Today I’m sharing two really simple new cleaning routines that I’ve added to my days in preparation for spring!
If you’ve been around here for any length of time, then you know that I’m not a huge fan of “spring cleaning”. The whole thing just seems like a recipe for chaos to me. You have to give up an entire week or more of your life and dedicate it completely to cleaning, then you have to watch your beautiful tidy home slowly fall apart over the next few weeks and months. No thanks. I’d rather just come up with a sustainable way to keep my home mostly clean and tidy all the time. It’s a much less stress-inducing way to live in my opinion. When my friends at e-cloth reached out to me to let me know about two simple new two-cloth cleaning packs that they had come out with, I knew I wanted to work them into my everyday routine, not just use them once in a big flurry of cleaning madness. So here are my two new cleaning routines for spring this year!
My Two New Spring Cleaning Routines
I decided to try these out two ideas to correspond with e-cloths new two-cloth cleaning packs: The Range & Stovetop Cleaning Pack and The Shower Cleaning Pack. I had a little moment of inspiration when my friends at e-cloth told me about these two new packs and I decided to challenge myself to use them each and every day after showering and after cooking dinner to see if I would end up discovering an easier way to keep both of these areas of my home clean on a daily basis.
Cleaning the Tub With the Shower Cleaning Pack
So let’s talk about the tub first. I’ve discovered all kinds of tips and tricks for cleaning our tubs and showers in this house, and I do already use the ecloth general purpose cloth on a regular basis when cleaning the tub. However, we have a doozy of a tub cleaning situation here because of our hard well water and I have to admit that I find myself going against my own advice and procrastinating on this one cleaning task. The more often I clean the tub, the easier the job is and the less orange buildup I get. So a daily tub cleaning routine is really the ultimate solution here. As long as it’s quick and fairly easy to do at the end of a long day, of course!
I have to admit that I kind of chickened out for the first couple of days of my new tub cleaning routine. The idea of wiping down the entire tub seemed a bit daunting at first so I decided to tiptoe my way into success with this one and started out by just wiping down the shiny chrome parts of my tub fixtures with the polishing cloth after my shower. The Shower Cleaning Pack comes with a higher pile cleaning cloth for wiping everything down, and a smoother polishing cloth for making everything shine. Both only need the water leftover on the surfaces of your tub to do a great job of cleaning. No chemicals at all! The polishing cloth is just the shower version of my very favourite glass and polishing cloth so I just thought I’d have the most fun with that one.
After a couple of days, I started to see even some of the hard water spots that had built up on the faucet starting to be polished away and I was sold enough on this daily post-shower cleaning routine to start using the thick Shower Cloth on all of my tub and shower surfaces first before moving on to my polishing.
So here’s my new simple routine:
While the shower’s still wet, wipe everything down with the Shower Cleaning Cloth. Since I do this daily, I try not to be too much of a perfectionist because I know that will eventually lead to me not wanting to do it on the days that I’m really tired. I just focus on doing a bit of easy wiping and let the cloth itself do the heavy lifting since it does such a great job of grabbing on to soap scum and miraculously it even pulls up those orange water stains, little by little.
Next I grab the Polishing Cloth and use it to polish all the shiny fixtures, and maybe a bit of the tub too if I’m feeling fancy. 🙂
Since these cloths do lift up quite a bit, I like to throw them in the wash every two-three days, but if you don’t have hard water, you may find that you only need to wash them once a week or so once you get into your daily routine and your shower is mostly always clean.
Cleaning the Stove With the Stovetop Cleaning Pack
I swear I’m not a messy cook! How is it that my stove always seems to get dirty on a daily basis? I wipe it down fairly regularly, but it never fails that when I have a nice, shiny-clean stove it only seems to last a few hours. Honestly, I find it kind of discouraging and it makes the whole kitchen feel kind of icky and dirty to my when I notice crumbs or spills on my stovetop.
Instead of cleaning the stove every few days and just hoping it would last, I knew it was time to get into a solid routine of wiping it down every day when I’m cleaning up from dinner. A clean stove just gives me peace of mind. I can’t help it. 🙂
Here’s how it works:
Every day when I’m cleaning up the kitchen, once the stove grates are cool to the touch, I remove the grates and wet the Range & Stovetop Cloth with only water. I first wipe the stove using the stripey side of the cloth. Each one of those stripes is a little non-abrasive scrubbing strip that gently removes anything dried or baked on. Then I flip the cloth over and wipe the surface of the stove with the soft, non-stripey side of the cloth to collect all the mess and lift it away.
I finish up by polishing the stove with the stovetop version of the Glass and Polishing Cloth included in The Range & Stovetop Cleaning Pack.
I also like to use the soft side of the Range Cloth to wipe down the front of the oven and the knobs as well if I’m feeling really ambitious, or I wet half of the Polishing Cloth and use that to wipe before polishing with the dry side.
This is basically what I’ve always done to clean my stove but I’m doing it daily and it’s such a relief! Sometimes a fancy new cleaning tool is just the motivation you need to kickstart a productive new routine. 🙂
I know a lot of you are already e-cloth enthusiasts like I am so I’m excited that e-cloth has provided me with a discount code to share! If you’d like to give e-cloth a try, or if you just want to re-stock-up on your favourites use the code COURT10 for 10% off your order from now until March 4!
- Shower Cleaning Pack
- Range & Stovetop Pack
- E-Cloth Essentials and Favorites
- My Favourite Glass and Polishing Cloth
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.