Tools are important and the right tools make all the difference. Just ask my husband. He’s a remodeling contractor and makes his living using tools. He would be quick to tell you that the wrong tool can make a project much harder and a defective tool can cause a project to fail.
As homemakers, we often put up with tools that are so-so. I’ve done it. I do it. But why do I encourage my husband to get the best saw he can afford while I make do with a $50 vacuum cleaner? It doesn’t make sense. As homemakers, we use our tools a LOT so we should also get the best we can afford. If a $50 vacuum cleaner is the best we can do then it’s the best we can do. But if we can do better, we should!
And not just with big items. This principle applies to small tools, too. With small tools, the money isn’t usually an issue – we just make do with ineffective tools because we don’t want to take the time to do better.
Here are two examples from my own life.
Bathroom Scrub Brush. I’ve tried several different tools for cleaning my bathtub/shower but have had the best success with a scrub brush. It worked really well until it finally wore out. I purchased a new scrub brush and quickly discovered they don’t make them like they used to. The new scrub brush is similar to the old but there’s something about it that makes my hand hurt.
So what did I do? I kept using it even though it makes my hand hurt. But it’s gone now. Since I can’t find a scrub brush I like, I’m back to using a sponge.
Feather Duster. I wore out my favorite feather duster. It was an inexpensive ostrich feather duster that had a small wooden handle. I was really sad when it started leaving feathers behind as I dusted. So I went shopping for a similar duster and struck out. I probably should have waited but I really needed a new feather duster so I compromised (which I don’t recommend if you can avoid it) and bought the one they had. Not the style I wanted and kind of expensive.
Guess what? I hate it. The handle is heavier and it doesn’t fit my hand well. The end result is that it’s unpleasant to use. I don’t like dusting anyway so anything that makes it harder is not good.
After my ah-ha moment with the bathroom scrub brush, I decided to replace it. I haven’t yet, but I’m on the lookout for a feather duster that feels good in my hand.
Now maybe you’re not as particular as I am and you don’t care about feather dusters and scrub brushes. If that’s you, that’s great. But if you do care, don’t settle! If a product you’re using is unpleasant to use or causes you pain or discomfort, don’t use it! And when you’re buying new tools to clean your house, buy the best you can afford.
Do you have any cleaning tools you wish you could replace?