When cleaning, people typically have two aims in mind: killing germs and protecting their furniture and surfaces. These are both good things, though I am against killing all germs (as the heavy use of antibacterial products is what is causing superbugs to emerge). To accomplish this, products should contain one of four things:
- Chlorine bleach (for full antibacterial work)
- Hydrogen Peroxide bleach (for full antibacterial work)
- Vinegar (for everyday use)
- Citrus extracts or essential oils (for everyday use)
I personally love vinegar and citrus products! Both kill germs while being gentle and not encouraging bacterial resistance. My mother prefers full antibacterial and antimicrobial products, which is just as valid. Either way, there’s a few products you need to clean your whole house, only six in total! Yup, I only use six, though depending on other factors you may need more. They are:
- All-Purpose Cleaner: All-purpose can be used to clean your whole home. Usually a liquid or gel, this product cleans furniture, cabinets, countertops, wall tiles, and porcelain. I mix it in a bucket according to directions, dip a rag in, and wipe. I use method/Ecover, which uses vinegar in all its products. Be careful with this and granite; it can ruin the finish.
- Anti-Lime Cleaner/Descaler: A spray product, this eats through rust and lime, soap scum and buildup. Let it sit for a few minutes, and it wipes away.
- Floor Wash: Whether you have parquet, tile, laminate, or carpet, you need a floor cleaner. Mixed with water and either mopped or scrubbed in with a special machine, this product will remove dust, dirt, and stains from your flooring.
- Window Cleaner: What it says on the bottle. It cleans your windows and ideally dries streak-free.
- Soap: A good-quality liquid castile soap is what I use on my granite and stone. This product can be used as an all-purpose cleaner, but I prefer to use it only when I need a gentle touch.
- Furniture Polish/Leather Cleaner: My mother swears by Pledge for cleaning wood, but I don’t have wood furniture. Still, one should have a polish for their furniture, and since my couch is the only thing that needs special care of that nature I use a leather cleaner with added conditioner to clean it twice a week.
Always follow the instructions for your cleaners. Don’t be tempted to use too much, because you’re wasting products and potentially damaging your furniture. However, don’t skimp on the product or you run the risk of it not working properly. You don’t need more than these six to clean your whole house!