What’s the dirtiest place in your home? Do you think it’s the kitchen sink? The toilet? That corner behind the couch? Believe it or not, it’s probably NOT any of these. Think about it. When was the last time you cleaned your…
…drawer, cabinet, fridge or faucet handles?
…chair backs? (mine look awful most of the time thanks to some 2-year old’s grimy hands after supper–I’d be embarrassed for you to look)
…broom, mop, vacuum, bucket, suitcase, or basket handles (seriously, have I ever cleaned these?!)
…phones (and we breath into them every day)
…computer keyboard (okay, an air can does NOT kill germs)
…light switches (again, thank you Peanut for the leftover spaghetti sauce on there…oh the love)
…cleaning bottle and soap bottle handles (aren’t these supposed to be CLEANing supplies?)
Really gets you thinking doesn’t it? Makes me thankful we don’t get sick more often than we do. With the Spring upon us, many people often begin to think about cleaning their house or setting cleaning goals. What better time to begin a new, right?
Well if you’ve searched around this blog at all, you’ve found my prized possession, the Task Notebook, which keeps me sane most days and clean most others. But that really is just the beginning. The Task Notebook tells me WHEN to clean but not HOW or WHAT to clean with. That’s an entirely different post altogether.
So let’s talk about the WHAT today–cleaning supplies. Did you know that the majority of what you pay for in regards to cleaning supplies is water weight? Yep. Water weight. Water is heavy and it’s heavy to ship so that cost is added to the retail cost when it is put on the shelves. Let me give you an example.
A 32 oz. container of Windex at my local Walmart store costs $2.47. If I were to purchase a Window Cleaner Concentrate from one of my favorite cleaning supply companies I could buy 3 concentrate packets which would make 3-32 oz. bottles of cleaner for only $1.95. I get the packets, re-use the same bottle, and add my own water. The concentrate not only usually works as good, if not better, I got it cheaper. And, if you choose to clean with simple homemade supplies like vinegar and baking soda, you can spend even less!
So now that I’ve hand my rant about store cleaning supplies, let’s talk about what I use to clean. In my cleaning caddy I have a window cleaner (which I actually use to clean mirrors NOT windows), a basic bathroom cleaner, a toilet bowl cleaner (which I swear by), a heavy duty cleaner, old wash clothes, microfiber cloths, a shmop, a steam mop, and a vacuum. I store my caddy in the hall closet which is easily accessible to all my major cleaning areas (be looking for an organization post on this closet very soon!). When it’s time to clean, I just open the door and go at it. Everything is neatly in one place.
While this is not a sponsored post, I will go ahead and tell you that I order most of my cleaning supplies from Don Aslett’s Cleaning Center. I’ve tried several cleaning supplies, store bought and otherwise, but the supplies from Don Aslett’s Cleaning Center are some of my favorites. Besides that I’ve already mentioned they are so much cheaper! I also like the fact that they include demonstration videos on their site. You want to know how or with what to best and most efficiently clean your bathrooms? Check out the many videos on cleaning the toilets, shower door, and more. My personal favorite–the Safety Bowel Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Seriously I’ve never found anything else to work as good.
In light of Spring cleaning, today you get a chance to win some of my favorite supplies from Don Aslett’s Cleaning Center–3 window cleaner packets and 3 microfiber cloths. Enter via the rafflecopter below for your chance to win. The giveaway will end of Monday, April 9, at 12:01 a.m. Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends.