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The 10 Cleaning Essentials Every Home Needs

When my home is clean, I feel a sense of peace. That might sound like a bold statement, but I really thrive in a clean and organized environment. Once I became a mom, staying on top of the messes proved more challenging than I anticipated, but over the last few years, I’ve found a few products that have made it easier.

Full disclosure: prior to the pandemic, we had someone clean our home every two weeks, and that stopped until spring 2021. She now comes masked and it’s so helpful to not have to do any deep cleans, although that’s what we were doing and how I kept our home clean (basically sterile) through Margot’s treatment. Hiring someone to clean is a luxury and a privilege: it helps make my life easier, and employs a small business owner. Before you ask, she is now at the point where she’s overbooked and never even really knows when she’ll be able to come to our home, so she isn’t looking for more clients. I asked.

Even though we have help with deep cleaning, anyone with kids knows how messy and dirty things get. I am constantly wiping down the counters and until recently, vacuumed at least once a week, and swept the floors daily. The “clean as you go approach” has been great for me – and for the first time in years, I feel like I’m finally on top of things. I’ll share more on how I keep our home clean in another post, but today, want to talk about my favorite mostly eco-friendly cleaning products I use to keep our home clean.

Here’s a basic rundown of when/how I clean

When we didn’t have any help with our home, I vacuumed once a week and wiped down all bathroom surfaces once a week.

I use sweep the floors in the kitchen after most meals, and use a microfiber in the kitchen and living room every few days. I now just pick up any pieces of food that end up on the floor (thanks to Kate) and run our robot vac every night when we go to bed. I was steaming the floors once a week but haven’t had to do that as much now that we have a robot vac. 

The counters are wiped down (using blueland multi-surface and a dish cloth) after every meal. 

I try to do at least one load of laundry daily and wash all the sheets once a week on Th, F, or Sat. If I put it off Thursday and Friday it has to get done by Saturday. Once two clean bins are full in the laundry room, I bring them up to our bed and fold while I watch a show. I put the girls’ laundry away the following morning. 

Here are my favorite (mostly ec0-friendly) cleaning products

Branch Basics

Oxygen Boost

This stuff might be the holy grail. It saved my serena and lily outdoor chairs! The cushions were ruined but I sprinkled some on top with water and the stains came out! Ordering more to try on our grout, and plan on testing all of the branch basics products since this one is truly magic. Use code MOSS for 15% off.
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Eufy

Robot Vacuum

I rolled my eyes at people and their robot vacs but my friend was raving about hers and now I'm wondering how I made it through 3 years of parenthood without one. It's truly incredible. I turn it on every night before we go to bed and come down to clean floors! I no longer have to vacuum our jute rug and it's rare that I have to sweep. Can't recommend it enough.
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Blueland

Eco-Friendly Refillable Cleaner

I started using this in early 2020 and love no longer stocking up on extra bottles of cleaner. The pods work well, are good for the planet, and take up next to no space.
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Force of Nature

Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Kills 99.9% of germs, naturally. Safe for use around babies and pets.
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Puracy

Natural Laundry Detergent

I've been using this for six years. It cleans so well and is gentle enough for babies.
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Full Circle

Dish Cloths

I have about a dozen of these folded in the kitchen and use them in place of paper towels.
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Simplehuman

Stainless Steel Cleaning Mit

This is great for stainless steel appliances
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Bissel

Steam Cleaner

I use this to clean our shower every so often.
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  • What does your cleaning lady “deep clean”? I am just curious because I am admittedly not nearly as clean as you, but I am thinking about how my place was just deep cleaned 2 weeks ago (I moved in) and if someone came to clean it now, there would be nothing to do! Since I already wipe down kitchen counters/sweep just like you. Even if I cleaned my shower I wouldn’t call it a “deep clean” because it’s not dirty so it would take me probably 5 minutes. Not judging, just want to understand! Maybe the answer is just that I’m a slob, I don’t know 😉

    1. Hi! The answer is definitely not that you are a slob. I probably should have called it a “full” cleaning vs wiping counters and tidying which is what I always do. Bathrooms, floors, fridge, vacuuming (which wasn’t done regularly until the robot vac), the staircase, surfaces (furniture, mantel, shelves in every room etc), windows and glass doors. We live in an older house so everything gets pretty dusty. I also do have another level of cleanliness that I did not use to have post diagnosis because at any time Margot could not have an immune system so I wanted everything nearly sterile. The year + that we did not have someone coming every few weeks, I was constantly wiping everything down, disinfecting, and the bathrooms never looked as good or felt as clean as when she (and her team) clean them. Does that help? I hope so!

      1. Hi all! Do you ask the woman who does your full cleaning to use these products linked in your post? Or does she use different products? Thanks so much for your time in advance!

    2. Also to second what Sara said, our home gets dirty fast. Kate is 1 and Margot is 3. The kitchen is destroyed the night she comes.

  • Hi Danielle! What do you use for your dishwasher detergent? Looking to make a switch and was curious what’s been working for you. Thanks!