Now that you have a spring cleaning list in your grasp, you might be better served with some sort of timetable, or schedule, to squeeze it all in before too much time passes. It’s not called spring cleaning for nothing you know!
I’ve got some great tips on products that have worked for us over the years, as well as an eco-friendly nod to a couple of environmentally responsible companies producing green products for you and me. I especially liked one of the marketing tag lines from Method that states…’we see ingredients that come from plants, not chemical plants.’
What Is Spring Cleaning and What Does It Involve?
The type of spring cleaning that I referenced in my earlier post is really all about reorganizing, getting rid of unused/unwanted items, switching cool weather items for warm weather items (bedding, clothes, drapes, etc.) and cleaning things around the house that really do not require weekly or even monthly attention. Visualize annual or semi-annual cleaning and that should put what needs to be cleaned/organized in better perspective.
About all that is required to Spring clean is organization, time, a bucket of warm soapy water, a few rags and sponges and A LOT of elbow grease!
What About the Things That Need More Than Just Elbow Grease?
(If you’re looking for environmentally sound, eco-friendly cleaning products, skip to the bottom )
If your home is anything like our home, you’ve got an over-abundance of cleaning products. I (quickly) located 27 different household cleaning products under cabinets and in the laundry room. If you figure around $5.00/product on average, that comes up to $135!
I had no clue that we were into cleaning this much! (we’re not)
Why do we have all of these specialty cleaning products in our home? Can’t we just get along with only a few and save money and space? Marketing can be an evil thing sometimes. We try different products to (hopefully) lighten our load and still get the job done right. That’s a standard goal of ours with the hectic life we’re livin’!
The Cleaning Product that REALLY Works on Fiberglass Tubs and Showers
We have a fiberglass shower stall in the master bath and it has a textured floor so you don’t ‘slip, fall down, go boom!’ It has always been THE most difficult thing to clean in our house because of the tiny bumps in the floor. We have never been able to get it as clean as the walls and it had a (slight) Georgia red clay stain on the floor in a couple of spots from the construction days. We’ve probably tried a couple dozen products over the years to get rid of the stains including; X-14, Scrubbing Bubbles, Comet Cleanser, Soft Scrub and many others. None really worked as we had hoped on the shower stall but really do a great job elsewhere in the home. We had high hopes for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers but the textured surface chewed it to pieces before we got very far.
So what cleaning product did we find to clean the shower floor? Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner. It’s been amazing at how well it cleans THE toughest stains around the house…including that darn shower floor and the rest of the shower stall. Best of all…no toxic fumes!
Different Cleaning Products That Work for Different Jobs
Here’s what works for us:
- Bruce No-Wax Floor Cleaner for our hardwood floors.
- Windex for interior windows.
- Windex Outdoor used every Spring to clean the exterior windows. Hook it up to your garden hose and GO!
- Comet Cleanser with Bleach for the toilets. Also, the best product I’ve found to get the white lettering on tires white and return the tires to black.
- Soft Scrub for kitchen and bath counter tops and sinks.
- If you own a pressure washer, Zep House & Siding Cleaner Concentrate works great.
Plain ol’ distilled white vinegar is great for many uses but we use it to deodorize the rabbit pens (pellet trays) when we clean them.
Eco-Friendly (Green) Household Cleaning Products From Environmentally Responsible Companies
- Seventh Generation offers a full line of non-toxic, environmentally friendly products that work.
- Method has an extensive line of eco-friendly cleaning products that you can order on-line. Method’s co-founders, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, were featured in Vanity Fair’s annual Green Issue in May 2007 as the ‘The Cleanup Guys’ for ‘their work in propelling household cleaning to the next generation of clean – hip, non-toxic and environmentally friendly products.’ Seventh Generation CEO, Jeffrey Hollender was also featured in that same Vanity Fair article.
- Valuable knowledge regarding non-toxic cleaning and the toxicity of store-bought cleaning products. Baking soda is a wonderful thing!
Wild Oats used to have some valuable eco-friendly info for consumers until Whole Foods bought Wild Oats in August 2007 for $565 million (Source). It appears that they dumped all of the Wild Oats website links. Thanks a lot Whole Foods!!!