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Old 04-12-2009, 08:23 AM   #1
 
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I am determined to be better about cleaning my house. I spent four hours cleaning yesterday and only made a dent. It's because I don't keep up with it, so when I finally get around to it, it's a huge job.

So what are your favorite products to make cleaning easier? I especially need recommendations for dusting and mopping, as I tend to neglect these two chores the most.

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Dusting/wiping down
*Windex wipes....or vinegar spray, which I wipe off with wadded up newspaper
*Clorox wipes
*Clorox Anywhere spray

Mopping
*Swiffer wet

Bathroom
*Comet liquid
*Kaboom
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dow scrubbing bubbles to clean tub and tile
lysol power gel for toilets
windex for mirrors
swiffer for floors
lysol wipes
and pledge wipes
(you can tell i'm extra lazy)
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Microfiber cloths for cleaning most anything. Good for dusting, good for shining up the bathroom counters/sink (if used wet), really good for shining chrome fixtures. Don't use fabric softener on them, though -- you'll ruin them.

If not microfiber for dusting, I use Swiffer wands.

Long-handled lambswool duster for ceiling fan blades, woodwork.

Vacuum up the dog hair/dust on hardwood floors, then go over with a microfiber dust mop to get the superfine stuff or places I missed. Until I refinish them, can't use anything wet on them.

Clorox or Lysol toilet cleaner for toilets. Tried the wands but didn't feel they cleaned as well.

I dry the shower walls/door with a squeegee which keeps need for cleaning down, but use Kaboom if there's a buildup of anything.

Windex for glass.

Method stuff and/or Clorox wipes for outside of toilet.

Lots of elbow grease usually helps!
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Some Method products, Charlie's Soap and some things I make myself.

I agree with the microfiber cloths...and I use my Dyson a LOT to do everything from clean the floors to dusting ceiling fans.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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Or you could have your house cleaned professionally ... it's surprisingly not expensive.

In my area (philly suburbs) it costs about $100 to have my 1500-sqft house cleaned professionally from top to bottom ... and that includes everything, bathrooms, kitchen, floors, vacuuming, picking up random stuff, etc. definitely worth it. I could spend 8 hours cleaning and it would only look half as good.

when I cut back on my budget, the cleaning service is the last thing to go! seriously ... I drive a 14-year-old car, don't have cable, etc ... have to prioritize
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I'm a natural cleaner.... but I still have a clean house

Kitchen counters: I use Method free & clear with microfiber cloths
Bathroom counters/sinks: I use Method tub & tile with microfiber cloths.
Windows and mirrors: Method glass cleaner with microfiber cloths.
Floors: sweep, then microfiber cloths on a swiffer.
Mopping: Bissel floor steam cleaner -- can't beat the ease of use!!

To keep your house feeling clean the easiest things to do are to keep counters clear of clutter and clean and dry swiffer (with microfiber cloths instead of disposable swiffer cloths) the hard floors at least twice a week. Those two items alone will help the house looking cleaner and make it easier to clean when you do decide to get down and clean.

*microfiber cloths -- I bought a large pack of them at Target in the car cleaning area. They can be used multiple times before they need to be cleaned, then once they need a cleaning just throw them in the washer and dryer with other towels
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I'm another fan of microfiber cleaning cloths, especially for dusting. You don't need any spray stuff, the cloth picks up the dust nicely. Then just throw it in the washer!

I highly recommend the re-useable cloths for Swiffers made by this lovely woman on E-bay. They work better than the disposable Swiffer ones and they last forever. She makes a lot of other cleaning and dusting cloths too.

http://cgi.ebay.com/4-Washable-cloth...1%7C240%3A1318

My other favorite cleaning item is a steam cleaner. I like to avoid chemicals as much as possible when cleaning.
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I hate grime, dirt, and dust...I'm obsessive about keeping things clean. For me....cleaning is a therapy. I can clean for hours with my MP3 player on and the cleaning supplies I like.

Lemon Cleaner (Lysol or Mr. Clean)
Bleach
Vim Cream Cleanser
Murphys Oil Soap

I'm going to try the microfiber cloths everyone raves about
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I highly recommend the re-useable cloths for Swiffers made by this lovely woman on E-bay. They work better than the disposable Swiffer ones and they last forever. She makes a lot of other cleaning and dusting cloths too.

http://cgi.ebay.com/4-Washable-cloth...1%7C240%3A1318

My other favorite cleaning item is a steam cleaner. I like to avoid chemicals as much as possible when cleaning.
Thanks for that link... I'm going to check out her stuff!

