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The Aliyah Files #1: Recommended Cleaning Products to Buy in Israel

Time to clean your house, wash dishes, and do laundry. Say goodbye to your favorite standbys and hello to the following items.

Natural Products: For the folks who like using natural products this is for you: lemon juice=מיץ לימון, vinegar=חומץ, and baking soda/ sodium bicarbonate=סודה לשתייה. For real lemons, besides the ones at the grocery store, you can often find them growing on trees. Say goodbye to Arm & Hammer baking soda. You won’t find it here.

Dish soap: Palmolive, Spark and Fairy to name a few brands. I still prefer my Palmolive. My favorite sponges are the metallic ones because they keep their squish the longest.

Laundry Products: Powdered detergent, liquid detergent, fabric softener, and stain remover.

Don’t make the mistake we did be confusing liquid detergent with liquid fabric softener. We were fresh off the plane and doing laundry for the first time. We were staying in the Mercaz Klita (absorption center) and didn’t have anyone showing us the ropes. We bought fabric softener in error instead of detergent. We couldn’t figure out why our clothes smelled so nice but didn’t look like they were getting clean.

Bleach: Called economica אקונומיקה. Comes in these big bottles or also in squirt bottle size. ***safety note. The shape of the bottle is reminiscent of a milk jug, so keep away from children. Milk, on the other hand, comes in plastic bags and cartons.

Multi-purpose cleaners and toilet bowl cleaner: There are also Israeli products, but I prefer my tried and true favorites.

Anti Kalk: A product to become familiar with. De-mineralizes the deposits left from hard water. Get used to hard water…

Cleaning supplies: squeegies, wooden handles for broom heads and מגב heads (large squeegies/ foam heads for doing sponga). Replacing the heads of brooms is a common occurance, something I never did in the USA.

Sponga soap: You will never see a mop again. You will use your מגב, water, sponga soap and floor rags. Maybe I should make a video…

There you have it, the products to keep your home spic and span.

Thanks for reading. Karen, The Klutter Koach. January 29, 2017

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