Spring Cleaning Essentials
Spring is almost here! I think I started off one of my last posts like that. Can you tell I’m excited? Do you guys really get into the whole spring cleaning thing too? I love to open up all the windows on a beautiful early spring day, crank up some music and deep clean the entire house. There’s usually some furniture rearranging going as well. I wanted to put together a post of my spring cleaning essentials when it comes to cleaning tools. These are all amazing, inexpensive cleaning tools that will make your cleaning routines so much easier. I’ll be doing a series of posts on spring cleaning so look out for that in the coming weeks.
I think cleaning and organizing go hand in hand with decorating. It’s hard to have a well decorated home if it isn’t clean and (somewhat) organized, amiright?
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When I received this duster in the mail, I literally ripped through the plastic like it was Christmas morning and dusted around my house for a half hour. I fell in love with it! The handle is really easy to hold and it picks up dust everywhere. All those nooks and crannies that are hard to get. Like the ceiling fan blades, on top of door moldings and refrigerator, artwork, baseboards – I could go on and on. I don’t have to bend down. I just run this duster across stuff and magically everything is clean again.
The duster part comes off pretty easily (there’s a snap) so you can toss it in the wash. It’s an amazing duster!
Two // Magic Cleaning Eraser with Durafoam
Using these magic erasers is like therapy for me. I can get every.single.mark off of whatever it is I’m cleaning. And it just feels so good to have clean stuff! I use mine for walls, doors and grout, mainly. But there are so many places you can use these things. I’ve also used them on my baseboards (to remove scuff marks etc), oven glass (amazing), around doorknobs and on appliance handles, cabinets, furniture! (Psssst : I’ve even used a clean one to remove sunless tanner).
I’m tempted to try this brand but haven’t yet – if anyone has let me know!
I can’t live without this toilet cleaning tool. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be sitting here writing these words in a blog post. But this tool took away that stubborn ugly hard water ring. I tried a lot of things! And this finally worked. It doesn’t scratch. It just buffs away the marks. And I am so thankful because it has made our bathroom feel truly clean again. And it even inspired me to buy a new toilet seat. Just because I was so proud of the clean bowl. That’s what this amazing toilet cleaning tool does.
I am desperately trying to cut ties with paper towels. I don’t like the way they look on the kitchen counter. I can’t find a brand I like. They leave lint everywhere when you clean. They are expensive to me and they are bad for the environment. We compost ours but still. I don’t like paper towels. But they do come in handy. Especially when you have kids. And a dog. And your kid is covered in spaghetti and your dog threw up on the floor. No – that never happened to us. 🙂 Using a microfiber cloth in a situation like that would require me to actually wash off the offending “stuff” before throwing the cloth in the wash. Could I do it? I don’t know I’m quite there yet. I would love to use paper towels a lot less though.
One thing that has helped me in my quest are these inexpensive microfiber cloths. I use them to clean counters, the kitchen table, wipe down appliances, clean mirrors and windows etc. These have been so indispensable to me and I haven’t had to buy new paper towels nearly as much. I love that. These are easy to wash and dry with the other cleaning stuff. (Hint : Don’t use dryer sheets with anything microfiber because it ruins their dust attracting qualities). Their different colors make it easy to assign them to different tasks too.
When I was little, my mother taught me to re-purpose old toothbrushes into cleaning tools. (She is also a clean freak. It must be genetic.) They are so handy for getting in all those little crevices, like window sills, grout corners, around faucets etc. Like the good daughter that I am, I always had an old toothbrush in my cleaning arsenal. I finally tried these actual cleaning brushes and they are so much better than regular toothbrushes! I mean, it’s the same idea but they are angled so I find I can get into those tight areas a little easier. The bristles are also tougher so they do a better cleaning job. You get a medium and small sized one with the set.
I’ve found so many ways to use these little brushes. Like around the toilet seat part where it connects to the toilet? You know what I’m talking about? ick. But it’s perfect!
We have glass shower doors in our bathroom and using a shower squeegee after a shower on the glass doors and shower walls really help cut down on the grime and moisture. I actually have this one by Quickie and it works great but this one also has good reviews. Get a shower squeegee – you won’t be sorry. Next time you go to clean the shower it will be so much easier. Now if I can just get my hubby to use it more…
If you are into making your own cleaning solutions, then getting spray bottles is the way to go. I love these because they are so pretty and I have the amber glass soap dispensers to go with it. Also, when you make homemade cleaning solutions, I’ve read that certain ingredients are better suited for glass bottles (like essential oils). I’ll do a post soon on my favorite homemade cleaning solutions.
By far the easiest way to corral all your cleaning items and keep them organized. Whip this out when you need to clean and you have everything with you. I keep one on each level of our house so I’m not dragging cleaning products up and down the stairs all the time.
A scrub brush should be an essential part of your cleaning arsenal. This grout brush is so great because it’s angled! When you are scrubbing the tile in your shower, it’s so easy to get in the corners to scrub the grout clean. The larger brush allows you to finish the job quicker too. I definitely use mine all the time.
Happy Cleaning guys!