ENDED : FREE Clean Mama Home Essentials Kit!

EXTENDED – Grove has extended this deal for you! Don’t miss this out on getting the Clean Mama Home Essentials Kit for FREE ($31+ value + free shipping) – grab yours before it’s really gone 8/30! I hope you know that I LOVE cleaning, helping you clean, and figuring out the best ways to naturally clean just about anything.  Today I get to let you in on a two-fold little secret – where I find natural cleaning supplies and products AND that you can now find Clean Mama Home Products at the same place!  Keep reading to find out how you can get a Clean Mama Home Essentials Kit  for FREE ($31.27 value)!  (THIS OFFER IS ONLY GOOD UNTIL 8/30/16 OR UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST – DON’T MISS IT!)
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Have you heard of Grove Collaborative (formerly ePantry)?  Grove Collaborative is an online marketplace that delivers natural household and personal care products right to your door. Most of the products that I use and love are on their shelves and now you can also purchase Clean Mama Home products as well!  Hooray!
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My kids go back to school this week and I’m putting everything I possibly can on autopilot.  If you’re feeling like you need to simplify and automate something, start with your homekeeping goods and personal care products.  Grove makes it so simple and easy, and it’s actually cheaper than online retailers AND the big box stores.

Why you should put your homekeeping shopping list on auto-pilot:

  1. Less leaving the house for shopping = more money in the checking account.
  2. I save time and energy by keeping a list in my Grove Collaborative shopping cart – I reorder what I need, when I need it.
  3. The Grove Collaborative prices are LOWER than just about anywhere else for natural cleaning, homekeeping, and personal care products.
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I am so excited to finally be able to share this collaboration and partnership with you!  To kick it off, Grove Collaborative is giving my readers and followers this exclusive bundle to say thank you for trying out their service!  (Sorry, this offer is only open to new Grove customers BUT if you are an existing customer you’ll see Clean Mama Home products available – yay!)
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Here’s how you can get 3 Clean Mama Home products + Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap for FREE (with free shipping too!) while checking off items on your shopping list at the same time.

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Here’s what you need to do to grab your Cleaning Essentials Kit for FREE ($31.27 value) and free shipping!

  1. Go to Grove Collaborative by clicking here.
  2. Take a simple 4-question quiz (this only takes seconds) to help them find your favorite products.
  3. They will create a custom cart of products for you to try (you can change scents, quantities, or delete entirely) and it will add 3 Clean Mama Home products + Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap for free – and bonus, you’ll get free shipping on top of all that!
  4. Change or delete any products you don’t want (just keep at least $20 in there to get the free products!)
  5. Check out, save money and free stuff shows up at your house!
  6. If you join their VIP program, you always get free shipping + 5 free gifts each year!

Why I use Grove Collaborative as my natural homekeeping resource:

  • Flexible delivery schedules — automatically receive monthly shipments or edit delivery dates to get products exactly when you need them
  • Custom baskets — They make suggestions, but you can always make changes or add/remove products – I love this for finding new products!  You can search by brand or by category – if you’re looking for more Clean Mama Home products just look on the brands dropdown and you’ll find it under Clean Mama.
  • No surprises — you’ll get two reminder e-mails (one week and one day before a scheduled shipment) so you can make any necessary changes.  You can cancel anytime, pause delivery,
  • Great customer service — they have an entire Community Happiness team ready to answer your questions and help you with your purchase.

Cleaning Essentials

  • Grove Collaborative makes creating a healthy, beautiful home easy with the best natural products – and now you can get select Clean Mama Home products too!  What better way to begin creating your healthy, beautiful home than with this incredible Cleaning Essentials kit?

You’ll get these products for FREE and you’ll get FREE shipping!

  • A beautiful, high quality, Clean Mama Home Glass Spray Bottle + 3 cleaning recipe labels : all-purpose disinfecting spray, window + glass spray, and granite + marble spray
  • An incredibly durable and effective Clean Mama Home Microfiber Cleaning Cloth that can be used on all surfaces
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap – you choose the scent!

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– I think you’ll be surprised by just HOW MUCH you can save – I filled my basket with all these products for just over $25!  The suggested price of all these products is over $73 – that’s almost 75% off and you get FREE shipping!  Just make sure you keep $20 in your basket to get the free Clean Mama Home Essentials Kit.

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Here’s everything you’ll see in your basket – keep it or change it up for your needs – just keep at least $20 in your cart so you get the FREE Clean Mama Home Essentials Kit.

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Haven’t tried Grove? What are you waiting for? Click here to grab your free gift and free shipping now!

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Disclaimer: I worked with Grove to create this free offer for you, it is not a sponsored post. If you choose to grab these free products, I do receive a commission.  You can read my full disclaimer here.
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DIY Homemade Cleaners : Nightly Sink Scrub

 

Nightly Sink Scrub - Clean Mama

My favorite DIY recipe is also my favorite nightly ritual – the Nightly Sink Scrub.  It’s a recipe I came up with a few years ago and it pretty much started my DIY cleaners obsession which also turned into my first book, The Organically Clean Home.  The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple to whip up and it does such a great job at giving the sink a little scrub, you’ll love it!  Did you know that the sink is pretty much the dirtiest spot in your whole home?  Another reason to give it a nightly scrub!

