The beauty of a 1200-square-foot house is that is takes almost exactly one hour for two adults to give it a pretty good cleaning. With no kids and no pets, it doesn’t get too disgusting before the next Sunday comes around.
The secret to no-fight, harmonious housecleaning is to have a sacred routine (Sunday morning, 9 o’clock) with a fair balance of labor.
We divide tasks according to both skill and preference:
Other tasks are fit in during the week:
*I tried the salad-dressing furniture polish from "Natural Alternatives to Pesticides and Other Toxins"—lemon juice and olive oil—but it seems have made all my wooden furniture sort of sticky and dull-looking. Yuck.
I used to use a Holloway House Lemon Oil Furniture Cleaner, 16 fl oz, but I was pretty sure it had some unwanted things in it. I now use Method Wood For Good Furniture Polish, Almond Scent, 12 fl oz, which smells rather nice until you've been using it for 30 minutes. I am not convinced it provides much protection for the wood, but it does wipe smears away and makes things look and smell clean.
Does anyone have any favorite recipes or products for furniture polish?