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How to Naturally Clean an Oven

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It’s that time of the year when we welcome friends and family into our homes and entertain for the holidays.  Entertaining and holiday preparations also include lots of cooking and baking and by default messy ovens.  Spills, splatters, and stuck on messes.

If your oven has seen better days, I have a super simple and effective homemade cleaning recipe for you to use to get your oven sparkling clean.  It’s fume-free, uses ingredients you already have, and best of all, it really works.

Gather these tools and ingredients:

HOMEMADE PASTE OVEN CLEANER

  • ½ cup water
  • enough baking soda to make a paste – about 1/4  to ½ cup
  • 1 tablespoon castile soap or whatever dish soap you have on hand

First things first, remove the racks from your oven.  You can use this paste to clean the oven racks but it would be better applied in a clean utility sink so you can scrub and rinse properly.

Mix up the paste oven cleaner (it will expand a bit as the baking soda combines with the soap and the water).

Using a Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots Heavy Duty scrub sponge, spread the paste oven cleaner all over your oven to coat, taking care to avoid any holes or cracks.  Let the mixture sit for 15-30 minutes.

Using a clean scrub sponge, wipe clean and rinse thoroughly with warm water.  Repeat the wiping and rinsing with the scrub sponge (barely damp) until the oven is completely clean and residue free.  I love how these scrub sponges rinse clean even when I’m cleaning the oven.

Once you have completely rinsed the oven, dry and polish with the Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots dish cloth.

If your oven is extremely dirty, you can wipe with the sponge once and reapply the paste.  Spray straight white vinegar over the solution and let it sit for 15-30 minutes and rinse and dry as described in the directions.

If you’re tired of getting a headache when you clean your oven from the fumes in your oven cleaner, you’ll love this safe solution.

Simplify the Season: Clean Your Oven

Clean Your Oven With 3 Ingredients You Already Have via Clean Mama

In order to simplify the season ahead, it’s important to do a little preparatory work in advance to keep things running smoothly before the busy begins.   I think that today (or this week) is a great day (week) to clean the oven.  That’s right, I’m going to be all bossy-pants and boss you into the kitchen and tell you to clean your oven.  Why clean the oven now weeks before the actual holiday madness?  Because I tried to self-clean my oven a couple years ago on the day before Thanksgiving and blew a couple fuses and had to have a repair person out to the house and I don’t want that to happen to you.  Thus the clean the oven way before Thanksgiving tradition.

I have a super simple and effective homemade cleaning recipe for you to use too – you’ll love it.  It’s fume-free, uses ingredients you already have, and it WORKS!

Oven Before via Clean Mama

For demonstration purposes (ha, ha) I let my oven get really dirty.

 

Gather these three ingredients:

Just 3 Ingredients to Make the Oven Paste via Clean Mama

Homemade Paste Oven Cleaner

  • ½ cup water
  • enough baking soda to make a paste – about 1/4  to ½ cup
  • 1 tablespoon castile soap or whatever dish soap you have on hand

Mix Up the Paste via Clean Mama

Mix up this paste (it will expand a bit as the baking soda combines with the soap and the water).

Dip Sponge in the Paste and Spread All Over the Oven via Clean Mama

Using a sponge, spread the paste all over your oven to coat.  Let the mixture sit for 15-30 minutes.  Using a clean sponge, wipe clean and rinse thoroughly with warm water.  You’ll want to repeat the rinsing with a sponge and warm water until the oven is completely clean and residue free.

Oven After via Clean Mama

Check out the after – pretty clean, right?

Before and After via Clean Mama

If you are feeling really ambitious you could clean your microwave or wipe down your appliances while the paste is working its magic.

You can find this and 149 more DIY cleaning recipes in my book, The Organically Clean Home!

 

This post is part of a series designed to help you Simplify the Season.  You can see all the posts here.

Simplify the Season via Clean Mama

 

Clean Your Oven, Microwave, Refrigerator, and Dishwasher in Less than an Hour

We’re all short on time and big on things to do, why not try to figure out a quick way to get these four jobs done in a hurry?  Today I’m sharing my method for deep cleaning kitchen appliances in a hurry and there’s a freebie printable checklist to go with it!

Ready?

