What’s in My Caddy: The Cleaners

Cleaning couldn’t happen without supplies. Cleaners, dusters, sponges, microfiber cloths–all these have their place in the cleaning routine. I think having the right supplies makes cleaning so much more efficient, and since I have spent a lot of time streamlining my supplies, I thought I’d share with you what I stock up on to get my chores done.

Note: This is not a sponsored post.

1. All-Purpose Cleaner

For this I use a mixture of Sal Suds and water. Sal Suds is made by Dr. Bronner’s and is a relative of castile soap. I know a lot of people love to clean with castile soap, but I personally find Sal Suds more effective. You can look here for a good explanation of the differences between the two.

I use my all-purpose cleaner for dusting, wiping down the bathroom counters and mirrors, shining the stainless steel, cleaning the windows, and mopping the floor. I even keep some in a spray bottle by the kitchen sink to clean the counters, fruits and vegetables, and the stray dish or two that needs hand washing.

2. Antibacterial Spray

Whenever I disinfect, I almost always use Method’s All Purpose + Antibac. It’s great for a thorough cleaning of the bathrooms, including the toilets, and for any other particularly germ-y mess.

3. Antibacterial Wipes

I occasionally use antibacterial wipes. I find them useful for cleaning up the counters after they are contaminated by raw meat, disinfecting the floor after bathroom accidents, and cleaning my son’s potty seat. I like Seventh Generation’s Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes.

4. Wood Cleaner and Polish

Usually I use my all-purpose spray on wood furniture, but occasionally I like to use a special wood cleaner or polish. Method is my brand of choice for both cleaners; I use the Daily Wood Cleaner and the Wood Polish.

5. Glass Cleaner

As I said before, I use my all-purpose spray for the windows and mirrors. If I am doing a deep clean, though, I’ll use a dedicated glass spray. There are two kinds that I like. One is Method’s Glass + Surface cleaner, and the other is Grove Collaborative’s Glass Cleaning Concentrate.

6. Upholstery Cleaner

Most of my upholstery is microfiber, and glass cleaners are great for cleaning this fabric. I use my Method Glass + Surface cleaner on the couch and chairs.

7. Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Seventh Generation’s Toilet Bowl Cleaner is my weapon of choice. It’s a big bottle, and I enjoy the very fine nozzle it has.

8. Tub and Tile Cleaner

I don’t use this all the time, but if there is a buildup of soap scum, Dawn dish soap and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio knock it out with ease.

And those are all the cleaners I use. If I need scrubbing power, I throw in a little baking soda, and if there are deposits around my faucets, I use straight vinegar, but that’s really about it. I like to keep it simple.

In the spirit of keeping it simple, I also purchase pretty much all my cleaning supplies from a single website called Grove Collaborative. They have fairly good prices and a large selection of natural products. If you are interested, shop through this link to get a free 5-piece set.

In the meantime, I’d love to know what you use. Do you make your cleaning supplies or do you buy them? What can you recommend? Share your tips in the comments below!

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