Looking for the perfect cleaning resource? Check out my book, The Organically Clean Home!

Clean Mama Home SPRING CLEANING SALE + 3 NEW Products!

It’s SPRING CLEANING season and it’s time to stock up on the best cleaning supplies to get your home clean and tidy in a hurry!  (My annual spring cleaning challenge is coming next week!).  Use the coupon code SPRINGCLEANING in Clean Mama Home for 15% off your entire order – including 3 new products!

PETITE Bar Mop Cloths!  If you love my regular bar mops, you’ll adore this smaller size – they’re 12”x12”.  I love using them to wipe down counters and the kitchen table.  Put one by the stove while you’re cooking to wipe up spills to keep things neat.  You’ll love the petite size, they make cleaning up a breeze!

DISH DRYING Mat – The perfect solution to drying dishes on the counters is this darling microfiber dish drying mat.  It’s washable and dries quickly!  The soft pewter color will blend with any decor and it looks great with my pewter kitchen towels too!

CLEAN MAMA WHITE Apron – if you’re looking for a simple apron perfect for keeping your clothes clean while you’re cooking (or cleaning).  I love that the cinched neck tie travels through the apron and ties at the waist for optimal comfort.

Hurry!  Sale Ends March 29th!  Use the coupon code SPRINGCLEANING in Clean Mama Home for 15% off your entire order.

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Book Day! Simply Clean is here!

It’s Tuesday, March 21st and that means that it’s officially book/birth day for my brand new book, Simply Clean!  If you pre-ordered, you have some happy, happy mail coming today and if you haven’t ordered, go do that or grab your book at your favorite bookstore TODAY! I cannot wait to see how Simply Clean changes the way you clean – I hope that you find it revolutionary in the simplest and best possible way.  Don’t forget to tag me on social media (@cleanmama) and use the hashtag #simplycleanthebook – I’ll be featuring pictures from YOU all over the next few weeks!

Here’s one of my favorite QUICK TIPS from the book:

Simply Clean will change the way you clean – in the best possible way.

I have some media and TV appearances this week – and a book signing in Naperville, IL at Anderson’s Bookshop (3/22 7-9pm) – I’d be THRILLED to meet you!

If you’re just landing here, and if you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is how the book begins.   If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

This challenge is straight from Simply Clean – go to this post for the details that go along with the book!

Order Simply Clean and follow along! Check out the links below for where you can find me and follow what works for you:

Order Simply Clean!
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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The 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge

Yahoo!  That’s a wrap!  If you completed The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge – way to go!  If you loved the challenge, I’d love for you to order Simply Clean!  If you pre-ordered, just 2 more days and you’ll have it in your hands!  Don’t forget to tag me on social media (@cleanmama) and use the hashtag #simplycleanthebook – I’ll be featuring pictures from you all over the next few weeks!

Simply Clean will change the way you clean – in the best possible way.

If you’re just landing here, and if you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out on March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses and coupons too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses (you’ll get them instantly) and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

If you want more details and tips about each day, Chapter 3 of Simply Clean (the one you get early with your pre-order) goes much more in depth.  Just sayin’ 🙂

Here’s how the challenge works – every day for 7 days you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?

Order Simply Clean and follow along!

DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 
DAY 2: BATHROOMS
DAY 3: DUSTING
DAY 4: VACUUMING
DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING
DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY
DAY 7: LAUNDRY

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find me and follow what works for you:

Pre-Order Simply Clean – releases March 21!
Grab your Bonuses – these go away on March 21 but the coupons can be used through March 31st.
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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The 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge – Day 7 (Laundry)

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – March 12-18!

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses and coupons too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses (you’ll get them instantly) and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

If you want more details and tips about each day, Chapter 3 of Simply Clean (the one you get early with your pre-order) goes much more in depth.  Just sayin’ 🙂

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(SATURDAY) DAY 7: LAUNDRY

That pile of laundry staring you down? Take today to wash and fold everything and put it all away. Laundry in its incomplete state can be overwhelming and can definitely give your home a cluttered look and feel even if it’s in a pile on the bedroom floor. Moving forward, I recommend that you do one load of laundry every day (especially if you have more than four people in your household), but first things first: you need to catch up on your laundry quickly. Enlist any help you can get from family members, especially if you are looking at a mountain of laundry. Use this technique when you get behind or if you’d prefer to do your laundry weekly instead of daily:

