Written by Melody Thacker, Independent Watkins Associate on July 18, 2006
There are thousands of cleaning products, supplies and tools available theses days but really only a few basics are required to keep your home clean. The same basics that have been used by homemakers for years.
- A broom and dust pan to sweep floors or a vaccum.
- If you have carpet, you’ll need a vaccum cleaner. A vaccum maybe used on most any floor surface so you can skip the broom and dust pan if you like.
- Rags, cotton works best. I like old cotton T-shirts or cotton towels. You can purchase these at thrift or second hand stores very inexpensively.
- A bucket or pail. Reuse an ice cream type pail if you like.
- A multipurpose organic cleaner
- A mop. You can use a rag to wash floors but a mop makes it easier if you have a large area of floor to wash.
You may need a few special cleaners for particular jobs but for the most part a good multipurpose cleaner can be used for all the regular weekly cleaning jobs around your home. A mixing bottle with a trigger sprayer can speed application for spray and wipe tasks like mirrors, appliances, counter tops and dusting.
The less products and tools you have to deal with the simpler your life will be. You will save money and it is friendlier for our environment too because you’ll be adding less waste into the eco-system.