Whether you clean a little or a lot, cleaning your home is a job that’s just never over. Kids make messes and everyone’s got to eat, right? But no one wants to clean all the time! So here are 10 simple cleaning tips I use to get the work over with faster while saving money.
10 simple tips to make cleaning your home easier
1. Keep cleaning supplies in key places (kitchen, bathrooms, car?).
If you have a couple extra minutes while your kid is taking a bath, grab the bathroom cleaner and freshen things up. It’s totally worth it to have duplicates of your most-used cleaning supplies so you don’t have to hunt them down when you want to wipe up a spill or get the toothpaste off a mirror.
I keep a mini-microfiber cloth and a travel spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner in my van so I can wipe off fingerprints and dust if I have a few minutes.
2. Use quality cleaning supplies.
Cleaning should be as efficient as possible. For me, it’s completely worth the extra money to invest in quality cleaners and supplies. Plus, many of these last longer than their cheaper counterparts anyway. Invest in a set of quality microfiber cloths like this one and you’ll use them for years to come. Barkeeper’s Friend is another product that I swear by to take off tough grime, especially for sinks and bathrooms.
Laundry isn’t exactly cleaning, but I noticed a HUGE improvement in the time I spent on laundry when we upgraded our washer and dryer.
3. Focus on the areas that matter most.
For our family, that’s bathrooms and the kitchen. If those two areas are clean, my priorities are satisfied. The laundry room may be a little dusty and the basement steps don’t get vacuumed as often as they could, be at least the kitchen is a clean and pleasant place to eat.
4. An ounce of prevention…
Save yourself tons of time and effort by preventing messes before they happen! For instance, make sure kids eat only in the kitchen, wash hands after dinner and keep their rooms tidy.
5. Stock up on key cleaning supplies.
It’s silly to run out of trash bags or toilet paper when you can buy enough for a couple months and then not have to think about it again. I buy trash bags at Aldi 2-3 boxes at a time.
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6. Keep the shoes outside.
My house gets dirty enough and we don’t even wear shoes inside! It makes a huge different to keep all those dirt-tracking shoes out in the garage. Plus, theoretically there’s never a problem finding your shoes, although my children have been known to lose their shoes in various spots throughout the backyard 🙂
7. Use cloth over paper towels when possible.
Microfiber or even cotton cleaning cloths do a much better job of scrubbing and picking up messes than paper towels. (Although I do save paper towels for the ickiest messes.)
8. Maintain key areas and do a little every day.
There’s always going to be something more to clean.
So instead of striving for perfect or giving up because you can’t achieve it, just get into the habit of hitting the most important areas every day and doing a little extra cleaning when you can. It’s much easier (and less depressing) to do the dishes every day, but let them pile up over the weekend and it’s a mess no one wants to face.
9. Don’t ignore your most important cleaning tool – your family!
Your family helps to make the messes so they should help to clean them up! Cleaning is a burden that should be shared by the whole family.
Kids can start helping out when they’re little. By the time they’re 9 or 10, they’ll be able to make a huge difference in your workload. Find great tips on chores and kids here.
10. Use non-toxic cleaners.
If you’re going to have your kids helping you, it’s important to use non-toxic cleaners wherever possible. Here are 5 all natural cleaners that are safe even for kids to use.
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