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As a busy mom of two school age kids, I try to streamline any routines that I can. Cleaning is a fact of life and needs to be done on a daily basis. I like to find little tips and tricks to make it easier on myself and my family to get the job done.
One thing that helps everyone in the family is having a cleaning caddy. This makes it easy for me to store all my supplies in one spot. I have everything I need when it is time to clean and I can easily move my supplies from room to room. Today, I am going to share how to create a cleaning caddy, plus some cleaning tips.
- Microfiber cloths
- All purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Scotch-Brite™ Printed Lint Roller
- Scrub brush
- Rubber gloves
- Baking soda or scrubbing powder
- Furniture polish
To start with you need something to put all your supplies in. You can find plastic totes specifically for this purpose. You can also use a plain bucket. Since cleaning is not my favorite chore I like to find something a little bit prettier. It may seem silly, but I know I am more motivated to get the job done with things that look nice. It makes my day a little brighter. Plus, it looks nice if it is left out on the counter.
I found a metal utensil caddy at Walmart that was perfect for carrying my supplies. It has handles, some divided slots, and is sturdy.
I listed my must-have items for a cleaning caddy above, plus some additional items you may want to keep in yours if you have room. I always keep rubber gloves in my caddy since certain jobs can get messy. I think having a good all-purpose cleaner and glass cleaner, along with microfiber cloths are important as well. This will clean up almost any area in your home.
Microfiber cloths are my favorite. You can even use them with plain water to clean effectively. This makes them great for having your kids help out with the cleaning.
A scrub brush and sponges are good to have on hand.
Note: You can sanitize your sponges in the microwave or dishwasher.
If you have pets, I think having a good lint roller is one of the best things to keep in your cleaning caddy. You can use it to easily clean up fur without having to drag out the big vacuum. I have three cats and a dog that all shed a lot. We always have furry spots in our house that need to be cleaned – like our couch and recliner, the felt pads under the kitchen chairs, rugs, and more.
For some reason, one of the favorite spots for my cats to sleep is my office desk chair. Unfortunately, it is black so the cat hair really shows. I was able to easily get rid of the fur with my Scotch-Brite Lint Roller. The lint rollers even come in pretty printed patterns. It brings in creativity and fun to your household and keeps the performance and designs on every sheet. I can leave it out for quick clean ups and it looks nice and matches my decor.
The Scotch-Brite Lint Roller tears cleanly, guaranteed. This is a big time saver when you are cleaning on the go!
Quick cleaning tip: For crumbs, sand, glitter, and small scraps of paper after crafting, use a Scotch-Brite 50% Stickier Lint Roller to clean it all up. It is great for large debris pick-up such as pet hair & crumbs with 50% more adhesive to grab more than just lint and hair without having to pull out the large vacuum cleaner. They have bonus sheets for your biggest messes.
I usually do my crafting at the table, but my daughter loves to craft all over the house. Lately one of her favorite things to use is glitter. She accidentally spilled glitter all over the chair. Instead of dragging out the vacuum, I used the Scotch-Brite 50% Sticker Lint Roller to get it all cleaned up. (And we all know how glitter spreads like wildfire if you don’t clean it up right away!)
I purchased the items for my cleaning caddy at my local Walmart, including the lint rollers. You can find almost everything you need in the cleaning aisle. Be sure to visit the Scotch-Brite Walmart website for more ideas and inspiration.
Do you have a cleaning caddy?
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