Do you think of housekeeping as a job that requires good tools? You really should. Anything that is done so often as housework deserves quality tools. Muddling through with crappy equipment just makes cleaning more tedious than necessary. Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite housekeeping items.
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1. Big Wooley Dust Mop: This is a fairly new acquisition. We have a long, tiled entryway. The tile is dark brown and our dog, Shiloh, is white. Draw your own conclusions. Sweeping just seems to send all that white dog hair flying around and dragging out the vacuum every day is a pain (I’ll explain why later in this post.). But with this wool dust mop I can quickly swish back and forth in a zigzag pattern down the hall and out the front door. The natural oils in the wool hold onto the hairs instead of making them airborne like a broom. It also leaves just the teeniest hint of a sheen to the tiles. I don’t know why I didn’t buy one of these years ago – especially when we had two indoor cats.
2. Fuller Brush Carpet Sweeper: Sometimes it’s good to reconsider old fashioned housekeeping tools. Take, for instance, the electrostatic carpet sweeper. Sometimes all you need is a quick pickup in a few small areas. We don’t have kids at home anymore and not a lot of traffic through the house most days. We have mats at all entrances and some of us are really good about using them or taking off our shoes at the door. But even so, we *do* have that sweet dog who sheds little clumps of hair sometimes. We always get him shaved late spring which helps so much that I think we will keep him trimmed short this winter, too. He is indoors all the time anyway. So, back to the carpet sweeper. I can run this back and forth over any visible bits and pieces on the carpeted areas of the house and in no time it looks clean again. I’m a big proponent of both preventing major clean ups and extending the time between thorough cleaning days.
3. Van’s Beeswax Furniture Polish: This next item isn’t exactly a tool but it’s a favorite housekeeping item of mine. In my quest to find safe and natural cleaning products I discovered this wonderful furniture polish. It’s made from beeswax and natural essential oils. My favorite is the lavender scent. After polishing the furniture my house has a pleasant lavender aroma.
4. Feather duster: I don’t polish the furniture every time I dust, though. In between polishings, I dust with a good quality feather duster. I bought the one I have from FlyLady over 15 years ago. Actually, I have two. One is about 24 inches long and the other is perhaps 16 inches. They have wooden handles and have held up beautifully. FlyLady no longer offers the longer one although you can still get the “vintage” shorter version. This is what she offers now and I do like the idea of a telescoping handle.
5. Toilet bowl brush: And then there’s this toilet bowl brush, also from FlyLady. I bought this a few weeks ago and it is the best toilet bowl brush I’ve ever used. I’m going to buy a second one for our upstairs bathroom. Instead of regular bristles, this one is made of sturdy rubber and has a little extension on the side which does a great job cleaning under the rim. Plus it’s purple. Never discredit the importance of appearance.
So let’s talk about vacuum cleaners, shall we? I mentioned earlier in this post that dragging out the vacuum every day is a pain. That’s because I have a Rainbow vacuum. Unlike an upright that you just plug in and use, a Rainbow has to be filled with water. And in my case, most of the time that means dumping the cruddy water first, cleaning out the bowl and then refilling. Honestly, it only takes a couple of minutes but it seems like a chore. However, I’m willing to put up with this because after 22 years of use, it still works. How many vacuums have you bought in the past 22 years? We have replaced some parts over the years and it currently has bright green duct tape around one part and electrical tape holding the power cord into the base because the connection is loose. The belt in the power nozzle keeps coming off which means taking it apart, putting it back on and screwing it back together.
You know how I said at the beginning of this post that good housekeeping tools are important? I am about to the point of considering a new vacuum. I’ll pass this one along to our son (if he wants it) but there’s no question about which type of vacuum I’ll buy. I don’t know if we’ll purchase new or reconditioned but it will definitely be another Rainbow.
I’d love to hear about your favorite housekeeping tools. Leave me a comment and tell me what items you wouldn’t want to keep house without.