It’s the Labour Day long weekend. Summer’s last hurrah.
I for one, am looking forward to turning the calendar page to September and bidding a fond farewell to summer. It’s been great and glorious and all—especially in our new house—but autumn is my favourite season. It’s not just the leaves turning golden and the cooler temperatures, it’s the capes, boots, tweeds, and coats that I pull out of my closet and get to wear once again. This makes me happy.
Part of the mental new year reset that we associate with September—no matter the many many decades that separate us from our student days— is getting organized.
Although we may wish to hang on to the casual anything-goes attitude of summer, household chores just don’t go away or get better the longer you ignore them. Moving from alfresco to indoor living tends to involve rejecting dust and dirt so perfectly acceptable out of doors. A few star household products let you spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying autumn in your clean house.
Bon Ami is a powder cleanser that is “America’s original natural home cleaner; trusted since 1886”. It cleans without scratching and is hypoallergenic and free of chlorine, perfume, or dye. Great for kitchens, bathrooms, and cookware. Bon Ami is a little harder to find these days, but I tracked it down at Thrifty’s. By the way, Bon Ami also makes a great glass cleaner (available at Home Hardware).
Sapadilla Soap Company is an eco-friendly, British Columbia-based company that specializes in cleaning products made with essential oils and plant-based ingredients. A small but effective line includes Hand Soap, Dish Soap, All Purpose Cleaner, Counter Spray Cleaner, and liquid Laundry Soap. I’ve tried and liked them all. Available in various scents so good you will want to clean but no unscented formulations to date. My favourite is Rosemary + Peppermint. In grocery stores like Fairway Market and gourmet shops with refills at Cook Culture.
For ceramic cooktops, a Canadian company, Lainnir makes a natural cleaner that works better than any conventional ones I have tried.
They also make an effective glass cleaner that I use for my oven door.
Plus a stainless steel spray to eliminate those pesky smears and fingerprints.
A stack of Microfiber cloths is useful for cleaning, dusting, and polishing and reducing paper towel use. Available at Amazon and virtually every grocery store, drug store, and hardware store. If you are wondering how they work find out here. Rubber gloves are absolutely essential and I buy the President’s Choice ones because they are heavy duty and last longer. Available at Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Also essential in my cleaning arsenal is the original World’s Best scrubbie made in Poland (cool). In funky patterns and colour combinations, it can be used on pots, glass, ceramic cookware, as well as carrots, cars and barbecue grills. Remains odourless; dishwasher safe. Available at Home Hardware and Amazon.
One quick mention about my vacuum. After years of many mediocre and downright awful ones, I finally bought a Miele canister vacuum. Verdict? Life-changing. Made in Germany, these are serious machines. Mine was ten years old when I bought it and it is as robust as ever. Our new house has central vac so it’s currently on the sidelines. I previously wrote about my wonderous steam mop and update: I still love it!
Hmmm, I’ve noticed that blogging is a great diversion from cleaning.
Okay, off to do it.