Happy Spring! I welcome this season more than any! Although, I have to do a few cartwheels over our mild Wisconsin weather this winter. The snow is already melted and temps have been gentle and I can feel spring working hard to blossom. Toss in a side of extra daily light and I feel like I have been winning the spring lottery!
With the warmer temps, we jump at the opportunity to open a few windows and let fresh air take over our home. And with that, I find motivation to tackle some spring cleaning. And to get outside and play!
I have made some minor adjustments to our cleaning caddy and products over the years, and I haven’t chatted about it in quite some time, so I thought today was the perfect day to pop in with an update.
I have tried a few caddies over the years, and by far my favorite up until recently, was a simple caddy I found at Target years ago. They seem to bring the picnic/utensil caddy back each year (YAY), and I can always find another use for them because of their amazing versatility. The only issue I had with it when it came to my cleaning supplies, is that I simply outgrew it as my cleaning habits and routines changed. You can bet that it has already found a new purpose in another area of our home though…
When it comes to caddies, however, I will say that as much as I love the tin utensil caddy, not all tin/metal caddies are created equal. I added one to our main bathroom for some cleaning items, and also another larger handled bin under our kitchen sink, and both have since broken. So although darling, be sure to consider that tin caddies are prone to rusting, are heavy, and may not be welded in a way that the handle can “handle” the weight of the contents.
- Permanently attached handle
- Size and the ability to hold various favorite supplies
- Easy to clean
- Duster: For quick dusting tasks around the house - bookcases, electronics, blinds, ceiling fixtures and fans.
- Cotton Swabs: When paired with an all-purpose spray, I use these swabs for cleaning window and trim crevices as well as other smaller, hard-to-reach places (computer keyboards, car vents, etc…).
- Castile Soap: This soap is ultra concentrated, and a little bit goes a very long way. I like to add it to the sink or to a spray bottle with water for really tough jobs. I keep the large bottle in our laundry room, but a travel toiletry bottle is the perfect size to keep some upstairs also.
- Essential Oils: Some of them actually have beneficial cleaning powers, but I also love the scent they add to our home while cleaning. I add them to most of our cleaners, our humidifiers and also use them to create room freshening sprays. Lemon, Lavender and Tea Tree Oil are my top picks.
- Scrub Brush: A scrub brush is my best friend while cleaning grout, toothpaste out of sinks and stains out of rugs and carpet.
And as I mentioned above, the rags hold a lot of the power. I know a many people swear by Norwex, which only utilizes water and rags, but I haven’t been brave enough to try it or splurge on the initial expense. But I can see how it would ring true as I see the difference just in these rags from Target.
- Microfiber: Soft on surfaces, grabs dust, dirt, hair and most importantly, bacteria. It is lint free and hypoallergenic and can be used to clean just about anything with less effort than normal rags.
- Glass Polishing Rag: Shines glass and hardware surfaces, works especially well when used in conjunction with a microfiber rag.
- Wood Polishing Rag: Similar to the microfiber rags, but with a suede-like finish which is extra gentle on delicate wood surfaces.
- Sponge: When paired with spray or water, the abrasive surface works hard on tough tasks.
- Magic Eraser: Every mom’s hero! Removes scuffs from floors and walls, removes Sharpie marker from surfaces and just about everything in-between.
With a good routine throughout the year, spring cleaning for us means that it is now time to deal with those bigger, dirtier jobs. Things like cleaning out the garage, washing our windows, raking the yard and doing general home maintenance are all tasks on our upcoming weekend agenda. But if it means spring is here, then I am all in!
from IHeart Organizing http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2016/03/iheart-organized-cleaning-caddy.html