Now, that you have some inspiration for a cleaning chart we want to give you some inspiration for getting the job done, smoothly and efficiently. We present to you the cleaning bucket. It’s mobile, it’s durable, it’s tailored just for your house and your needs. It’s your cleaning companion. Keep it close to you as you scour the house and you’ll find your cleaning rhythm.
- 5-gallon all purpose plastic bucket
- Bucket tool organizer
- 13-inch plastic planter dolly
- Measuring tape
- Optional: contact paper, enough to cover 24×14.5 inch surface
- Pull bucket tool organizer over bucket
- Fill tool organizer with cleaning essentials based on what you use the most. Our Suggestions include: OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover (a powerful cleaning product that can work on various surfaces).
- Place bucket on plastic planter dolly for increased mobility as you move around the house.
Since this will be your housekeeping helper, beautify the bucket. An easy way to do this is by covering it with a patterned contact paper! Measure the length from the bottom of the bucket to just beneath the bottom lip at the top of the bucket. Measure the circumference of the bucket and cut a piece of contact paper accordingly. Working in sections, peel backing off contact paper and stick to bucket, covering surface.
We stock ours with the basics, but sneak in our favorite secret weapons:
1. Seam Ripper: remove tangles from the bottom of the vacuum
2. Masking tape: tape around the vacuum’s edge to prevent marks on the wall
3. Emory Board: to scuff off stains on suede.
4. WD-40: remove crayon from walls & lipstick from clothes. Prevent squeaky doors, untangle necklaces, and loosen stubborn zippers
5. Furniture Pens: fix those little scratches as you see them.
6. Fine Tooth Comb: remove pilling from sweaters and sheets
7. Bar of Soap: rub on doors and cabinets to prevent sticking
8. Pencil Erasers: remove grime on computer keyboards
Keep bugs away and refresh your house plants as you refresh your house with this simple, homemade solution that you can keep right in your cleaning bucket!
What you’ll need…
- 1 teaspoon of liquid soap or oil soap
- 1 quart of water
- Spray bottle
- Mix the soap and the water. Stir.
- Pour into spray bottle.
- Spray leaves and petals as necessary.
If your plants have insects the most common sign is yellowing and dropping of the leaves (although it could be from over watering, too). This homemade spray will combat any insects you might have. The oil soap will also add a little extra shine.
For some more tips about maintaining healthy flowers and plants:
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