I love reading people’s curated lists of useful products and things they recommend using. Here are five things I use very regularly in my attempts to keep our house (basically) clean.
Is it weird to get excited about the thing with which you will make your dirtied dishes clean? Probably. Oh well, I really DO love this thing. And so will you, if you have ever bemoaned the fact that your sponge takes on each and every food you attempt to scrub off, pills up after a week or two, and gets downright nasty any longer than that. The Spaghetti Scrubber is able to dry out completely between uses, so that bacteria can’t grow as easily, virtually NOTHING gets trapped in it, and it somehow lasts for a VERY long time. We started using our first one in early January and it is still going strong. Each pack comes with two, so it’s a great value. I’m going to look into their other types of scouring pads and heavier duty sponges as well.
2. Collapsible Laundry Basket
I have three of these and I love them. They fold completely flat, they hold a ton of clothes and can be stuffed since they’re made of canvas, AND you can carry your load up and down the stairs on your shoulders with the long straps, while also carrying your baby and holding your toddler’s hand. Win!
3. DIY Swiffer Wet Pads
I really like the Swiffer for day to day mopping, but dislike the expensive and chemically-scented wet pads they make. I use this recipe to make my own wet pads, and they work great. It’s harder to avoid mopping when you don’t even need to get a bucket and soap out each time, but just have to pop one or two of these onto your mop!
4. Natural Disinfectants
This is kind of a category covering several different things I use regularly. All of them are good, natural, non-toxic alternatives to the heavy-hitters like bleach, ammonia, and pre-made cleaners containing them and other chemicals.
– Hydrogen Peroxide: great for stain removal, especially collar stains; disinfecting baby toys/gear; and disinfecting bathroom and kitchen surfaces.
–Tea Tree Oil: great for routine mopping (it’s in my DIY Swiffer pads) and bathroom cleaning
–White Vinegar: this one’s kind of my workhouse, and I use it in a spray bottle for everyday counter cleaning, table cleaning, and windows/mirrors. I just mix it 50-50 with water and spray down all the surfaces. Bonus if used with microfiber cloths.
5. A Really Good Podcast to Listen To
Don’t underestimate the power of distraction to make your housekeeping burden far more bearable. I’ve even found myself extending some chores just to keep listening to a great episode. Tom listens to The History of the English Language pretty regularly, and it’s super interesting, and I really enjoy all the episodes of Fountains of Carrots. I also like This Inspired Life, RadioLab, and have heard good things about The Art of Simple so I should probably add that to my feed too.
What do you use to make your cleaning better and more bearable??