spray bottle with water, tea tree oil and lavender
That's about it. Oh, and I do have a vacuum cleaner, but dh does that!
Other than that, I don't have any particular tools - certainly not any of the disposable kinds. For those that use the disposable sanitary wipes - please look at the ingredients and make sure they're not antibacterial or anything, which is horrible for the environment (adds antibacterial chemicals to the water, etc. which kills important bacteria and helps promote bacteria-resistant germs.)
I use a broom and dustpan for my floors, I use towels under an old sponge mop to clean the floors with vinegar and water, and I use orange cleaner for countertops and bathroom. I also am a big fan of non-chlorine bleach, which I use to disinfect in the bathroom, sponges, toilet, grout, and for stains on laundry (or keeping whites white.)
If I'm not using a microfiber cloth to clean, I'm probably using a cloth napkin or rag, which I throw right into the washing machine. If I'm not doing laundry soon, I put a little non-chlorine bleach on it, then rinse and hang dry.
ETA: My biggest cleaning "tool" is Ecover's natural stain remover (like Shout) which gets out blood, oil, etc. like nobody's business without petroleum-based cleansers, phosphorous, or animal testing/products.
My one disposable convience indulgence, oh wait i have two, are windex wipes (and really I would be throwing away paper towels if not these) in my bathroom (otherwise the mirror never gets done) and the other is my magic erasers. don't tell me why they are bad *lalalalala I can't hear you* because il voe them and use them very sparingly. like sharpie emergancies.
adn Ihave to second the ecover stain remover. that stuff rocks. We bought a bottle to put it to the test and it got out everything! which is great because we didn't fair so well with the natruial detergent we tried.
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Would the Cuban mop do this job for me? If so, you may be my new best friend, because my current method is a pain in the . . . knees.
It's basically a thick dowel on the end of a broom handle. Instead of getting on your knees you could just push the wet dipes around with the mop, then switch out them out for dry dipes. Should work perfectly.
Keep the ideas coming. I think I may get rid of my swiffer jet and I never thought I could.
Clean house clean planet is an awesome book. I'm floored at the information. All I can say is the heavy marketing from regular mainstream products really worked on me and I didn't realize it.
lilyka, you crack me up.
Originally Posted by whateverdidiwants
Guess the link isn't working correctly. If you go to www.cubandfoodmarket.com and do a search for "mop" it'll come right up.
I love this mop because the terry pads stay on GREAT, and have good scrubbing power. Mine came with a set of 3, and you just toss them in the wash.
I also dislike throw away stuff, so I use rags for cleaning most things, except the toilets. I just throw them in with my whites, it's not any extra work.
Originally Posted by Heffernhyphen
All the disposable convenience tools (Swiffers, throw away Pledge sheets, disposable toilet brushes . . . .) really annoy me.
Brooms, dustpans and vacuum cleaner
Rags and microfiber cloths for any cleaning (including windows, unless i have some newspaper handy which is great for windows)
A bucket and scrub brush
Toilet Scrubber (only for the toilet)
We let the cleaning cloths air dry until I have enough for a wash load every few weeks.
The only nasty cleaner I use is a bleach-based shower spray to get rid of the mildew now and then. Otherwise, natural soap or vinegar or borax/washing soda/baking soda type cleaners really do work. Don't fall prey to marketing. The products may actually work and help around the house, but they are pricey, wasteful and not at all necessary. It's actually liberating to use less and feel good about it when you walk through the cleaning product aisle at the store, and you don't need any of it (it'll give you a headache from the perfumes after a while of going scent-free).
Otherwise I have a broom, dustpan, Lysol to disinfect, bucket, old rags, tooth brush, swiffer, vacuum, glass and furniture cleaner
To clean microwave take damp washcloth and I pour some lemon scented lysol on it, microwave for 25 sec. leave in there and then wipe down the mess, it steam cleans it so it comes off easily and smells good.