It’s no secret that life gets busy. Often we find ourselves feeling over overworked, over-scheduled and over-extended – which leads to us feeling over-stressed. With this being the nature of a busy household, it’s easy for things to be forgotten, or just pushed down the list of priorities. These 7 Useful House Cleaning Tips will help you find at least a little balance between your busy life and a clean, healthy home!
To note: This house cleaning tips post is sponsored by P&G, all text, photos and opinions are mine alone.
I don’t profess to be an expert or master cleaner. In fact, it’s just the opposite. But what I will say is that being they type of person that excels in a clean, clear space and values less things to dust than clutter to work around, I have found ways to make clean happen on a more frequent basis.
We’ve got a household of six, which means twelve busy hands and six busy mouths, all which tend to leave a bit of a wake in their path, but it also means that there are twelve fairly capable hands to clean up said wake. You know?
Lately though, we’ve been cleaning out closets (and I’ve got big plans for ours soon) and clearing out the old. I’ve been stain-treating old stains and laundering the blankets. And all of our rugs? Hello, steamer.
Perhaps it’s the changing of the seasons, a full-scale welcome to spring with a freshly scrubbed home. Maybe it’s the desire for living less cluttered and the feeling of freedom and victory in the moments that we’re less encumbered that spur us on. Either way, my arms are open to both. A welcome new season + living unencumbered.
One of the biggest catalysts for a clean home and at the top of the charts for house cleaning tips would be the One-Touch rule… Put an item where it belongs the first time (one-touch), so you don’t keep moving it from place to place (couch to counter to other pile, before putting it where it belongs). In other words, when items have a place, and you put items away as you go, you’ll end up saving time and energy… and the stress of a cluttered space.
If we can all learn to adopt this strategy, there would be so much less to do, chase after, worry about and pick up.
In our home, it’s a work in progress (and we have a ways to go I think! But we’re getting there!).
THE 7 HOUSE CLEANING TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW
With that said, here then, are 7 Useful House Cleaning Tips That You Need to Know to bring you a bit more of that balance between life and a clean home:
Identify your CLEAN triggers.
Are you the type that needs a spotless bathroom but can deal with laundry piling up and an unmade bed? Do you need the sink cleaned out but don’t mind a paper stack on the counter? For me, my trigger point (can come in a lot of forms really, hello, OCD) is really set off by floors! I can deal with dishes and the random laundry basket, but can’t stand walking on crumbs, and with four kids, crumbs are a part of life. Knowing this though has helped us to set our home up for success with a robot vacuum and an easy solution for anyone to help with the floors — a Swiffer!
Find kid-friendly solutions for easy-breezy cleaning.
On top of a Swiffer floor cleaner to easily keep your floors tidy, a Swiffer Duster simply makes dusting and cleaning easy breezy, and something even our littlest household members can help with. Of course, it’s main use, for dusting, is a chore most don’t love, but instead of pushing dust around, a sweep of the Swiffer actually removes it from surfaces. BUT, I truly love using the Swiffer Duster when we’re cleaning up the floors too! When using a vacuum, there are times it doesn’t catch all the debris that piles in the corners, or between the fridge and counters, or under cabinets. Use the Swiffer Duster to quickly push the debris out in front of the vacuum for an easy clean.
(Excuse the not-quite finished fireplace hearth! But also… this just used to be a curved wall that served no purpose. I love this change! More coming in a House to Home episode soon.)
Clean out your refrigerator once a week.
It takes less time than you think and you will save money by knowing what you already have in there and use up what is getting old! Erasable markers help to keep the fridge organized (works on drawers and containers) after you’ve cleaned it out with the help of a Magic Eraser!
Save time and money in the laundry room with a DIY stain treatment roller.
Pre-treat your tough stains with an easy-to-make rollerball. Just fill a 10 mL rollerball bottle with Laundry Detergent (or Dawn), roll on to any tough stains, and let sit before washing. This is a great option for kids to use before they toss their laundry into the wash or basket. Plus, simplify your weekly laundry routine by getting the family involved. Have everyone separate clothes as you go and involve the family in the routine — someone starts a load, kids transfer to the dryer and everyone helps fold. Toss in Tide Pods or Gain Flings for a faster, more convenient way to wash.
If you’re anything like our family, you need laundry cleaning power that packs a big punch. The tagline, “If it’s got to be clean, it’s got to be Tide” has stuck with me through the years… even my own mama used Tide and I remember watching her pre-treat our knee stains and food spills with a little pour of that blue liquid. Being a creature of habit, it’s always something I go back to, but love that I can make it easy on my family tp pitch in and help (which, let’s face it, means easier for me!), with laundry pods!
Keep the shower clean as you go!
No one likes to spend the weekend deep cleaning the bathrooms, so save time in your shower by keeping up on the regular. Before taking a shower, grab a Magic Eraser and swipe firmly across any dirty surfaces. In just a few swipes, it will bust through tough soap scum. While you’re at it, you can also use the Magic Eraser to blast away other scuffs around the shower, like hard water stains and even cut the grime on your shower door. Then just hop in and rinse it all away as you shower!
A home that smells clean always feels so much cleaner!
Besides keeping laundry fresh, there are so many ways to use Downy Unstopables to keep a fresh-smelling home as well. Sprinkle a few on carpet or rugs before you vacuum to freshen the air (and your vacuum!) or add 1/4 capful to a spray bottle of water to make a fabric refresher spray for carpet, upholstery, and linens. Plastic can sometimes absorb stinky smells and you can keep your garbage can fresh by adding some Downy Unstopables to a small sealed bag, poke a few holes and leave below the garbage bag in the bin to keep a fresh scent.
Make Your Bed.
This last quick cleaning tip is something I hail as a trick for making your home look cleaner than it really is! Another plus for you? The one thing experts swear is a practice of successful people is to ALWAYS MAKE YOUR BED!
Want to try most of the cleaning items I mentioned in this house cleaning tips post?
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