Spring cleaning get ahold of you? Now that you’ve cleaned out all your junk, and with summer practically here, vacations, visitors, and house projects might be on the horizon! We’ve rounded up our best cleaning tips, hacks, and advice to help you keep it simple and get the job done, so you can spend your summer having fun, and come home to a clean and relaxed environment. As a bonus, use our two DIY cleaner recipes below.
Make a cleaning schedule
To keep track of your tasks, make a schedule of weekly, bi-weekly, montly, and quarterly chores. Daily chores like washing dishes and wiping counters may seem like a no-brainer, but the real benefit lies in the weekly and longer duration chores, like cleaning baseboards, washing windows or light fixtures.
A great way to manage the work, is to divide it out over the week, or write the bigger chores in a planner/calendar in advance, so they don’t go too long, and can be transferred over the following year.
Break up larger tasks into smaller, easy to tackle tasks to create momentum
Big tasks can seem overwhelming and become a barrier to even starting. It can often be helpful to break your large cleaning project down into several smaller tasks, and gain the momentum of crossing something off the list and feeling positive. Or divide those smaller tasks up with a partner or your family – maybe you hate cleaning the bathtub, but don’t mind the toilet, and your partner hates the toilet, but doesn’t mind cleaning the shower!
Use vinegar and baking soda to make a DIY cleaner instead of harsh chemicals
White vinegar and baking soda are the workhorses of natural, harsh-chemical-free cleaning. White vinegar is a prime rinse agent, and the best glass DIY cleaner possible for a streak-free clean. Soap residues attract dust and can irritate sensitive skin. Add white vinegar to your laundry in place of fabric softener for cleaner laundry, especially handy in high-efficiency washers. Sidenote: Toothpaste can also be a great gentle DIY cleaner!
Minimize trash output by using rags instead of paper towels
Old cloth napkins or tea towels make valuable rags for lint-free glass cleaning. Cut up old t-shirts to make a few cotton jersey rags and minimize the paper-towel waste you create!
Make your own cleaning solutions!
Spray mops have taken over the floor cleaning aisle, and with good reason. They are often more sanitary and effective than a traditional mop, plus, usually are easier to use. No need to purchase the same company’s spray cleanser, just refill your container with this simple, natural DIY cleaner solution.
All Purpose Floor Cleaner Recipe
- Two cups warm water
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
- Three drops liquid dish soap (make sure it doesn’t contain any antibacterial ingredients, moisturizers, or oxygen bleach)
- 5 – 10 drops essential oil (e.g. peppermint oil) of your choice
Daily Shower Spray Recipe
- 2 parts water
- 1 part white vinegar
- Optional: a few drops of essential oil, like tea tree or lemon
Mix contents in a spray bottle and keep in or next to the shower. Spray the walls down after every use, (best when followed by a squeegee) and minimize the scrubbing you have to do!
Bi-monthly scrub: When you’re in need of a deeper clean, whip up a more abrasive cleanser with 1-2 cups of baking soda and a few drops of mild liquid dish soap. Using a soft bristle brush or a sponge, scrub tile grout, shower pan, tub, or glass walls, and the rinse thoroughly. Spray with daily shower spray and squeegee off for a perfectly, naturally clean bath.
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