure out what I need to cut out of my life.
I used to buy bleach, simple green, air freshener, 409, toilet bowl cleaner, carpet cleaner, and many more! I loved all the smells and different products. I would find them on sale and stock up.
Not anymore. We keep it simple now.
For everyday cleaning we use two products: vinegar and baking soda.
Our cleaning routine entails:
Citrus Vinegar Cleaner
A gallon of vinegar is about $2 and I use this cleaner for everything. I don't worry about my son wanting to spray cleaners in his mouth (he does this!) or getting into any cleaning chemicals. I also feel better about asking my toddler to help spray the tub. It's fun and keeps life simple!
For further reading on the uses of vinegar: 30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace
Baking soda is the other cleaner we use. It helps remove stains from tubs, sinks and counters. I also polish silverware and teapots with it. My daughter has a blast putting baking soda and water paste all over the tile in the tub.
For more reading on the uses of baking soda: 27 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda
A quick warning. It is an adjustment to switch to simple cleaners. It requires more "elbow grease" as my mother used to say. It's harder to remove stains and icky stuff, so just think of it as your daily toning!