When I was little my Wela (grandmother) would put on music and hand me a broom, mop or feather duster. There was no planning, just all of a sudden she’d start singing:
y donde hay musica hay baile
She never really gave me a chance to complain. If I started to she’d grab my hands and swing me around, causing me to immediately burst into laughter. When she put me down we would clean together. Laughing, singing and dancing while cleaning was our tradition. She always stuck to her specific brands for cleaning and one of them happened to be Fabuloso; an All-Purpose Cleaner I still use today.
I owe everything I know about cleaning to Wela and to this day cannot truly get into cleaning without music. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Today when I clean I have a few ways to make it fun; well as fun as cleaning can be! It involves a lot of dancing and the occasional singing into the end of a feather duster. The beauty is once I get started I don’t even realize I’m working. By the time I’m done my mood is elevated and I’ve worked up a sweat from all the dancing.
I have a playlist on Spotify that is just for cleaning. It’s full of upbeat, fast tempo music that makes you want to dance. Tip: When creating your own playlist make sure to avoid depressing music.
You know how there are certain triggers that instantly take you back? The smell of Fabuloso takes me back to dancing and cleaning with my wela when I was little. As soon as I open the bottle it’s like I’m 6 years old again, flying through the air giggling. I couldn’t imagine using anything else to clean my kitchen and bathroom with; those memories are priceless and being able to relive them again and again is wonderful.
I think everyone should have a cleaning tool-box that has the Household Essentials needed to clean. Here’s how I put mine together:
- Get a sturdy container with a handle so you can easily carry it from room to room.
- Make a list of all the items you need to clean efficiently. My list includes Fabuloso All-Purpose cleaner, furniture polish, glass cleaner, a feather duster, sponges and old rags.
- Fill the container with the cleaning products and store it somewhere easily accessible. Make sure you put the products back for later use.
Tell Me: Do you use Fabuloso or have a childhood memory of cleaning?