Cleaning is NOT fun, unless you have the right equipment for the job!
I know I must sound like a complete nut, being that I especially hate to clean, but I have decided that I would rather spend one afternoon getting it done, then looking at it every moment of every day dreading “THE CLEAN ROUTINE!” I decided to go out and find a little motivation to really get me in the spirit. Shopping always seems to get me prepared for just about anything. I hired this housekeeper for a day because she was sooo out of my budget, and she informed me that she could not clean the hardwood floors without “Microfiber” towels from Costco’s! After she had left, I walked into the bathroom, and noticed she could not clean the tile floors, shower, or bathtub either for some odd reason. I also remember her telling me I would have to purchase special ‘glass and mirror’ cleaning towels along with dish towels (large and small) for the kitchen counters at Ross Dress For Less.
After $150.00 dollars, and a very LONG list of products I needed to purchase in order for her to do her job, I decided the first item I would cross off of my list was HER!! However, I did go out and purchase those items to see what the BIG deal was about paper towels and mops versus dish towels and “Microfiber” towels. Give me a break!
I hate going to Costco’s because I always seem to lose my membership card, and the one time a year I decide to go is the very time I end-up spending $50.00 to renew my yearly membership! Forget it. Instead, I turned to my trusty little online search “engine that could” and discovered, http://www.towelsbydoctorjoe.com. Good ol’ Dr. Joe was offering a deal, (40) Microfiber towels 16X16, free shipping for a grand total of $18.00! I clicked “purchase” and checked towels off of my list. Pretty darn good.
Then, I bought a couple of the “glass and mirror” cleaning towels at Ralph’s Grocery store, (2 for $1.99). Referring to my list, I noticed Vacuum cleaner underlined and starred, so on to Bed, Bath, & Beyond for a brand new vacuum machine. She might have been a terrible maid, but she was a pretty good little task master! My vacuum had been broken for almost 6 months, so I guessed I could “spring” for a new one. I wanted to try a new brand since I had worn out the Dirt Devil and The Dyson, something with filter bags rather than the plastic catch-all container that literally sent dust flying everywhere! The salesman told me that Kathi Hilton purchased (10) Garry vacuums, a new brand on the market, over the holidays! I figured, if it is good enough for Mrs. Hilton, it is good enough for Ms. Fender! Thus far, no complaints (www.bedbathand beyond.com).
My absolute favorite purchase of the day were the “haute” hot-pink Casabella rubber gloves I found at The Container Store (www.thecontainerstore.com). Yes. They were over my budget, but they keep the water from going down your arm with these high-tech lips on the edges of the gloves. They also come in sizes S, M, & L! How clever! Then, I thought about how much I HATE leaning over and reaching to clean the bathtub, so I noticed these hard-core plastic bristled brushes with rubber grips at the super market. I think you are supposed to use these types of brushes to clean car tires, but I hate germs and I believe that sponges harbor germs. With the plastic bristles, if I start to fear that bacteria is taking over my brush- I can just boil the heck out of it!! Also, in one sweep of the brush, I can clean the tiles, shower, & tub with minimal effort and actually get it clean!
The End Result
As for the “Microfiber” towels, I do not get what all the hype is about. I finally broke down and just used my Real Simple Microfiber MOP from Ralphs Grocery store! Now, my floors are sparkling, and I do not think Microfiber is a necessity to clean floors with- actually- I know it isn’t! As for the glass cleaning cloths, I feared the wet cloth would streak as I was instructed to soak the towel in warm water prior to cleaning the glass and mirrored surfaces. My worst fears were realized! What a waste of money! I think that woman just did not feel like cleaning! I find that Windex and newspaper is the best combo for getting glass and mirrored surfaces sparkling. There is no substitute for Softscrub for tiles. And, I still love my Container Store rubber gloves. I wear them anytime water is involved. I think I might be a little obsessed with the gloves, but when you find a product that works-it deserves a little extra attention and appreciation!
Next time, not that there will be a next time for that housekeeper, but if there were, I would make her come to my house and pay ME $150.00!!! I will be uploading a video soon with all of my favorite new cleaning and organizing products, so keep an eye out!
Have fun and happy cleaning!
Abby Fender- Your Bargain Buddy and Personal Shopping Material Girl/Housekeeper!
P.S. Let me know of any cool products you have found and why you like them and I will post them on the blog!http://www.towelsbydoctorjoe.com http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com http://www.thecontainerstore.com http://www.casabella.com http://www.realsimple.com