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What cleaning tools make housecleaning easier??

post #1 of 45
Thread Starter 
Ok, I kinda liked the thread about flylady vs homecleaning because I got to read how others do their housework and I came away with some ideas. I'd like to start a thread and have this about what cleaning tools specifically make house cleaning easier for you and shave time. I'm a first time mom of a 5 mo. old and am just now getting energy to get back into some type of order in my house so every little bit helps. One thing I have learned about housecleaning is that tools help tremendously in terms of being a motivator to keeping the house cleaner.

I'll give an example of what makes tools (anything can be a tool if it helps you) have really lightened up my load.

I really love this new swivel sweeper I just got:

http://www.asseenonpc.com/SwivelSweeper.htm

You can get it elsewhere cheaper and faster where it isn't on backorder if you check around. Sometimes malls have as seen on tv or interesting product stores that sell this. I liked it because it replaced my icky dustpan and broom. It gets behind the toilet and all sorts of crevices. I was hesitant on buying it because I could find very few reviews online about it but so far I'm very happy with it. Not only does this shave time but it doesn't stir up the dust like the broom does and I look more forward to doing it.

The other item that has made housecleaning faster are those disinfectant wipes. You can get them at the dollar store too typically. I put them in the bathroom and every 3 days after I am in there, I just wipe things down. Takes less than one minute.

I've been making changes slowly incorporating great tools into housecleaning and I'm finding I'm spending less time cleaning without compromising anything which is always a good thing. I have more items I use but would rather hold off and see what all your ideas are before letting out a few more of my secrets. And NO my house will never be one of those homes featured in homes and gardens . I just want it liveable and clean.


Sorry if this has already been done. I dabble in a few areas on this website and it's hard to keep up hehe with every thread so if I"m duplicating efforts..yell! Feel free to link also pages where household reviews are located.


Enjoy!


Sherra
post #2 of 45
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post #3 of 45
Some tools I love:

~ Swiffer Wet Jet
~ Ostrich Feather Duster
~ Brawny Microfiber Cloths (for streak-free mirrors)
~ Timer (I never thought to use one of these until I joined Flylady. Now I know why they use it - it helps to motivate me into cleaning faster to beat the clock )
post #4 of 45
Does a really good pet hair picking up light weight vaccum with a long cord count? And yes, my dustbuster gets time too when its a small gotta get it now thing....
post #5 of 45
The only cleaning tools we own are;

Rags
Toothbrush (for those little crevasses)
Broom
Vacuum cleaner
Toilet Brush
post #6 of 45
I have one of those feather dusters from Flylady and it does make regular dusting easier.

Other than that, I have a mop (that I've never used, I use towels to wash the floors.) a broom, a vacuum cleaner, dishbrushes in the kitchen sink (one for meat and one for dairy) a toilet brush, and a spray bottle that I keep filled with my homemade all purpose cleaner. That and a bunch of washcloths and small towels and I'm all set!
post #7 of 45
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Originally Posted by Ruthla
Other than that, I have a mop (that I've never used, I use towels to wash the floors.) a broom, a vacuum cleaner, dishbrushes in the kitchen sink (one for meat and one for dairy) a toilet brush, and a spray bottle that I keep filled with my homemade all purpose cleaner. That and a bunch of washcloths and small towels and I'm all set!
That's pretty much all I use as well. I really don't use the vaccuum that much, as it's just too heavy for me, we don't have much carpet and I prefer sweeping. I do also have a couple of old toothbrushes set aside for cleaning in between the knobs of our bathroom sink.
post #8 of 45
All the disposable convenience tools (Swiffers, throw away Pledge sheets, disposable toilet brushes . . . .) really annoy me. I can't help but picture a heaping landfill everytime I see a commercial for one of these products. I actually get an odd sense of satisfaction (or is it superiority?) from using my good old fashioned broom and then getting down on my hands and knees with a bowl of water and a rag. DS loves to get his bowl and rag and "help" too. We gave him a tiny broom and dust pan for Christmas and he basically scatters my dirt pile as I go, but it's kind of hard to mind.
post #9 of 45
I use...

Vaccum cleaner (Bissel lift of, bagless with allergy filter)

Mop and broom system that I bought in Germany (it works like the swiffer. but it's bigger and the rags go in the washer)

Damp cloth to dust. (We have allergies and I can't use anything that just whirls dust through the air)

I use washable rags for all my cleaning.

I have 4 cleaning products. One for the bathrooms, one for the kitchen, one for windows and dishsoap. All these cleaners can be used all over the house.

