You appreciate your house for its charm, history, and maybe even it's location.
However, the grime between your bathroom tiles and the dust on your windowsills is another story entirely. Basically, you hate to clean, but that doesn't change the fact that you still have to.
So to make things a little easier, I found this great list of 16 essential products, in Real Simple magazine (Nov. 2007), that will help you tackle your entire house with ease.
- Microfiber cloths - These machine-washable cloths handle almost any chore with just water -- no cleaning products needed.
- Scrub brush -- Use it on floors, fireplaces, or any rough surface.
- Spray bottle -- This comes in handy for spraying homemade solutions.
- Rubber Gloves -- To protect your skin form harmful chemicals.
- Toothbrush -- This little guy gets into all the places you can't.
- Dry-cleaning sponge -- Its tiny pores pick up soot, dust, and pet hair from upholstery and lampshades.
- Squeegee -- It works on more than windows ... try mirrors and shower doors too.
- Disinfecting Wipes -- They eradicate nearly 100 percent of bacteria and can clean a counter in a flash.
- Mild Abrasive Cleaner -- This helps you scour scum on tubs and tile with a minimum amount of elbow grease.
- Vinegar -- Removes mineral deposits from faucets and windows.
- Dishwashing Liquid -- You name it, it's dirt-cheap and still cleans everything from dishes to windows.
- All-purpose cleaner -- The name says it all.
- Baking soda -- A natural scouring powder and it eliminates odors.
- A caddy (to hold everything) -- This is what will determine your success ... if everything you need is in one easy-to-find place that can move with you ... you're more likely to tackle the cleaning that's needed.
- Microfiber duster -- With magnetic attraction, it will pick up dust and pet hair on blinds, works of art, and even plants.
- Hand broom with dustpan -- Convenient for whisking away small spills.
Now all you need to do is put everything in your caddy and move from room to room cleaning like a pro. I think the only thing they forgot is Laundry detergent (a little heavy for the caddy) ... but unless you live in a nudist colony, don't you also have to clean your clothes?