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Come Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for November 2016

It’s almost November and that means that it’s time for November’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s COME CLEAN.  2016 is the year to get your cleaning routine in order, find some new and workable solutions for organizing, hold yourself accountable, and get your home in a routine that works for you and your family.


If you’re feeling like you need some help with your cleaning and homekeeping and don’t know where to start, you’ll love my cleaning routine and calendar. I keep daily homekeeping tasks to 15-30 minutes a day and this simple plan is how I do it! This is a workable solution for even the busiest of households – give it a go, I think you’ll be surprised how a little bit every day can make a huge difference in your home.

Come Clean 2016 - Clean Mama

If you’ve been following Clean Mama for even a week, you know that every day is a chance to start over and so is every week, month, etc. I hope that you find that my cleaning routine is SIMPLE, EASY TO IMPLEMENT, and full of GRACE.

Read on, grab the FREE calendar for NOVEMBER 2016 and get ready to see how doing a little bit everyday really is the secret to a clean house.

Here’s an infographic that explains my cleaning routine:

Weekly and daily tasks are detailed at the top, rotating cleaning tasks are on the bottom of the calendar with a little checklist.  How you use the calendar is up to you – put it on a clipboard, in your planner, on your refrigerator.  Use checkmarks, draw lines through tasks or simply keep it up as a reminder.

Come Clean Infographic - Clean Mama

Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for November and join me!  Follow along (subscribe in the sidebar) for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. I also post daily reminders on Instagram and Facebook and have a private Facebook group too called Homekeeping Society (just ask to join and I’ll add you) – it’s great for support and to meet others that are following along with my cleaning routine.


Go here to grab your FREE calendar for November 2016!

(Please note: You’ll need to put the calendar in your cart and checkout – it’s still FREE – once you create an account it will save any free printables and you can come back and access them anytime. Upon checkout you’ll see the link for the free calendar AND it will also be emailed to you automatically!)

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6 Simple Ways to Eliminate Paper Clutter


I’m a paper person and a list-maker. I love using a paper planner (the Clean Mama Planner is coming soon!), a homekeeping binder, a wall calendar, writing hand-written notes and cards….  I tend to err on the side of more paper than less, but I loathe paper clutter.  There’s a difference!

If you are looking for ways to eliminate paper clutter, start here:

  • Deal with it daily.  The #1 secret to keeping paper clutter to a minimum is to deal with it daily.  Processing mail, school papers, and any other paper that makes its way into your home right away is the best way to keep it from becoming overwhelming.
  • Get rid of unwanted mail.  There’s a free app called PaperKarma – just scan your unwanted mail, they contact the sender, and the mail is gone.  TrustediD is another company that gets rid of unsolicited magazines and junk mail (for free).  If you’re sick of getting those pre-screened credit offers you can go to OptOutPreScreen to get off that list.
  • Scan important papers.  Save them to an external drive or cloud storage.  Here are a couple I like:
    Evernote – a way to digitally remember everything
    Neat – digital scanning and cloud storage
    Doxie – digital scanning made simple
  • Send cards and invitations digitally. Paperless Post is adorable and they have a free section too.  I send out paper Christmas cards and birthday cards to family but for kids party invitations or just cute little birthday cards to friends, I like a quick emailed note.
  • Store photos digitally.  I’m sure that this is another post, but I use Shutterfly and DropBox, but there are lots of options out there for slimming down the picture stacks.  Print a book once every year or two and you’ll be on your way to keeping those photos updated.  If you’re behind, start with the current year and work backwards.
  • Store pdfs and printables digitally.  I store pdfs in Dropbox too.  Set up a folder for each category and you can quickly find any printables you need. Everything’s stored in the cloud and can be found on any device – easy peasy.  Did you know that if you have a tablet, like an iPad you can use printables paperless with an app like Notability that lets you digitally write on your pdfs and take notes with you anywhere?

Curious on how long you should keep paper for?  Check out this free printable guide!

How Long Should I Keep It? Infographic via Clean Mama

How about you?  What’s your best tip for staying on top of the paper clutter?

