Do you dread spring cleaning? Do you need ideas on how to make spring cleaning easier and faster? I happen to love to clean, but I am extremely picky. Here is my list of must have products to help making cleaning easier and faster.
1. Hoover Floormate
I hate sweeping and mopping. I don’t own a dust pan and don’t own a mop. To me, sweeping doesn’t get all the picked up, it often makes the dirt particles fly up into the air bothering my allergies and then settling back down on the surfaces I just cleaned making them look dirty again. Mopping is just disgusting in my opinion. A mop harbors so much bacteria and just wipes dirty water around the room.
Before Hoover came out with the Floor mate I used to vacuum my hard surface floors to get the dirt up and I would get down on my hands and knees like Cinderella and wipe up my floors with a clean dish cloth. It would take a little longer, but at least it was clean. Then, Hoover came out with the Floor mate and it did what I was doing by hand!
The Floor mate sucks up the dirt from the hard surface floors, then you can use the same machine to mop up the floors. It sprays water and cleaning solution onto the floor and sucks it back up drying your floors. It also has a squeegee on the bottom to clean the floor with as you go along!
The Floor mate makes cleaning hard surface floors quick and easy!
2. Bissell Spot Lifter
This is one of my favorite little products. It is great for cleaning small stains and spots. I originally bought it because I had white carpet and a small dog and was living in an apartment. After the first use, I fell in love with it. I use it all the time to clean up muddy foot prints from the dogs (and husband and kids) and to clean up small spills. It is a lot quicker and easier to get out and clean up with than dragging out a big carpet cleaner, but does just as good of a job!
3. Dish Towels.
This one seems like an obvious product/tool to have around. It comes in handy to wash and dry dishes and wipe up messes on the counters. We also use them to cover home made bread while the dough rises. Making some home made bread while doing your spring cleaning will make your house smell great and homey, and while the bread is doing its work, you can be cleaning so it won’t seem like it’s taking the bread so long.
4. Paper towels, NOT sponges.
So many people use sponges to clean everything from dishes they eat off of to counter tops. Sponges are one of the filthiest bacteria filled items in houses. They harbor mold, mildew and other potentially dangerous bacteria. I do not allow them in my house. It seems disgusting to me the idea that people think they are “cleaning” when they use a sponge.
Stock up on sturdy paper towels that you will throw away after you wipe up a mess. For dishes, use a dish towel and then promptly throw it in the laundry or laundry basket to be washed, do not reuse it for something else or let it lay around, while it is not as easy for bacteria to grow in a dish towel as it is a sponge, it can still be there if you leave it lay around or use it for different cleaning areas.
5. Clorox Anywhere Surface Cleaner.
With children and dogs around I need a cleaner that will get the job done and not be harmful to them. Clorox has made their Anywhere surface cleaners specifically for this. They are safe to use around objects that will have food on them such as tables, counters and high chairs. I even use mine to clean the water dispenser on the outside of the fridge and our Culligan water cooler.
It is also a good idea to clean out your ice maker in the fridge if you have one while you are doing your spring cleaning. I use the Anywhere cleaner to clean this and then I rinse the parts out with water just to be sure I don’t have any “cleaner” tasting ice.
6. Old English Wood Cleaner
If you have a lot of wood in your house, spring cleaning can be the perfect time to clean it and polish it. I use Old English Wood Cleaners to do this. They give wood that new again polished look and smell great! It also helps protect the wood. You can use it on tables, furniture, wood trim around the house and wood floors.
I seem to get the most compliments on my house and furniture when I clean the wood with this product!
I was a little hesitant to use this product when it first came out because I had heard so many claims of it being bad for dogs and children. However, now that it has been around it has shown to be safe to be used around dogs and children. I use it with my spring cleaning on the furniture, carpet and dog beds and sprayed just in the air. It really does work to eliminate the odors that you just can’t seem to get out on these items.
We also use it in our vehicles and people always comment on how good the car smells and how it still smells new even though they are about 10 years old!
8. Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush
The toilets are my least favorite place to clean so anything that makes it fast and easy and gets the job done, I am in favor for!! That’s exactly what the Scrubbing bubbles fresh brush does. It has a long handle so you don’t have to get “in” the toilet with your hands and arms. It does a great job of cleaning and getting stains out of the toilet. Best of all, you press a button on the handle and the scrubbing part drops off so you don’t have to touch it! You can either drop the brush part in the trash or directly into the toilet bowl and flush it away – it is biodegradable. This little product has replaced my old toilet scrubbers in both our bathrooms!
9. White Vinegar.
White vinegar is a great cleaning agent. It is the only thing we have found that effectively removes finger prints and cleans stainless steel. And putting some in a bowl in the microwave for a few seconds makes cleaning the microwave easy. It really loosens up all those stains and grease.
The only negative is that it does leave a vinegar smell when you use it. For the microwave, after you have cleaned it put a small bowl with a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract in it in the microwave and run it for 10 seconds. It will smell like vanilla instead of vinegar.
10. Swiffer Duster.
Dusting is often a task that seems like it never ends. As soon as you dust one area and move on to the next the area you just cleaned looks dusty again. Cleaning ceiling fans are essential to keep your whole house looking clean and keep allergens down. Ceiling fan blades collect a lot of dust and are often hard to get to since they’re up so high.
Swiffer has made a dusting product that helps with all those problems. Dust seems to “stick” to the swiffer duster so you’re not just moving it around and dusting it back up into the air to fall down and cover everything again. They also make a duster that has a long handle for reaching ceiling fan blades and air vents. Keeping the dust down and cleaned up will help allergy sufferers!