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09.23.2002

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clean as 
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whistle 
stocking your cleaning closet
by Yee-Fan Sun
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A friend of mine in college once proclaimed with defensive pride, "Iím messy, but not dirty!" Itís an important distinction: while the former trait merely makes it difficult for one to find what oneís looking for at any given moment, the latter trait has many more potentially unpleasant consequences Ė grimy furnishings, rancid odors, nasty germs, and more fun perks to ensure that your digs wonít be fit for any human to inhabit. Sure, for most of us, cleaning house is a drag, but with the right equipment and a sensible array of handy household cleaning products, the jobís a whole lot easier Ö

the cleaning arsenal
The first step to maintaining a clean and tidy abode is to make sure you have the right tools.

rags | Some people like using sponges to work away at dirt and grime, but personally, Iíve always found that recycling old socks and t-shirts for rags works fabulously for cleaning fixtures, appliances, furniture, you name it.

lint-free cloths | In addition to a good stock of rags, youíll want to buy some lint-free cloths as well. Theyíre essential for dusting and cleaning glass Ė thereís absolutely no point in trying to get rid of dust with a regular cloth, since itíll only leave a trail of lint behind every time you wipe.

scrub brush | A hand-held scrub brush will come in very handy for scrubbing bathtubs, floors, and other medium-large surfaces.

small scrub brush | For getting those pesky grout lines clean, as well as cleaning in tight areas around fixtures, get yourself a small scrub brush. An old toothbrush works dandy for this purpose.

toilet brush | Nobody likes cleaning the toilet, but having the right equipment for the job makes it just the tiniest bit better. Toilet brushes generally come with a sort of sleeve/stand in which you can slip the brush when it's not in use; make sure to give it a good clean from time to time.

mop | I like the ones with a sponge at the bottom along with a squeezing mechanism that lets you easily wring out the water.

plastic bucket with handle | For use with the above.

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