This post is part of a CLUTTER MINI CHALLENGE – go here to check it out!

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4 Simple Steps to Clutter-Free Kitchen Counters


Counter clutter can be overwhelming and it can also freeze you from moving forward. Cluttered counters can create ’noise’ in a space, making it difficult to relax and enjoy the space, not to mention taking up extra space. Make it a goal this week to keep your kitchen counters clear in between meals.  You’ll be surprised how keeping your counters clear can help eliminate that disorganized and cluttered feeling.

Here are a couple simple steps to tackle that counter clutter:

  1. Completely clear your counters.  Remove everything and place it on your kitchen or dining room table.
  2. Wipe your counters with your favorite cleaner and cloth or with a sponge and warm, soapy water.  Here’s my favorite granite cleaning recipe – it’ll change your counter cleaning forever 🙂
  3. Evaluate your counter items – is there anything that you don’t use daily that can be put in a different place or in a cupboard or cabinet?  Is there anything that you can donate or give away?  Before you move everything back, take a minute to edit your counters a bit.  If you only use your toaster or blender once or twice a week and you have limited counter space maybe it would be better stored elsewhere.  A little space on the counters is a good thing – you don’t need to fill it up!
  4. Put the remaining items back on your counters and think about zones as you return the items.  If you keep baking goods (flour, sugar) on the counter, put them back by where you store your mixer or measuring cups.  Put your coffee pot back by the coffee mugs.  And so on…

Once you’ve returned your items to the counters, keep them cleared off this week.  After every meal put things back where they belong, don’t pile dishes on the counters, and empty your sink and dishwasher as soon as you are able.  If you’re a mail stacker, sort your mail right away and don’t leave it on the counters.  If you really work at this this whole week, you’ll see how easy it is to keep it up, it’s when you let it go that it becomes a chore and a nuisance.


This post is part of a CLUTTER MINI CHALLENGE – go here to check it out and follow along on Instagram.




4 Simple Ways to Eliminate Digital Clutter


It’s a digital world and much like paper clutter, digital clutter is a real thing.  An inbox full of unanswered emails can give you that same overwhelmed feeling as a pile of paper and bills on the kitchen counter.  For me, the trick to managing digital clutter is having a couple systems in place to deal with it on a daily basis. Systems like folders for emails, automated filing in gmail, and keeping the information that comes at me controlled and intentional is important. Being able to locate an email at a moment’s notice is just as essential as being able to locate an important bill or statement.

  1. Clean up your computer desktop.  Delete anything unwanted, not needed, and unnecessary.  This goes for files, images, and apps.  Create folders on your desktop to put items in so you can locate them later.
  2. Clean up your tablet and/or smart phone screen.  Delete apps and/or put apps in files to keep your screen less cluttered.  Turn off notifications in your settings so you aren’t getting notifications on your screens too.
  3. Unfollow any feeds that don’t help or uplift you. Digital clutter is a real thing and it contributes to distraction and can even give you a little anxiety if you turn on your computer, tablet, or phone and are overwhelmed by the information coming at you.  I don’t have any social media apps on my iPhone (except Instagram) just to keep the information off my phone.  I don’t like feeling like I’m missing something or need to look at my phone all the time.  Trust me, you might miss it for a day or two, but it’s so nice to have those distractions off my phone.
  4. Keep a zeroed out inbox.  I love having a zeroed out inbox – I keep it this way by unsubscribing when necessary and by making use of folders for keeping action items at the ready. Use Unroll.me to get rid of unwanted email subscriptions (this is a free service that I personally use and love – they have no idea who I am).  I did this a couple weeks ago and I deleted over 700 subscriptions – yikes!

How about you?  What’s your best tip for getting rid of digital clutter?

This post is part of a CLUTTER MINI CHALLENGE – go here to check it out and follow along on Instagram.

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Clutter Mini Challenge

I’m challenging myself (and you!) to a little CLUTTER MINI CHALLENGE this week!  Follow along on Instagram for each daily challenge.  I’ll be showing you my completed challenge in our home ‘live’ as it’s completed each day and sharing a couple posts throughout the week as well.


