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I'm kind of a minimalist when it comes to cleaning supplies. I just don't see the need in keeping a thousand supplies around when one or two usually do the trick. But I do have a few tried-and-true supplies that I always keep on hand!
Vinegar - I am using natural/DIY products more and more around the house. Vinegar has been an absolute staple in my cleaning cabinet for years. It's just so incredibly versatile! I use a mixture of half vinegar/half water to clean just about any surface, including windows (it really does get them clean and streak-free). It's also great for taking smells out of your clothes in laundry, cleaning microwaves (just put a bowl in the microwave and turn it on for about 5 minutes), and knocking out mineral deposits/gunk in the bathroom. It does have a little bit of a vinegar smell at first, but that goes away once it dries. Just a note though - I've read that you don't want to use vinegar on granite (it can take the shine off of the surface). It's great as a mild disinfectant (not as effective as bleach, but can kill some germs) and really does knock out gunk and grime on surfaces. I can't recommend this mixture enough!
Baking Soda - This, combined with vinegar, is kind of my "power couple" of cleaners. The scrubbing power of baking soda is just absolutely unbeatable. I use it to clean sinks (it really makes stainless steel sinks shine) and scrub tough gunk in the oven. It's amazing as a carpet freshener (just sprinkle it on carpet, let it sit, and vacuum up after a few hours) too. Basically anything you need to scrub in the house can be cleaned with baking soda!
Clorox Clean-Up - I usually use this for heavy-duty grossness, when I know I really need to disinfect an area. It has a little bit of a bleachy smell, but again, that goes away after a few minutes. This is what I use to clean countertops, toys, bathrooms (especially toilets)...basically anything that is really susceptible to germs.
Clorox Wipes - I kind of consider this my quick Clorox Clean-Up. These little wipes are so convenient when you have a little spill around the house! They smell great too, so they're a little better if you need something to be clean quickly (without a bleach smell).
Pledge Multi-Surface - I've just recently discovered this and, my gosh. Amazing! It smells so good and cleans just about anything imaginable. I usually use this to make my wood furniture shine, but it's great on windows and countertops too.
Swiffer Wet Jet - I just can't quit the Swiffer. I've tried so many other ways to mop a house and can't seem to find an easier, more effective way. It's so nice to pull out the Swiffer really quickly for small messes, or to not have to worry about mixing floor cleaner to mop (or deal with a wet mop). It's really just the best!
Swiffer Duster - On that note, the Swiffer Duster is one of my long-standing favorites around the house. It will grab dust from just about anywhere. It's great for cleaning blinds or quickly dusting tables. I'll occasionally remember to clean my fans too! :)
Hoover Cordless Air Upright Vacuum - I got the opportunity to try this through a blog review last fall and absolutely fell in love with it! It's a really lightweight vacuum that is perfect for quick clean-ups. It's so nice not having to deal with annoying cords while you're vacuuming.
Shark Navigator - If you're wanting something a little more heavy-duty, this is my go-to vacuum! I've owned many different popular brands of vacuums over the years, but absolutely none have the suction power that this one does. This is more of my whole-house vacuum (not just quick clean-ups).
BobSweep Pet Hair - Can you tell I have a thing for vacuums? ;) This is a vacuum that I had the chance to try out courtesy of the company a few months ago and it has become a staple in our home. We run it daily to get up everyday pet hair and crumbs. It is wonderful and such a great value for the price!
Totally Awesome Cleaner - This is a newer find for me, and it is incredible for more heavy-duty messes (or times where you don't want the whole house to smell like vinegar). It cleans upholstery/carpet wonderfully and gets really stuck-on grime off of just about anything! The best part? It's a dollar a bottle!
You can really accomplish the whole cleaning schedule I outline in Journey to Clean with just these products! Keeping a clean home doesn't have to be complicated, I promise. By breaking it down into small tasks each day, you can keep your home sparkling clean. I know this because I've used this method to keep my home managed for years!
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