  1. Gather all the laundry in the house and put the baskets or hampers within reach of the laundry room. My recommendation for order is adult clothes, kid clothes, bedding, towels, kitchen tow-els, and cleaning cloths and rags.
  2. Line the baskets up in order of what’s going in the washing machine first to last. Start with adult clothes—do one load of whites (on warm) and one load of darks (on cold) per adult. You could also combine these clothes into one load and wash every-thing on cold. Next in line is the kids’ laundry: one basket per child—no sorting, all of it goes in the same load on cold. Depend-ing on how much laundry there is and your washer and dryer’s capacity, you can combine these loads into one, but for sorting’s sake it’s probably easier to keep each child’s clothes together as one load per child. Remember that even little ones can help fold clothes or just toss socks and undies in a drawer. You’re laying the groundwork for later, and trust me, it will pay off.
  3. After all the clothing has been washed, it’s time for bedding.
  4. Once the bedding is done, move on to bath towels, hand towels, and bath mats. Wash and fold everything and put it away. Take the extra second or two to make sure you’re putting everything away neatly; it’ll be worth it as you continue.
  5. Finally, wash any kitchen towels and any cleaning cloths or rags.  Fold these and put them away.

While each load is washing and drying, fold, hang, and put away each and every load as soon as it comes out of the dryer. Depending on the wash and dry time, this will most likely go on all day but it just takes minutes to fold and put away the clothing in between each load. If you can’t finish it all up, put it off until the next day and finish it up before moving on. If you have a lot of laundry, feel free to divide this up into two days.

Once you have finished with all your washing, put your washer on a clean cycle or simply run it with the hottest water setting. Select the extra rinse option and add ¾ cup of white vinegar or ¾ cup non-chlorine bleach (not both!) to the bleach dispenser or to your washtub and fill it to its maximum level. Allow the cycle to run until it has completed. Open the door and let the washer air-dry. If you have a front-loading or HE (high-efficiency) washing machine, you will want to keep it open in between loads to allow it to dry completely. This will keep it from smelling and it will keep mildew away.

Once you’re all caught up, I suggest, again, doing a load or two of laundry every day. In Simply Clean, I’ll show you how to take it from dirty to folded to put away even on busy weekdays. Don’t worry about that quite yet, but know that I have a simple method to help you keep your laundry pile at a minimum in just minutes each day.

With your laundry done, you have officially completed the 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start! I hope you feel like you have achieved a monumental goal, and even if you don’t feel like your home is where you want it to be, you have started a simple and effective cleaning routine in just a week.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (March 12-18) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on this blog post. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Pre-order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Pre-Order Simply Clean
Grab your Bonuses
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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The 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start – Day 6 (Catch-All Day)

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – March 12-18!

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses and coupons too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses (you’ll get them instantly) and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

If you want more details and tips about each day, Chapter 3 of Simply Clean (the one you get early with your pre-order) goes much more in depth.  Just sayin’ 🙂

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

 

(FRIDAY) DAY 6: CATCH-ALL DAY

My secret to a clean house most of the time? I always incorporate and plan for a day to catch up every single week. This is one of the secrets to a clean home. Build in a day that accounts for life’s surprises, because you know they’re going to happen. Someone will get sick, you’ll be needed somewhere else, or maybe you just won’t feel like cleaning bath-rooms or vacuuming. I believe it’s absolutely necessary to give yourself grace and plan for that list to have more on it than you can accomplish. If you didn’t complete everything this week or left something out, go back and finish it up.

What can you catch up on today? Take the time to finish up anything that’s looming, uncompleted, or just bugging you. If you were able to finish everything this week, do a quick cleanup and declutter. Grab a bag or basket and walk through your home picking up anything that’s in a spot where it doesn’t belong. Once you’ve gathered a bag or basket of clutter, return each item to its proper home, put it in a donate bin, or toss it out.

 

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (March 12-18) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on this blog post. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Pre-order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Pre-Order Simply Clean
Grab your Bonuses
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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Clean + Organize With Homekeeping Society – April Essentials

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

I’m so excited for April aren’t you? You’ll find that April’s subscription is simple and fresh.

