We're all about purging and spring cleaning at this time of the year, but instead of clothes, toys and other junk, have you considered spring cleaning your cleaning products?
Today I'm sharing my weekly kitchen & bathroom cleaning routine with you alongside some great products from the new Open Nature™ cleaning line.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of my cleaning routine, I'd like to share with you why I like Open Nature cleaning products in particular. First off, now that I have kids I'm much more conscious about the chemicals I use around the house. Once I realized the nasty chemicals and dyes that were contained in the household cleaners I had been using for years - and that's not even mentioning the fact that they were awful for the environment - they had to go right in the trash.
These Open Nature cleaning products are safe for the family, dye free, contain biodegradable ingredients and there's fragrance and perfume free options (which is super important when you have kids with eczema like I do). Are you aware that American's favorite blue window & glass cleaner is highly toxic? Toxic and kiddos is not a combination I'm willing to live with these days. The Open Nature products are certified Safer Choice by the U.S. EPA, which is another great reason to feel good about using them!
Now that you know why I love Open Nature products, let's delve into how they fit into my cleaning routine.
My Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine
- Remove all items from the sink area.
- Using the Open Nature All Purpose Cleaner, spray the sink and faucet. Wipe down with Open Nature Paper Towels (made from 100% recycled materials, another bonus!). My biggest pet peeve is the crud that builds up around the faucet, in particular at the back of it. I like to hold my paper towel at an angle to the crud and kind of shimmy it around to loosen it up. Then wipe it away.
- If you have a chrome or other shiny faucet, use the Open Nature Glass & Window Cleaner for a streak-free finish.
- Spray theOpen Nature Glass & Window Cleaner on the mirror. Wipe in circular motions from the bottom up to prevent it dripping as you clean. Continue buffing with the paper towel until no streaks remain.
- Repeat the same process on any windows.
- Pour toilet cleaner in the toilet bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, clean the outside of the toilet with theOpen Nature All Purpose Cleaner which kills 99% of virus, germs and bacteria. Don't forget to wipe down the handle and under the toilet seat!
- Using a toilet brush, clean under the lid and around the bowl. Flush the toilet.
- Finally, wash the floor - being sure to start furthest away from the door and working your way out.
Ta-da - you once again have a spotless bathroom!
Onto the kitchen.
With two little kids that eat a ton of food, our dishwasher gets run every single night. I'm always amazed at the families that can wait to run it until every second night or so. We only eat out on Saturday nights, so 6 days a week, 3 meals a day we eat in this kitchen. That's a lot of plates, bowls, pots, pans and cutlery. Not to mention all the milk, juice and water cups we go through in a day! Every night after dinner, we firstly load all the dishes from the day into the dishwasher, then the counters get wiped down and the floor gets swept. Until recently, I hand-washed the baby's bottles with dish soap but since he doesn't drink from a bottle anymore, that's one less step. However, there's usually something (like a frying pan) that needs to be hand washed and that's where the dish soap comes in.
Once a week (usually a Saturday morning) we go a little more in-depth with the cleaning...
My Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Routine
- Make sure that the dishwasher is loaded, disposal has been run, counters are wiped down with the Open Nature All Purpose Cleaner.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the stovetop. Place a hot dish cloth on top of it to help soak away any crud that has accumulated over the week. Allow it to work its magic for 5 minutes, then rise off with the dish cloth.
- Using the Open Nature All Purpose Cleaner, clean the faucet paying particular attention to under the spout, any crevices and behind the faucet where grime tends to build up. The Open Nature All Purpose Cleaner will deal with even the toughest crud with ease!
- Wipe the faucet down with the Open Nature Glass & Window Cleaner for a brilliant shine. This also works great on the glass front of the oven.
- Wipe down the fridge, dishwasher and any other appliances with the Open Nature All Purpose Spray. If you have a microwave, clean inside that too.
- Using a soft cloth (not paper towel), apply some olive oil to stainless steel appliances and buff in. Keep wiping until all the smudges, smears and baby hand prints (!!) are gone. I like to wipe in circular motions with a final pass in the direction of the grain.
- Wipe down the windows with the Open Nature Glass & Window Cleaner. If you have lower windows like I do, this is another spot that's prone to sticky hand prints (isn't everywhere!?).
- Finally, just like the bathroom, wash the floors, making sure you've swept up any crumbs first. Start at the furthest away point and work your way out of the room.
I love that Open Nature products are great quality and do an excellent job of cleaning my home but even more than that, I'm happy with my choice to switch to safer products for my family.
Open Nature™ household cleaning and care products are now available in the greater Boston area exclusively at Shaw's and Star Market stores. Nationwide, you also can shop for these products at the Albertsons Companies family of stores:
- Tom Thumb
- ACME Markets