Keeping a caddy well stocked with your cleaners, rags, and tools will help make
weekly home maintenance quick, easy, and painless.
weekly home maintenance quick, easy, and painless.
Personally, I love to clean. I get immense satisfaction from knowing that my house has been scrubbed free of dirt, dust, and grime. But I also realize that not everyone is like me. For that reason, it is important to make the weekly task of cleaning the house as painless as possible. One way to do that is to have all the tools with you that you need for the job.
(Learn 8 tips to make cleaning your house fast and easy.)
It is handy to have a cleaning caddy that will fit under your sink or in a supply closet. This bucket should be able to hold all of your essential cleaning supplies and be able to be easily transported from room to room. Cleaning is so much easier when you have everything you'll use in one place and at one time. You're less likely to put off scrubbing the grout in the tub if you don't have to leave the room to find more supplies and tools.
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Last year, I purchased this cleaning caddy from The Container Store. The reason why it is so helpful is that it isn't just a caddy to hold supplies, but the bottom is also a bucket. This has been so useful as I've started my spring cleaning this year, because I seriously have everything that I need right at hand. I don't even have to run to the supply closet to get a bucket to wash down the walls or clean the windows.
**Each piece is sold separately. And while this set has a lime green handle, you can get a bucket with silver handles on Amazon.
So here is what I store in my cleaning caddy.......
- All purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner (Get the recipe for homemade window cleaner.)
- Soft scrub or scrubbing powder (Baking soda has great natural scrubbing power.)
- Stainless steel cleaner
- Wood cleaner
- Granite countertop cleaner
- Toilet cleaner
- Chlorox wipes - For cleaning off door handles, the front of cupboards, or doing a quick wipe out of the bathroom sink.
I love using natural, "green" cleaners and have even started making my own. I've become a little nervous using so many different chemical cleaners and find that the natural and homemade versions work just as well. The brands I turn to the most are method, J.R. Watkins, and Mrs. Myers, and I really love the dish soap made by The Honest Company.
Since I live in a rural area, there isn't much opportunity for picking these types of cleaners up locally. For that reason, I've started ordering my products through Grove Collaborative and have them shipped directly to my door. Not only is it easy, but you can get some great freebies and discounts as well! (Right now, you can get a free Seventh Generation Hand Soap plus a $10 credit on your order using this link.)
- Microfiber cloths for a variety of surfaces
- Various sponges - You don't want to use your bathroom sponge to wipe down your kitchen counters, so be sure to have a couple different types of sponges to use in different places
- Magic Eraser - These are great for scrubbing your kitchen sink or stove top, wiping down the shower, and for removing marks on the wall.
- Paper Towel (My choice is Viva brand because they are almost cloth like and withstand some scrubbing).
- Barcloth rags - if you are doing more heavy/spring cleaning or wiping down walls and furniture
You may notice that I have different colored microfiber cloths and I use them with different types of cleaner. I don't want to clean my windows with a rag that previously had wood cleaner on it! While I am aware of which rag goes with which cleaner, you may need to have some sort of system if your family helps out with the cleaning.
Jen from I Heart Organizing has a genius tip of color coding the rag to the label on her bottles of cleaner. (She also has a super organized and stylish cleaning caddy that you should check out!)
OTHER CLEANING TOOLS
- Duster - I just purchased this ostrich feather duster and am in LOVE!
- Dustpan and brush - Great for small cleanup jobs
- Gloves to protect your hands
- Surgical/Latex gloves for extra dirty jobs
It seems like so much stuff, I know. But these are what I consider essentials to tackle any cleaning problem that may arise. Because I have such of love of a clean house, I use a lot of different products and different rags. That doesn't mean that you need to. Maybe an all purpose cleaner and sponge is all that you ever use and would need to store. In that case your cleaning caddy would be much smaller and lighter than mine!
The important thing to consider is that you have some sort of container that can hold all of your favorite supplies that you'll need during a weekly cleaning session. You want the task of keeping your home clean and fresh for yourself and your family to be as fast, easy, and efficient as possible.
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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ......Do you use a cleaning caddy to hold all of your supplies? And if not, do you think this would help you get your weekly chores done a little faster?
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