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For easier spring cleaning, fill a bucket with basics that need to be toted from room to room: all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, hopsacking, and terry-cloth towels in washcloth and hand-towel sizes. Between tasks, hang rubber gloves over the rim to dry.

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January 6, 2019
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Anonymous
March 3, 2009
We should use microfibre cloths everywhere, especially in the bathroom on the shower glass, glass is pourous so chemicals can damage it.
Anonymous
March 3, 2009
I also agree with spur848 I use micro fibre cloths everywhere especially in the bathroom where glass is pourous and chemicals can damage it.
Anonymous
March 3, 2009
I agree with spur848; We should use microfiber cloths more often. I use them almost exclusively because they can be used for dusting, windows, etc. I use my bucket for hot water and a little detergent and wring the cloth out until almost dry. Windows come out streak-free and dry almost immediately. Since i use them almost dry, they are safe for wood, metal, glass, vinyl, leather and laminate surfaces. Mystic Maid is the best, but Scotch Brand puts them out as well.
Anonymous
March 2, 2009
OOOh love the idea of the rolling file!!! I've been looking for a use of my old one!
Anonymous
March 2, 2009
You're right diannam, BarKeepers Friend is a must for anyone!
Anonymous
March 2, 2009
Great idea annjarrett!
Anonymous
March 2, 2009
Instead of bucket, use a square rolling file with let up handle. It makes it easy to roll from room to room when cleaning and holds more. You can get these at any office supply store.
Anonymous
March 2, 2009
What's missing in the bucket is Barkeeper's Friend. Cleans almost everything, inexpensive, no phosphates. Not sure how I managed before discovery of this stuff!
Anonymous
March 2, 2009
Buckets are great for the deep cleaning days but, I have found for the dust and vacuum days that the new eco friendly bags are great for the dusters and cleaning supplies. Plus I can hang them on a door knob for easy access.
Anonymous
April 14, 2008
I have two buckets. I keep one upstairs in the linen closet and one downstairs in the laundry room closet. After enjoying a bubble bath before bad i don't have to go downstairs to get what I need to clean the but
Anonymous
April 14, 2008
I have two buckets. I keep one upstairs in the linen closet and one downstairs in the laundry room closet. After enjoying a bubble bath before bad i don't have to go downstairs to get what I need to clean the but
Anonymous
April 1, 2008
In each bathroom I have a wire shelf under the sink with all the cleaning supplies I need in each bathroom. I use those instead of carrying a bucket with me from room to room. What I find useful for rooms other than bathrooms is a container with dust cloths, pledge, windex for the windows and paper towels.
Anonymous
March 2, 2008
I've started these for both bathrooms and the kitchen. I got the idea from the indispensible Homekeeping Handbook by Martha.
Anonymous
February 17, 2008
Great idea with the notepad! I am always thinking of the next thing to do!
Anonymous
February 17, 2008
Great idea with the notepad! I am always thinking of the next thing to do!
Anonymous
January 12, 2008
The only other thing I have in the bucket is a pad of lined post it notes and a pen so while I'm cleaning, if I think of something for the shopping list, I just add it. Beats trying to remember at the end of cleaning
Anonymous
January 10, 2008
to me the jar says baking soda
Anonymous
January 10, 2008
What is in the jar with the shaker lid? I can't read the label.
Anonymous
January 6, 2008
My bucket has all the above plus:a disposal duster, packet of multi-purpose wipes, newspaper torn in 1/4's for window and mirror cleaning, and several grocery plastic bags to line the waste baskets and for trash. Gotta get a squeegee!
Anonymous
January 5, 2008
I would also suggest some micro-fiber cloths that really hold dust and grime well. And a dry-cleaning sponge, too. I like to make sure that my drains are all cleaned each month with washing soda and boiling water. Saves for many a larger headache down the road
Anonymous
January 5, 2008
hopsacking hopsacking n. a loosely woven coarse fabric of cotton or linen, used in clothing Found that on the web. I imagine it must be used for cleaning in some capacity.
Anonymous
January 4, 2008
What is hopsacking?
Anonymous
January 4, 2008
What a great idea! I am going to make my own cleaning kit like this one tomorrow morning. It is also environment friendly with the washables cloths. Thank you Martha! I love you!
Anonymous
January 4, 2008
I tie a plastic shopping bag to the bucket to collect trash while I'm going from room to room. I also include a paper towel roll in my bucket (especially for toilets, windows and mirrors) and throw the used sheets into my plastic bag. It's a great time and step saver.
Anonymous
January 4, 2008
Instead of a bucket I have everything I need in each bathroom so if I feel like cleaning one when I am in there I don't have to trek to go get the things. Much easier for me.
Anonymous
January 3, 2008
I used to clean houses and I always had a bucket with my cleaning supplies in it. It makes it so easy to go from room to room.