Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tips Tuesday: Tips for Cleaning

This week's Tips Tuesday (hosted by Leslie at Lambers Lately) is Tips for general cleaning.

I actually enjoy cleaning (maybe it's my OCD coming out). Even though I live by myself, I clean every week. It's funny because when I was 15 years old, I used to clean my parents' and neighbors' houses during the summer. I was so desperate for my own money!!

Typically I do the majority of my cleaning on the weekends, because I just don't have time during the week, but I do try and keep things picked up throughout the week. This allows me to focus on the major cleaning on the weekends and keeps my time down to a few short hours.

Every weekend I clean the bathrooms and sweep. I clean out the fridge and clean the kitchen on Thurs or Fri after I go to the grocery store. As for dusting, moping, and other really heavy duty cleaning, I tend to do that either every 2 weeks, or maybe once a month (it just depends on when it needs it).

Tips/products that I typically use include:

1. Commet -- I use this for cleaning bathtubs, toilets, the kitchen sink. It's a great general cleaner, and is really inexpensive.

2. For counters I tend to use a spray cleaner, typically whatever states it will kill germs and is on sale. Right now I think I am using Lysol bathroom cleaner.

3. Mr Clean Magic Eraser -- This is so wonderful to get scuffs off floors, walls, etc. If you don't have one, go out and get one!

4. Swiffer and Mr Clean -- I use a swiffer to mop, but I actually use Mr Clean in a spray bottle instead of the swiffer refill. They got so expensive to replace, so I bought a large bottle of Mr Clean and put some in a spray bottle with water and use that instead. I think the bottle of Mr Clean I bought has lasted me about 2 years now.

5. Organizing cleaning products -- I have all of my cleaning products stored in a little bucket with a handle (see pic below). This helps keep everything together, and the handle makes it easy to carry from room to room.

6. A clean smelling house is a happy house -- I am a big fan of candles and airfreshners. It really helps to keep things smelling clean, especially if you have pets. I am in love with the Bath and Body Works Wallflowers and I also love their Slatkin & Co. candles. My favorites in the winter are Fireside, Spice, Cranberry and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. For the spring and summer I really like the floral and tropical scents.

If anyone has any great cleaning tips, please share. Otherwise, head on over to Leslie's blog for even more cleaning tips.


  1. Love these tips. I do a little every day and my husband thinks I am crazy!! But, I never have to do laundry for the entire day, or scrub too hard on the bathroom, or anything else! We have hard water too, so I have to keep up or pink stains will appear. I LOVE Tyler candles--you should check them out if you love candles, they are THE BEST. My favorite is High Maintenance and Diva.

  2. I love your tips! I also use a Swiffer for sweeping/mopping and the Mr. Clean idea is awesome and something I am really excited about trying! Thank you!

  3. Hi, found your blog through Kelly's Korner and wanted to say hi and I became a follower! :) Erin