Monday, February 22, 2010

The Get You Going Cleaning Supply List

By request, I'm going to let you all dive into my closets bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Here is your up close and personal encounter with my cleaning up close and personal as you can get via this blog.

Let me start the list by saying, as I've said before, I do not claim to be green. I am environmentally conscious, but there are a few products that I am just plain gluttonous about, and I know, Mother Nature doesn't care for them. Please don't stone me. This is simply my list of products I use on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Not only is it a great list to use when stocking up for your house, but it'd be a great list of products to put together for a new homeowner as a gift! Here are the items I use.

  • Dyson Vacuum
  • Hoover FloorMate with Concentrated Cleaner
  • Angled Brush from Target- kept in shower
  • (2) Gallon Plastic Buckets
  • Rags- I usually just rip up our hand towels once they've seen one too many wet hands
  • Microfiber towels- I have a whole bunch of these, they last forever!
  • Swiffer Sweeper w/wet and dry cloths
  • Swiffer Duster
  • Windex
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Paper towels
  • Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Scrub Brushes
  • Endust
  • LCD TV Cleaner Kit
  • Leather Cleaner- spray formula
  • Arm & Hammer Daily Shower Spray
  • Tilex Mold & Mildew Shower Cleaner
  • Magic Erasers
  • Glass Cooktop Surface Cleaner
  • Spic & Span Multipurpose Cleaner (concentrated)
  • Oxo Scrub Brush with Dish Soap
  • Bleach
  • Liquid Fabric Softener
  • All Detergent
  • OxyClean

Hmmm, when you write it down, it seems like a lot! I guess it is a lot, but most of it lasts a very long time. If you wanted to green up that list a bit, many of the items could be swapped out. Vinegar and Baking Soda are great alternatives to many cleaners. I personally don't feel they do as great of a job as some of the others on the list, but they definitely do the job more often than not! Microfiber towels and rags can replace paper towels and Clorox Wipes, but the convenience (awful...I know I know) are just too appealing for me. I do try to use the Mother Nature approved items when possible though.

So I think that's it, hope it helps someone out there! (Especially you Mrs.A!) Are there any other items that are on your must have cleaning list? I'd love to try out a new product that might be an ol' faithful for you!


  1. I also shy away from using baking soda/vinegar because I like to KNOW that what I cleaned has been DISINFECTED. I do enjoy the Clorox Greenworks line, and have swapped some of our products and am eliminating most of my Clorox wipe/paper towel usage.

    And Tilex Mold and Mildew is the best.thing.ever!

  2. I'm addicted to Clorox wipes too.:)

  3. thank you thank you thank you this is a great list to work from!!

  4. I found an AWESOME PRODUCT a few weeks ago. The backstory: My husband and I built a new house exactly one year ago and have all new applicances. We chose a 5 burner gas range that has a black cooktop and metal grates over it. Love the stove, hate the mess it shows! After probably 1 month of use, the black cooktop was all streaky, showed burned on messes, ect. We tried everything over the past 10 months or so to clean it up like our shark steamer, magic erasers, a razor blade, and even my old stand by.....Soft Scrub! My husband even googled for advice and we tried a paste of baking soda and water.....FYI: It just creates a disaster! Finally, about 3 weeks ago, I was grocery shopping and came across Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner and scrubbing pads. Combined it was about $11 for both but I figured it was worth a shot....didn't actually think it would work though. No kidding - I poured the cream based solution all around the cooktop, used a scrubbing pad for maybe like 30 seconds, wiped it with a paper towel.......EVERYTHING WAS GONE! I screamed for my husband; neither of us could believe that some grocery store product got off an entire years worth of grime and less than a minute.
    This turned into a really long post (sorry!) but I wanted to let you and your readers know that this stuff actually works!!!!!!

  5. This is so helpful!! I'm glad I found your site!

  6. It's really interesting to see the products you use! If anyone out there is interested in swapping out for a more eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner, Charlie's Soap makes a cleaning spray (in addition to their laundry soap) that is really good. I use it to remove marks on my baseboards, scrub kitchen tile, and for tough spots anywhere. Simple Green is a good product for daily cleaning.

  7. Allison- we went through that SAME process...I will always have a bottle of our glass cooktop cleaner around from here on out. Love it!

    And thanks to everyone for the ideas for new products! Keep em coming!


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