1.  Make sure you have an hour to dedicate to this job – it’s frustrating to be mid-project and have to stop.
2.  GATHER a couple cleaning supplies – vinegar, scrub brush or old toothbrush, all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner, dish soap, microfiber cloth, and cleaning rags or paper towels.

3.  FILL your sink with hot, soapy water.

4.  OVEN – If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can run that option, but because it’s a smelly job it is best done after a quick clean up of food on the interior and with the windows open.  If you don’t have this option or don’t want to stink up the house, heavily spray a non-toxic degreaser or all-purpose cleaner in the interior of the oven and shut the door, letting the cleaner work on the grease and such.
5.  MICROWAVE – take out the glass plate in your microwave and put it in your sink.  Spray the interior of your microwave with non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner OR put a bowl of water and lemon/lemon juice in the microwave and run it until the water boils (3-5 minutes).   Let the cleaner or steam do its job.
6.  DISHWASHER – do this after you have run the dishwasher and its ‘clean’ and empty.  Remove the racks, spray the edges with cleaner and wipe clean.  Check the trap at the bottom for any food or blockages.  Put a cup or two of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a normal wash cycle.

7.  REFRIGERATOR – throw away anything old or expired, take the rest of the contents out of the ‘fridge and take out all removable drawers and shelves.  Put the drawers and shelves in the soapy sink and let them soak.  Spray down the inside of the refrigerator with non-toxic cleaner (because food is coming in contact with this) and wipe clean.

wash drawers, bins, shelves in warm, soapy water – dry completely
8.  FINISH UP – go back and rinse and dry the microwave tray and the refrigerator drawers and shelves.  Wipe the interior of your oven after the self-cleaning cycle has completed OR if you used an all-purpose cleaner, you can use a non-toxic scrubbing cleaner or baking soda to clean and polish.
9.  SPRAY and WIPE the fronts of your appliances – I like to use microfiber window/glass cloths on my stainless steel appliances for a streak-free shine.
That’s it!  In an hour of active time (if you run the self-clean option on your oven and run your dishwasher, it will take a little longer, but that’s time that you aren’t doing any cleaning), your appliances will be spring cleaned and organized!
Print out this checklist to follow and check off as you go – it’ll keep you on track and  motivated!
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Welcome to Clean Mama! Thank you for subscribing!  My hope is that I help you simplify your everyday life with simple cleaning and organizing tips and tricks sure to make homekeeping a little more fun!

First things first, check out my NEW book – SIMPLY CLEAN.  Think of it like a little gift for your future self and your home!  It will change the way you clean your home in the best possible way!

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I love talking about my cleaning routines – if you need some helping starting one or following through, I post free monthly cleaning schedules – you’ll see it in your feed at the end of every month. Go to this post for a little more explanation on my cleaning routine – you’ll see some links to other helpful posts as well.

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Feel free to contact me anytime with your cleaning conundrums – here are some of the most asked questions and answers!

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DIY Small Appliance Cleaner

Our small appliances get a lot of use. From making toast to blending almost daily smoothies, it doesn’t take long for smudges, drips and spatters to appear. In an effort to keep them clean, I use a simple DIY cleaner to get the job done. It is ideal for the exterior of just about any small appliance and serves to get them clean with only pennies a bottle invested.

My preferred tool for cleaning small appliances is a barely damp microfiber cloth. Microfiber is a workhouse in the kitchen and cleans gently and effectively. It washes up beautifully and is reusable. New to the world of microfiber? Check out my post here for all the reasons why I love it so much.

On to the recipe, right? It couldn’t be much easier – if this looks familiar, this is the SAME recipe for my granite and marble cleaner.  How’s that for cleaning multi-tasking?

Small Appliance Cleaner:

  • 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon castile or dish soap

Combine in a spray bottle and shake to combine. I like to use a funnel to assure that the ingredients go where they are intended.

Dampen your cloth and wring out until barely wet. Spray the cleaner on to the cloth and wipe the appliance. On stainless steel, wipe in the direction of the grain. You can also spray directly on to the surface as long as you take care to avoid any openings or electrical components. This method works better on appliances like a toaster oven when there aren’t any exposed components. Repeat and wipe as needed until clean. Be sure to rinse and wring out your cloth as needed to prevent smears and smudges.