The premise is that with about 15 minutes each day, we can do a couple little decluttering tasks that will carry us through the busy holiday-filled months ahead. Living in a clutter-free home is a huge time saver but if you don’t have time to start, it’s probably feels overwhelming and impossible.  This week let’s get started and make some progress!  I’m linking up some posts here (just click on the image) that will be helpful if you’d like to check out what I’ve said before on decluttering.  I’ll be posting all of my live progress on Instagram so follow along or peek over there each day.

Make sure you sign up for my posts too!

Ready for a mini challenge?  Here are the tasks for each day:

MONDAY – Do a quick 15 minute declutter – grab a garbage bag or two and fill it up!  Fill the bag with things that can leave the house – toss in the garbage or donate.  A quick, fast and furious declutter session is the perfect way to kick off any decluttering project.  Start in the main areas of your home and gather what you can in 15 minutes.  Continue if you have more time and more clutter or just call it good after 15 minutes – it’s up to you!

5 Reasons to Declutter via Clean Mama

TUESDAY – Digital declutter – get rid of some digital clutter.  Use Unroll.me to get rid of unwanted email subscriptions (this is a free service that I personally use and love – they have no idea who I am) or clean up your computer desktop or smart phone screen.  Digital clutter is a real thing and it contributes to distraction and can even give you a little anxiety if you turn on your computer, tablet, or phone and are overwhelmed by unanswered or unopened emails.  I find that I feel the best when I have an zeroed out inbox – I keep it this way by unsubscribing to things that aren’t helpful or uplifting and by making use of folders for keeping action items at the ready.


WEDNESDAY – Clear and declutter kitchen counters – clear counters = clean(er) kitchen.  Quickly clear the kitchen counters of any clutter – mail, paper piles, school papers, trinkets, and any other items that you don’t use daily.  Put things away, file the papers, and wipe down the counters with warm, soapy water.


THURSDAY – Tackle the paper pile – if you have more than one, choose the worst offender.  Paper clutter is exhausting and can quickly take over a large space in no time.  I deal with mail on a daily basis and find that it’s the best way to keep the paper clutter away for good.  Nothing piles up, the counters are cleared off and I don’t get that overwhelming feeling when I walk into the kitchen or my office.  Make that your goal and just deal with one pile today and keep going with a pile every day until you get rid of the piles.

8 Ways to Get a Handle on Paper Clutter via Clean Mama

FRIDAY – Go through your refrigerator, toss expired items and wipe down shelves.  I like to do this on Fridays, make a menu plan for the week ahead, and then head to the grocery store.  This is a huge timesaver in so many ways during the week.  The fridge is clean and stocked AND I know what we’re eating.

The Best Way to Clean and Organize Your Refrigerator via Clean Mama

I love doing mini challenges – here are two more – Fall Organization Mini challenge and Menu Planning Mini Challenge.


Clean + Organize with Homekeeping Society | November Essentials

If you’re looking for a simple way to stay on top daily, weekly and monthly tasks in just minutes a day, Homekeeping Society is perfect!

November’s Homekeeping Society subscription is up – and it has a shiny new homepage – check it out and use the coupon code 30OFFNOVEMBER for 30% off your first month of a new subscription!


If you don’t know where to start or are feeling a little defeated, I think you’ll find encouragement in the support Homekeeping Society provides!  Homekeeping Society is intended to be just the gentle nudge you need making your tasks and to do’s more enjoyable with a sweet and simple format.  My favorite thing about Homekeeping Society is that each month is different, yet it all looks good together, and it’s complete with seasonal touches you’ll love!


