Save on Cleaning Products

When it comes to cleaning the house, a survey of women finds they spend an average of five hours a week cleaning. Consumer Reports ShopSmart says you don't need to spend money on tons of cleaning products.

"We found you don't need a whole army of cleaners to get a clean home." said Consumer Reports' Sue Perry. "For instance, you don't need cleaners labeled antibacterial for the most part. And over-using these cleaners can contribute to the emergence of anti-biotic-resistant bacteria."

You see lots of bathroom cleaners on store shelves but you can save there, too.

"You can skip a separate toilet bowl cleaner. A little all-purpose cleaner in the bowl works just fine," said Perry.

As for the rest of the bathroom, Consumer Reports tests show Scratch-free Comet Disinfectant with Bleach works wonders on shower-scum... and on sinks and counters throughout the house.

Consumer Reports ShopSmart says be aware ammonia cannot be mixed with bleach because that creates dangerous fumes.

And because ammonia is a harsh chemical, it's important to wear gloves and goggles to protect your skin and eyes.

If you don't like the smell of ammonia, ShopSmart says try an all-purpose cleaner with pine oil instead. It's inexpensive and you can use it throughout your house, too.

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