A couple NEW things to share:

  • You can now purchase a one-year subscription for Homekeeping Society – yay!
  • new feature: QUICK TIPS page for each month – 3+ exclusive tips just for you

April’s Homekeeping Society subscription is up – and it has a shiny new homepage – check it out and use the coupon code 30OFFAPRIL 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 April – 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 APRIL 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!

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The 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge – Day 5 (Wash Floors)

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – March 12-18!

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses and coupons too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses (you’ll get them instantly) and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

If you want more details and tips about each day, Chapter 3 of Simply Clean (the one you get early with your pre-order) goes much more in depth.  Just sayin’ 🙂

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(THURSDAY) DAY 5: FLOOR WASHING

Once your floors are vacuumed and all those edges are clean, it’s time to give them a little love. When you vacuumed thoroughly yesterday you prepped them for washing today. If you know that your baseboards could use a little love today as well, you can wash them right alongside the floors. Today we’re going to concentrate on washing all the hard-surface floors in your home. I’m guessing you have a favorite floor cleaner and floor tool—grab your favorites and get started!

I have found that a couple methods work really well when it comes to floor washing. Every once in a while, the floors need an old-fashioned, hands-and-knees washing. Depending on the time you want to invest and if you prefer washing your floors this way, you might want to go all out today. If not, simply wash them with your favorite method and tools. Start at the back of each room, in the corner farthest away from the door, and wash from left to right, washing your way out of the room. Wash every single hard-surface floor, including the laundry room, bathrooms, entryway, and living areas.

Washing floors is one of the most gratifying homekeeping tasks there is—don’t you just love clean, shiny floors? Spend a little extra time for a deep cleaning. The hard work will be totally worth it!

 

 

 

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (March 12-18) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on this blog post. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Pre-order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Pre-Order Simply Clean
Grab your Bonuses
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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The 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge – Day 4 (Vacuuming)

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – March 12-18!

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses and coupons too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses (you’ll get them instantly) and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

If you want more details and tips about each day, Chapter 3 of Simply Clean (the one you get early with your pre-order) goes much more in depth.  Just sayin’ 🙂

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(WEDNESDAY) DAY 4: VACUUMING

Once you’ve thoroughly dusted your home, it’s time to pick up any dust that settled on the floor and get all those corners and edges that you’ve been neglecting. Today we’re going to vacuum the home completely. Before starting, do a quick declutter to make sure you have picked up anything on the floor that you don’t want vacuumed up. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to start vacuuming. If you think you’re off the hook because you have hard-surface floors in your home, you’re not—everything gets a thorough vacuuming today!

Start on the upper level of your home and at the room farthest away from the entry to that level. If your vacuum cleaner has attachments, put them to use and do a quick vacuuming of your baseboards and edges before you get started with floor or rug vacuuming. Start in the farthest corner of the room and vacuum your way out of the room from left to right. Once you’ve vacuumed in one direction, vacuum in the opposite direction. This might seem counterproductive or like too much work, but it’s a great way to get embedded dirt, pet hair, dust, dander, and anything else that you want out of your carpet. This method will keep those vacuum lines evident and also let you see what you’ve already vacuumed. Embrace cleaning with a method—not only will it make you more efficient, it will keep you on task and focused. Do a thorough vacuuming in each room, taking care to vacuum edges and corners and under furniture as you are able. You’ll find that doing a really good job as you get started will make vacuuming weekly much easier.

 

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (March 12-18) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on this blog post. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Pre-order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Pre-Order Simply Clean
Grab your Bonuses
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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The 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge – Day 3 (Dusting)

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – March 12-18!

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses and coupons too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses (you’ll get them instantly) and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

If you want more details and tips about each day, Chapter 3 of Simply Clean (the one you get early with your pre-order) goes much more in depth.  Just sayin’ 🙂

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(TUESDAY) DAY 3: DUSTING

If you feel like you could dust each and every day of the week and still find dust to be cleared, it’s time to dust a little differently. Proactive and methodical dusting will cure your dusting woes, but first let’s talk a bit about where the dust is coming from and what you can do to keep it away. Dust comes from carpet, bedding, pillows, furnaces, airborne particles form outside, vacuuming, etc. In order to keep it from always showing up on your surfaces, furniture, and electronics, you need to stay on top of the dust. A quick weekly dusting and vacuuming will take care of most of the dust, but follow along for some great tips on how to keep the dust away.