Homekeeping Society is simple to use:

  • 2  EASY PRINT packets are included – simply open and print the pages in ONE step. One version features one of each and the other is set up exactly how the printed version is packaged with 4 pages of the weekly planners, etc. You’ll love how easy this is to use!  Of course, the individual pages are also included, but if you want to print everything in one easy step, you’ll love this. If you want to print back to back, just select that upon printing and print away – easy, peasy!
  • I have a Facebook Group to help you with your homekeeping – HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY – join if you’re a member of the subscription or not, it’s a special place to discuss homekeeping struggles, tips, tricks and ask questions to other members or myself.  It’s a closed group, just ask to join and I’ll add you.
  • I have Homekeeping Society available in my Etsy shop – you can only purchase one month at a time and you will NOT have access to the previous months.  Feeling non-committal? Don’t want to subscribe?  Want to use PayPal?  This is a great option but you’ll need to repurchase each month instead of it being an automatic payment and download.
  • Another great feature with Homekeeping Society is that you can also access/save/download ALL the previous month’s of HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY!  That’s well over 300 printables that you can use!

How to login:

If you’re a member (log in here) and if you’d like to sign up today, it’s an instant download. The Homekeeping Society MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION is designed to create order out of your household chaos and help you keep your home tidy with ease and your mind less cluttered.  You can cancel ANYTIME right on your membership screen.  Take a peek at what I’ve created for the month of September – I think you’ll LOVE it!

Keeping a home clean can be both rewarding and frustrating. Sure, it’s possible to get your home clean, but to keep it that way can be the biggest challenge. Throw in the additions of busy schedules, jobs, kids, chaos, and lack of time and energy and it can feel downright defeating. You’ll love the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine included in every month of Homekeeping Society – it truly takes the guesswork out of cleaning and sets it on auto-pilot. If you struggle with routine and more or less free time, Homekeeping Society will help you keep on top of the tasks and provide a little structure.


Want to see more and get on the list? I can’t wait for you to join me!  Go here to learn more.  Want to see some ideas and more information on how to implement Homekeeping Society? Go here to see all the posts and past months of Homekeeping Society!

PLEASE NOTE: As a member, you will be able to download your digital subscription every month by going to your account page, click on the link for NOVEMBER and it will allow you to download the monthly essentials zip file. If you are a member, your essentials are already in your account – yay!


DIY Laminate Floor Cleaner

laminate-floor-cleaner-clean-mamaOne of the biggest complaints I hear about laminate floor cleaners is that commercial cleaners leave behind a sticky residue that attracts dirt and dust. My all time favorite laminate floor cleaner is a simple DIY cleaner using every day ingredients. Try out this recipe for an effective, economical solution to cleaning your laminate floors.

Here’s why this recipe works:

The vinegar cleans and the rubbing alcohol aids in the drying and adds a sanitizing component.  The combination is great for getting those floors perfectly clean.  Laminate and water are not a good combination so you’ll want to use this as a spray format in a bottle or in a refillable mop in lieu of a mop and bucket.  Always make sure that you aren’t leaving any standing water on your floors as you’re washing them.
To make about 16 ounces or enough to fit in a spray bottle (I sell glass sell spray bottles in my Clean Mama Home shop) – use this recipe:


  • 5 ounces white vinegar
  • 5 ounces rubbing alcohol
  • 5 ounces water (use distilled or boiled and cooled water if you are wanting to store this longer than one week)
  • optional: 3-5 drops essential oils (lemon or orange and peppermint is a great combination for this recipe)

Combine the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle or spray mop and use weekly or more if necessary.

Have hardwood floors?  Don’t use this recipe – the high ratios of rubbing alcohol and vinegar aren’t compatible with your floors.

Try these methods instead….

how-to-wash-hardwood-floors-without-vinegar-clean-mamaHow to Clean Hardwood Floors WITHOUT Vinegar

3 Ways to Wash Hardwood Floors via Clean Mama

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10 Ways to Use a Lint Roller


I am a compensated 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

Lint rollers aren’t just for pet hair, here are 10 ways to use them that you might not have thought of – put a couple on your shopping list now so you have them when you need it! (My favorites are the Scotch-Brite 50% Stickier Lint Roller and the Scotch-Brite Printed Lint Rollers! I have one stashed away in almost every room of my home).   Don’t forget a lint roller for the little helpers in your house – they love to use them and the small size makes the lint roller is easy for them to use.