Set aside some time to clean all your small appliances all at once or as needed. This cleaner can easily be stored for a month or two – I mix it up weekly because I use it daily in the kitchen.

Love DIY cleaners?  Check out the tab on the sidebar or just click below to see all my DIY cleaner posts and recipes.

 

How to Clean Your Kitchen Appliances in Under an Hour

This is a great method for deep cleaning all your appliances quickly, seasonally, spring cleaning (are you doing my spring cleaning challenge?), or just a cleaning whim.  Feel free to split it up and do one appliance at a time, but the magic in the method is that you can thoroughly deep clean ALL your kitchen appliances quickly.

Ready?  Make sure you have about an hour to dedicate to this job – it’s frustrating to be mid-project and have to stop.

GATHER a couple cleaning supplies – castile soap or dish soap, white vinegar, a scrub brush or old toothbrush, all-purpose, non-toxic cleanermicrofiber cloths, and bar mop towels or cleaning rags.
FILL your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water.
OVEN – If you have a self-cleaning oven, you can run that option, but because it’s a smelly job it is best done after a quick clean up of food on the interior and with the windows open.  If you don’t have this option or don’t want to stink up the house, heavily spray a non-toxic degreaser or all-purpose cleaner in the interior of the oven and shut the door, letting the cleaner work on the grease.  Once you’ve treated your oven, you’ll want to clean the stove top – here’s how to clean a glass stove top and a gas stove top.
MICROWAVE – take out the glass plate in your microwave and put it in your sink.  Spray the interior of your microwave with non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner OR put a bowl of water and lemon/lemon juice in the microwave and run it until the water boils (3-5 minutes).   Let the cleaner or steam do its job.  Here’s a post with the full instructions for this method.
DISHWASHER – do this after you have run the dishwasher and its ‘clean’ and empty.  Remove the racks, spray the edges with cleaner and wipe clean.  Check the trap at the bottom for any food or blockages and clean out the filter if your dishwasher has one. Put a cup or two of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and run a normal wash cycle.  Here’s a post with very specific instructions on how to clean your dishwasher if you’re interested.

REFRIGERATOR – throw away anything old or expired, take the rest of the contents out of the refrigerator and take out all removable drawers and shelves.  Put the drawers and shelves in the soapy sink and let them soak.

  • Mix up 1 teaspoon of dish soap (or my favorite, Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange castile soap), 1 teaspoon baking soda, and about 4-6 cups of warm water.
  • Wipe down the shelves with a well rung out microfiber cloth, bar mop or dish cloth.  Repeat until all shelves and drawers have been wiped clean.  Dry if necessary.
FINISH UP – go back and wipe and dry the microwave tray and the refrigerator drawers and shelves.  Wipe the interior of your oven after the self-cleaning cycle has completed OR if you used an all-purpose cleaner, you can use a non-toxic scrubbing cleaner or baking soda to clean and polish.
SPRAY and WIPE the fronts of your appliances – I like to use microfiber window/glass cloths on my stainless steel appliances for a streak-free shine.  Here’s a post with more details on my favorite method.
That’s it!  In an hour of active time (if you run the self-clean option on your oven and run your dishwasher, it will take a little longer, but that’s time that you aren’t doing any cleaning), your appliances will be spring cleaned!

Have you purchased my new book, Simply Clean?  It’s complete with quick cleaning checklists and guides and it will change the way you clean in the best possible way!

Week 5 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

It’s the END of the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge – did you complete it or part of it?  I completed the challenge right along with you and it feels so great to get some decluttering done.  I designed this challenge to be completed anytime – you can still grab the checklist and  join in on the decluttering fun – go through the list with a task a day or do a couple mini-sessions.

I’m going to be sending out my February newsletter tomorrow with the February calendar and the declutter challenge and some other exciting stuff – if you aren’t on my subscription list, put your email in below so you don’t miss a thing….

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Here’s what we’ve already decluttered:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

Here’s the end of the challenge:

 

DAY 29 – Bags + Purses: Declutter your bags and purses. This might be going through your bags and purses and getting rid of what you no longer love and use OR it might be to declutter your purse – emptying it out and getting rid of everything that doesn’t need to be in there. I only have one purse – it’s a great one and I use it year-round. Make this task work for you and your purse and bag situation.