A carpet cleaning machine that I use right away for spills or hairball accidents :

Cinnamon
post #10 of 45
Thread Starter 
yah toothbrush and toothpicks are great crevice tools.

I really like my swiffer jet for light floor cleaning. Until the swiffer, I really didn't have a floor that I wanted to admit to.

Let's see, what else do I use....I do have a light vacuum but the cord gets on my nerves. I'm thinking of going cordless so it's just quick and dirty pickup and I can do major vacuuming another time.


Sherra
post #11 of 45
My best things are

Microfibre cloths

A 'silver scrubby' a non-rusting bundle of metallic fibres which lasts for months and is great it the kitchen and bathroom for our scuzzy hard water marks on taps, tiles and sinks.

A steam cleaner (cheap off ebay) for everything!
post #12 of 45
ITA about the microfiber cloths. LOVE them.
post #13 of 45
another vote for the steam cleaner -- love that i can sterilize without chem's or even without contact surfaces. I can wipe things away after the steam disinfects, so it's easier to use cloth diapers since they don't get all germy.

life is also easier with a really good vac. we went for the kenmore progressive and we've been happy with it. love that it has a special motored attachment for cleaning stairs
post #14 of 45
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another vote for the steam cleaner -- love that i can sterilize without chem's or even without contact surfaces. I can wipe things away after the steam disinfects, so it's easier to use cloth diapers since they don't get all germy.
hmmm, I am gonna look into those more, I have seen a comerciall on TV again last night and kinda wondered how well they really did.
I am a Bounty paper towels addict , really am, I LOVE cleanning with them. Also, my Oreck vacuum cleaner makes my life easier when it comes to cleanning part of my kitchen. The house we are in has partially carpet in the dinning area , so I put a carpet on top of the carpet, so I have to vacuum it daily. LOVE Downy...I have a friend who just had a baby at home and she stained her brand new matress with blood. I was at her house yesterday helping her get the stains out. Well, Downy and cold water DID it ALL, it got the 1 week old stain out. Also, my little green machine is a GREAT friend. Also, my sweet husban is a wonderful help around the house.
post #15 of 45
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Originally Posted by ksmommy
LOVE Downy...I have a friend who just had a baby at home and she stained her brand new matress with blood. I was at her house yesterday helping her get the stains out. Well, Downy and cold water DID it ALL, it got the 1 week old stain out.

Can you tell me how you do it? Do you use it like you would soap and water? Never heard this before.
post #16 of 45
I just put cold water in a bowl and added a little of the Downy, with a rug I scrubbed really well after I soaked the mattress where the spot was. Then I got my greem mean machine and sucked it all out. It WORKED, both my friend and I were in awe!!!
post #17 of 45
Disinfectant wipes and my vacuum are really the only two useful cleaning tools I have that make things easier. Swiffer products don't do anything for me, probably b/c of the amount of dog hair I have to pick up. I'm trying very hard to convince DH to please please please buy me a Dyson Animal!

For laundry, I LOVE the Clorox Bleach pen.
post #18 of 45

Not too many things

Love my rags, but I don't reuse, because things get moldy in my house, and there's too much laundry to do, and the laundromat is too far away as it is. . . . .

I love Sal Suds, I'll use that, or a sprinkle of dish soap that I keep in a spray bottle, then hot water and a mop to rinse, to clean my kitchen floor. I love my mop, it's a string mop that self wrings. I love my new ostrich feather duster, I got it at Whole Foods, and it was cheaper than Flylady's. . . . .

Also i have some scrubber brushes, sponges, pumice stone, clorox and love hydrogen peroxide - hp gets out a lot of stains without resorting to clorox (I don't actually use bleach, much).

My favorite cleaning thing is a natural hair brush, that I can hold in my hand, it's really cool, and lasts a lot longer than sponges. . . . .
post #19 of 45
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Originally Posted by ksmommy
I just put cold water in a bowl and added a little of the Downy, with a rug I scrubbed really well after I soaked the mattress where the spot was. Then I got my greem mean machine and sucked it all out. It WORKED, both my friend and I were in awe!!!

Thanks! Never knew about that
post #20 of 45
I have hardwoods and the swiffer cloths are really helpful to pick up all the pet and people hair that accumulates. I just peel off the dust and hair that accumulates on the cloth and reuse it until it gets gunked up with something sticky.

I use peroxide as well for stains.

That is about it for me for gadgets. I am seeking a good mop and have yet to find it. I hate cleaning the floors on my hands and knees.
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