I also don’t use stovetop cleaner, just wipe it down with a warm, damp cloth. This is something I learned from one of my clients. It’s easy to remove oil and grease if you wipe the hob immediately after cooking with a well-wrung cloth soaked in hot or cold water.
I think one of the keys to easy cleaning is to use the bare minimum of cleaning materials. Of course, some people, such as professional cleaners, may need to use a range of cleaners to suit specific needs, while others may need to use them occasionally, for example to remove dirt that gets is firmly fixed. And if you’re someone who really enjoys collecting and trying out different types of cleansers, that joy itself is wonderful.
In my case, however, what excites me is a simple approach that only requires one cleanser so I don’t have to think or choose. Fortunately for me, all-purpose cleaners that are good for the environment are now easy to find.
If, while looking through your cleansers, you find that you are not using some of them, why not take the opportunity to let them go and experiment with a simpler approach? The sight of a tidy closet, no longer filled with a jumble of cleaners, can actually inspire you to clean up. Before you know it, your dream of a sparkling, joy-filled home will have come true.
Reproduced with permission from Kurashi at Marie Kondo’s House: How to Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life by Marie Kondo, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.