DAY 30 – Declutter Toys: Today’s task is to declutter toys.  If you don’t have kids, declutter another area or a craft or hobby area. Work quickly (enlist the help of your child(ren) and do some quick decluttering.  Donate anything that can be donated and toss anything that’s broken.

DAY 31 – Quick Sweep Through the House: Do a quick whole house declutter. Make a quick sweep and pick up and put away any clutter or complete any uncompleted tasks.  HOORAY!

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

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If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Week 4 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

We’re four weeks into January and the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge – how are you doing?  I’m doing this challenge right along with you and I can tell you that it’s already making a difference in our home.  January is the perfect time for a little decluttering because you probably already feel motivated for it AND it’s the perfect time for a little fresh start.  It’s not too late to join in on the decluttering fun – start on the day that you feel like it and move ahead with us OR catch up with a couple mini-sessions.

Here’s what you need to do – choose a place or places to follow along:

  • Instagram  or Facebook – I post my cleaning routine daily in both of these places and am also posting the challenge every morning
  • my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and get rid of something, follow along 🙂
  • off the grid?  grab the checklist (the link is below) and work away 🙂

Looking for a simpler approach to homekeeping?  Pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean!  It will change the way you clean!

Here’s what we’ve already decluttered:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

Here’s WEEK 4:

 

DAY 22 – Bathroom Counters:  Declutter and clean your bathroom counters. Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put back what you want to keep. Wipe off the counters before putting anything back.  Group like items together and put things back in a way that’s easy to keep tidy.

DAY 23 – Bathroom Drawers: Declutter and clean your bathroom drawers. You don’t have to do all your bathroom drawers, start with one and if you can do more, do more!  Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put back what you want to keep. Group like items together and put things back in a way that’s easy to keep tidy. I use divided drawer organizers in all of our bathroom drawers to keep them organized and easy to clean.

DAY 24 – Bathroom Cupboards:  Declutter and clean your bathroom cupboards. You don’t have to do all your bathroom cupboards, start with one and if you can do more, do more! Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put back what you want to keep. Group like items together and put things back in a way that’s easy to keep tidy.

DAY 25 – Bathroom Cleaning Caddy: Put together a little bathroom cleaning caddy. Put your favorite supplies in a caddy and keep it in your bathroom – perfect for speed cleaning and keeping your bathroom tidy! I keep my Clean Mama Home microfiber cloths, DIY window and disinfecting cleaners, and a scrubber in my cleaning bucket.

DAY 26 – Linens and Bedding: Declutter linens and bedding. This task will be different for different people – you might want to declutter and donate sheets that you no longer use or that have seen better days. Maybe you just want to tidy up your linen closet or storage.

DAY 27 – Bath Towels: Declutter bath towels. This task will be different for different people – you might want to declutter and donate towels that you no longer use or that have seen better days. I always keep a stack of old towels for icky clean ups, muddy puppy paws, a stand-in for rugs after playing in the snow….Or maybe you just want to tidy up your towel storage – do that today! I love using white towels to keep things fresh and clean looking.

DAY 28 – Shoes + Shoe Storage: Declutter shoes and/or shoe storage. Declutter as many shoes you can today – I keep shoes to a minimum with under ten pairs for myself and 2-3 pairs per child. Keep what you need and lose what you don’t use!

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Simply Clean – Free Cleaning Calendar for February 2017

It’s almost February (can you believe it?!) and that means that it’s time for February’s FREE cleaning calendar!

Every year I choose a new theme for the cleaning calendar and blog and this year it’s SIMPLY CLEAN.  With my brand-new book Simply Clean (you pre-ordered it right?) coming out in March, I thought it would be the perfect theme.

Let’s make 2017 your year to get a 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.

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 FEBRUARY 2017 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.

QUICK TIP: Have a planner?  Simply resize the pdf when you go to print it in your printer preferences.

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 February 2017!

(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!  Even easier, go to my free printables page for a quicker download.)

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If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Week 3 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

 

We’re three weeks into January and the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge – how are you doing?  I’m doing this challenge right along with you and I can tell you that it’s already making a difference in our home.  January is the perfect time for a little decluttering because you probably already feel motivated for it AND it’s the perfect time for a little fresh start.  It’s not too late to join in on the decluttering fun – start on the day that you feel like it and move ahead with us OR catch up with a couple mini-sessions.

