I don’t know about you – but I love Spring cleaning. I’m a strange woman, I know. I’m just that type of person that can’t go to bed while the house is a mess, it’s a downfall truly! While I was in college I procrastinated from doing my homework by cleaning my apartment. Let me tell you, I probably had one of the cleanest apartments at that University. Five years later and I still haven’t lost my touch!
After the Winter months are over, it’s time to open those windows and let the fresh Spring air inside! Colder weather causes us to spend more time inside, which means more gunk and dust builds up in our homes. More than likely, you entertained and had house guests at some point over the holidays – leading to even more gunk and grime in your home. The warm Spring weather gives you the perfect opportunity to freshen up your home and give it a good cleaning!
Now I know, everyone has a different definition of clean, so I’m not here to tell how you to clean your house. I don’t have a perfect schedule to help you clean your home top to bottom in 30 days. I don’t have any crazy cleaning hacks to make your home clean itself. Instead, I’ve rounded up some of my most favorite products to help you clean your home – no matter how or when you decide to do it!
A Multi-Purpose Cleaner
The first and more powerful item in our lineup is a great multi-purpose cleaner. You want to find a cleaner that you can use on multiple surfaces because let’s be real – you don’t want to be walking back and forth throughout the house with 3 different bottles of cleaner. Find something that is safe and effective for all the surfaces in your home!
I personally love this All Purpose Cleaner from J.R. Watkins. It can be found in many grocery stores, but I usually buy mine in Target. It comes in several scents, I love this coconut one – it will make your whole house smell like the beach 🙂 While this isn’t an all natural cleaner, I love to use it because it’s free of harsh chemicals, dyes, perfumes and bleach. I can use it around my daughter while she’s playing and not worry about the fumes bothering her!
As far as it’s cleaning power goes, I have yet to find a mess that this won’t clean up. I use it on our kitchen counters, kitchen table, shelves, coffee table, you name it. That’s what makes this so easy to use, and that’s why a multi-purpose cleaner is so important! I grab an old wash cloth and spray any surface in my house I want to wipe down. Within 10 minutes I’ve wiped down surfaces in our bathrooms, the living room and kitchen all with one product – and it’s clean and smells fresh!
A Powerful Disinfectant
Germs germs germs. Nobody likes them. Nobody wants to share them. Yet they spread like wildfire. That is where a great disinfectant comes in! Specifically, a spray disinfectant. A spray disinfectant is one of the most efficient ways to cover all the surfaces in your house, and keep them germ free (relatively 🙂 )
This spray disinfectant from Seventh Generation is relatively new to me, but I LOVE it. I currently have it in the Eucalyptus, Spearmint and Thyme scent. They also have a Lavender one I’ll try next! The beauty of this specific spray is that it cleans without using harsh chemicals, meaning I can use it on all of my daughter’s things. Unlike other sprays, it doesn’t require rinsing – even on children’s toys and food contact surfaces! In other words, you can literally spray this everywhere. Remotes, toys, faucets, counters, couches you name it. It’s definitely a one stop shop in terms of the disinfecting department!
A Microfiber Cloth
Last in our lineup, and probably the most versatile is a microfiber cloth. These little babies are truly awesome! I try to use paper waste as little as possible in our home, so microfiber cloths have been a great addition!
There are so many brands out there that you can buy, some more expensive than others. People tell me I need to dive into the Norwex world, but honestly these little $5 cloths from my local grocery store work perfect for me! I keep two different colored cloths in our home. I use this brown one for dusting, and I keep green ones in our bathrooms and kitchen to wipe down surfaces daily.
The main purpose of microfiber cloths is to clean surfaces without any added chemicals. I find that they’re perfect for the more tedious tasks around the house! I’ll wet them and wipe down the baseboards, cabinets, windowsills, blinds, pretty much anything you don’t want to spray a cleaner directly on to. They also are perfect for cleaning glass and mirrors without leaving streaks. Once you’ve used up every bit of the cloth, simply toss it in the wash! I will add, most companies recommend not to put their microfiber cloths in the dryer, as their static charge can be ruined.
And there you have it! Three simple products to help you get your home freshened up and ready for Spring. I love all of these products because they serve multiple purposes, work effectively and are safe for me to use around my daughter. They can tackle any area in your house from the everyday wipedowns to the nasty forgotten baseboards.
What are some of your favorite items to clean your home with?