- Mrs. Honeybee
- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
OK, so maybe this is a weird thread, but today I was cleaning our bathroom (which always makes me gag, even though I know that just DH and I use it), and I was wondering how other ladies manage the grossest areas of their houses!
So, what cleaning solutions do you use? What do you clean first? Do you use sponges, cloths, or disposable wipes? Do you wear gloves when you clean? How do you sanitize your sponges, clothes, and gloves afterward?
I’ll go first, obviously! I’m not sure if I clean the “right” way, so I’m really eager to hear from you ladies and get some helpful tips!
For the kitchen, it goes like this: Wash dishes with sponge and dish soap. Rinse out sponge and wipe down countertops. Dry with a paper towel. Dispose of sponge every two weeks. Once a week I spray down the countertops with a 4-in-1 cleaner and use paper towels to wipe it down.
I’ve read that you should soak your sponges in a bowl of water and microwave them for about two minutes every other day. Apparently this is way more effective at killing bacteria/yeast/spores than even soaking in bleach, so I’m going to start doing that.
For the bathroom, I use a separate scrubbing sponge than the one in the kitchen. I’d love to use gloves too, because cleaning the bathroom really grosses me out, but I feel like keeping rubber gloves clean would be a whole other chore. How do you do that?
So anyway, I start with the mirrors and use Windex and a paper towel. Then I’ll take more damp paper towels and wipe down the sink, tub, and toilet. I use damp paper towels first because there’s ALWAYS a ton of hair all over everything (I think I’m going bald), and I feel like using my sponge just ends up moving the hair around but not actually cleaning it up.
Next I spray a 4-in-1 cleaner all over everything, scrub it with the sponge, and then use a cleaning cloth to wipe it down afterwards. I use a toilet brush and toilet cleaner to clean out the inside of the toilet. I rinse out my sponge, let it dry, then put it under the sink with the cleaning supplies to be used next time. I have no idea how often I replace this sponge. Not very often at all, which is totally gross. 🙁
So how do you clean? I feel super nervous putting out my cleaning routine, because I feel like I’ll be judged! My mom always did it this way, so I just sort of followed her example. Do you have any fun tips or tricks? How do you keep everything sanitary? I’d love to learn more green cleaning tips, because I feel like I use a lot of paper towels, which is really wasteful. Tell me your secrets, bees!