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WHY A CLEANING CADDY WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND BRAIN-BANDWIDTH
I never thought I’d be the kind of person to have a cleaning caddy.
I thought they were for the Mrs Hinchs and Queen of Cleans of this world.
The cleaning influencers, or ‘cleanfluencers‘ as they’ve been dubbed, who have made cleaning into an art form.
But then I realised how much time my family and I spent running up and downstairs to grab cleaning products and tools and it dawned on me, it might be worth trying a caddy.
So I got one and then I filled it with some basic cleaning products and gave it a try.
And lo and behold, our trusty cleaning caddy really does help to save time.
And I totally swear that a cleaning caddy can save you time too!
SAVES TIME AND BRAIN BANDWIDTH
The caddy saves us all time because all of the cleaning products, with the exception of products for the kitchen, are in one portable place.
They are literally ready and waiting to go.
This totally cuts down on the toing and froing of running to get a cleaning product you don’t have to hand.
It also saves on brain bandwidth, because after you’ve initially stocked the caddy, you don’t need to think about what cleaning stuff you need, you can just grab it and go.
Nothing, nothing is more valuable to me than something that saves me time on a chore.
Oh, and another plus is that it’s easier to keep track of which cleaning products need replacing or updating.
Given that they are such time-savers, they are an essential part of creating a cleaning routine that will get your house cleaned fast.
WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR CLEANING CADDY?
So now we’ve established that a cleaning caddy is a great idea for you!!
What need to go in that cleaning caddy?
Well, here’s a quick rundown of the stuff that I’ve got in my caddy.
This is a general caddy that I use to around the home.
I do also have a cleaning caddy that lives under the sink in the kitchen for, you’ve guessed it, cleaning the kitchen!!
I like to keep our home as free from nasty chemicals as possible, so I always go for eco-friendly free-from-nasty-chemicals cleaning products where possible.
Maybe because I’m a sucker for a nice fragrance, a bit of lovely branding and the ease of ready-made products.
STUFF TO PUT IN YOUR CLEANING CADDY
1. MULTI-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER
You really, really don’t need to have a different type of cleaning spray for different areas in the house.
A good multipurpose cleaner is more than good enough.
2. GLASS CLEANER
I know I could use white vinegar and it would work a treat.
In fact, I sometimes do.
But my go-to glass cleaning spray is Method because it is sooo minty fresh and it really does leave windows shiny and clean.
3. WOODEN FLOOR CLEANER
It’s Method all the way for me here too.
Method’s floor cleaning liquids and ‘squirt and go’. So no need for water or therefore a bucket.
4. GENERAL FLOOR CLEANER
There is a lemon and ginger general floor cleaner that smells gorgeous, but OMG the wild rhubarb floor cleaner is just divine.
5. WHITE VINEGAR
White vinegar is a superstar cleaning product.
There are people out there, frugal-minded folk and dedicated environmentalists, who use white vinegar as their main cleaning product.
Like I said earlier, I’m not there yet.
But I do use white vinegar for tackling limescale and other cleaning jobs that a multi-purpose cleaner can’t handle.
Our kettle gets treated to a descale with white vinegar at least twice per month.
6. FURNITURE POLISH
I’m using Tincture Furniture polish at the moment.
It’s plant-based, smells divine and does a great job.
7. CLEANING CLOTHS
I use bamboo cloths made from sustainably sourced bamboo, because microfibre cloths are far from the eco-friendly miracle they are made out to be.
Microfibre is made of plastic, so it sheds tiny amounts of plastic as you use it and also when you wash it.
8. SMALL CLEANING BRUSH
A small cleaning brush is endlessly useful for cleaning around plug holes and other nooks and crannies.
9. CLEANING GLOVES
I do like to wear gloves whilst cleaning, it’s amazing how dry hands can get from dust and water and cleaning products.
10. FEATHER DUSTER
I thought feather dusters were so antiquated.
Until I got one.
I got it in the unceasingly stylish household store Labour and Wait close by to where we used to live in East London.
It was very much a purchase based on the duster looking good.
But then I actually got round to using it and oh wow, it makes dusting SOOOOO easy!
So much easier than using a duster and let’s face it, so much more fun too.
11. BIN BAGS
I’ve usually got a couple of larger bin bags and also a couple of smaller ones.
Large ones for emptying any general rubbish into and smaller ones for recycling.
NOW YOU’RE ALL SET TO STOCK YOUR OWN CADDY!
Give a caddy a go!
I promise it will save you time, especially if you remember to use it as part of the cleaning routine you create after reading about the seven things you can do to speed up your cleaning.
These are super smart tips that will help you cut your cleaning time, so you have more time to spend doing the things you actually want to be doing.
Want to super-charge things further and perhaps divide out the cleaning chores amongst your family?