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The Perfect List of Cleaning Essentials

Are you aware of the recent rise of Cleanfluencers? While some may think it is an odd trend, there is a perfectly logical reason behind this interesting phenomenon.

Some of the notable social media stars involved in the cleaning trend include: Marie Kondo, who has sold four million copies of her book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up’, and has her own Netflix series, ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’; Sophie Hinchliffe, better known as Mrs Hinch, who has 2.1 million ‘hinchers’ immersed in watching videos of her daily cleaning routine; and The Home Edit, an American duo who organise people’s homes into rainbow-coloured perfection and count Mandy Moore and Reese Witherspoon as their clients.

What Cleaning Essentials Would You Need?

Many cleaning influencers and their followers echo the same sentiment that by tidying your home, you are effectively tidying your mind. The trend has also sparked a greater awareness of potentially toxic chemicals in many of our everyday cleaning products like phthalates, triclosan and 2-butoxyethanol.

We’ve decided to share our tips on choosing the perfect cleaning essentials to help you get started on joining the cleaning movement too:

Baking Soda

When added to any cleaning solution, this works as a mild abrasive and deodorizer to scrub out tough grease, soap scum and scuff marks.

White Vinegar

Vinegar helps remove grease marks effectively from windows without leaving any streak marks. This can also be used to remove heavy kitchen grease when added to a floor cleaner.

Dish Soap

Choosing a pH neutral dish soap not only removes the dirt from the surfaces of your plates, bowls and cutlery, but it also prevents your kitchenware from being damaged.

Rubbing Alcohol

You need to have a disinfectant-ready spray to clean and sanitize surfaces to keep your home germ and bacteria free. Use rubbing alcohol in combination with your all-purpose cleaner.

All-purpose cleaner

An all-purpose cleaner helps clean furniture surfaces, remove build-up, clean countertops and for general touch-ups around the house.

Toilet Cleaner

You can use either bleach or toilet bowl cleaners to disinfect your toilet, however, do not combine the two, as it may release toxic gases.

Bathroom Cleaner

It is easy for mould to form in the bathroom’s warm and humid environment, which is why you need to be prepared with a non-toxic grout and sealant pen. These are handy products to have instead of having to renovate your bathroom completely.

Glass Cleaner

To avoid leaving streak marks on your windows and glass furniture, you should consider using glass cleaner and wipe gently with a microfibre cloth.

These cleaning gurus have started a trend in keeping homes pristine. Household chores that were once considered tedious and dull are now celebrated by many. The trend not only aligns itself perfectly with the minimalist interior style, but it also boasts many benefits for one’s mental and physical health.

You can get involved with the cleaning movement by tagging @RainbowChalkMar on Twitter. We’d love to hear your tips and tricks on keeping a spotless home!

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