Here’s what you need to do – choose a place or places to follow along:

  • Instagram  or Facebook – I post my cleaning routine daily in both of these places and am also posting the challenge every morning
  • my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and get rid of something, follow along 🙂
  • off the grid?  grab the checklist (the link is below) and work away 🙂

Looking for a simpler approach to homekeeping?  Pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean!  It will change the way you clean!

Here’s what we’ve already decluttered:

Week 1
Week 2

Here’s WEEK 3:

DAY 15 – Kitchen Cupboards:  Declutter at least one kitchen cupboard. Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put back what you want to keep. Group like items together and put things back in a way that’s easy to keep tidy.

DAY 16 – Under the Kitchen Sink: Declutter under the kitchen sink. Take everything out, toss what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and group like items together and put things back in a way that’s easy to keep tidy. I use containers and a lazy susan to keep things neat under the sink – it’s so helpful!

DAY 17 – Kitchen Towels:  Declutter those kitchen towels.  Want a neat and tidy dish towel drawer? Empty it out, lose any tattered towels, group like dish towels together, fold in thirds and then in thirds again. Then put them back standing up.

DAY 18 – Laundry Area: Declutter your laundry area.  Lose any products you no longer use, simplify your supplies, and contain like items together.  Wipe down your washer and dryer and if you’re feeling really ambitious put it on the clean cycle let the washer do the washing.

DAY 19 – Catch up on Laundry: Take today to get caught up on laundry.  Work methodically and get everything all caught up.  

DAY 20 – Declutter Bath and Shower Products: Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put the bath and shower products back that you use.

DAY 21 – Declutter Makeup and Toiletries: Declutter all your makeup and toiletries.  Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put back what you want to keep. Group like items together and put things back in a way that’s easy to keep tidy.

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

The Cleaning Closet

This past fall we embarked on three major closet organizing projects – in one week!  I cannot take credit for any of the work of installing and building these closets and organizers (we hired someone), but I can take credit for the plan and organization of each project ;).

I’ve had a ‘cleaning closet’ since we moved into our home eight years ago.  It’s a large coat closet in the mudroom – you can see the before here.  I’ve experimented with a lot of different combinations of shelves and organizers, but always knew that a dedicated closet system would be the best route when it was in the budget.  We have a Martha Stewart closet system from Home Depot in our master closet and love it so much that  I ‘built’ one online and had it installed.

As someone that LOVES to clean, sells homekeeping products, and tests all sorts of cleaning products and tools for a living….the cleaning closet is dreamy!  It keeps my supplies organized and cute simultaneously.

Here’s what we did:

  • completely emptied the closet
  • removed the wire shelving and hooks
  • filled holes
  • painted the closet interior white
  • installed shelving

Once everything was installed, it was time to figure out the best way to organize supplies and goods.

This took awhile – I didn’t want to spend a lot of money filling it up with organizers but I still wanted it to look cute and coordinated.  I pulled out what I had and started there.  Once I had taken inventory I decided that I could use a couple baskets to pull the area together.  I keep clunkier things like dog stuff, batteries, and light bulbs in the aqua woven baskets and decided not to label them because you can pretty much see what’s inside by peering in the basket.

You’ll see that we also keep some shoes on the shelves in here as well – my husband and I keep smaller shoes and sandals in this closet.

I used cleaning buckets (found in my store) for a couple caddies – one is my dusting caddy and the other is for sprayers for my glass spray bottles.  I keep bathroom supplies in each bathroom in the same cleaning bucket to keep cleaning the bathrooms easy.

The far right section of the closet is just for floor items and dusters – the top shelf holds floor and carpet cleaning supplies. Keeping like items together is always a good idea when you’re organizing – it makes locating anything that much easier.  I used giant S hooks and knew that they’d work great for hanging tools.

My favorite shelves – DIY cleaner heaven – this is where I keep Borax, baking soda, washing soda, and Epsom salt, empty glass bottles, Castile and Sal Suds soaps, and a handful of pre-mixed DIY cleaners – here are oodles of DIY cleaner posts.  Did you know I wrote a book, The Organically Clean Home, about DIY cleaning?  You can find it here – it’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

Here’s a close-up of one of the cleaning buckets – totally ready for a new recipe or two 🙂  This also works well to allow any sprayers to completely air dry after being washed out.

