When it comes to my desk (and my kitchen counters), the cleaner they are, the better. Over the past 10 years of my desk life career, I’ve developed a little end of the workday ritual. Before I run off to catch my train, I wrap up whatever I’m doing a few minutes early in order to make time for a quick desk wipe down. Call me crazy, but doing so gives me a chance to clean up any messes I've made during the day (paper clutter, lunch crumbs, coffee spills, etc.) so I can walk into an organized space the next day. This daily task is a game changer—a cuter, cleaner desk means a happier me come morning.
As the beauty director at Real Simple, products—face serums, mascara, fancy fragrances, any beauty products under the sun—land on my desk every day, but, ironically, it’s the cleaning sprays the home editors get that I truly covet (I guess we all want what we don’t have). My coworkers know this, so one of the home editors recently let me “test” a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner.
I’m familiar with the brand—they use plant-derived ingredients and essential oils to make cleaning safer (their formulas are free of chlorine bleach, ammonia, parabens, and phosphates). It’s one of the only sprays that I can use while cleaning without going into a full-blown sneezing fit, yet I can still trust it to get the job done (it even holds up to my two Great Danes’ drool—gross). Their Basil scent was my favorite—until I sprayed the company’s limited edition Mum variant on my desk before heading out for the night. Before I was even done wiping down my desk, a coworker popped up from her cube and asked what perfume I had just sprayed, commenting on how amazing it smelled. When I told her the floral (not heady white floral, though), subtly sweet, yet totally fresh scent had come from a cleaning spray, she was shocked. Now I’m getting requests to borrow it every day. Unfortunately, the scent is limited—get it while it’s still available. For just over $5 a pop, I’m stocking up.