Here’s what all the housecleaning info on my blog boils down to: in this cabinet all the recipes, recommendations, ingredients and tools I’ve mentioned reside.
Disclaimer: I did some primping of this cabinet to prepare it for its close-up.
Not Pictured: my mop handle, my extendable electrostatic duster (for getting ceiling corners), my carpet vacuum, my tile vacuum, my mop bucket, and my squeegee (which lives in my shower for clearing the glass after each shower).
|Bottom Shelf: (left to right)• Sticky note with vacuum part numbers so I don’t have to turn the vacuum upside down every time.• Vacuum bags – so far I haven’t noticed a difference between on and off brands.• Washable microfiber mop head – Toss it in the washer after each mopping and air dry. Excellent.• Electrostatic Duster – Great for light fixtures and electronics
• Microfiber cloths – Reusable and versatile
• Variety of brushes – Large scrub brush, grout brush, tooth brush, kid-friendly green brush.
|• Glass cleaner – Filled either with pure club soda (if I use it immediately) or half vinegar/half water.• All purpose Castile Soap spray – ¼ c. castile soap in a quart of water (10-20 drops tea tree oil, optional). Lately, I’ve been reaching for this more than my Sal Suds because of invading ants.• All purpose Sal Suds Spray – 1 Tbsp. Sal Suds in a quart of water (10-20 drops tea tree oil, optional). My house cleaning heavy hitter.• Pure Baking soda in a shaker jar – For scouring sinks – fabulous on my stainless steel kitchen sinks and getting soap scum out of the bathroom sinks.• Wood polish – Not for weekly use – only once a season or less.
• Leather polish – Similar use as wood, except for leather. (always spot test)
|Top Shelf: (left to right) • A gallon of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Tea Tree Pure Castile Soap – I have most of the other Dr. B scents elsewhere, but these three are the ones I use the most for housecleaning. I use the Tea Tree most often for my Castile Soap Spray because of its extra antibacterial boost.• A gallon of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Citrus Pure Castile Soap – I love the smell of the Citrus, both for house stuff and body. Particularly fabulous in the kitchen.• A quart of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Peppermint Pure Castile Soap – Most often I add it to washing sheets and spraying for ants.• A gallon of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds – How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: laundry, mopping, counters, dishes, outdoors, indoors, everywhere.
• Pure club soda – The best for making windows sparkle, but once opened, has a short shelf life.
|• (behind) Baking soda – A great laundry booster and for fighting soap scum• (in front) Labels and permanent marker for labeling new solutions• (behind) Empty squirt bottles and spray bottles for new solutions• (in front) Essential Oils – This is where the fun comes into housecleaning. Yes, I did just use those two words in the same sentence. Some have practical uses, such as tea tree oil (for disinfecting), but others are just because I like them. When you make your own stuff, you can pick your own scent. I order mine through Frontier Natural Product’s wholesale site (a great option if you can gather a group of people to meet the $250 order minimum).• Books of housecleaning recipes:
Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan
The Naturally Clean Home by Karen Siegel-Meyer