Motivated by a combination of cost and health factors (crawling babies gnawing fingers covered in floor cleaner much?), it’s been a journey full of vinegar, baking soda, and skeptical glances from visiting family members.
I have to say, not only do I feel better using products that are safe yet effective, it’s also been nice to simplify the whole process. No more looking for the right cleaner for this or that–one all purpose cleaner and my favorite microfiber cloths in every cabinet and I’m set.
Not to mention that most of these products are crazy cheap. Cheap as in less than $4 for 1.32 gallons of vinegar at Costco cheap.
I’m still tweaking my arsenal, but here’s what I’ve found works best for me so far.
Cleaning Supplies: Steam Mop Using Water Only
I never thought I’d see the day when I was excited to get a mop. But while it does speak of the mundane nature of my days, I have to say, this mop did not disappoint. Easy to use and it only takes one tank of water to clean all of my floors.
Cleaning Supplies: Norwex Cloths + Water
That’s right: water.
Since discovering Norwex microfiber cloths, I have come to-dare i say?-enjoy cleaning. Really.
I’ve heard great things about microfiber in general, but these are special. They’re constructed with an antibacterial silver-based agent that’s designed to inhibit bacterial odor, mold, or mildew growth inside the cloth.
While EPA regulations now prevent Norwex consultants from making claims about the cloths’ ability to completely eradicate bacteria on surfaces, the microfiber in the cloths is so fine (1/200th of a human hair) that they have an incredible ability to thoroughly clean surfaces, no matter what is on them.
Bottom Line: You really do need only WATER + these cloths to get surfaces clean.
Skeptical? Check out these video demonstrations:
- This demonstrates how well a Norwex cloth cleans up residual surface proteins (from raw chicken) on a counter-top.
- This one is a test done by a Norwex customer to see if and how well a Norwex cloth removes bacteria from surfaces.
- And this one, produced by a Canadian Norwex consultant, claims Norwex cloths pick up 99% of bacteria on surfaces.
No Norwex consultants nearby (or still uneasy about using only water) but want to go a more natural route?
Try an all-purpose cleaning solution of vinegar and tea tree oil (or whatever other essential oil floats your boat). Here are some other great natural cleaning ideas. I’ve heard great stuff about BioKleen too.
And, by the by, this was not a paid endorsement of Norwex products or anything. I’m just happy to tout the merits of a product that’s made my cleaning duties that much more enjoyable and chemical-free.
Cleaning Supplies: Solution of Vinegar + Tea Tree Oil, Norwex Cloths
While Norwex cloths + water alone could do the job, in my home’s less reputable nooks, I just feel better spraying a little cleaning solution.
Vinegar alone would cut it, as it has crazy antibacterial properties, but the tea tree oil (which has similar properties itself) helps tone down the smell during the cleaning process. (The vinegar smell on the cleaned surface actually goes away after a couple of hours).
Shower and Toilets
Cleaning Supplies: Baking Soda, Vinegar Solution, Norwex cloths
Most of the time, I just wipe the shower with Norwex cloths alone.
But, if things are looking in need of an extra scrub, I’ll sprinkle a bit of baking soda and/or vinegar solution and then go to town with a damp cloth (for the shower) or toilet bowl brush.
And that’s it. Pretty simple. But then that was the idea.
Do you have any favorite cleaning products or tips?