What is it about spring that makes us want to give the house a thorough cleaning? This year, my urge for a spring cleaning binge arrived before spring did. Several weeks ago, I took everything out of the refrigerator, wiped down all shelves and surfaces (how does dog hair get to the back of the inside of the fridge anyway?), threw out anything old or out of date, and reorganized. I bought some clear plastic trays at Target, which are perfect for stashing large and small containers of yogurt and bags of nuts. All I have to do is pull out the tray to see what we have -- much easier than trying to remember what's behind the large container in the front! A third tray in the freezer stores bags of shredded cheeses and cubes of leftover tomato paste. I love having things organized.
Using the right cleaning products is a must when cleaning house. Above are some of our favorite cleaners: Caldrea liquid hand soap in a wonderful ginger pomelo scent; Oreck Glass & Mirror Cleaner (we discovered this years ago when we bought our vacuum and it works better than anything else I've tried); Stainless Steel Magic to keep the stove and dishwasher free of smudges and fingerprints; Bar Keepers Friend for making the stainless steel kitchen sink shiny and bright (it can also be used on tubs, sinks, toilets, tile, grout and more); Simple Green (my husband's personal favorite along with Charlie's Soap, not pictured); and Shaklee Basic-H concentrated organic cleanser (I've had this bottle so long, the packaging is old and it's now called Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate). Shaklee products are great and I've been using them for years. To learn more about Basic H2, go to this web page.
I also like Seventh Generation products. Their dish liquid in fresh citrus and ginger scent smells great, their dishwasher detergent works well, and their disinfecting multi-surfacce cleaner "kills over 99.99% of household germs, specifically Influenza A virus, H1N1, Rhinovirus (type 37, the common cold virus), Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli on hard, nonpourous surfaces," according to the product label. Wow, that's a lot of stuff for a botanically based product. It contains Thymol, present as a component of thyme oil -- so if you don't like the smell of thyme, you may not like this. I had to get used to the smell at first, but now I like it.
So tell me, what cleaning products are your favorites and why do you swear by them?