Cleaning. We all have to do it, and most of us, don’t enjoy it. If you’re a parent (especially of little ones), it can sometimes be nearly impossible to keep the house clean and straightened up. I’ve finally gotten to the point to where I can kind of accept the house being a total disaster so I can take a break here and there. Ideal? No. But, sometimes necessary.
When I do need to clean, I prefer it to be as painless as possible! In the past, I used a cleaning schedule. I know, it sounds horrible, but, it’s not! Check out some of my quick tips below and also find out what my new favorite cleaning product is- it’ll change the way you clean!
Tip #1: Find a cleaning caddy to lug your cleaning stuff around. No, not your toddler! I’m talking about those shower caddy kinda things. You can keep all your essential cleaning products and needed items in there. Instead of filling your arms to go room to room, you can just pick up your caddy and go. No mess and you can always find what you’re looking for when you need it. Plus, easy to store everything together!
Tip #2: Start utilizing a cleaning schedule. You can tweak the schedule to work within your family- assigning different jobs to the kids, assigning certain days for certain tasks, etc. The possibilities are endless. The most important part is making sure it works for YOUR household. My schedule works great for me, but, it could totally be a train wreck for you. *I will share my schedule below + an updated one once I get it finished!
Tip #3: Ask for help. As Super Moms, we sometimes don’t ask for help when it comes to household stuff. If you’re feeling behind or overwhelmed on the household cleaning, ask hubby for help with a couple of the tasks like vacuuming or wiping down the baseboards. Plus, with delegating some of the tasks, the overall cleaning will be done sooner and you can spend the rest of your day doing something more enjoyable!
Tip #4: Try transitioning to more natural cleaning products. This is more of a suggestion than a tip. It’s hard to do- believe me, most of my favorite cleaning products are not the most natural, but, you’ll feel better knowing you aren’t breathing in toxic chemicals throughout your house. It’s a work in progress at our house, but, by incorporating more all-natural cleaning products, I don’t find myself getting nauseous and lightheaded as I clean the not-so-well-ventilated bathrooms!
Tip #5: Start using the E-CLOTH*. SERIOUSLY. It will change how you clean and limit the amount of product you have to use. The E-Cloth uses only water. Sounds crazy and completely ineffective right? Total opposite. I was luckily chosen to try out the General Purpose Cloth and the Dusting Cloths. I was excited to use the General Purpose Cloth, mostly for the kitchen, because that is where we spend the majority of our time. Our gas stove has a black top on it so every little spatter and drip shows. It gets gross looking FAST. Our fridge is stainless, and with a handsy toddler, shows every little finger print, smudge, and possible food particle (or booger) she has deposited on there. There may be some dog nose smudges too- don’t judge me :)
I admit, I was totally skeptical of the e-cloth when I ran it under water for the first time. When I wiped down the stove, it got every spatter and smudge off. I was convinced it would leave streaks all over since I was wiping off greasy marks. Once it dried, it was SPOTLESS. Seriously, no joke, totally spotless. I was impressed, but, convinced it was still too good to be true. So, I rinsed it out, rung it out again, and headed for the fridge that was WAY OVERDUE for a cleaning. I wiped the whole thing down and was expecting streaks and smudges galore. SURPRISE! Nothing. Just a clean, spotless fridge. You can’t make kitchen cleaning easier than that. Your toddler could even do it (it just may not be as spotless!) and they’re not touching weird chemicals with their sweet baby skin. This cloth is a mom’s dream, ya’ll.
Once you’re done cleaning, just toss it in with your hot wash (no bleach!) and tumble dry. It’s good for about 300 washes and you can use it on so much! I strongly suggest trying them out (they have cloths for every purpose you can imagine including baby friendly cloths) and you can follow them below for more information- their email list is awesome by the way and will keep you up to date with promotions and tips!
What are your favorite tips for cleaning? Do you keep a cleaning “schedule”? Do you delegate tasks to your kids or husband/wife/partner? What are your favorite products to use?
*I received this products free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and not influenced by any other factors. My opinion is an honest reflection of my personal feelings towards this product and its usability.