Looks like we have similar favorite cleaning products
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Bathrooms -
I do not like having a toliet brush in the bathroom, so I use this...

http://www.scrubbingbubbles.com/prod...#tabline-where

These help me to keep my toilet clean between

http://www.scrubbingbubbles.com/prod...e-how-it-works

I also keep these in every room (bathrooms and kitchen) for quick cleans
http://www.clorox.com/products/

I could not find these on the sites...

For bathroom cleaning, I use the greenworks tub and tile cleaner

For kitchen cleaning, I use the greenworks all purpose cleaner

For floors, I use the greenworks concentrated cleaner with the Mr. Clean mop

For windows I use windex antibacterial.

I have a HUGE basket of old washclothes and mircofiber clothes that I clean with.

ETA--the only method products that I like are the stainless steel cleaner and the wood cleaner.

I also like the swiffer...I just got the one with the extended handle

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I hate grime, dirt, and dust...I'm obsessive about keeping things clean. For me....cleaning is a therapy. I can clean for hours with my MP3 player on and the cleaning supplies I like.

Lemon Cleaner (Lysol or Mr. Clean)
Bleach
Vim Cream Cleanser
Murphys Oil Soap

I'm going to try the microfiber cloths everyone raves about

OMG! This is my list!!! I feel like you must have been in my cleaning closet. AND I also clean with my MP3 on.

VIM is a miracle product. I use it on EVERYTHING! I've even cleaned stains off clothes (fabric that can take the abrasion) with it.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:32 PM   #13
 
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I dust w/pledge and a microfiber cloth.
I squeegee down walls, doors and floor of shower every day. When I really have to scrub it, which is rare b/c the squeegee-ing works great, I use comet bathroom cleaner in the spray bottle. I do this while I'm in the shower with a scrubbie thingamajig. I use comet for the sinks too.
Clorox toilet bowl cleaner w/bleach for toilets.
I vacuum or sweep the floors (all mine are hard) then clean w/my shark steam cleaner...LOVE it!
Glass wipes for mirrors.
Clorox or lysol wipes for countertops.
I'm the worst window cleaner in the history of mankind. They look no better when I'm done than they did when I started, so I've got no advice for them.
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I LOVE a product called "Cinch". Its in an orange spray bottle; cleans tons of surfaces and smells good. I have SUCH a hard time finding it tho, that I clean off the shelves when I do.
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oh lord...you guys like the shark?

tell me know idontneedtospendthemoneybutthinkthey'recool

i have issues with pet hair btw...
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I'm another fan of microfiber cleaning cloths, especially for dusting. You don't need any spray stuff, the cloth picks up the dust nicely. Then just throw it in the washer!

I highly recommend the re-useable cloths for Swiffers made by this lovely woman on E-bay. They work better than the disposable Swiffer ones and they last forever. She makes a lot of other cleaning and dusting cloths too.

http://cgi.ebay.com/4-Washable-cloth...1%7C240%3A1318

My other favorite cleaning item is a steam cleaner. I like to avoid chemicals as much as possible when cleaning.
Thanks for that link! I was wondering where I could find reuseable cloths for my swiffer!
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My favorite cleaning product is paying someone else to do it. I hate cleaning. Despise it.
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Every time I've paid someone to clean my house, they clean like gangbusters for about the first 2 times they come, then they suck and when I get home from work, I have to go around and clean everything they didn't...not worth it to me.
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Thanks everyone. I hate cleaning too, but mostly because I feel like it's a complete waste of time. Within minutes - not hours, not days, but minutes - it looks dirty again. Either my husband tracked dirt in on his shoes, or I cook dinner and splatter something all over the kitchen floor. I don't even have kids yet (or dogs). I would love to get my house cleaned professionally. Maybe someday . . .
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Thanks everyone. I hate cleaning too, but mostly because I feel like it's a complete waste of time. Within minutes - not hours, not days, but minutes - it looks dirty again. Either my husband tracked dirt in on his shoes, or I cook dinner and splatter something all over the kitchen floor. I don't even have kids yet (or dogs). I would love to get my house cleaned professionally. Maybe someday . . .
Can your husband remove his shoes at the door? Perhaps have a mat by the door where he can put his shoes...and cooking...use a splatter screen, which helps a lot with splatters and keeping the cooking area clean.

Also, as you splatter, wipe with a micro cloth (i like to cut the ones I buy from the automotive section half...makes it easier to handle). Also just taking 15 minutes to clean helps a lot.

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