Some people hate cleaning, avoiding it all costs, until the clutter and mess and grime drive their anxiety up enough for them to go on a mad cleaning spree to get their home in tip top cleanliness once again. It’ll likely be several more weeks or months until certain parts of their home are this clean again.
Other people want to avoid spending an entire day deep cleaning their entire home, so they opt for a regular cleaning schedule or routine so that the general level of cleanliness is acceptable, at least most of the time.
And a few people have spotless homes. All the time. Don’t ask me how they do it. I am not one of those people! (I’d like to blame the kids, but it’s not 100% their fault, if I’m being totally honest).
Wherever you lie on the spectrum of cleanliness and cleaning drive, it’s helpful to have the right tools and knowledge so you don’t waste your time using cleaning products or cleaning techniques that simply don’t work. I want to help you have a clean home and still do other things with your life.
Let’s start with the basics:
There are at least 7 basic cleaning tools every home needs: brooms & dustpans, mops, dusters, brushes, sponges, cloths, and a cleaning bucket. If you have carpet, upholstery, or soft furniture, I’d definitely add in a vacuum too. It’s important to note that even the cleaning tools need to be cleaned out regularly to ensure they are actually cleaning, instead of spreading around more germs and grime.
There are host of companies that sell cleaning tools, all of which will have slightly different properties that you’ll like a little better (long or shorter handles, colors you like better, scrubby textures that last longer, etc) and it will just be a matter of finding what you like and can afford that will do a great job in cleaning your home.
Basic Cleaning Products
A steam cleaner machine is a great tool to help in the bathroom as a steam cleaner can be used to easily remove hard water stains, clean grout, remove odors, and sanitize floors and countertops. A steam cleaner is a great chemical-free way to clean your kitchen. I found it does a great job cleaning a dishwasher too!
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
I have found that a simple Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is great for cleaning bathtubs and countertops in bathrooms. They are very easy to use as you don’t need to let anything sit or have to rinse anything off when you are done, both of which are a pain when cleaning a bathroom. Of course they are also great when you need to remove crayon from walls.
As simple as using a microfiber cloth and a glass cleaner of some kind, and you’ll find a streak-free mirror, and a beautiful you looking back at yourself in no time!
Bar Keepers Friend
If you want to really shine up the chrome and whiten the porcelain sinks and tubs, use some Bar Keepers Friend. It’s one of my very favorite cleaning products and works great in the bathrooms on tubs, sinks, counters, and chrome. I also use it in the kitchen to shine up nasty stainless steel pans, to remove scratches from dinnerware, clean copper bottom pots, and clean stove drip pans.
Spritzing some vinegar on your hard water stains and buildup helps them disappear! Love using a little vinegar to clean your faucets, shower heads, drain stoppers, and other metal or glass surfaces in the bathroom. Vinegar is a great deodorizing and cleaning agent. I’ve used vinegar to clean copper bottom pots, clean a dishwasher, remove rust from a bike, and clean stove drip pans.
With its ability to kill mold, germs and bacteria, whiten surfaces, and sanitize, bleach is still an amazing cleaning agent to keep and use around the home.
Hydrogen peroxide, the cleaning agent that comes in a hard colored bottle, is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-mold, and anti-mildew! It’s also non-toxic. And it works great for a host of cleaning jobs around the entire home. I found it removed pee stains from a mattress amazingly!
How to Clean a Kitchen
The kitchen is the hub and lifeblood of the home. It is best to regularly (like every time you are in it) clean the kitchen as the mess can quickly pile up and cause critters to come crawling or flying if we let this room go for too long! I like using a basic household cleaning schedule with specific tasks for the kitchen each day so I stay on top of it!
