This post is sponsored by Grove Collaborative.
There are some things in your home that require special treatment. They need specific tools in order to be altered, cleaners to come clean, and professional services to function. But there are other things in the home we tend to overthink, when a simple approach is best. I shared how we quickly clean our globe lights in the kitchen on insta-stories a few months ago, but since those disappear and we still get questions all the time. Here’s the quick way we keep them spotless.
As the below picture shows you, they aren’t always squeaky clean. Ours is as high-functioning of a kitchen as you’ll find in a home, and part of what this means is grease in the air. It’s amazing how much grease flies through the air of a kitchen, landing on any surface that will take it. Then naturally occurring dust makes its way and settles in, embedded into the grease so it doesn’t simply just wipe away. Eventually, the glass gets foggy and gross:
Some harsh detergents or abrasive cleaning pads can have a negative impact on the finish of the glass, causing it to appear more and more cloudy over time, when in actuality the glass itself has gathered thousands of tiny scratches. To prevent this, we suggest using a small drop of natural dish soap, and the least-abrasive scrubber available – your hand.
We’ve used Mrs. Meyer’s hand soaps and lotion for a long time, but have recently been ordering this dish soap and some other of their products from Grove Collaborative. Grove Collaborative is a scheduled delivery service that offers eco-friendly and nontoxic products for your home. Everything from cleaning to personal care (I love this chapstick!) and other common household items (this Bee’s Wrap has been life-changing for storing Chris’s homemade bread).
Once you have the globe soaped up and rinsed off, use a soft, large dish towel to dry. You want something large enough that you can hold the top with one hand and dry off the inside with the other, both hands being behind a towel and not touching the glass directly. I used these kitchen towels from Grove and they’re perfect.
The natural dish soap removes the grease easily, without harming the finish or scratching the glass.
I’m sure you’ve used Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products before, but even if you haven’t, Grove Collaborative is giving away a set of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products (and their bubble up dish brush) TO ALL OF OUR READERS who sign up and spend $20 or more on their first order. The set includes Mrs. Meyers dish soap, hand soap, and multi-surface cleaner, all in the scent of your choice–so many options!
Any products purchased from Grove Collaborative can be set on a custom delivery schedule. Receive products for your home every 1-6 months, depending on what your needs are. It’s especially great for people like us, who live in smaller towns with less access to stores that carry these products, but it’s convenient for anyone and a great deal. To get your free Mrs. Meyers, simply use this link to start shopping and spend $20 or more in your first order (that bee’s wrap and chapstick I mentioned would get you there!).
Already use Grove’s service? You can still Click here to receive a free Walnut Scrubber Sponge on your next order.
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