Before you get started, let’s take care of a few maintenance tasks to keep the dust away a little longer. Make sure you have new/clean filters on your furnaces, air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air cleaners. Filters do a great job of trapping dust and particles from the air and it’s important to make sure you’re changing them as often as necessary for your home systems.

  1. Give your vents a quick once-over with your duster or vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment. If you can’t remember the last time you did this or if your vents look especially dirty, you might want to remove them from the wall and wash and dry them or vacuum them out, making sure you remove all the visible dust and dirt.
  2. Once you’ve checked these maintenance items off your list, it’s time to dust, dust, dust! Today’s task is to dust your home thoroughly and extensively. Grab a duster and a microfiber cloth (or your favorite dusting tools). I find that microfiber does a great job grabbing and holding the dust without spreading it around. If you have more than one level in your home, start on the upper floor and dust from the top down. Working from the top down moves the dust to the floor instead of making more work for yourself by having to re-dust things you just dusted.
  3. Dust all the flat surfaces, lifting up and removing items as you go. If you spot something that needs to be put elsewhere or tossed out, put it in a basket and deal with it later. Work quickly and eliminate distractions to complete this dusting adventure. Once you’ve conquered one room, move to the next, and so on. Finish on the main level of your home with a top-to-bottom, left-to-right approach.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (March 12-18) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on this blog post. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Pre-order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Pre-Order Simply Clean
Grab your Bonuses
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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The 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge – Day 2 (Bathrooms)

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – March 12-18!

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses and coupons too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses (you’ll get them instantly) and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

If you want more details and tips about each day, Chapter 3 of Simply Clean (the one you get early with your pre-order) goes much more in depth.  Just sayin’ 🙂

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

 

(MONDAY) DAY 2: BATHROOMS

If you have one bathroom or five, you’re going to spend time today cleaning each and every one of them. Master this method—it’s going to be your new favorite bathroom cleaning routine. It might take you a couple times to get into the groove, but you’ll find that not only is this method efficient, it also will help you clean your bathrooms thoroughly. And a clean bathroom is a wonderful thing!

How to Clean All Your Bathrooms in Just 10–15 Minutes

  1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need cleaning cloths (microfiber ones work great), disinfecting/bathroom cleaner, glass and window cleaner, scrubbing powder or abrasive cleaner, a scrub brush, toilet cleaner and brush, an empty container for dirty cloths or paper towels, and a caddy to carry supplies from one bathroom to the next.
  2. Start with your mirrors. Spray a little window cleaner on your cloth or mirror and wipe clean. Wipe from the top left-hand corner to the top right-hand corner and “Z” your way down to the bottom right-hand corner of the mirror. This method will help you clean your mirrors quickly and it will also ensure that you aren’t leaving any streaks or spots.
  3. Next, move on to your sink, toilet, and bathtub or shower and liberally spray with your favorite disinfecting cleaner. But don’t wipe yet! It’s important to give your cleaners a couple minutes to work. If the cleaner has dried when you come back, just give it a quick spritz and wipe clean. Next time spray a little more liberally so it stays wet until you come back to clean it.
  4. Scrub the toilet. I prefer to use disposable or flushable toilet wipes because toilet brushes gross me out, but that’s just me. Use your favorite toilet scrubber and quickly get the job done.Repeat this process in the next bathrooms.
  5. Clean the mirror, spray cleaner all over the sink, toilet (tank to floor), and tub or shower, and scrub the toilet.
  6. Go back to the first bathroom and wipe the surfaces clean—use a separate cleaning cloth for each toilet, sink, and tub or shower to avoid cross-contamination.
  7. Go to the next bathroom and repeat wiping everything down until you’ve cleaned each bathroom.

Phew! The first time you use this method will most likely take longer than 10–15 minutes, but if you keep up with the routine for a couple weeks you’ll be buzzing through your bathrooms in no time.

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (March 12-18) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on this blog post. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Pre-order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Pre-Order Simply Clean
Grab your Bonuses
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
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Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
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Let’s Get Started! The 7-Day Simply Clean Kick Start Challenge – Day 1

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – March 12-18!

