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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. Today, I want to share the 10 cleaning essentials every home needs. 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.

The 10 Cleaning Essentials Every Home Needs

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 used to sweep the floors in the kitchen after most meals, and use a microfiber in the kitchen and living room every few days. Now that I have a robot vac, I just pick up any pieces of food that end up on the floor and run the vacuum. 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 eco-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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