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Must-Have Cleaning Products

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As I told you yesterday, now is definitely the time to start preparing yourself for spring and the dreaded spring cleaning. Having the right tools at hand will help not only during the spring months, but all year round. Here are so me of my favorite cleaning products to have on hand and some tips.

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Keep your kitchen cleaning supplies all together in a bin or bucket. Learn what supplies you'll need with our handy checklist: http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2009Q3/ms_checklist_kitchenkit.pdf

1 Keep your kitchen cleaning supplies all together in a bin or bucket. Learn what supplies you'll need with our handy checklist: http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2009Q3/ms_checklist_kitchenkit.pdf

Baking soda has scrubbing power but won't scratch surfaces. Mix a paste of 3 parts warm water to 1 part baking soda to scrub kitchen stains or clean the oven. Make a bathroom cleanser by mixing dishwashing liquid with baking soda until you have a thick paste.

2 Baking soda has scrubbing power but won't scratch surfaces. Mix a paste of 3 parts warm water to 1 part baking soda to scrub kitchen stains or clean the oven. Make a bathroom cleanser by mixing dishwashing liquid with baking soda until you have a thick paste.

Your universal cleaning kit should include: 
An all-purpose cleaner, or a solution of 2 tablespoons mild dishwashing liquid, such as Ivory, and 2 cups water in a spray bottle
A mildly abrasive cleanser, such as Bon Ami
A glass cleaner, or a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle
Rubber gloves; lint-free white cloths; medium-bristled scrub brush

3 Your universal cleaning kit should include: An all-purpose cleaner, or a solution of 2 tablespoons mild dishwashing liquid, such as Ivory, and 2 cups water in a spray bottle A mildly abrasive cleanser, such as Bon Ami A glass cleaner, or a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle Rubber gloves; lint-free white cloths; medium-bristled scrub brush

Mild dishwashing liquid is excellent for removing spills that water won't budge. Make a simple all-purpose cleaner by mixing 2 cups water with 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Use it on countertops and other hard surfaces.

4 Mild dishwashing liquid is excellent for removing spills that water won't budge. Make a simple all-purpose cleaner by mixing 2 cups water with 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Use it on countertops and other hard surfaces.

Cleaning a bathroom well does not mean using harsh chemicals. Start with the gentlest cleaning solutions first before moving on to anything stronger. Adequate ventilation via a ceiling fan or open window will help prevent moisture buildup and go a long way toward keeping the bathroom fresh.

5 Cleaning a bathroom well does not mean using harsh chemicals. Start with the gentlest cleaning solutions first before moving on to anything stronger. Adequate ventilation via a ceiling fan or open window will help prevent moisture buildup and go a long way toward keeping the bathroom fresh.

Distilled white vinegar and lemon juice are both excellent for cleaning, deodorizing, and mild bleaching. They are acidic and can eliminate soap scum. Make a window- and mirror-cleaner by mixing equal parts vinegar and water, which also works well on most polyurethane-finished wood floors.

6 Distilled white vinegar and lemon juice are both excellent for cleaning, deodorizing, and mild bleaching. They are acidic and can eliminate soap scum. Make a window- and mirror-cleaner by mixing equal parts vinegar and water, which also works well on most polyurethane-finished wood floors.

And of course I love using Martha Stewart's cleaning products. I always have these on hand in my apartment.

7 And of course I love using Martha Stewart's cleaning products. I always have these on hand in my apartment.

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