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These cleaning ideas will totally simplify your life! Perfect for tired moms, dads, or anyone else out there who just doesn’t like cleaning.
1. Eliminate products
Use only a few self-care products so you can pare down and simplify. For example, diluted castile soap can be used for most things from body wash to hand soap to veggie wash. Here’s an article about 18 different ways you can use it.
Have one basic all-purpose cleaner (add some tea tree essential oil for messes that need to be disinfected). That’s really all you need! Here’s a great homemade all-purpose cleaner recipe from Wellness Mama.
I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile now. Is it just me, or is cleaning the tub and shower the most annoying chore ever?
This idea makes it a lot less annoying. Keep one of those wands with a soap dispenser in your shower. Fill it with half dish soap and half vinegar. While you’re in there, spend a minute giving everything a quick scrub. This will save time and keep you from having to do this chore in your nice clothes later. Via Homemade Mamas
3. ‘Cheat’ Mopping
I don’t know about you, but mopping is one of the things in my house that seems to never get done.
My mom taught me this brilliant hack I like to call ‘cheat mopping’:
Spray the offensive spots on your floor. Then wet a rag in hot water and wring out. Use your broom to push the rag around the floor and scrub away those dirty spots. Rinse out the rag as needed. So much easier than lugging around the mop and bucket mess!
4. Magic Cleaning Erasers
If you haven’t already embraced the power of the magic eraser, now’s the time to do so! Their name says it all. If there’s anything you have difficulty cleaning, try a magic eraser. It works great on soap scum in the shower, stains on walls, ground in dirt on floors, etc.
5. Stop Folding Laundry
This is one of my favorite cleaning ideas. It seriously saves me so much time. It obviously doesn’t work on everything, but there are a lot of things that don’t need to be wrinkle-free (such as rags, sheets, towels, etc.) Read this post for more info.
6. Clean Blinds Quickly
Got blinds on your windows? This is a brilliant cleaning hack by One Crazy House.
7. Paper Plates
Ok, so this isn’t really a cleaning hack, but still. If you’re overwhelmed by dishes, check out this post on why using paper plates is a good idea for those tiring days. Here’s another post on dishwasher tips to make doing dishes faster + more efficient.
8. Get the Kids to Help
In our house, this needs to be implemented more often. Keeping kids focused can be a challenge, but if you spend a little time up-front teaching them how to clean, it can be a life saver. There are lots of things kids can do. Here’s a helpful post by Your Modern Family for determining age-appropriate chores.
9. Freshen Stinky Laundry
You know that moment when your laundry is just on the verge of mildew stink? It’s been left in the washer for a while, but not long enough to develop full-blown nastiness. It feels like a waste to wash it again.
Try this tip: Pour a little distilled white vinegar on one of the clothing items before throwing it all in the dryer. It will freshen the load right up!
A word of caution: Don’t use too much vinegar, otherwise your kids may end up smelling like a salt & vinegar chip (guilty).
10. Utilize Your Dishwasher for Other Things
Yes! It’s great for cleaning small plastic toys, toothbrushes, combs, makeup brushes… the possibilities are endless. Just make sure it’s something that won’t melt in the high heat. Via The Meta Picture
11. Remove Hard Water Stains Easily
Source: Broccoli Cupcake via Listotic
12. Keep Your Fridge Clean
Did you know the fridge is one of the worst offenders when it comes to bacteria? Guys, I’m AWFUL about cleaning my fridge. I really need to work on this area. Can’t wait to try this idea: Line your refrigerator shelves with Press ‘N Seal Saran Wrap. Just replace when they get dirty – no scrubbing necessary! Via The Virtuous Wife
13. Declutter + Establish a routine
Finally, one of the best cleaning ideas you can implement is to simply have fewer items. Less stuff = less time spent cleaning and organizing. I’m in! After moving 4 times, I’m super easygoing about throwing stuff away now. I used to keep everything! I actually find it freeing to toss items out now. It’s breathing space for your mind. Donate items to a thrift store or keep boxes in the basement or garage until you host a yard sale.
A regular cleaning routine is something I need to work on. It takes less mental energy to do the same chores at the same times – you just do them on autopilot and listen to music or let your imagination wander. It can actually be fun.
Top Tip: The absolute best book for establishing a cleaning routine is Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley, a.k.a. the FlyLady.
This book is so entertaining! I’ve actually read it several times, sometimes just for fun – she’s a great writer and has very clever ideas. I like that the FlyLady is a recovering messy person. She writes from a perspective of someone who is naturally disorganized and gets overwhelmed with cleaning (like me).
Her approach is all about baby steps, and her plan is very easy to implement and change the way you keep house. Check it out!
Extra Tip: The best place for all-natural home cleaning products is Grove Collaborative. They have all your favorite natural brands and amazing deals. You get $10 FREE to spend on your first order, and $10 every time one of your friends sign up! Check them out!
I hope one of these cleaning ideas has made your life a little bit easier! Find more awesome stress-reducing ideas in my new book, Simplify Your Stress.