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.