Housework, huh yeah! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Say it again, y’all!
(This blog intro apologizes profusely to Edwin Starr, and promises not to describe some of the dance moves that accompanied the author’s off-key singing.)
I have a cleaning service come to my house every two weeks and it is the best investment on EARTH. They stay on top of the maintenance cleaning like toilets, tubs, floors, and dusting, which is an incredible help. Of course, with a husband, toddler, and constantly-shedding dog rampaging through the house every day, nothing stays clean for very long.
I like a non-filthy house, but the never-ending process of trying to keep it decent is about the most unsatisfying activity I engage in on a regular basis, even more so than wiping a poopy butt that isn’t even mine. Whatever you do, no matter how great it looks, it’s going to go to hell in a matter of hours and you’ll have to do it all over again. O Sisyphean Tragedy!
So let’s talk about cleaning-related products that make the entire process marginally less sucky, okay? I know, I know: cleaning products? Sorry, we’ll do something more fun next time, I promise.
My personal picks:
Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Countertop Spray. MAN does this stuff smell good, and it works like a charm, too. I really like all of Mrs. Meyer’s products, but this spray is particularly enjoyable to use. I mean, if a cleaning spray can be said to be “enjoyable”.
Downy Simple Pleasures Sheets. Heh. Tell me I’m not the only one who finds this product name sort of . . . titillating? Anyway, I like the way these sheets smell (again with the lavender, but also with a hint of vanilla) and I’ve heard you’re not supposed to use fabric softener on towels but I do anyway because mmmmm, delicious. Plus, no static cling.
StoneTech Stone & Tile Cleaner. We have tile floors and stone countertops in our kitchen, as well as some stone inlay in our dining room table, and this stuff does a great job of cleaning and shining it up. I’d rather use something less chemical-ish, though, so if any of you have suggestions for natural products that can be used on granite/tile, let me know!
Cotton cleaning cloths. Okay, I know this has to be a giant NO DUH for most of you, but I finally traded in using paper towels for cleaning up messes, wiping surfaces, etc, for a pile of cotton cleaning rags. And, um, they work really well? And I’m not destroying entire forests every time I soak up a spill? And they actually result in a better shine on things like stainless steel? Color me stupid, I know.
Here’s the part of the entry where I always turn and look piercingly in YOUR direction, hoping that you’ve got more suggestions and ideas. Hey, I’m about to be stuck at home for 12 weeks with a newborn and a toddler, I need all the cleaning help I can get. Share!