Some common sense before we get into the different areas you can use a lint roller.  Always use a new ‘sheet’ for each task.  Once the lint roller is dirty or no longer sticky, remove that sheet, toss it, and use a new one.



Roll the lint roller over the top and bottom of the shade and roll down the sides.  Use care to roll in one direction and remove the sheets as needed.

Sugar, sprinkles, broken glass


If you’ve ever spilled sugar or sprinkles you know that that can be a sticky mess to clean up.  You can grab a vacuum cleaner, but I don’t like to get that possibly sticky residue in my vacuum cleaner.  Grab a lint roller first and see how much you can roll up.  Once I’ve cleaned up broken glass I use a lint roller to grab anything that might be lurking behind waiting to be stepped on.

Pet Hair around the home– especially during shedding season

Our family just got a new pup, and, maybe it’s just me, but I dread shedding ‘season’. I find that there’s a lot more throughout the house.  Keep a lint roller in storage bins and containers in high-traffic rooms to snag those pesky hairs.

Floor edges

If you don’t have the time to grab the vacuum cleaner, use your lint roller to clean up those floor edges – it’s great for doing a little pre-clean before wiping down baseboards too!



Kitchen drawers (or any drawer) can be crumb and debris magnets.  Remove any liners and trays and simply roll the lint roller over the drawer and edges.  For pesky corners remove an individual sheet and slide into corners to pick up crumbs.

Car seats and floor mats

Keep a lint roller in your car to roll up any dirt, grass clippings, and crumbs.  Doing this when you see the dirt will keep your car cleaner for longer.


Dress coats and suits are lint magnets.  Keep a lint roller in your coat closet and roll away lint, dirt, pet hair, and any other specks that appear out of nowhere.



I love using a lint roller on microfiber and fabric furniture.  It gives the furniture a nice appearance and is especially good for furniture that doesn’t get daily use.

Area rugs


If you don’t have time to grab the vacuum and notice dirt or grass clippings, grab your lint roller (just keep one in your entry area or mudroom to make this super convenient), and roll the dirt up and toss the adhesive paper.

Electronics and keyboards


If you can’t get that pesky speck of who-knows-what in between your keyboard keys, use a sticky sheet from your lint roller and squish it between your keys.

Stock your cleaning caddy and closets with lint rollers so you have these handy helpers at the ready anytime.  What have you used a lint roller for?


How to Label Jars for Pantry Storage


Last week we overhauled our pantry – new shelves, fresh paint, and a whole new look.  I was going to do one big blog post on the whole process but when I posted this picture on Instagram I had so many questions on what I chose for my dry storage, that I decided to do a quick post on how I set it all up.  Stay tuned for a full ‘tour’ of all 6 shelves, but here’s a quick tutorial of what I did for the dry storage.  The best part?  Each jar is about $1 WITH the lid!  Chic and affordable pantry storage is my jam.


After searching high and low for jars that didn’t have any logos or designs on them, I FINALLY came across mason jars at my local Wal-Mart.  Unfortunately they didn’t have the quart sized jar so I ended up purchasing them from Anchor-Hocking directly.  (Keep reading for links – I’ll link everything up at the end of the post.)

Once I found the right jar, I wanted a lid that didn’t have a ring or a rubber seal.  A two or three piece lid is a little too cumbersome for storage (for me) and I like the ease of a one-piece plastic lid.  Some other jars that I considered had a metal lid with a paper liner – like a cracker jar – that would work, but I really like a 100% dishwasher-able storage option.

Here’s my step-by-step process:

Buy jars


Wash jars (I ran them through the dishwasher) and allow to thoroughly dry


Use an oil-based marker to label jar – if you want a consistent look, make a template or use a ruler to keep the ‘label’ at the same spot on each jar.

QUICK TIP:  Use lemon essential oil to remove the marker if needed.  Just a drop on the surface will quickly remove the paint.


Decide how you’ll label your jars – all caps, lower case letters – think it through and pre-write it out if necessary.  (This might sound tedious, but if you are taking the time to hand-label the jars, you will probably be annoyed if you don’t love the way it turns out.)

