So I'm pretty obsessed with cleaning…no joke. I can't stand when my house is dirty or out of place. And yes, I'm pregnant and everyone tells me that will change or it has to with kiddos. I smile politely, because I'm nice but inside I think just wait…I will have a clean house! Haha, ok I'm not completely naive, I know I will have to let a few things go. However, until my little nugget arrives let the cleaning obsession continue!
I have 6 basic products that are always in my cleaning caddy:
1. White Vinegar 2. Baking Soda 3. Hydrogen Peroxide 4. Homemade granite cleaner- Start with a 16 oz. spray bottle, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, 3 drops of liquid dish soap, 1/4 cup of alcohol, andfill the rest of your bottle with water. 5. Homemade Vinegar/Water Cleaner- Start with a 16 oz. spray bottle, add half water and half vinegar. 6. Dr. Bronner Liquid Soap- A great soap to use in recipes for dish soap.
Toilet- I use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for the toilet. First I sprinkle the baking soda all around the toilet bowl. I scrub with my toilet bowl cleaner, then I add some hydrogen peroxide to it and scrub again. I find this gets rid of all my stains and leaves the toilet nice and white. I then spray a little more hydrogen peroxide on the toilet lid and and all around to kill all the germs. Wipe with a cloth.
Shower/Tub– I sprinkle baking soda in the shower/tub and then I spray a ratio of 50/50 water and vinegar. Then I scrub away. I find the vinegar really gets the soap scumb, plus it's a disinfectant.
Countertops/Cupboards– I use a mixture of my granite cleaner for my counters since they're granite and then for my cupboards the 50/50 water and vinegar ratio.
Mirrors/Windows– I use the 50/50 water and vinegar solution. Spray it on the mirrors and just wipe off with an old rag or t-shirt. I found if I used paper towels it would leave streaks, plus rags or old t-shirts are a lot more environmentally friendly.
Counters– I use my homemade granite cleaner. Spray on the counters and wipe off with an old rag or t-shirt.
Kitchen Sink– I usually clean my sink once a week. I first sprinkle on baking soda and scrub away. Make sure if your sink is stainless steel you don't use a steel wool brush on the sink because it will leave scratches. I use a scotch pad. I spray my 50/50 vinegar water solution after scrubbing with the baking soda and then scrub a little more. This kills any bacteria plus gets rid of any leftover grime. Then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and rub into the sink to make shine and smell fresh and clean.
Floors– I bought a Shark mop a year ago and love it! I ended up buying it because it doesn't use any chemicals to clean with, just really hot steam. The steam alone kills 99.9% of germs and you don't have to smell all those nasty chemicals! It comes with 2 removeable pads that you wash after each use. So environmentally friendly and my floors shine afterwards…I'll take it! I have the basic one called the Shark Steam Mop.
Refrigerator– I use my 50/50 vinegar and water to clean the fridge and wipe with a clean cloth. I also always have a bowl of baking soda in my fridge to ward off any smells. You can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the baking soda as well.
Cabinets– I use my 50/50 vinegar and water to clean the cabinets as well. Again spray and wipe with a clean cloth.