This post is sponsored by Merry Maids. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Now that it is spring and we’re all thinking about spring cleaning, I have not only been cleaning our home but also cleaning out our cleaning supplies. I’ll admit, I’m one of those who has supplies from 6 years ago. Bottles of this and that from years ago that were only used once, sponges from 2 years ago. This year, I have had to seriously think about what supplies we are using in our home since we have a toddler who is into everything. Merry Maids, the nation’s largest home cleaning provider recently released some great information on ways to swap out supplies for a cleaner home and I am happy to share with you some of my favorite cleaning supply swaps for a cleaner home.
Swap Chemicals for Homemade Solutions.
Need to refresh your mattress? Sprinkle a bit of baking soda and vacuum. Cleaning windows? Mix one-fourth cup of vinegar with one-fourth cup of rubbing alcohol and a half cup of water, and you’ve got a natural, great-performing solution that, when paired with coffee filters as your cloth, can get your windows streak-free.
Done with the Duster.
Get rid of your duster! They tend to just push around dust, or in our case, push it from our ceiling fan into the floor, bed, etc. Instead, use a damp paper towel or microfiber cloth that you can wash or toss in the washing machine. Both will pick up the dust instead of pushing it around. If you are dusting ceiling fans, an easy tip is to take an old pillow case, slide it over the fan blade and use the top of the case to wipe the dust off of the blade into the case. You can empty the dust into the trash and wash the case for another use!
Toss Your Toilet Brush.
Think about it this way: after you are sick, do you use the same toothbrush or do you swap for a new one? The same goes for your toilet brush. Do you want to put the toilet brush that you’ve been using to clean a dirty toilet back in the holder to sit and then use the “infected” brush to clean the toilet with time after time? I certainly don’t. Not to mention, with a toddler running around, the last thing I want to do is for him to discover the toilet brush and think it’s a hair brush. Disposable toilet wands are the way to go!
Bye, Bye Broom.
This one was tough for me. I use our broom for everything! When I thought about it though, it really is just pushing the dirt and dust around for the most part. We recently invested in a lightweight vacuum that we can store in our kitchen. It’s great for quick clean ups and is lightweight. This tip has truly made a difference in our home and I can tell that the floors are not only cleaner, but the entire house is less dusty.
So Long, Sponges.
I have always been careful about how I use our sponges: don’t wash dishes with the same sponge you wipe the counters off after having raw chicken on them, etc. After thinking about it though, I’m washing the dishes that had the raw chicken on them in the first place with that sponge. I do try to replace my sponge every month, but it isn’t nearly as sanitary as a microfiber cloth that I can toss in the washing machine every few days. A simple and budget friendly swap!
These simple swaps have not only made a huge difference in my cleaning routine, but our home truly does feel cleaner and more sanitary. As much time as our toddler spends in the floor and touching almost every surface in our home, I am so happy that Merry Maids shared these simple cleaning swaps and I hope you will benefit from a few of my tips as well!