After reading this post, you might be glad you’re not on my Christmas list! I actually have given steam mops as gifts before, because I think they are so awesome. But, I’m one of those people who enjoys cleaning (most of the time.) It’s a good time for me to think and I almost always get inspired when I’m cleaning. I also love being productive and watching a room transformation from messy and fuzzy to clean and neat. If you get it, you get it. And, if you get it, here is a gift guide for my fellow neatniks…
I think some things on this gift guide would make nice hostess gifts and stocking stuffers, especially crochet dishcloths and Swedish brushes, but some of these are just good gifts to give yourself to make cleaning a little more enjoyable or easy during the holidays and into the new year.
To highlight a few of the things in the gift guide round-up above…
A good steam mop is one of my favorite cleaning tools. It gets floors so clean and it dries in minutes. It’s so much neater, easier, and more effective than traditional mopping. I’ve been using steam mops for years on tile, sealed hardwoods, my painted studio floor, and even on engineered wood in our last house (on the lowest setting.)
A few years ago, I decided to ditch my plastic dish brushes and only use those I found pretty. I have become a brush snob in the process. I have a few plastic brushes for specific jobs, but most of the brushes I use for cleaning have wooden handles and natural bristles. I tend to like German (Redecker) and Swedish (Iris Hantverk) brushes and I have brushes for everything! I also started using glass bottles for my cleaners. I use Mrs. Meyer’s (lavender), but I’ll also make my own cleaning products – soapy water, lavender water, bleach cleaner, vinegar cleaner, etc.
I’ve always loved the Savon de Marseille soap for how pretty it looks by a sink, but it also does a wonderful job cleaning grease, oil, and other stubborn stains. I use it to wash my paintbrushes (even oil) and stains out of clothes.
I started using wool dryer balls about two years ago instead of dryer sheets. I’ll put a few drops of lavender essential oil on them and throw a couple in the dryer.
I have dried lavender on hand to make sachets. I put them all over the house…in our clothes, table linens, linen closets, my fabric and yarn stashes, and with hats and gloves when they are stored off-season.
Aren’t these just the prettiest brushes? Normally giving a brush might be a little lame, but these are so sweet that I think they make good gifts. I use mine all the time in a variety of applications and they are very durable.
I shared a review of the Neat Steam cleaner in THIS POST. It is a great tool to clean and sanitize bathrooms, windows, kitchens, upholstery, etc. and it can double as a floor steam mop. The downside to this one is it takes about 20 minutes to warm up and it’s not as easy to maneuver as the Shark steam mop listed above. But, the Neat steam cleaner is more versatile. It does a fantastic job at steaming away dirt, grime, and grease. It’s not a miracle worker and won’t work on everything, but it works on a lot and, as an added bonus, it sanitizes surfaces.
If anyone gives a toilet seat as a gift, I need to know about it. This made the list because it is awesome and you will thank me for it. Give it to yourself as a gift from the men in your life… It is a removable toilet seat. You simply twist the plastic knobs where it attaches to the toilet and it pops right off. When I clean the boys’ bathroom, I take off the seat and hose it off in the shower. I’m able to clean all of the nooks and crannies on the seat and the toilet and then I put the seat back on. I can’t believe I didn’t have these in my life sooner. Now, all of our toilet seats are removable.
And, lastly, this book is a great motivator to get things organized after Christmas. Not only is it a beautiful book, as you would expect from Martha Stewart, but it’s filled with practical tips and great information.
If you’re a neatnik like me, this gift guide is a little slice of delightfulness! If not, well, maybe you’ll get some ideas for cleaning supplies that can help make cleaning quicker and more tolerable.
What are some of your favorite cleaning tools and supplies?