Spring cleaning is traditionally a huge task. It started as a way to welcome our homes to spring and to get the dirt out that has been trapped inside all winter. For those of us who live in cold climates, the snow brings with it ice melt, dirt, and sand. Even once the snow melts away, there’s a film on everything. Spring cleaning is the way to start fresh, inside and out.
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I like to make a spring cleaning kit. This allows me to move quickly and to clean anywhere in my home, easily. I hate lugging bottles around, so I make an easy to carry kit that I can store in a closet, but then grab and clean when I have some time.
Here’s what I put in my tote.
- Rubber gloves. Cleaning is gross. Just wear the gloves and protect your hands.
- Viva® paper towels. I use paper towels for my deep cleaning events (2x per year). Knowing that they will work hard and then can get tossed is key in making fast progress.
- A spray bottle filled with a water and vinegar mixture. I find there isn’t much I can’t clean with this mixture. It smells fresh and works well. It’s easy to make, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.
- A list. I tend to get carried away when cleaning. I can get distracted, or start other projects. To prevent this, I make a list of the things I want to get done right away and tuck it into the tote as a reminder.
- You’ll also see reusable pads in the tote. These go to my steam floor cleaner. I carry the pads around so I can use a fresh one in every room.
- Scott 1000® toilet paper. I carry this around to do touch ups with. The areas around faucets or in the cracks of furniture are easy to clean with toilet paper. I also like being able to refill all of my bathroom supplies while I’m in the room. I stock the bathrooms with Cottonelle ®.
Here’s what you didn’t know about spring cleaning….
Not every paper towel is created equal. Getting the right tools for the right job is key. Viva® Vantage®towels have a scrubby texture, similar to a terry cloth. These are perfect for stovetops, stainless steel appliances, and even patio furniture. They are the work horses of your spring cleaning toolkit.
Viva® Towels on the other hand are softer and more like an undershirt. these are perfect for every day use (even on hands and faces). They are great for smooth wood surfaces, windows, and baseboards.
So why do I use one brand of toilet paper to clean and another in my bathrooms? It’s just personal preference. My hubby likes Cottonelle’s Clean Ripple ® texture. And if you think your family won’t know the difference, you’re wrong. It’s the best way to feel clean. Treat yourself 🙂
I also like to stock up on my cleaning supplies. The more I buy at once, the fewer trips I take to the store. This cuts down on time, gas, and impulse shopping. You can even order online! Stock up on ALL of these items, with low prices, now at Wal-Mart. I went into my local store to see what they had on hand and to buy more….here’s some of the huge piles of supplies I found.