Cleaning caddy essentials for house cleaners, housekeepers, and maids. Did you ever think that your house cleaning productivity is linked to the bin or crate you use to carry your supplies? Having the wrong carrier can waste time, or cause detergents to tip and spill. And having the right one can make instant access a breeze.
What Are Your Cleaning Caddy Basics? (Your Answers)
- Vinegar/water all purpose cleaner in spray bottle
- Microfiber cloths
- Razor blades
- Old Toothbrush
- Glass cleaner
- Norwex Paste
- Bar Keepers Cleanser
- Pumice Stone
- Alka Seltzer Tablets for toilet bowl rings
Ask a House Cleaner Cleaning Caddy Roundup
There are so many different cleaning caddy kits on the market. Which one to buy comes down to your personal preference. You may have to try a couple before you settle on one.
Key factors to consider when choosing a cleaning caddy:
- Is the side of the caddy tall enough that your cleaning supplies won't fall out?
- Does your cleaning caddy have pouches or separators for an easy organization of cleaning supplies?
- Is the empty apparatus light weight before you add all your household cleaning solutions?
- Can the cleaning satchel itself be cleaned?
- Is it durable enough to withstand constant use?
- Are there zippered pouches to keep compact items from falling out?
- Does the handle have a good grip, you'll be grabbing it multiple times a day.
- Is it large enough to carry all your supplies?
- Is it small enough to fit in the trunk of your car?
- When it's packed, can you take a quick inventory of supplies?
Hack of the Week - Label Your Cleaning Caddy Or Your Containers
Alejandra Costello suggests labeling your cleaning caddy with a label maker. She puts everything back in the labeled spot after each use. Before she labeled her home organizing kit, she did a weight and balance check. This way when she picks up her cleaning essentials, the toolkit doesn't tip over. Cool household hack.
At Savvy Cleaner we've always sorted cleaning supplies by the lid and type of container. If you mix your solutions at home, you can use clear plastic bottles with various colored spray triggers. You train your brain to know that the all purpose cleaner has an orange spray trigger. Glass cleaner has a blue trigger. Heavy duty cleaner has a red spray trigger. Degreaser has a green top and so on. They don't always go back in the exact same section of the cleaning caddy. But no matter which way you turn the cleaning caddy, you always know by color, what you're reaching for.
Professional Cleaning Caddy vs. Household Cleaning Kit
The cleaning caddy you use for your professional cleaning business can be the same gear you use at home. If you're a professional you're apt to bring your's in from the car and tidy up your house. But the general household probably won't want to spend the money investing in a cleaning pack that is durable and has all the bells and whistles we've mentioned.
The reasons we suggest you do invest in a quality cleaning caddy if you're a professional is that you're going to be using it every day, for years. You want a container that will serve you, and save you time.
Oh, and it's tax deductible, so save your receipt if you go out and buy a new cleaning caddy.
What's going on with Angela? I Tried Something New
I was grocery shopping the other day in the produce section when I stumbled on an unmarked box of large orbs. They were in the fruit section near the coconuts but they had a skin more like a potato.
I looked around for a name and pricing but couldn't find anything relating to the cantaloupe size fruit.
Curious, I sniffed it. Not sure why - I still wasn't able to guess what it was. Pat who was shopping with me didn't know what it was either.
What Is It?
I put it in my cart. I couldn't wait to get home to cut the thing open and see what was inside.
When I went through the self-check out, I typed in the PLU from the sticker, and the machine read it as a Jicama.
I grew up on a farm, and I've seen all kinds of vegetables, but they don't have Jicamas where I'm from. (Jicamas are from South Africa, I'm from Utah.)
I Raced Inside and Cut It Open
When I got home I cut it open and this is what it looks like. I cut some pieces of it and ate it raw. It was a strange mix, starchy like a raw potato. It had a hint of sweetness like a carrot. A hint of bitterness like a raw turnip and the skin was stringy like the skin on a coconut.
It wasn't pleasant or unpleasant to eat - just strange. I tossed half of it in the blender and mixed it in with my spinach smoothie. I saved the other half until I could research it and find a recipe.
Why Am I Telling You About My Jicama?
Here it is, it's important to try new things. It's easy to get stuck in a rut and do the things you've always done - or in this case, eat the things you've always eaten.
But part of life's adventure is reaching out on the edge and trying something new. Now that I know the health benefits of Jimaca's, who knows? They may become a regular part of my diet.