I want to comprehensively clean my apartment (bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen) in the most streamlined and "natural" (e.g. homemade, not commercial products) way possible, and I'm looking for specifics on how to do it.
Two key requirements: I want to minimize the disposable products I use -- no lysol wipes, paper towels, swiffer cloths, etc (exception: sponges, although I'm curious if they can be done away with as well). I also want to stay as close to the vinegar-baking soda spectrum as possible.
Which cleaning products to use where? When is a spray mixture of vinegar and water the best bet, versus a baking soda and water mixture, versus ammonia, versus bleach? If I'm dusting or doing general surface cleaning (e.g. on a bedside table) how should my application of the cleaner be different from when I'm doing a more intensive cleaning/disinfecting (like a biweekly thorough shower cleaning, or after cooking a big meal and making a mess of kitchen counter space)?
Which tools to use where (minimizing the type/amount)? Are sponges the best option for cleaning counter and table surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen? Or are hand scrubbing brushes more effective? Or re-usable rags? For floors, I'm distrustful of mops and suspect that a floor scrub brush would be more effective. Is that baseless? If not, what cleaning mixture would be effective with a brush, and would I need to rinse the floor afterwards? Wipe it down with a wet cloth? Let it air dry? Should I fill a bucket with the cleaning mixture and use it for the whole floor space (e.g. a small- to medium-sized kitchen floor), or should I dump the mixture halfway through and refresh?
Finally -- what's some good advice on cleaning your cleaning products? If I'm using rags and dish towels to clean and dry counter and floor surfaces, should I put them in the washing machine as their own load, or can I mix them with gym clothes, or even with bath towels and sheets? Boiling water has also been recommended for dirty rags -- should I have a dedicated boiling pot, or is a regular food pot acceptable because, by nature of the boiling, it'll still be sanitary for cooking use? And do you only throw the rags in after the water boils (and if so for how long) or do you throw them in at the start?
Apologies for the obsessive questions, but the more detailed answers the better. Also, I've already read this
, both of which were helpful but not quite what I'm looking for.