Once upon a time I had a clean house…and then I had kids. Just kidding, but not really. Before kids, I could sweep my floors and have them stay clean for more than 5 minutes. Now, I swear that the floors are getting dirty AS I clean them. I mean really?! So, as it is now April, and Spring has sprung, the time calls for a good ole spring cleaning.
I am about to embark on the ever dreaded cleaning of the baseboards and blinds, the scrubbing of cabinets, and the cleaning out of closets. In full disclosure, I do all of these things more than once a year, but it just seems like right now is a great time to do it as well because, well, spring cleaning. Not to mention with the sudden onset of our hot and dry weather (lovely spring in Arizona) the dust is everywhere!
So, I thought I would share a few quick and simple cleaning ideas that I either learned from my mom (you can eat off of any floor in her house I swear!) or just found along the way.
Ceiling fans: These suckers get so dusty so fast, especially here in the desert. Stick a pillow case over the arm of the fan and pull. The dust will stay in the pillowcase and you can shake it out outside and then throw it in th washer. This wont get all the dust (but it does get the majority), so go back over the arms with a dust cloth or swiffer duster (those things are magic!)
Baseboards: Gosh I remember this chore as a kid and I hated it as much then as I do now. Just a damp washcloth. I take a small spray bottle with clean water all around with me, because when I do this i am just scooting around on the floor. Take a small spray bottle with you and spray as you go. Just be sure to wipe well and don’t leave the baseboards wet. Then you can use a dryer sheet and go over them I totally thought this was a quack when I read it somewhere, but I swear it really does help repel dust. And anything I can do to clean baseboards less is a good idea to me!
Closets: I went from a tradition wardrobe to a Capsule Wardrobe a couple of years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. Now would be the perfect time to go through your closet and give a Capsule a shot. Visit here for why I did it and here for how!
Finally, anyone else really dislike going to bed with a dirty kitchen? Especially a dirty sink. Our household agreement that whoever cooks doesn’t have to do the dishes. I cook dinner, so most nights I get to avoid the dishes! That’s my solution to dishes in the sink. But cleaning out the sink is not always remembered. Waking up to a stinky sink is no fun, so here is my solution. It’s easy, cheap, and so effective!
Daisy mason jar lid inserts (I used these)
essential oil (optional)
That’s it! Fill your mason jar with baking soda. Add 10 or so drops of essential oil of choice. I like to use one that coordinates with the smell of my dish soap at the moment, or go with one that has great cleaning properties like Tea tree or lemon. Shake the mixture to mix well. Add the mason jar lid insert and screw on lid.
To use, just sprinkle in the sink and add a few drops of dish soap to the sink. Using a scrub brush or sponge, scrub the inside of the sink well. Rinse well. Done. Now you’ll have a clean and fresh smelling sink in the morning.
I keep my jar right on the counter, because its pretty and I use it most nights.
(You can also just put this mixture in a container with a lid and use a spoon to sprinkle it in the sink. A mason jar just looked prettier on my counter. It’s up to you!)
Now, does anyone have a way to keep goldfish and granola bar crumbs off my floors? I’m off to sweep and mop my floors…again!
What’s your most dreaded cleaning task?