Learn how to keep your stainless steel sparkling, your tub & shower soap scum-free, & your floors clean and disinfected all year long… with minimal effort!
I love cleaning. I know some people HATE to clean, but maybe that’s because they’re making it harder on themselves than they need to.
If you let messes and dirt build up and you have to spend hours cleaning, you’re doing it wrong– no offense. The trick is to spend a few minutes here and there and stay on top of it, and then it no longer feels like this big daunting task, it’s totally manageable!
Don’t get me wrong, my apartment isn’t spotless and completely tidy 24/7. I sometimes wait to do laundry a day or two longer than I should, and occasionally leave Wyatt’s toys all over the carpet (where he insists they stay) before going to bed at night (amongst many other things), but for the most part I stay on top of the dirt and mess!
Today I’m sharing a few of the things I do on a regular basis that help me stay on top of things, so that spring cleaning doesn’t become the worst thing ever. I hope these tips are helpful 🙂 !
How to keep your stainless steel sparkling all year long:
Do you have stainless steel just about EVERYWHERE? Yeah, same. The appliances in my kitchen. My faucets. The cabinet door handles. My toaster. It’s all over the place. Stainless steel LOVES to get smudged and hold on to fingerprints…. so CSI of it.
Don’t worry I’m here to help! I use Weiman Stainless Steel wipes and they are THE BEST.
I use these wipes on all of my stainless steel once a week. It takes about 10 minutes to do it all & is incredibly easy. You wipe the surface using a stainless steel wipe and then buff it in with a paper towel or microfiber towel. It’s that simple.
Here is a before and after, using the wipes, of our toaster! It’s seriously like magic.
How to keep your tub and shower soap scum-free:
One thing I used to hate cleaning was my shower and tub. Why is mildew and soap scum a thing?? It’s gross– especially when it’s in a place where you’re supposed to be getting clean.
Back in the day (okay really this was only like two years ago), I would wait until I started to notice build-up in my shower to deep clean it. By that point it would require some serious elbow grease and a solid investment of my time– making it feel like a HUGE task that I didn’t want to do.
In addition to washing the shower curtain AND liner (I think people often forget that these also need to be cleaned), these two simple things that I started doing on a regular basis saved me from letting my shower ever get to that point again!
- I keep Method Daily Shower Cleaner IN my shower caddy and spray down the entire shower and inside the tub after every use.
By keeping it in the shower, I never have to think about it (and it takes just a few seconds). This spray is non-toxic, plant-based, and cleans without having to rinse! The bottle really says it best:
“A spray a day keeps the scrubbing away. Effortlessly maintain the gleam on your clean tiles with our daily shower spray. With powergreen technology, it dissolves and prevents soap scum while leaving behind a wildly fresh scent. Very little exertion required. We should say “no exertion required” but you do have to engage your trigger finger“,
2. I keep a Mr Clean Magic Eraser in the shower on the soap dish to spot clean while I’m in the shower.
I hope by now you have discovered the magic that is Mr Clean Magic Erasers and all of the crazy things that they can clean (I won’t list them all here, but seriously they clean everything). Keeping a magic eraser in my shower helps me to stay on top of any spot cleaning and it only takes a few seconds. I mean, I’m already in the shower why not kill two birds??
By using these two simple tricks, I never have the need for true elbow grease just to clean my shower. If I do want to get a deeper clean, I spray it down with a stronger spray and call it a day! No intense scrubbing and no wasted time 🙂
How many times can a girl write in the shower? Any Legally Blonde fans reading? Every time I type it out I’m picturing Elle Woods during her first trial saying “so, you were in the shower?” over and over again and can’t stop laughing. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and go watch Legally Blonde.
How to keep your floors clean & disinfected:
Living in San Francisco has made me slightly paranoid about the cleanliness of our floors. The streets here in SF are disgusting and the thought of tracking any of that inside of our home makes me sick to my stomach. Dylan and I take our shoes off as soon as we come inside and always wipe off Wyatt’s paws if he’s been down to the street or on a walk through the city. Even still, I felt I needed a solid floor cleaning/disinfecting strategy.
Cue the music, and welcome my holy trinity of floor cleaning!
All 3 are SO easy to use and clean the floors quickly… something very important to me! I love that the Dyson and the Swifter are cordless; I use them a little more frequently throughout the week to spot clean. The Bissell steamer uses machine washable pads and the best part? Steam cleaning kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria! Take that San Fran street germs!
This may seem like a lot of steps (and will take longer depending on the size of your home) but it takes me about 20 minutes total to use all three!
*Our Bissell Powerfresh Steamer was from Amazon and is currently unavailable. There are several other great options from different brands! This one is highly rated on Amazon, but I haven’t used it myself so make sure to do a little research on your own.
Thanks for stopping by Clyde’s Corner today! I hope that you found some of these cleaning tips helpful and if you decide to implement any of them let me know 🙂 . For more spring cleaning tips, check out my post on how to organize your bathroom cabinets and drawers!
Leave a comment below with some of your favorite cleaning tips and tricks!