This is a must to keep down the dirt and salt tracked in from the winter snow, Have mats by the front and back door. And by the main door that you and others use, have a boot rack and slippers available for family and guests to put on.
For bathrooms, have a cloth available--you can keep it under the sink--to do a quick wipe around the sink area every day after you wash and to wipe the mirror! It will keep your bathroom looking prim much longer.
Here is the first installment on tips to help you get in the habit of keeping the mess under control. These are from a great article in a blog called Apartment Therapy: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/one-minute-cleaning-habits-36620716?newsletter_slot=1&utm_source=at_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11182019
Here we go:
1. Clean up that spill on the counter right away.
2. Put your dishes in the dishwasher or wash them after each meal.
3. Wipe out your sink after you use it.
What is the cleanest country in the world?
C. The United States
E. United Arab Emirates
Answer next week.
I like the Bona mop with the fabric head and the trigger release solution spray. Two upgrades: distilled water (an excellent cleaner) for the Bona solution and using a cotton wash cloth or hand towel for the microfiber mop head. The cotton is just as effective and much more environmentally sound.
Here are several ideas to keep the dust down in your home:
This is an age old question. Actually household dust comes from many sources. Dead skin cells is one source, but contrary to myth, it isn't the main source. About 60% comes from outside (through clothes and air). Other sources are carpetting and upholstery, pet dander, food crumbs, and a host of other things. https://molekule.science/where-doest-dust-come-from-source-house-solutions/
Here is a handy hack for getting black scuff marks off of hard floors. Rub them with a clean tennis ball! (This idea provided by apartmenttherapy.com.)
So here's a thought. Craeft is about ecology. It is how humans sustain themselves in a reciprocal engagement with their local environment. But the potential for that kind of engagement is very limited in the modern world. For us, ecology is mostly a concept or an engagement with the wider world based on a concept.
For instance, I have been trying to make my business more ecologically sound by switching from microfiber cloths to natural fiber cloths. This is helpful in an ecological sense. But it arises mainly from concerns I have, after reading some articles, about the health of the oceans. We live a thousand miles from the nearest ocean. The health of the oceans does effect our own well-being here in Minnesota, but not in any way that I can measure in my daily life.
The same is true of efforts we might take to reverse climate change or to work on a host of other environmental problems. It seems that we're sentenced, at least for the near future, to work on improving our ecological relationships to a large extent as an abstraction.