The top shelf is more or less decor but still items we use – clothespins, scrub brushes, bars of castile soap.

Love having my cleaning recipes right on the spray bottles – this makes DIY cleaning a breeze!  You can find my glass spray bottles and DIY cleaning recipe labels here.

If you haven’t set up a dusting caddy, you totally should!  This post details my dusting caddy in detail.

I use my Clean Mama Home white bar mop towels for a lot of cleaning – they wash up beautifully and have a luxurious look and feel.  Keeping a basket of them at the ready makes it easy to use them.

And of course my beloved Clean Mama Home microfiber cloths have their own shelf too – I have a basket of utility cloths (aqua), a basket of polishing cloths (gray), and a basket of microfiber pads and dusters for the floor.

If you’re looking for the products in the post, you can find all of the Clean Mama Home products in my shop here and I’ve added a slider below with some of the other products that I used in my cleaning closet.  I hope it helps you as you organize your cleaning supplies!  If you haven’t considered eliminating toxic chemicals in your cleaning, I hope you try out a DIY recipe or two and give it a try. It’s easier than you might think!

This post is part of my HOME TOUR – go here to see more of our home – I’ll keep adding to it in 2017.

Week 2 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

We’re two weeks into January and the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge – how are you doing?  I’m doing this challenge right along with you and I can tell you that it’s already making a difference in our home.  January is the perfect time for a little decluttering because you probably already feel motivated for it AND it’s the perfect time for a little fresh start.  It’s not too late to join in on the decluttering fun – start on the day that you feel like it and move ahead with us OR catch up with a couple mini-sessions.

Here’s what you need to do – choose a place or places to follow along:

  • Instagram  or Facebook – I post my cleaning routine daily in both of these places and am also posting the challenge every morning
  • my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and get rid of something, follow along 🙂
  • off the grid?  grab the checklist (the link is below) and work away 🙂

Looking for a simpler approach to homekeeping?  Pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean!  It will change the way you clean!

Here’s what we decluttered in Week 1 if you want to go back and check it out.

Here’s WEEK 2:

DAY 8 – Declutter Magazines and Catalogs:  Personally I LOVE magazines and have to keep my ‘collection’ to a minimum.  I keep a basket in the family room and whatever fits gets to stay.  It keeps me on top of the reading and subscriptions and makes for a cute storage solution.

DAY 9 – Books:  Curate what you have and give away or donate what you no longer use and love.

DAY 10 – Refrigerator + Freezer: Declutter the refrigerator and freezer – if you’re short on time, just do one.  Empty, wipe clean, and toss anything expired or old and return the good stuff back to its place.

DAY 11 – Food Storage Containers:  Completely empty the space you keep food storage containers, wipe the space clean, and toss anything that you don’t need/use anymore and put the containers back in place.

DAY 12 – Declutter your Kitchen Counters: Remove everything, wipe the counters clean, and relocate and/or toss anything that you don’t need/use anymore and put the good stuff back in place.

DAY 13 – Declutter Small Appliances: Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put the small appliances you use at least weekly where you can easily access them.

DAY 14 – Kitchen Drawers : Today’s task is to declutter at least one kitchen drawer. Remove what you no longer use, sort what you want to keep, and put back what you want to keep. Group like items together and put things back in a way that’s easy to keep tidy.

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Week 1 – Simply Clean Declutter Challenge

We’re one week into January and the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge – how are you doing?  I’m doing this challenge right along with you and I can tell you that it’s already making a difference in our home.  January is the perfect time for a little decluttering because you probably already feel motivated for it AND it’s the perfect time for a little fresh start.  It’s not too late to join in on the decluttering fun – start on the day that you feel like it and move ahead with us OR catch up with a couple mini-sessions.

Here’s what you need to do – choose a place or places to follow along:

  • Instagram  or Facebook – I post my cleaning routine daily in both of these places and am also posting the challenge every morning
  • my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and get rid of something, follow along 🙂
  • off the grid?  grab the checklist (the link is below) and work away 🙂

Here’s WEEK 1:

DAY 1 – Whole House Quick Declutter:  Start by simply setting a timer for 10 minutes and see how much stuff you can find and get rid of – aim for 3 bags. Toss, donate or sell your findings –  get them out of the house as quickly as you can.

