You may be tempted to use the scratchy side of your sponge when you're cleaning the shower doors just to get that extra oomph to get up the hazy residue. Don't. Do. It. Most shower door glass has a plastic coating on it to keep the water from sticking as much to the surface. That scrubby side of the sponge will scratch it and make it look mottled after awhile. Rely on the (green) chemicals to do the heavy lifting (see previous post).
Mostly I've found that shower glass cleans up well with an all purpose cleaner. I use the 7th Generation brand. But after awhile, near the bottom of the inside of the glass, you often find a hazy build-up that's hard to remove. One product that does this great is Ecover Bathroom Cleaner. I highly recommend it, though it's hard to find now so you have to look for it online and be persistent.
Ecloth is the maker of specialized microfiber cloths. You can find them sold in many supermarkets.They make a large assortment but I have found a few to be essential. Today I'll talk about the "cleaning up pad." This is essentially a sponge, but better. It has a smooth side and a rough side (though not as rough as a green scrubbie) and holds dampness like a sponge. But it cleans much more thoroughly than a sponge (as all microfiber cloths do) both in the dirt and grease it "grips" and in the amount of germs it removes. Highly recommended. www.ecloth.com
.Do what the pros do when you clean your house: wear a cleaning apron. it has pockets to put cloths and loops to hang products from. That way everything is with you as you make your way through the house. Saves time! A good one can be gotten at www.thecleanteam.com.
I'm about to get a special lesson in grout cleaning--a very pesky cleaning task. And for grout stains, which do occur, I'm told that hydrogen pyroxide applied in stages is an effective and safe de-stainer. I'll give you an update once I've gone through the process.
A great tool to use on enamel stove tops and their iron grills is a steel wool soap pad. This gets the baked on gunk like nothing else. And SOS now has a soap pad with biodegradable soap ingredients. Be sure to test a small area before using on the enamel since stoves are different.
Here is a brush that looks like a toothbrush but is more ergonomically designed and tougher that is great for those little hard-to-get areas like around the base of faucets and shower grout. https://www.thecleanteam.com/Speed-Cleaning-Toothbrush--3-Pack_p_20.html
A mini-wisk broom is a handy tool to have in your kitchen for crumbs on your countertops. Saves time and yuckiness. https://www.thecleanteam.com/Speed-Cleaning-Whisk-Broom_p_13.html
Tis the season for fruit flies. Here's a good technique for ridding your kitchen of those pesky creatures. Take a bottle of apple cider vinegar (doesn't have to be a full bottle), remove the cap and place some plastic wrap over the opening, punching a few holes in it to let the scent out. Fruit flies will crawl in but not be able to get out. For added effectiveness, put a few drops of dish soap in the vinegar. This will break the surface tension of the vinegar so that the flies drop through it.
Here are few things to remember to do in the kitchen:
--get smudges around cabinet doorknobs
--clean out the garbage can occasionally
--don't forget to clean off the top of the grill over the range if you have one.