Mal's Favorite Cleaning Stuff
Updated: May 19, 2021
Miele® H.E.P.A. Canister Vacuum - The BMW of vacuums — beautifully designed, incredible suction power, and all tools are stowed onboard. Maneuvers easily, so you won't feel like you're dragging a Buick around behind you!
Micro-fiber Cleaning Cloths - The micro fibers reach into tiny surface nooks and crannies to effectively remove tough soil using just plain H2O. Very eco-friendly due to reduction/elimination of cleaning solutions, even non-toxic ones.
Distilled White Vinegar - Great for cleaning glass when diluted with H2O. Add a few drops of hand dishwashing liquid per pint for an even more effective cleaner that easily cuts through greasy residue without breaking a sweat. Completely non-toxic. (See the Green Clean Glass Cleaner recipe at the end of this post.)
Australian Tea Tree Oil - A highly effective natural germicide and fungicide. One half dropper per gallon of cleaning solution safely deodorizes and disinfects without using extremely toxic spray disinfectants.
Bon Ami® Powder Cleanser - Biodegradable, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic. Won't scratch! Great for cleaning sinks, tubs, showers, and fixtures. Safe for fiberglass surfaces and mirror-finish stainless steel pots and pans.
Micropore Sponge Cloths - Very eco-friendly because, unlike paper towels, you can reuse them over and over again. For general cleaning, use damp-dry, not wet, with a spritz of a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner. Fine micropores leave no large droplets that can cause streaks and spots. Great time saver. Great for spills too.
Fresh Lemons - The photographer in me just loves the way they look in a bowl or on a plate. They smell great and practically scream "Fresh & Clean! ". TIP: Drop a tray of ice cubes plus some spent lemons into your garbage disposal to eliminate odors.
Fresh Lemons! - It's almost impossible to have too many lemons around!
Bonus: Here's a simple formula for an effective homemade glass cleaner that I used during the early days of Green Clean:
Green Clean Glass Cleaner
4 oz. distilled white vinegar
1/4 tsp non-toxic dishwashing liquid
Add water to make 16 oz. total.
Gently mix all ingredients in a spray bottle.
Spray on surface to be cleaned and wipe rapidly with a clean microfiber cloth, terry rag, recycled paper towels, or bunched-up sheets of black & white newspaper. Yes, that's right ... newspaper! (It can even be used dry for cleaning glass due to the residual solvents in the ink.) Continue wiping until the surface is completely dry. You'll end up with streak-free, squeaky-clean glass!