I think I’ve said it before, but I used to think that I actually liked cleaning. Now, I realize that it’s not really cleaning I enjoy as much as having a clean house. I can’t stand clutter, so I spend a lot of time picking up and organizing. I wish I was a little better about sticking to a cleaning routine. What I really wish for is a housekeeper, once a week, even once a month would be a super help. When it comes down to it though, I’m like Andy and I just can’t see paying someone to do a job I’m perfectly capable of doing. I’d rather spend that money on Lauren, or vacations, or shoes! (Andy works all the time, lots of hours, and he still does all our yard work and other “manly” jobs around the house. Lucky for me he’s great at it and very handy.) The truth is I have a hard time relaxing when housekeeping chores are hanging over my head, so that pretty much means I never relax. I’m working on it…
When the March issue of Martha Stewart Living arrived back in February, I started to really
think stress about spring cleaning. I don’t want to do it, but it’s just something you feel like you have to do, at least a little.
Here are a few products I use that you might not have heard of:
For wooden furniture like Guardsman.
It’s what our Stickley dealer recommend and it works great. There’s a traditional spray can version, but what I really like is the reusable dust cloths.
They’re great for quick weekly touch-ups and they don’t leave any dust-attracting residue behind. Once a cloth gets dirty you just throw it in the wash and you can reuse it again and again. Guardsman is available all over the place, but a great thing is that you can buy it with a coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Moving on… On our wood floors I use Bona.
You just spray in on and wipe with a dust mop. It’s available at places like Home Depot and Lowes (I even found a huge container of it at Costco recently!), and I love that it’s totally non-toxic. It doesn’t totally take away the need to mop for me (remember I have a toddler and a very hairy dog) but it does a really good job of cleaning spots and making our floors shine.
I’ve save my favorite for last. When we bough our first house back in Texas, I learned that stainless steel is really tricky to clean, or at least to clean without leaving streaks. Windex just won’t cut it. My in-laws introduced us to a product called Signature Polish.
It’s a bit pricey ($20 a bottle!), and as far as I know it’s only available online, but it is well worth the special order. The milky cleaner is great at removing greasy spots and streaks, and best of all, it has NO smell!
Here are a couple of things on my cleaning wishlist, beside the live-in housekeep of course:
We have a Miele canister vacuum that I love, but lugging it up and down between the three floors of our house its a major deterrent (see how I find excuses).
I saw this mini upright a Bloomingdales a while back and I really think having this for the main floor would help me do a better job with crumb and dog hair abatement.
And of course, who wouldn’t clean better with in a cute pair of pink Williams-Sonomma gloves?
I had a pair of these a while back and they got worn out! Maybe a new pair is what I need to help me get motivated this spring!
If actually putting it in writing does cause me to have some type of breakdown, I’ll share my Spring Cleaning To-Do List soon. What’s on your list or do you have any favorite cleaning products or tools I should know about?