Saturday, March 27, 2010

A few of my cleaning ideas

Ooh, cleaning tips, I love sharing cleaning tips! I'm constantly cleaning, I mean CONSTANTLY. With a much less than tidy husband, two chihuahuas, one cat and a 13 month old (I also have my 9 month old nephew a couple days/week), my house gets destroyed daily. Here are a few of my tips:

1. The thing I'm most picky about keeping clean is the floors. I vacuum at least every other day, both the carpet and wood. I have a light weight model vacuum in the kitchen, which I use to clean up after meals and I use a steam mop on the wood and linoleum. Steam mops are great because they don't use any chemicals and sanitize with just water.

2. I make my own all purpose cleaning spray and disinfectant. Did you know that tea tree oil and vinegar are natural disinfectants? Baking soda and borax are also great for getting rid of odors and scouring surfaces.

3. I use the brush hand attachment on my vacuum to dust many surfaces. It's a lot faster than other methods and doesn't just stir up and move around dust.

4. Baby wipes are awesome, I use them to wipe down the leather furniture. They are also great for dusting and wiping off toys.

5. A pumice stone is great for removing marks left on the porcelain sinks and toilet. I also use it clean the burners of my gas stove (which get really gross).

6. Clutter makes a clean house look dirty, so I try to keep my house as clutter free as possible. I only put out a few of Emma's toys at a time and rotate them. That way she's limited with the amount of mess she can make daily. I try not to let things like plastic bags, mail, and laundry pile up but take care of them frequently.

7. Every night, before I go to bed, I make sure that the kitchen is clean. There are never dirty dishes in the sink. I always rinse and put them in the dishwasher immediately after use. I also try to clean while I'm cooking instead of letting things pile up. I try not to let things pile up on the counters and make sure they are wiped down. That way, when I get up in the morning I can make breakfast for Emma without having to worry about cleaning up the kitchen first.


Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

okay, this sounds silly, but I never even thought to use baby wipes for waking down toys. I mean, DUH that makes sense, what a good idea!! :)

Thanks for the tip, I'm totally going to use it and use my baby wipes for more things! :)

ONCE upon a time.... said...

these are such great tips! i wish i was more motivated but i am just so dang tired at night that i have a hard time keeping things tidy. of course spring break makes it easy--i'm home all day! ;) maybe your tips will help me get motivated--i will print them out and hang them in my kitchen! love ya!

Kelli said...

Baby wipes are the best...I use them a lot!

Tamara said...

Yes, baby wipes are very multipurpose. They are great for makeup removal, cleaning spit up off the carpet, wiping sticky messes off of toys and furniture, I've even used them to remove water rings from wood. Of course, I'm a CD mama, so I use cloth wipes to diaper, but I must admit that I still buy disposable baby wipes for the above mentioned purposes (and more!), even though it's not the most eco friendly method :(, oh steps!