Back to Basics: Cutting Through the Cleaning Cupboard Clutter
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need 25 different cleaners to clean your home. Only a few cleaning supplies are actually essential. As they say, less is more, five products are all you really need. In fact, less is more applies to the amount of cleaner you use when cleaning as well. Too much of any product actually leaves your home less clean, as it leaves a residue of excess cleaning solution. So, if you’re looking to save a few bucks or some storage space, overhaul your cleaning cupboard with the following essential supplies and repeat the mantra “less is more” every time you clean!
The kingpin of your cleaning arsenal, an all-purpose cleaner will make your house sparkle. While there is no standard set of ingredients, they are designed to be safe on all types of surfaces as a disinfectant, detergent, degreaser or solvent. Use it to wipe down surfaces, clean walls and shine appliances in every room of your home.
Liquid Dish Soap
Not just for doing the dishes, liquid dish soap is one of the most versatile cleaning products in your home. It is the active cleaning ingredient in a simple bucket of warm soapy water (a common cleaning solution for many spills and stains). And, it effectively removes surface dust and dirt without damaging delicate surfaces. Soup splatter on a cloth napkin? Liquid dish soap is up for the challenge. It’s one of the safest things to put on fabric and is especially good at tackling grease stains.
This common household item eliminates grease, cleans windows, removes odour, fights mold & mildew and softens the laundry. To make a vinegar cleaning solution, mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and shake to combine. Avoid using on stone surfaces like granite or marble, as the acid may damage the surface. If you’re interested in the cleaning potential of white vinegar, but would prefer a convenient store-bought option, try Windex with Vinegar Multi-Surface Cleaner.
An inexpensive staple for cleaning the home, baking soda’s mild alkaline level helps dissolve dirt and grease particles in water, making it easier to remove and rinse. When made into a paste, it creates a gentle abrasive that is effective in removing stuck-on dirt and grime, while the gentle nature of baking soda also prevents it from scratching household surfaces. Learn more about the amazing power of baking soda in our “Baking Soda the Unsung Hero” blog post.)
If you’ve invested in wood furniture or inherited your grandfather’s antique chair, you need to include a good furniture polish in your cleaning supplies. It will protect the finish of your wood by serving as a temporary barrier to spilled liquids while removing smudges, dust and grime.
PRO TIP: Store all your cleaning essentials in a cleaning caddy or bucket. Add a couple of microfibre cloths and a toothbrush, and your kit is complete. Now you can grab and go, cleaning from room to room with ease.