This week E is sharing my 5 favorite cleaning products and hacks to make your cleaning routine easier. What I like about all of these is that they are inexpensive to buy and you probably already have them in your house.
Dawn Dish Soap
I love Dawn dish soap for a couple reasons. One is because it is a biodegradable product. It is a less expensive product than other biodegradable soaps. I also like it for its versatility. It can be used for more than just washing dishes. I like to mix it with white vinegar to clean windows or mirrors. I also use the same mixture and add in some lemon scented essential oil and use it as a shower cleaner. Vinegar is a great all natural cleaning product too. I will cover the multiple uses of vinegar in a future post.
I picked up a few microfiber towels at the dollar store about a year ago, and I absolutely love using them in my bathroom. I use them to wipe down the counter top, faucet, and mirror on a daily basis to keep the bathroom looking clean longer. These microfiber towels really keep everything streak free. I really hate having streaks on the mirror or the polished chrome faucet (I am a little OCD about this of late). You can also check out these microfiber towels as well. These actually work better than the ones I got at the dollar store, and they cost less. These also work great when wiping down the front of the oven and the dishwasher. I don’t have any stainless-steel appliances, but I am betting these would work great on stainless-steel.
I love, love, love the Magic Eraser. These are especially nice to have for cleaning the stove top and the outside of the refrigerator. For the stove, it works great on cooked on oil that maybe wasn’t cleaned off from the last time you cooked. In all your haste to clean up you forgot to wipe down the stove, and now grease and oil has become baked on. The Magic Eraser will cut through the oil with a little help from your favorite cleaning product to you use on the stove. Weather it is soapy water or 409. They also work great on the fridge. My fridge is white and has that ridged look to it so dirt gets in all the little spaces and simply wiping it down doesn’t get in the crevices. The Magic Eraser gets in there and takes all the dirt off with little effort.
Those are my favorite cleaning product at the moment. A couple of my favorite cleaning hacks of late are:
Cleaning your Walls
This sounds so strange, but once you try this out you will fall in love with this hack too. I saw it on Pinterest (I love to Pin things, but seriously who has time to do any of them when you have a preschooler. OMG! I just googled the cut off for Toddler and I now have a preschooler and not a toddler…gasp!).
Anyways, I saw this on Pinterest and thought, “OK, I can actually use this one.” And so, I tried it out in my bedroom and wow I dusted my bedroom walls in like 7 minutes flat! I was amazed how easy it was.
All you need is a broom, a hand towel, and a rubber band. Place the towel on the bristle end of the broom to cover all the bristles and put the rubber band around the broom to hold the towel in place. Now you can dust you walls.
Clean Microwave with water and lemons
There is no special item needed or trick to cleaning your microwave and keeping it clean. All you need is some water and some lemons (and the lemons are optional. They are more for scent than anything else.) I usually put 2-3 cups of water in a microwave safe dish or glass measuring cup. If you want a lemon fresh scent in your microwave you can add a few slices of lemon to the water too. Set the microwave to 5 minutes, and wait. When the time is up let the steam from the water continue to work for you by letting it soften any food debris that is on the inside of the microwave. After letting it cool down a bit inside you can remove the dish of water, and using a wash cloth wipe down the inside of your microwave. Everything should come off easily. If you have any stubborn spots repeat the process. This is a safe way to clean your microwave without using any harmful chemicals in the appliance where you cook your food.
Something I have been meaning to do while writing all of these posts is to create a cleaning caddy to keep everything in one place that I can carry from room to room.
Do you have any favorite cleaning products or hacks? Please share them in the comments, so we can all learn easier ways of cleaning. We all want to spend more time with our friends and family enjoying life!
We hope you are enjoying this series on our favorite cleaning products and hacks. Come back next week to read about more cleaning hacks from Christine.