Monday, April 9, 2012


I'm curious...what's lurking in your cleaning closet?  You don't have to spend an entire weekend or even an entire day cleaning your home.  If you have the right tools and you know how to use them cleaning can be effortless even enjoyable.  (I see those eyes rolling)  It's true.  Let's take a quick peek at what you have to clean your home with.  

First and for most a good vacuum with attachments is needed in every home.  Doesn't matter if you don't have area rugs or carpeting.  With the use of attachments, you can suck up cob webs and dust bunnies from the ceilings, and clean up food crumbs from under tables and kitchen cabinets.  Make sure your vacuum cleaner is in good working order.  My advice is to make sure its also clean.  You don't want to spread allergens from one room to another after each use.

Several of my go to cleaning tools are:

  • A broom with a wide angle and dustpan (you can also use the vacuum to "sweep up"),
  • A wet mop (microfiber of course),
  • A couple of buckets to use in washing floors, windows, walls, etc.,
  • A pair of rubber gloves (helps protect your manicure),
  • A good sponge,
  • A toilet bowl brush, 
  • Trash bags, and 
  • Lots of microfiber cloths for dusting and cleaning.
This list is by no means exhaustive.  These are a few of what I think is needed in every home.  Ok, let's take a look at what you have in regards to cleaning products.  I'm big on using environmentally friendly cleaning agents.  At work we use concentrated products because we're not storing large volumes of bottles and all you really need is a little product with some water and viola.  

Several of my go to cleaning products are:
  • An all-purpose cleaner for floors, walls, and other standard surfaces,
  • Disinfectant,
  • Degreaser, 
  • Dish washing detergent (can't live without this), 
  • Oven cleaner,
  • Wood cleaner,
  • Stone cleaner (for natural stone floors and walls), and
  • Stainless Steel cleaner (usually water based).
Again, this is a basic product list.  With these tools and cleaning products you'll be well on your way to an enjoyable cleaning experience.  

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