My Cleaning Cabinet

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).

Lisa Bronner's cleaning cabinet

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.

Castile Soap Household Cleaner spray – ¼ c. (60 mL) Castile soap in a quart (1 L) 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.

Sal Suds All-Purpose Household Spray – 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) Sal Suds in a quart (1 L) of water (10-20 drops tea tree oil, optional). My house cleaning heavy hitter.

• Pure Baking soda in a shaker jar – For scouring sinks and 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.

• White vinegar – Another versatile cleaner for windows and mirrors, soap scum, fabric softener, hard water rinsing.

• Baking soda – A great laundry booster and for fighting soap scum

• Empty squirt bottles and spray bottles for new solutions

In Front
• Labels and permanent marker for labeling new solutions

• 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 and The Naturally Clean Home by Karen Siegel-Meyer

66 thoughts on “My Cleaning Cabinet

  1. Hello! Could you help me understand when you would use Sal Sud’s All Purpose Cleaning Spray vs. Castile Soap All Purpose Cleaning Spray? I’m thankful to have your website. Thanks!

  2. Do you know if animals (cats, dogs) are affected by the smell of the peppermint soap or Sal Suds? Thank you!

    • Hi Lassie- Our Castile soaps contains just a 2% concentration of essential oils, which is further diluted when used in cleaning, and then wiped off. I haven’t – or should I say our pets haven’t – had a problem with any of the scented Castile soaps or Sal Suds when cleaning at home.

    • Hi Louise- Spiders, like other critters with exoskeletons, would be killed by contact with Castile soap. And they can be deterred by both mint and citrus. Clean the area periodically with a mixture of 1 quart water and 1 Tbsp. Citrus or Peppermint Castile soap. The Castile mixture will only kill them on contact, but the scent will act as an additional deterrent. Spiders are more an indication of other, more problematic pests (like bugs on my tomato plants, which spiders eat), rather than being bad in their own right. Except for the black widows and brown recluses, spiders are not harmful. But that’s not to say they aren’t creepy!

  3. I need your help! I live on a golf course and unfortunately, have field mice. The areas I’ve seen mice presence are under my sink, laundry room , basement and garages. It is so disgusting… it’s winter where I live and I’m expecting a newborn soon… I started using the peppermint about a month ago and really like Dr. Bronner soap and now I have almond, citrus and lavender added to my collection! Please, any suggestions on best diy solution to disinfect those areas and/or keep them away would be greatly appreciated !

    • Hi Lily- Like most animals other than humans, mice can be deterred by mint. To clean those areas, make a housecleaning spray from our Peppermint Castile by diluting 1/4 c. of soap in 1 qt. of water in a spray bottle. You could even buy a small bottle of pure Peppermint Essential oil and add about 10 drops to the spray bottle to increase that lovely minty smell. I’ve also heard of putting a few drops of peppermint oil on a cloth and putting it wherever the mice are getting in, if you can figure that out.

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