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses and coupons too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses (you’ll get them instantly) and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

If you want more details and tips about each day, Chapter 3 of Simply Clean (the one you get early with your pre-order) goes much more in depth.  Just sayin’ 🙂

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 3 in Simply Clean:

(SUNDAY) DAY 1: DECLUTTERING 101 

One day might not be enough to declutter your whole home, but I think you’ll surprise yourself with how much you can get done in a short period of time.  One or two bags of clutter removed from your home is enough – the point is that you are moving forward and making progress.  Stop worrying about perfection and Pinterest-worthy spaces.  This is your home – get rid of some stuff that’s weighing you down and get ready for the week!

 

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (March 12-18) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on this blog post. Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Pre-order Simply Clean and follow along!

Coming in a little late?  No worries!  Start when and where you can and follow along!  Check out the links below for where you can find the daily prompts and follow what works for you:

Pre-Order Simply Clean
Grab your Bonuses
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge

If you’ve wanted to start a cleaning routine but haven’t known how or where to start, The 7-Day SIMPLY CLEAN Kick Start Challenge is for you.  If you need a little encouragement and help sticking with a cleaning routine, you’ll love this challenge as well.

JOIN THE 7-DAY SIMPLY CLEAN KICK START CHALLENGE – March 12-18!

This challenge is straight from my new book Simply Clean (it comes out March 21st!) – if you pre-order the book you get this challenge (it’s chapter 3) as an instant download with a bunch of other amazing pre-order bonuses too.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the book go here to pre-order then go and grab your bonuses and come on back to this page.  Not sure if you want to buy the book?  No problem, you can complete the challenge without pre-ordering the book.

And don’t worry – I have a spring cleaning series coming up – do this challenge and you’ll be ready for spring cleaning!

Here’s how the challenge is going to work – every day for 7 days (March 12-18) you’ll have an assigned task to complete – you’ll see that the tasks semi-mirror my cleaning routine.  Once you’ve completed the 7 tasks, you’ll be ready to continue with the Simply Clean Method as you move forward. I’ll be sharing the daily tasks on social media and back on a blog post that will live on the blog – look for that on the starting day of the challenge —- Sunday, March 12th! Want to join in and get a jumpstart on your cleaning routine and bring a little order to your home?  Pre-order Simply Clean and follow along – I’ll be posting the challenge on the blog and on social media as well as in my private Facebook group, Homekeeping Society.

Here’s your little pre-challenge checklist – pick and choose what way works best for you to follow along!

Pre-Order Simply Clean
Grab your Bonuses
Follow Clean Mama on Facebook
Follow Clean Mama on Instagram
Join Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
Subscribe to Clean Mama:

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How to Clean a Microwave

Cleaning a microwave isn’t difficult but it’s definitely a neglected task – out of sight, out of mind.  Food splatters and spills happen and if your house is anything like mine, it’s much easier to the close the door than wipe up those drips and spills.

How to Clean a Microwave

Fill a glass bowl or measuring cup with 3-4 cups of hot tap water.

Cut a lemon into chunks and place in the warm water.  

Put the bowl of water and lemon/lemon juice in the microwave and run it until the water boils (3-5 minutes). 

Let the steam do its job – don’t open the door for at least 5 minutes.  Let the steam work to dissolve any grease, drips, and grime.  Repeat if you don’t see steam on the inside of the microwave.

Take out the glass plate or tray in your microwave and wash it in your sink or dishwasher.

Wipe the interior of the microwave clean.  If you need a little extra cleaning power spritz with white vinegar or non-toxic all-purpose cleaner.  Use a sponge or a microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe clean and rinse and wring as you’re wiping .

Wash and dry the glass plate and return it to the microwave.

HAVE A CLEANING THE MICROWAVE TIP?  SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS!

If you haven’t pre-ordered my new book Simply Clean, don’t miss the amazing bonuses and coupons included in the download packet – Simply Clean comes out in less than 2 weeks! Go to this post for more info!

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How to Keep Towels Soft + Fluffy

Soft and fluffy towels are the best, aren’t they?  What happens to make them veer away from that wonderful state?  Real life.  Towels absorb water, aren’t hung up optimally, remain damp and get stinky.  Hampers and baskets are full, towels get stuffed into the washing machine and never get fully clean.  Then they get over-stuffed into the dryer and don’t get completely dry or get dry but aren’t folded right away leaving them wrinkled and crunchy.

