spring cleaning: part one | supplies and tools

Go ahead and call me crazy, but I get really excited about spring cleaning. Theres just something so great about deep cleaning in the spring, with the sun shining and fresh air through the windows.

Since becoming a mom, I’ve been a lot more careful about the kind of products I use in our home because I want my cleaning supplies to be safe to use around my kids. For a while, I tried the all-DIY route, but that got too complicated and didn’t work for our family. These days, I focus on making safer choices and avoiding artificial fragrances.

In future posts, we’ll talk about the specifics of how I spring clean, but first we’ll talk supplies!

All-purpose cleaner. The major multi-tasker. A good all-purpose spray is often all you need for many cleaning jobs. I’m currently liking this Seventh Generation Free & Clear one, but a simple homemade cleaner (recipe below) can also do the trick well.

Glass cleaner. For daily use cleaning mirrors, I use simple vinegar and water. For window washing, I recently tried the Seventh Generation version, and our windows are sparkling!

Cream cleanser or baking soda. I like the Mrs. Meyers cream cleanser, Bon Ami powder, or simply baking soda mixed with castile soap.

Castile soap. I like to use the unscented Dr. Bronner’s soap so I can add my own essential oils, but any type will do!

White vinegar. For cleaning glass, deodorizing drains, freshening the laundry…So. Many. Uses.

Disinfecting spray. I like to use this on the door knobs during cold and flu season, to disinfect the toys after the kids are sick, and as the final step after cleaning the bathroom. I love that the Seventh Generation one uses pressurized air instead of aerosol (have you figured out yet that I’m a fan of 7th Gen?!).

DIY: Floor and All-purpose cleaner. I love this cleaner for wood floors and surfaces that need a little extra cleaning power. Add 5-10 drops of castile soap and 10 drops bacteria-fighting essential oils to a glass spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with warm water and shake. I spray the floor before using a microfiber mop, but you can also make the cleaner in a bucket instead of a spray bottle if you use a regular mop!

Essential oils. Whichever happen to be your favorite! My go to oil for cleaning is Plant Therapy’s “Germ Destroyer” oil. I love it because it can kill germs while being safe for my kiddos.

Lemons. Shine a stainless steel sink with half a lemon dipped in salt, clean your cutting boards, deodorize the kitchen drain, make your house smell fresh!

Grout brush. For scrubbing that stubborn scum off the shower walls. Here’s my favorite small brush, and I use this dish brush as well.

Cleaning cloths. Microfiber cloths, paper towels, tea towels, or my favorite- classic cloth diapers. They’re super absorbent and great for cleaning up wet messes.

Rubber gloves. For cleaning the bathroom and washing dishes (not the same pair obviously!). Here are some cute ones.

Magic eraser. The classic Mr. Clean for when you just can’t get that mark off.

Do you get as excited about spring cleaning as I do? What are your favorite cleaning tools and products?

From the photos: broom, mop, brush and dustpan, duster.

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