Helpful Cleaning Tips


I'm always on a quest to keep my house tidy. My house isn't perfect. I'm constantly cleaning up after my husband and my kids. With the 3 dogs it's a full-time job. Here are a few cleaning tips and products to make my job a little easier.
I'm always on a quest to keep my house tidy. My house isn't perfect. I'm constantly cleaning up after my husband and my kids. With the 3 dogs it's a full-time job. I've come to realize it's a never ending cycle. Something will always end up on the floor and dirty paw prints will always need to be wiped away.
Here are a few cleaning tips and products to make my job a little easier.
I highly recommend cleaning windows with rubbing alcohol and a squeegee.
Your windows and mirrors will be spotless and streak free.
*Safety tip- Be sure to ventilate the room when cleaning with rubbing alcohol and avoid open flames.
I keep my refrigerator and microwave smelling fresh by wiping it down with lemon juice. Dilute the lemon juice with water; I prefer a 50/50 mixture. The acid in lemon juice is also great for removing stains off of the cutting board.
You can also shine copper with a lemon. Then toss the rind and a few ice cubes in the garbage disposal to remove odors.
I like using Murphy's Oil Soap on wooden furniture. It also keeps my floors and baseboards looking shiny and clean.
Apple cider vinegar is also great to use on our laminate floors. I use 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part (hot)water solution. It evaporates quickly leaving my floors streak free.
Bar Keepers Friend is a fantastic cleaner. It's great for removing rust stains and scratches. I use it to scour the tub and sink.
These blue microfiber towels are my favorite cleaning cloths. The color doesn't bleed and they have many, great uses. They are great for dusting, washing our car and scrubbing the bathroom. They're also washable and reusable.
Magic Erasers are the best! You can use them on just about anything; fingerprints, tough stains, bathroom tiles. The list goes on and on.
We keep the soles our sneakers clean by using Magic Erasers to remove dirt and scuff marks.
Just beware, it may dull the area of whatever you're cleaning. *It's recommended to test a small area with light pressure before use.
I've been using Tide To Go pens for many years now. I highly recommend them. I buy them in bulk. They're great for removing splatters whenever I have a little spill. I've even used them on small carpet stains. I keep one in my purse as well as in the car.
Another great product is Shaklee Scour Off Paste. It smells like cherries! Can you tell how much my container's been used?! I've had it for years. A little goes a long way. It's great for removing sticky price tag residue as well as a healthier way to clean your oven. It will take a bit of elbow grease, but it works really well.
We make cleaning tolerable by turning on some music. Now that my kids are older they have a list of chores. Keeping the house clean should be a family affair. However, my house is never spotless. Which is why I clean up like a crazy woman before friends and family come to visit!
So what's your cleaning routine? Any other cleaning products you'd recommend?

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  • Oh Brandi, great ideas as I'm a self professed neat freak. Thanks!

  • Joann Jarvis
    on Jan 26, 2015

    Tide to go is great, eating cereal last week with blueberries. A few splatters and I had blueberry spots on my new top. Went to my tide to go And spot cleaned. Hours later threw into washer and stains were gone. Next magic erasers are fantastic. My husband always has newspaper ink on his hands and I go ballistic seeing the prints all overthe kitchen.magic erasers take the ink off in a second but erasers don't last very long. They are expensive for the short time you can use them. having said that they are great.

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