Welcome! Every well kept Middy home needs some great cleaners on hand to maintain and protect it. For me, 3 things are important – 1 – It must be natural/organic so that it is non toxic, having no harmful chemicals in it that I or my kiddos will somehow ingest.
2 – Its gotta smell good.
3- It needs to work and earn its keep amongst the plethora of cleaning & polishing supplies I use and try out.
I won’t knowingly bring toxins into the home, not outside to kill bugs, not inside either. That shite ends up on the bottoms of your feet where you absorb it, your pets lick it off their paws, it gets into our water supply (all water flows) and creates bad mojo downstream. The companies that create this toxic stew just want to sell their product. They are mostly not interested in the big picture. But we should be and we vote every day with our wallets.
Cleaning is great exercise, you get moving, breathing. I like to make cleaning sort of a SPA experience for both me and my lovely home, taking my time, not rushing it. For the SPA experience I speak of, this means smells. Mmmmmm! I want something that smells exceptional, but not overpowering, and that smell is going to be derived from natural ingredients. I am big on alternative health and eating a raw, plant based diet (see my other website blog PureTempleHolistic.com and PureTemple.org)
But back to smells. Let me give you a bummer smell example here so you understand what I mean. One of the products we use, that’s great, is Charlie’s Laundry Soap. My husband is NOT a smell person and loves this soap as it has no odor. (See my separate Shaggadelic Laundry Soap Review) So Charlies is all natural and works great. I bought their All Purpose Cleaner too, for the home. Yes, indeed, that product worked, but have you ever let old air out of an inner tube and accidentally huffed that air into your lungs? It stunk just like old stale air from an inner tube of a tire. If you have never experienced that odor, I do not suggest adding it to your scent vocabulary. Just know that it was a complete Debbie Downer for me. I couldn’t use the product. We do keep the laundry soap on hand.
Many MCM homes have laminate counters or Quartz if updated. There is a heated debate going on about updating with Quartz but I look at it this way – following the architects intent, were the product available then, would he have chosen it? You want to get the vibe right, while maintaining the integrity of the space and making it usable for your needs. For us, this meant updating our kitchen to Quartz counters. My husband is a chef and we use the kitchen a lot. We roll out dough, and I find the quartz perfect for that, with no scratches or damaged spots that the flour would get into.
Although Quartz is a very hard and solid surface, I baby my counter tops. I never cut directly on them, I always use a cutting board. And I keep them wiped down too.
General Maintenance – Zum Clean Sea Salt Granite and Counter Top Cleaner has a light and lovely oceanic scent. This is one of my favorite products.
Im also a big fan of Method Daily Granite. In fact, click the green for an incredible deal of a pack of 6! The smell is Apple Orchard, nice and fresh and doesn’t linger. After using this product for years, I switched off to the Zum Sea Salt for a change, but the product does work and smell terrific.
Puracy Natural All Purpose Cleaner – Particularly great on Stainless Steel and Glass. This has a nice Green-Tea Lime scent that I love. I generally use it on glass and all the stainless appliances and work with the grain, using a paper towel or soft cloth. It takes seconds to have all finger smudges etc removed and have a clean pretty fridge and dishwasher!
How To Counter-Tops – I first go over my counters with a damp wash rag. Using a soft cleaning cloth or paper towel, I then spritz my cleaner onto the counters and wipe them down. En voila! I have a great smelling, clean counter I could eat directly from and not get toxins.
Stain Removal – For stains, I use Clorox Cleaner and Bleach. And I know I just said earlier that I don’t bring toxins into the home. This one sits on the fence, depending upon how you look at it, since it is ‘natural’ but I consider this a dangerous product. Leading with that respect, however, this is a product you can spot spray and let sit a sec, then wipe off. I feel relatively good about my choice to use it because its use is very minimal.
We are wine drinkers and I also use some beets and fresh ground turmeric a lot in raw juices I drink daily. Stains occasionally happen. This stuff knocks them right out in seconds. It also works well behind the sink where the grout line can get dark and dirty. For that, I spritz on carefully and allow it to sit several minutes before wiping down.
The end result is a sparkling clean and smooth counter-top!