Living in the city, in an apartment together with two cats require quite a lot of cleaning. The amount of dust created is fascinating. Not to mention all the soot particles from the road outside… So every Sunday is cleaning day! It takes roughly one hour to do the whole procedure if we do it together, which we always try to do. It’s just too much to handle yourself.
The cleaning equipment
All the picture frames, book shelves, splines etc. get free of dust with our awesome feather duster made from ostrich plume.
Another reason that we clean the house so often is to get rid of all the dangerous particles coming from electronics and plastic in the home, even though we try to have as little plastic as possible but its hard to avoid electric leads for example. Therefore our cleaning equipment need to be made out of natural non-toxic materials as well.
The vacuum cleaner… I don’t think there is a non-plastic available on the market. But what you can do is to make sure to have a good filter in it. Something that we don’t yet have bothered to research.
Sorry for the boring picture but this is a very important tool for us, the cat hair remover! From all our furniture… It feels nice to get rid of all the invisible dust particles in the furniture as well.
The cleaning chemicals
The vacuum cleaner surely is a great thing, but it can’r do everything. It does not take all the small dust particles away and obviously not the dirt from the floors. Therefore, it is important to swab the floors as well.
We use a bucket of zink, a mop of yarn that unfortunately still contains some polyester. Some room for improvement there. The jar to the right contains concentrated soap made from left-over frying fat, nothing else! It’s made in the north of Sweden. Always try to buy things in its concentrated form, it’s so unnecessary to buy things with added water. We dissolve the soap ourselves in a jar, just the amount we use for each cleaning.
For the bathroom we don’t use any harmful chemicals either. It’s completely fine to just use white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Mix it with some hot water and clean everything in the bathroom with it. It should kill most of the bacteria and works really well on lime deposits.
It makes no sense to clean your home with loads of chemicals and fragrances that are packed with hormone interfering stuff. If you believe it’s harmful for you to eat, don’t use it to clean with either.
Cecilia & Magnus