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Whether you’re just learning to adult or have been running a household for decades, these Cleaning Basics All Adults Should Know will completely change your cleaning routine!
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Cleaning Basics You Need to Know
CLEAN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Vacuum first, and you just might have to do it again. When you clean from top to bottom, dirt falls with gravity, so you never have to clean anything twice.
MICROFIBER TOWELS ARE YOUR FRIEND
The fibers in microfiber are closer together, so they pick up more dirt than traditional cloths. Some microfiber cloths – like my favorite e-cloth brand cloths – can actually kill 99.9% of germs with just water!
SO IS SAL SUDS
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap used to be my #1 cleaning product. I still love it, especially for personal care, but I more recently found a product that works even better for cleaning – Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds! Learn why Sal Suds is a natural cleaning champion here.
SAVE MONEY WITH DIY CLEANING SUPPLIES
I like to use a combination of homemade and store-bought cleaning products. Of instance, Sal Suds is so effective I’ve never felt a need to make my own dish soap, and I love Charlie’s Soap for my laundry. For everything else, I like to use DIY cleaning recipes made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
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For some easy and affordable DIY cleaning recipes, download out my free eBook!
NEVER SCRUB YOUR MICROWAVE
You don’t need to use up all your energy scrubbing the microwave clean. Microwave some water and lemon to loosen stuck-on foods for effortless cleaning.
CLEAN ALL THOSE LITTLE CRACKS + CREVICES
This tiny curved brush will remove grime from even the smallest cracks and crevices like window tracks!
You can also use your vacuum to get dirt, pet hair, and debris out of tiny cracks. Use the crevice tool to get as far into the crack as possible – even if it doesn’t fit in the crack, its suctioning power should be able to remove all the dirt.
USE A LINT ROLLER FOR OTHER HARD-TO-CLEAN PLACES
That lint roller isn’t just for removing pet hair from your clothes. Use it to remove hair, cobwebs, dust, and grime from lamps, window screens, and other hard-to-clean items, too.
CLEAN CEILING FANS WITH A PILLOWCASE
Put a pillowcase over fan blades to remove dust without letting it fall all over the room.
REMOVE PET HAIR WITH A SQUEEGEE
Use a squeegee to clean up pet hair from carpets, rugs, upholstery, and bedding quickly and easily!
CLEAN EVERYDAY MESSES EASILY
You don’t want to lug out your big vacuum every time you have to clean a little mess. Get a lightweight vacuum that converts into a hand vac for quick cleaning.was
HANG MOPS + BROOMS
Store brooms, mops, and other cleaning supplies on a wall organizer to save room and reduce clutter.
WASH YOUR PILLOWS
It’s not enough just to clean your pillowcases – dirt, oil, hair, and germs can still reach your pillow! Be sure to wash your pillows at least twice a year.
PRO TIP: Put a waterproof cover on your pillows – and your mattress – to keep them safe from regular dirt, germs, bed bugs, and accidents from kids or pets.
LEARN HOW TO REMOVE COMMON STAINS
Learn how to remove stains from your favorite clothes to prepare for when the inevitable happens.
FLUFF LAUNDRY WITH WOOL DRYER BALLS
Toss 4-6 wool dryer balls into the dryer with every load to soften clothes, remove hair, help laundry dry faster, and fluff laundry like pillows, towels, and down coats back to normal after washing.
CLEAN YOUR WASHING MACHINE
You may not think of cleaning your washer, since you use it to clean your laundry, but you should clean it regularly – at least once a month – to prevent mold and mildew from forming in the drum. Your clothes can’t get very clean with that!
AND OTHER CLEANING SUPPLIES
Don’t forget your other cleaning supplies, too! Remember to remove hair and debris from your broom after every use, and wash it with soap and the hose at least once every 1-2 months.
Wash microfiber cloths and reusable sponges separately in the washing machine. Cleaning cloths should be washed after every 1-2 uses. Sponges should be washed every 1-2 weeks.
DISINFECT EARBUDS ONCE A WEEK
De-gunk and disinfect your earbuds regularly to prevent pimples, ear infections, and more. Brush earbuds clean with an old toothbrush and some vodka or hydrogen peroxide.
CLEAN YOUR PHONE, TOO!
Your cellphone is full of germs, too, but since it’s a delicate electronic device, you have to be careful with how you clean it. Make your own disinfecting spray to wipe away dirt and germs – and keep you healthy!
Fill a small spray bottle with a 50:50 solution of vodka and water, and shake gently to combine. Lightly spray the solution on a microfiber or lint-free cloth, then rub it all over your phone to remove grease, dirt, germs, and more!
AND YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
Few people clean their makeup brushes often enough, but it’s an important step to prevent blemishes and infections. Wash brushes at least once every 2 weeks with natural soap and water. Use your hands to clean out oil and makeup. Rinse well, and air dry before use.
FRESHEN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL WITH LEMON
Freeze lemon wedges with white vinegar or lemon juice in ice cube trays. Any time your garbage disposal needs freshening, pop a couple cubes in the drain, and run the disposal. The ice, vinegar, and lemon will remove gunk and leave behind a fresh lemon scent!
KEEP SPONGES IN A BASKET
Use a basket that attaches to your sink to help sponges and washcloths dry between uses and stay out of the way.
USE REUSABLE SPONGES
Ditch conventional sponges you have to throw away every 2-3 weeks in favor for machine washable sponges and microfiber cloths. You’ll help Mother Earth and save lots of money over time – that’s a win-win!
MAKE YOUR OWN ALL NATURAL “DRANO”
Pour a 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain, then follow it with half a small box of baking soda. Quickly plug the drain to keep the cleaning solution from fizzing out the top of the drain. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then pour a kettleful of boiling water down the drain. Repeat if necessary. Use this method every 2-4 weeks to keep drains clear.
PREVENT CLOGS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN
You won’t need to deal with clogged drains in the bathroom again with this tub drain hair catcher that lets water flow freely while catching those pesky hairs for easy removal.
For more life-changing bathroom products, check out 20 Greatest Bathroom Products Every Home Needs.
SOAK YOUR SHOWERHEAD
Limescale and hard water deposits can slow down your water pressure – and make showers less than fun. De-gunk your showerhead effortlessly by soaking in vinegar and lemon essential oil. Learn more here.
SPRAY YOUR SHOWER CLEAN
Spray your shower with Daily Shower Spray after every use to keep it soap scum and mildew-free – and much easier to deep clean!
Save money and make your own DIY Shower Spray – find the recipe in my free eBook!
CLEAN YOUR TOILET WHILE YOU SLEEP
You’ll be amazed by how great simple vinegar and baking soda can clean your toilet! Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 cup of white vinegar in the toilet bowl. Let the fizzing action subside before using your toilet brush to scrub clean. Let the mixture sit in the toilet for 5-10 minutes to freshen before flushing.
For extra cleaning power, let it sit overnight, then just flush it in the morning for a sparkling clean toilet!
CLEAN YOUR WHOLE HOUSE WITH A MAGIC ERASER!
Whether you’re just starting out on your green cleaning journey or thought you knew everything there was about cleaning, chances are you found some helpful Cleaning Basics that will improve your cleaning routine.
What do think of these handy Cleaning Basics? Do you think you’ll use any of these easy, all natural tips in your home? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!