I used to always use some kind of cleaner when I wiped down my kitchen counters. I try to get good deals on cleaners (and I usually only use natural ones--we don't like chemicals!), but I was still using quite a bit and the cost adds up. Recently, I've been using just hot water to wipe the counters, and it works marvelously. I have really only been using cleaner when there's something extra stuck, or something that needs to be disinfected, like raw meat.
I'm all about simplifying things and saving money, so this has worked quite well for me!
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