All Time Top Five Cleaning Products
#1 Electrolux Canister Vacuum- This thing has saved my back. I used to use other people's cleaning products, but found most people in Portland (being the hippie's that we all are) only have straw brooms which are HORRIBLE to clean a house full of wood floors as they are completely inefficient and leave my back and hands screaming in pain. I'd say that Miele is also an awesome brand, but they tend to be a lot spendier.
#2 Spray mop- Just like the vacuum, this has saved my back. It now seems like such a chore to think about filling a bucket of water and pushing it around with a used mop sponge. Even if they're washable, they're still holding in dirt and dirty water. I use the Rubbermaid spray mop because I concoct my own solution (vinegar, water, peroxide, alcohol, splash of ecover dish soap, essential oils of peppermint and maleluca).
#3 Bon Ami- I found this was the only thing that could lift the grime off of ANY bathtub without the use of chemicals. It works well with scrub brushes. I find that you need to make sure to wet your scrub brush periodically as it will build up into a paste and dry out and not be very helpful. A little water is key!
#4 Essential Oils- High grade essential oils are great for a lot of things. They make the house smell good, they kill bacteria, and certain EO's (peppermint) can actually keep mice and ants away. I usually use a mixture of peppermint and maleluca. Sometimes I'll also add in some lemon for the fresh scent.
#5 Microfiber cloths- I bought a pack of 4 different cloths from target mostly for cleaning windows. They're awesome because they have little tags that say what the specific cloth is good for, and they work SO well. One of the cloths works really well at lifting set in dirt off of places like molding, doors, cabinets, etc. And there are two for dusting furniture so the dust doesn't fly in the air. Perfect!