Meet My New Friend

Let’s be real for a sec, mkay?

I hate cleaning. I don’t prefer dirt or nastiness or anything. I like the end result of cleaning. And I like organizing and decluttering. But the actual scrubbing, wiping, etc. just doesn’t do it for me. I do it in order to not end up on some TLC show, but I don’t like it. And it’s funny because I come from a long line of, let’s say, obsessive enthusiastic cleaners. My mom, aunts, second-cousins, etc. are all-star cleaners, on par with Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker (c’mon you know she did more than just bake).

Not so much me. I have the rare ability to spend a lot of time cleaning something only to have it look not clean. I don’t know if it’s my technique or if I don’t use the right products or if it’s just the grungy rentals we’ve lived in, or what.

That is dirt under the rug now (literally). I’m determined to be a better cleaner with my new house. Until I can hire someone to do it for me, I’m going to try to do it right.

Step one is making sure I have the right tools. I’m starting with this guy.

I decided a lightweight vacuum would be helpful for cleaning the hardwood on a daily more than once a week basis. I tried a dust mop but it just seemed to push stuff around. I read a lot of reviews, and this one seemed like the best value with good suction for getting up dust. I didn’t have time to put it together yet, but we all know that looking at cleaning supplies is far superior to actually using them.

I’ve heard the Bona system is good for cleaning and polishing, so I may look into that.

So what are your favorite cleaning supplies/tools/techniques? Teach me!

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3 thoughts on “Meet My New Friend

  1. Straight Out Of Compton says:

    As I’v mentioned about 100 times now, I am completely and utterly in love with this guy:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XXOW1S/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00

    I’m into the vinegar/baking soda method, but Lane can’t stand the smell of vinegar, so Simple Green is our compromise. It’s dirt cheap at Sam’s club and works for everything.
    http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Green-All-Purpose-Cleaner-Degreaser/dp/B000M2SHHO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336052502&sr=8-1

  2. MarcieDail says:

    I love my Dyson so so much. I also really love my Haan steam cleaner for our hardwoods and tile floors. So much easier than a Swiffer Wet Mop and it disinfects without chemicals (which I didn’t used to care about but soon B will be crawling and getting all that stuff on his hands and the boy can’t keep his hands out of is mouth. Ick.)

    • BecccaDing says:

      I bought a steam cleaner once and didn’t like it. But maybe I will try it again instead of the Bona for cleaning. I do prefer not to use chemicals. Is your Dyson for hardwoods? I have a vaccuum that’s great for carpet, but we only have one carpeted room in the new house.

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