By Julie Short
One thing that will help you with taking care of what needs to be done immediately is having the best and most convenient cleaning products handy. Here are a few of my favorites and how they make life easier.
The right equipment or proper tools are said to be the thing that separates professionals from amateurs. The right products for cleaning can help make it fun and a whole lot easier. They will help you work smart, not hard.
Lysol Bathroom Wipes – These little wipes are great to keep under every bathroom sink in the house. When you see that the sink, countertops, toilet or tub needs a quick wipe down, just grab a couple and go to work. In just a few minutes, your bathroom will be shining and clean with very little effort from you.
Windex Wipes – Just like the wipes, these are great under every sink for making your mirrors shine and your faucets as well.
Clorox Wipes – Great to have in the kitchen and for wiping down doors and switch plate covers. I do not do the serious cleaning with the wipes. They are too expensive to use in that way an there are other products I like for the deep down cleaning.
Spray Way – This window cleaner can cut through all kinds of dirt and grime. I buy mine at Sam’s Club but I have seen it in the regular grocery stores as well. I also use it on my kitchen sink, faucet and countertops sometimes.
Swiffer Duster with the extendable pole – Oh my goodness this thing is great! Dusting has always been at the bottom of my list of things I like to do because I always felt like I couldn’t really get all the dust and at 5-foot-4 I have a hard time reaching so many things that need to be dusted. This little tool makes it all better and I don’t even complain about it anymore. I actually get excited about finding new ways to use it, like extending the pole and dusting baseboards without having to bend over. I can do the pictures hanging on the wall and reach most of my light fixtures without having to pull out the ladder or step stool. I can also get the legs of tables without having to get under the table. This is also great for stairs and going around the railing.
Dow Scrubbing Bubbles – I love this product. You can see exactly where you have sprayed. I like the smell and no scrubbing is necessary. They really do the work for you. I spray down bathroom countertops/sinks/tubs/shower and toilet with this. I have also used it on the inside of the microwave when stuff is hard to scrub off.
Swiffer Wet Jet – The smell of the cleaning solution will make your entire house smell clean. I like the fact that I can go straight from tile to wood without having to change products. The head swivels nicely an is great for getting around the sides of the toilet up close.
Clorox Clean Up – Great to have in the kitchen for disinfecting after certain food items. An all-around good cleaner when you don’t know what else to use. Just remember that it is bleach so use your white rags and don’t get it on your clothes or carpets.
Comet Cleaner – the best thing I have found for scrubbing stains out of a stainless steel sink especially around the drain and disposal. Very cost effective. I would not use it on a daily basis because it is pretty abrasive.
Of course you will need to make sure these products are safe for your surfaces before using any of them. There are many good products on the market if you just look. They smell great and are packaged for convenience and efficiency. Make sure you have plenty of product on hand. If possible, keep stock under every sink with some extra rags or paper towels so that it is always handy for quick touch ups.
Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.
Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at https://www.amazon.com/Cleaning-Your-House-Minutes-Day/dp/1949563103
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