Kitchen Cleaning Tools and Products
- Steam Cleaner
- Baking Soda
- Bar Keepers Friend
- Scrub Brush
- Scour Pad
- Stainless Steel wool
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Kitchen Cleaning Hacks and Tutorials
- How to clean your dishwasher with a steam cleaner
- How to clean a copper bottom pot with vinegar and salt or how to clean a copper pot with ketchup
- How to clean stove drip pans
- Clean your oven with baking soda
- Clean your oven with only baking soda and water
- How to remove scratches from dinnerware
- How to deep clean kitchen sink handles
How to Clean a Bathroom
One of the dirtiest rooms in the house, and one that the majority of people hate cleaning regularly is the bathroom. Use these bathroom cleaning tips for making it not so dreadful and stinky.
Bathroom Cleaning Tools
- Steam Cleaner. Perfect for cleaning grout and toilets!
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for cleaning bathtubs and countertops
- Kaboom! Bowl Blaster (our personal fave)
- Glass CleanerAs simple as using a microfiber cloth and a glass cleaner of some kind, and you’ll find a streak-free mirror, and a handsome you looking back at yourself in no time!
- Bar Keepers Friend works great on the chrome, porcelain, tubs, and counters.
- Vinegar for shining up chrome, cleaning faucets, and removing hard water stains.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips and Hacks
- Secret to a sparkling clean tub
- Easy way to get your faucet shiny again
- How to clean globe faucet handles
- How to clean toilets
- How to clean a shower curtain
Speed Cleaning Tips
If there is one thing every homemaker wants to know, it’s how to speed clean! Even for people who find cleaning therapeutic, or whatever, there are only so many hours in the day! Really, no wants to look back on their life and say, “Man! I’m glad I spent 124,058 hours cleaning.” Avoid being the slave to the constant grind of cleaning by implementing a few of the following tips. They’ll help you know how to clean your home fast, and
- 9 Ways to Speed Up Your Everyday cleaning routine
- How to get your home company ready in just 40 minutes
- Ask yourself this question before buying anything!
- After Dinner Cleanup (especially at the holidays): 7 Things to do before you go to bed
- Speed Clean the Deep Clean: A Collection of Time-Saving Cleaning Tutorials and Tips for Busy Moms (my ebook!)
If you are like many people, you tend to get this itch around the changing of the seasons to open the windows, dust that cobweb that’s been hanging in the corner all year away, and clean your appliances: you get the spring cleaning itch! Use the following to check out how to systematically go about spring cleaning your home and how to get everything all shiny-like again.
Cleaning Tips for Moms (and Dads)
If you are a mom, like myself, cleaning goes to a whole new level of difficulty. Kids challenge the best of us to keep a home in working, let alone, clean order. It’s amazing how fast a room can go from perfection to bedlam. The following cleaning tips are especially suited for parents, grandparents, or caretakers of little kids.
- How to remove baby poop stains from clothing
- How to remove poop stains from carpets
- How to remove old pee stain and smell from a mattress
- How to remove carpet stains (common liquid ones)
- How to fix mini-blinds your kids destroyed
- How to teach children the importance of cleaning up after themselves
- Why you might want to clean with kids awake and around instead of waiting until they’re asleep
- Give kids, even 3 year olds, chores to do. Use a simple chore chart.
- Ultimately, there is one secret to having a clean house with kids
Organization and Decluttering Tips
- Small apartment organization ideas
- Small Apartment Storage Solutions
- 23 Places to Stockpile in an Apartment
- Best Places to Donate and Sell Your Old Clothes
- Editable Cleaning Schedule Chore List
- 3 easy ways to be a greener consumer
- Office in a Basket
Laundry Cleaning Tips
- 3-Days Only – Family Laundry System
- Laundry Stain Removal Cheat Sheet
- How to Remove Dried Set-in Blood Stains
- How to Remove Baby Poop Stains
- How to Remove Yellow Pit Stains
- How to Remove Lip Gloss Stains
- How to remove Gum from a T-shirt with Goo Gone
- How to Remove Odors from Clothes that Smell After Washing
- How to do laundry faster, quicker, smarter, cheaper
For all of my best cleaning tutorials in one easy to use and reference resource, be sure to check out my Speed Clean the Deep Clean: A Collection of Time-Saving Cleaning Tutorials and Tips for Busy Moms!
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