I wrote what was in the jar on the front


Then I wrote cooking instructions and an expiration date (if needed) on the back


Decant dry goods and apply the lid – if you have a powdery ingredient to transfer, make a funnel with parchment or waxed paper to make sure everything makes it into the jar


Continue the process until you have your jars completed


Arrange the jars on your shelf



Glass Jars – use any glass jar – I love the Anchor Hocking Mason Jars for this project.  They’re a slightly different shape and there isn’t any branding or designs on the sides, making it perfect for dry storage like this.  I bought some jars at Wal-Mart and some online at Anchor Hocking.  I also found them online at Farm & Fleet if you have one near you. (The jars through Anchor Hocking DID NOT have lids and the ones at Wal-Mart have a gold 2-piece lid.)

Lids – I always have these lids on hand for just about any food storage (I use mason jars for just about everything).  These Ball canning lids are my favorite because they seal extremely well, can be placed in the freezer, and are top rack dishwasher safe.

Marker – An oil-based paint marker is the most semi-permanent marker you can use for this project.  Choose a color or black or white – match it up with your kitchen or pantry.  I chose the white medium tip because it looks clean and it shows up the best with a variety of colored contents.

Psst….if you’re looking for healthier alternatives for your pantry, I love Thrive Market – most of the ingredients in my dry storage containers came from Thrive.  Check it out!




2017 Calendars are in the shop!

I’m in the process of updating my Etsy shop but I thought I’d pop in and let you know that my 2017 calendars are in the shop!  I have 2 versions of blank 2017 calendars – both come in half and full size and are fillable (you can type in the full size forms if you’d like).  (The Clean Mama planner is still coming – thanks for your patience!)


2017 – AQUA



I also have an updated 2017 cleaning calendar as well – perfect for keeping track of your cleaning and homekeeping all year long – also available as full and half size in the same purchase.

2017-everyday-calendar-prefilled2017 Cleaning Calendar – aqua


Dog Odors Be Gone


If you follow me on Instagram you know we recently adopted a puppy.  This isn’t our first puppy or dog – my husband and I both grew up with dogs and we had two labs before our little Stella.  Having a pet is a wonderful experience with lots of rewards and responsibilities.

If you’ve ever wondered if your home smelled like ‘dog’, I’m guessing you might welcome a couple tips to keep your home smelling fresh and clean.  With a couple regularly cleaned areas and practices, your home won’t smell like a dog or dogs live there and you can open your door without wondering what it smells like to the person on the other side.

If you’re reading this and thinking that I’m not a ‘dog’ person, I love dogs, I just don’t like my home to smell like one 🙂

Have a cushion or blanket for the pet and wash it frequently

I like the idea of pets having specific areas that they sleep on.  This keeps the pet oils and fur off furniture as well as keeping the smell contained to a washable area.  Washing this cushion or blanket weekly or as needed will keep the scent out of your home.  With a puppy, we use old bath towels in her kennel.  They can quickly be washed and dried if needed and even tossed if necessary.  When purchasing a bed for your pet, look for one that has a removable, washable cover.  If it doesn’t have a removable cover, make sure that the bed itself is washable.  If you have soft toys for your pet, toss them in the washing machine when you launder the bedding.


Try this fabric sanitizer spray on pet bedding to keep it smelling yummy:


If you need to sanitize/freshen a dog bed or your furniture, this spray will become a new favorite.  Lavender essential oil is soothing and calming and considered safe for pets.

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil (not all essential oils are safe for pets – do your research before using essential oils around them)

Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to combine.  Spray on fabric to freshen – let dry completely before using.  If you are concerned about water on fabric, test in an inconspicuous area first.  Feel free to use this spray on other fabrics as well 🙂

Fabric Sanitizer via Clean Mama

Shampoo carpets regularly

Clean carpets are the key to keeping that dog smell out of your home.  I recommend purchasing an at-home carpet shampooer and having a professional carpet cleaner shampoo carpets every six months to one year.  I love this carpet cleaner and I use this rug shampoo in it.

