My mom has a theory that people in this life are either "cooks" or "cleaners." Now, I am not saying that people can't be both, but they usually have one that they are naturally more proficient at. Perhaps, like me, you didn't come from the home of a "cleaner." My mom was a "cook" and I grew up watching her do that. My childhood home was never immaculate. It wasn't a biohazard, but cleaning just wasn't a priority for my mom. I think cleaning, like anything else, needs to kind of be taught by example and observation.
I am definitely more of a "cook." I just have a "feeling" for how things should go together. I love putting together a meal, or baking a cake, spending time researching how to make the "perfect" something. I rarely use recipes, I use them more as a guideline, tweaking things here and there. I love finding new cooking sites and blogs and cooking magazines and watching the Food Network.
Honestly, I am not as much of a "cleaner." That doesn't mean that I just give up and don't clean my house. It's just that it doesn't come naturally to me. I have no love for cleaning, it doesn't soothe me, and I know there are people out there that actually enjoy it. Now, in a perfect world, I would just cook for those people who could clean for me, but it doesn't work that way.
So, since I don't love cleaning, but it must be done, I'd like to do it more easily. I know that people have secrets to cleaning, much as I have little tricks I love with cooking and baking. What cleaners float your boat? How do you scrub your bathroom tile? What makes cleaning easier and more efficient? What tips do you not mind sharing to make me, a natural non-cleaner, a better housekeeper?