DAY 2 – Floor Declutter:  Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much stuff you can find and get rid of off your floors.

DAY 3 – Surface Declutter: Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much stuff you can find and get rid of off surfaces. If you feel overwhelmed, pick one surface and completely clear it (coffee table, kitchen table, kitchen counters, desk, etc.). Taking that visual noise out of the equation makes a huge difference!  Once you’ve cleared one surface, wipe it clean and leave that surface empty for a bit before you put anything back.

DAY 4 – Sort Paper Piles:  Today’s task is to sort your paper piles – if you have more than one, start with the worst offender and go from there.

DAY 5 – Shred Papers: Today’s task is to shred those papers from yesterday.  If you don’t have a shredder, call your local bank to see when they have a shredding day and save your confidential papers for that.

DAY 6 – File Paper Work: Today’s task is to file paperwork from sorting the last couple days. If you don’t have a filing system, start with an in and out basket.

DAY 7 – Sort Mail Daily:  Today’s task is to sort mail daily.  Start with today’s mail and sort it as soon as it comes in.  Going forward, continue with this simple habit and you’ll find that paper clutter will be at a minimum.

 

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Here’s what we decluttered in Week 1:

Looking for a simpler approach to homekeeping?  Pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean!

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Cleaning Routine for 2017

Happy 2017!  If you’re looking to declutter, clean, and organize this year, I’m here to help you harness that energy and get your cleaning routine in order.

The key to getting a handle on your home is following a plan, giving yourself grace, and having a day built in to catch up on any uncompleted tasks.  First things first, join me on Instagram, Facebook, and/or my private Homekeeping Society Facebook (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and do a little task, follow along ???? Then tag a friend or two to be your accountability partner and you’ll be off and running…..

Ready for your plan to jumpstart your cleaning routine?

Start with a calendar (here’s the January calendar) – every month I give away a free cleaning routine calendar – subscribe to the blog (enter your email in the sidebar) so you never miss a month.

If you’d prefer a smaller, undated monthly calendar, try the monthly cleaning routine at-a-glance printable.  There are 2 versions to choose from – go here to grab yours.

What better way to make a lot of progress in a small amount of time?  Do the Simply Clean Declutter Challenge in January!  Grab the free printable here.  Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and/or my private Homekeeping Society Facebook.

If you’re looking for the simplest, easiest way to clean your home and keep it that way, pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean.

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

Simply Clean – Declutter Challenge

I love January – it’s refreshing, a slow pace, and a great time for resolutions and fresh starts.  This year I’m going to be doing a little declutter challenge for the month of January here on the blog and on Instagram.  I want to keep the challenge simple and helpful with the most important goal being that you (and me) get some decluttering done in just a couple minutes a day.  I’ll also be posting the daily mini tasks on Instagram and in my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page (just request to be added). If you need a friendly little reminder to show up in your feed so you get off your phone and get rid of something, follow along 🙂

Of course I have a checklist to follow and complete and I’ll be delving into some decluttering posts and projects here on the blog as well.  The challenge starts on January 1st and goes through the entire month of January – I have the challenge structured so you can easily wait until January 3rd to start if you aren’t quite ready yet.  I get that!  I’m really enjoying the holiday decorations this year and for the first time in a long time, I’m okay leaving things up a little longer this year.

The Simply Clean Decluttering Challenge is intended as a way to encourage daily decluttering and slow and steady progress.  You’ll get what you put into it – I promise that even if you just do a little decluttering, you’ll be closer to having a decluttered home than you were before you started.  Keep going and enjoy the process!

Get ready!

  • Choose a place to follow along – InstagramFacebook, my private Homekeeping Society Facebook page, and/or subscribe to the blog in the sidebar.
  • Put together some cleaning + decluttering supplies – here are some favorites – make sure you have garbage bags!
  • Grab the FREE Simply Clean Declutter Challenge Checklist, print it out and put it where you will see it every day.
  • Get ready to kick off the challenge on January 1st!

Go here to download the FREE Declutter Challenge Checklist!

Looking for a simpler approach to homekeeping?  Pre-order my NEW book Simply Clean!

Find Out More Homekeeping Society

If you like this FREE printable you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

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