Brush and bathe frequently

Dog oils are the biggest contributors to that ‘dog smell’, so it makes sense that brushing and bathing would be the best way to keep the smell down to a minimum.  Wiping feet when dogs come in from outside can also keep dirt down.  In a pinch, these grooming wipes work well.

Use a lint roller

Keeping fur off furniture with a lint roller is an easy way to keep the smell out of your home.  Roll fur off furniture and clothing right away and you’ll find that the smell won’t linger the way it would if you just left it.

Vacuum regularly

I vacuum weekly (on Wednesdays) but I do sweep and vacuum up daily little messes as needed.  Keeping tabs on the fur is helpful to keep the smell away.  If you have a canister vacuum cleaner, empty the bin after each vacuuming session to keep the oils and odors from accumulating and if you have a bagged vacuum cleaner, change the bag frequently.  I always recommend purchasing the best vacuum cleaner that you can – look for one with a HEPA filter that’s made for getting pet hair and dander off and out of your floors and carpets.  I recently purchased this vacuum cleaner and I am loving it!  (I have been looking for a bagged vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and that’s why I switched.  I’ll give you more details in an upcoming post.)

Use an enzymatic cleaner for accidents

With pet accidents it’s important to completely remove the scent of any accidents so they don’t come back to it and re-mark that area.  An enzymatic cleaner will break down the stain and any scent – this one is my favorite – I make sure to always have it on hand.  It works great for kid stains too 😉

Use a natural air freshener

When all else fails, spritz something in the air to combat that dog smell.  I never recommend using artificial fragrances as air fresheners.  My favorite choices for air freshening are essential oils (lemon and clove are my favorite scent combination) and natural, soy-based candles.  Eucalyptus and lavender are good choices for dogs – soothing and non-toxic to them.

Do you have a dog or dogs?  What’s your best tip for keeping your house smelling like you don’t have one?

Here are two posts that should help if you’re looking for natural air fresheners, sanitizers, and odor absorbers – just click on the image to head to each post:

One Ingredient Odor Absorbers - Clean Mama

3 Natural Odor Eliminators - DIY Recipes for Common Household Odors main via Clean Mama


For the Love of Laundry

If you’ve been reading here awhile you know that I love The Laundress products.  When The Laundress asked me to share a few tips and my favorite products over on their site as part of their #IamTheLaundress celebration, I jumped at the opportunity.  I enjoy doing laundry and The Laundress is a big part of that enjoyment.


The Laundress also has a great sale going on right now through October 13th – use the code LAUNDRYLIFE to get 25% off your entire order and $5 flat rate shipping with orders over $50.  Go here to check out my tips!


Clean Mama Home Overstock SALE

I recently moved my Clean Mama Home products to a distribution center and I have some overstock of products at the Clean Mama HQ (my home).  I listed them with a discount in my Etsy shop – check out what’s up for sale – hurry, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

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How to Get Rid of Marks on Dishes


It’s normal – if you use silverware on ceramic dishes (I have Fiesta dishes) you will see little gray marks and scratches appear over time on your dishware.  The marks come from the metal from the metal from silverware scratching the surface. If you have small scratches, you can try water, dish soap and a little baking soda.  If you meet a little resistance, I recommend the powdered Bar Keeper’s Friend.

Before we move on, I will tell you that I have tried just about every natural scrubbing cleanser out there to see what actually works the best – all of these will eventually remove the marks, but the Bar Keeper’s Friend powder worked the quickest and with the best overall results.

cleansers-clean-mamaHere’s what I tried:


Once you decide on a method, gather your dishes and line them up to clean them quickly – assembly line style.


Wet the dish and a cloth or paper towel and apply the powder or cream – rub in a circular motion.


You’ll need to use a little elbow grease, but the marks will come up easily in a minute or so.  I prefer to use a paper towel because the black marks can stain – if you have an old t-shirt that is a great option.


Wash the cleanser off the plates and run them through your dishwasher.  Look at the ‘brand new’ dishes!


Have you tried to remove the gray marks on your dishes?  What has/hasn’t worked for you?

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