Even though the best cleaner out there is elbow grease, you can subtract a lot of cleaning time from your chores by having the “right tools for the right job.” (It took one of my kids the longest time to get what I meant by elbow grease—I’d say things like, “If you want to get that really clean, you are going to have to use some elbow grease. ” And he’d say something like, “Where’s the elbow grease?”)
Let’s look at just three today that I think are important, yet are practical and inexpensive to own.
- The first suggestion is to use good cleaning cloths. Are you using ripped up pajamas or old t-shirts? I am not saying that these shouldn’t be saved and used for a “dirty” project, but for everyday/weekly cleaning, nothing beats the perfect-sized, microfiber cloth. If you are using paper towels, give that up. You will save both money and the environment. Nothing cleans like a microfiber cloth, dry or with a cleaner. And luckily, these are very affordable. You can get them at most stores that sell kitchen stuff or online at Amazon (like these:
It says that it can be used on all floor types. Although I use mine in the kitchen almost every day(laminate flooring) , I also have used it in the bathroom (tile) and in our hallway which has hardwood floors. What I like about it is that it is so convenient and easy to use. It has refillable cleaner bottle which you can use with any cleaners. It also has that washable mop/pad. I know I don’t wash mine as often as I should, but it seems to still work just as well. My kids even like to use it. This daily/weekly mopping done by this spray mop has taken the chore of mopping floors the old fashion way with buckets, ringers and mop or worse yet, getting on my hands and knees and scrubbing floors, completely off of my chorelist.
3. My third suggestion for help in cleaning is a good duster. Although I like the way swifter dusters work, I don’t like that they are disposable, and therefore expensive and not environmentally friendly. I have a standard wool duster that I’ve had for a long time that I keep coming back to. I’ve seen research that says this is the best. I’ve also tried the microfiber dusters and have had some success with them. Currently I’ve got my standard wool duster and a microfiber duster with the long handle for ceiling fans, high window ledges, and cobwebs in corners. Having this wool duster handy for a quick dust practically eliminates my need for serious dusting. The kids and I use it for a quick dust before vacuuming whenever we are tidying a room. If you don’t have a good duster, consider this small investment. Also, consider a way that would make this duster more convenient for you and the kids to use more often. This could just be having a hook low enough for everyone to reach right on the inside of a centrally located closet.