Lots of people absolutely dread the thought of cleaning their home, and for good reason. This process can be slow, tedious, and time-intensive… But it doesn’t have to be this way!
There are all sorts of ways that you can help make cleaning a breeze – and maybe even transform it from a burden into a fun activity!
It all starts with the cleaning supplies you have on hand. That means both your cleaning tools and equipment, and the cleaning products you use.
Once you have the right supplies for your house, and you know how to use them the right way, you’d be surprised at just how easy and enjoyable cleaning can be!
What cleaning supplies should I have on hand?
So, if the right attitude towards cleaning starts with the right stuff, what equipment should you stock up on? Here’s a quick guide to some everyday cleaning tools and products that will get you the most bang for your buck:
Go-To Cleaning Tools
Whether you’re a farmer working in the field, a computer technician tuning up a monitor, or, yes, a homeowner or renter trying to get their place clean, you need to be equipped with the right tools for the job – whatever that job may be!
One of the most important cleaning tools to have at the ready is a vacuum, with attachments. Your vacuum cleaner should be in decent working order, and clean. You’d be surprised (or not) by how much a dirty vacuum cleaner can actually spread dust and other allergens from room to room.
If allergens are a major concern, you might want to look into a HEPA-certified vacuum, which will come with high-tech filters that can help trap 99.7% of small particles. And don’t forget those attachments! With the right parts, you can equip your vacuum to clean up under tables, on top of kitchen cabinets, and get cobwebs and dust bunnies from your ceilings and hard-to-reach corners.
Another essential – microfiber cleaning cloths! Microfiber is a clean home’s best friend – and a dirty house’s worst enemy! This material comes with grooves that help you trap and lock in dust and other small particles, making them a lot more effective than a dry cloth or a feather duster, which can just kick up particles into the air.
Here are some other helpful tools that can help make your next cleaning job a whole lot easier:
- Wide-angle broom and dustpan
- Microfiber wet mop
- Rubber gloves
Not only will these help protect your manicure, but they could even let you moisturize your hands while you’re doing the dishes!
- Toilet bowl brush
Toilet bowls are a unique shape, and no other cleaning tool can help you get into all of the nooks and crannies like a specialized toilet brush
- Trash bags
Go-To Cleaning Products
Your cleaning products are the solutions and cleaning agents you use to polish, deodorize, or spot-clean.
At Sweeping Dimensions, we’re big on using environmentally friendly cleaning products. We also prefer concentrated products; this lets us store fewer bottles at a time, and create less waste. Plus, all you need is a little bit of cleaning product and some water to create a huge impact.
One big thing? We believe in being a minimalist when it comes to cleaning products. Buy what you need, when you need it. And go for what works – not just for what happens to be on sale.
One thing you definitely won’t be able to live without? Dish soap! This gentle cleaning solution is incredibly versatile. We like Dawn Concentrated Dish Soap, which we use for everything from dishes (of course), to cabinet doors and baseboards.
Another useful, inexpensive, and green product to keep around is white vinegar. You can use vinegar to clean so many different problem spots around your house, from your floors to your bathtub to your microwave! You can combine vinegar with water and baking soda for a powerful clean. And if you don’t like the smell of vinegar by itself, you can mix it with your favorite essential oils or citrus juice for a scent that’s all your own.
So, what else should you think about keeping in your cleaning closet? You might find uses for…
- An all-purpose cleaner
Once you’ve found a reliable all-purpose cleaner, you’ll find all sorts of ways to use it around the house, whether for floors, walls, and countless other standard surfaces. Look for a green, pet- and kid-friendly all-purpose cleaning solution, in a scent you love
- Oven cleaner
- Wood cleaner
- Stone cleaner
These are important to use for natural stone floors and walls, which can be damaged by other cleaning agents
- Stainless steel cleaner
These products are usually water-based, to help keep your steel appliances and fixtures looking spotless
Where should I store my cleaning supplies?
So, now that you’re fully stocked up on cleaning tools and products, it’s time to take the next step – figuring out where to keep them!
As we mentioned earlier, we’re big fans of minimalism when it comes to cleaning products. That means limiting yourself to the products that you need, and the products that will really work. This way, you won’t have to worry about making room for dozens of bottles and boxes you may not ever really have a use for. Sometimes, this will mean getting rid of surplus cleaning supplies in a safe, environmentally friendly manner.
So now, as for the stuff you do need? Straight from the pros, here are some storage tricks that may work for you:
Always Check the Label
The labels for your cleaning supplies will have all sorts of helpful information. Usually, the bottle or packaging will have some advice about how to dispose of the product, and how to store it. For instance, some flammable chemicals will need to be kept in cool, dark places. Other chemicals can interact with each other, so you should make sure to never store them in the same place.
Wherever you store your cleaning supplies, make sure that they’re out of the way of kids and pets. If you stick to 100% natural cleaning products (vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, etc.), you might have slightly less need to worry. But remember that chemical cleaners can cause burns and lead to accidental poisoning if they fall into the wrong hands. You may want to keep your “heavy hitters” in a high, out-of-reach place, or perhaps in a separate garage or toolshed or a closet you can lock.
Build a Cleaning Caddy
One way to store and organize your cleaning supplies is to keep your most essential items into one handy carrying container, or caddy. This way, you can break out your cleaning “A-Team” at a moment’s notice. Your all-purpose cleaner, microfiber cloths, reusable gloves, and a sponge might be one line-up worth keeping in a caddy, always ready to go.
Organize By Type
You might want to keep all of your bathroom cleaning supplies together, in a labeled bin or box. Same goes for the kitchen. Or, you may want to organize by type of product. Dish-soaps in one container, glass cleaners in another, and so on.
Make Room for Large Tools
Rather than always trying to squeeze your vacuum into whatever space you have available, try carving out a dedicated space for your bigger pieces of equipment (vacuum, mop, broom, and so on), either in a closet, or in a garage or laundry room.
Get Creative With Your Storage
Of course, for all of the crafty, DIY fans out there, you know there’s no end to the ways you can get creative, and really max out your storage space. Some easy ideas might be to keep a lazy susan in the storage area under your sink, to make reaching all of your supplies a breeze. You can also hang spray bottles from tension rods, or stash away small tools and bottles on an over-door rack or shoe caddy.
Ready to Call In the Pros?
One of the best ways to reduce clutter and waste is to leave buying and bringing the equipment to a clean home specialist. That’s where Sweeping Dimensions comes in!
We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products. With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs, whether you’re looking for a deep clean, routine housekeeping, or service for a special event!
Here at Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful! Ready to see what quality supplies and service really look like? Drop us a line today to receive your FREE estimate!