It’s much easier than you might think to keep those towels looking and feeling like new.

De-stink your towels

First things first, let’s start with a couple ‘rules’ to help keep your towels smelling good:

  • Make sure your towel storage method is optimal for non-stinky towels.
  • Use bath towels no more than twice before washing and make sure that they are able to fully dry in between uses and before tossing them in a hamper or laundry basket.
  • Change your hand towels often – daily is optimal.
  • Never leave your towels (or any laundry) longer than a couple hours in the washing machine.  The wet towels and closed space are breeding grounds for bacteria to build up.
  • Never over-fill your washing machine or dryer as you want adequate water flow in the wash and air flow in the dryer to clean and dry your towels (and any laundry).
  • If you notice on my cleaning routine I wash sheets and towels on Saturdays.  This works really well to keep the towels clean and put away on schedule.
  • If you have some extra stinky towels use 1/2 cup baking soda in a wash and then re-wash the towels with your favorite detergent.

Stop using liquid fabric softener

Fabric softener coats the fibers and can keep your towels from getting fully clean –  not to mention it’s full of chemicals that you don’t need in your home.  You can use white vinegar as a softener (1/4 cup/load) and bonus, it’ll freshen up your towels too. Simply pour the vinegar in the softener dispenser on your washing machine. If you’re a fabric softener junkie check out this post for 4 ways to naturally soften and freshen your laundry.

Switch to white towels

If you’re looking to simplify your laundry, I also suggest switching to white towels.  Why?  You can wash them all at once, they can be washed on hot or sanitize when needed without fading. Wash them with bleach alternative to remove stains without any spotting or fading.  And best of all?  White towels add a spa-like look to your bathrooms and they match with just about any color or decor.

Purchase new towels

If your towels have seen better days and they’re showing signs of wear, you might need some new towels. Donate old towels to your local animal shelter or donation spot. I keep a stack of old, worn towels on hand for bathing the dog and when the kids are sick and need a path to the bathroom.  I love Home Goods, Costco, and Target for high quality towels at low prices.

Have a soft + fluffy towel tip?  Share it in the comments!

If you haven’t pre-ordered my new book Simply Clean, don’t miss the amazing bonuses and coupons included in the download packet. Go to this post for more info!

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Sunday Prep : Simple Things You Can Do to Get Ready for the Week

Part of the beauty of my cleaning routine is that Sunday is a day of rest, relaxation, and family time.  I still keep up with my daily tasks –  make beds, check floors, wipe counters, clutter, and laundry, but I don’t have a specified cleaning task.  Some Sundays I use that extra time that I’m not cleaning routine-ing to do a couple things in the afternoon or evening that set us up for the week ahead.

Don’t think that you need to do all of these things, just choose one or two that you think will be benefit your next week self.

Sunday Prep : Simple Things You Can Do to Get Ready for the Week

  • Double check the calendar and/or your planner and make sure you have everything accounted for and that you know what’s coming in the upcoming week.
  • Empty dishwasher or finish washing dishes – put everything away.  I love starting the week with an emptied dishwasher and sink.
  • Clear a counter or small space – a mini declutter session sets your home up for more organization.
  • Scrub the kitchen sink – I use this recipe and method.
  • Wash and cut produce for lunches, snacks, and dinner.  This is super helpful for keeping good habits of snacking on fruits and veggies in lieu of other choices and it’s time-saving for the coming week too!
  • Catch up on laundry – empty those baskets and make sure everything’s put away.  Check out two methods here.
  • Set out clothes for Monday or for the whole week.
  • Prep a meal or two (or more) for the coming week.  Simple steps like cutting up veggies for a salad or crockpot meal or browning turkey for spaghetti can make the week run a little bit smoother.  Here’s a post with a free printable checklist perfect for meal prepping.
  • Bake something!  We make muffins, granola, and energy bites on weekends.  They’re great for breakfasts and lunches for the week ahead.
  • Finish a project – if there’s something that you need OR want to get done, just finish it up.  I find that Sunday evenings I’m rested and ready for the week and a little more ambitious.  I might work on going through photos or finish up a good book.  It doesn’t have to be housework!

What’s one thing that might help your upcoming week?

I talk a little bit about Sunday prepping in my upcoming book, Simply Clean – did you pre-order it yet?

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