DIY Nightly Sink Scrub - Clean Mama

Gather your simple ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • castile soap (or dish soap) (this is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!)
  • container with a lid or a shaker top (I like a mason jar, this one specifically :)) – I’ve previously used a shaker top but have switched to a lid – either way works!
  • sink safe scrub brush – I use this one and keep it under my sink in a vintage mason jar.  I can toss the head in the dishwasher to sanitize it as needed.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

  1. put baking soda in your container
  2. add essential oils to the top of the baking soda
  3. stir and combine with a kitchen knife
  4. wet your sink
  5. sprinkle liberally in your sink
  6. add a squirt or two of dish or castile soap
  7. scrub with a sink-safe scrubber
  8. rinse thoroughly

Sink Scrub

I keep this jar and scrubber under the kitchen sink just for cleaning the sink – it’s convenient and easy to grab every night.

Nightly Sink Scrub Under the Kitchen Sink - Clean Mama

There you have it – a simple and effective DIY cleaning recipe to add to your repertoire!

Nightly Sink Scrub and Brush - Clean Mama

 

Nightly Sink Scrub - scrub rinse repeat - Clean Mama

More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama

Soft Cleaning Paste - the perfect scrub - Clean Mama

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

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DIY Cleaners : Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama

This isn’t the first time I’ve shared this recipe on the blog and a version of this recipe is also in my book, but since I use it multiple times a day on my kitchen counters I thought it might be time to re-share this recipe.  It’s easily one of my favorites!

If you have granite or marble counters you know that they take a little more care to clean up any spills right away and you also have to be very careful to use only ingredients that are safe to use on them.  Most countertop manufacturers and installers recommend just using dish soap and water, which I use regularly to clean my counters, but I do like a good spray cleaner 🙂  This recipe is a twist on the soap and water but I’ve added a little rubbing alcohol – the reason for this is 3-fold: (1) alcohol kills germs, (2) alcohol helps the water to dry a little more quickly, (3) alcohol is pH neutral – it has the same acidity of water. You can’t use vinegar on stone counters because the vinegar has a pH and over time it will etch away at the finish of your stone.  Not good.  Give this recipe a try – you’ll love how quick it is to mix up and how easy it is to use.

Gather your ingredients and tools…

Ingredients for Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray - Clean Mama

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon castile or dish soap (if you want your spray to smell like your dish soap, use that)

TOOLS:

  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • funnel – this just makes it easier to pour liquid ingredients into a spray bottle
  • spray bottle

Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and CLEAN!

Marble + Granite Cleaning Spray on Counter

You can purchase the recipe label, spray bottle, and aqua (or white) bar mop towels in my shop, Clean Mama Home.

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More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

Soft Cleaning Paste - the perfect scrub - Clean Mama

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

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DIY Cleaners : Soft Cleaning Paste

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I’ve been sharing my favorite DIY Cleaners for spring cleaning this week and I just LOVE this soft cleaning paste.  It is perfect for bathrooms, tubs, tile, faucets….anywhere you need a little paste to get rid of soap scum, water spots, and just plain old dirt.

PLEASE NOTE : If you want to store this recipe (that’s what I do) make sure that you are mixing it up a little on the drier/ not liquid-y side.  If it’s too runny, it will expand inside the container when it’s drying.

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SOFT CLEANING PASTE

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid (preservative)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons castile soap or dish soap
  • 10- 20 drops essential oils ( I use lemon and peppermint)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup white vinegar (depending on desired consistency – do not go over 3/4 cup)

Soft Cleaning Paste - mix into a paste - Clean Mama

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add soap and essential oils and carefully add 1/2 cup of white vinegar (it will bubble a bit).  Mix thoroughly and add up to 1/4 cup more vinegar if you want more of a sauce than a paste.  Store in a sealed container – it should last at least a month in a cool dark place.  Scoop out a tablespoon or two and apply with a sponge or a scrub brush and scrub away.  Rinse thoroughly.

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If you’d rather purchase this recipe already on an adorable label with or without a mason jar to store it in – look no further than Clean Mama Home:

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More posts in this series – just click on the image to go to the post:

All-Purpose Spray - Clean Just About Anywhere Spary - Clean Mama

The Perfect DIY Glass Cleaner - Clean Mama

Essential Tools for Spring Cleaning - Clean Mama

Come Spring Clean Challenge - main Clean Mama

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

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DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage - Clean Mama

I was looking for a little revamp in the organization of my DIY cleaners ingredient storage and came up with something that I thought you might like too. I’m doing a little organizing before officially starting my spring cleaning (get your Come Spring Clean Challenge checklist here).  You’ll notice that the first item on the checklist is to clean up/declutter cleaning supply storage.  I’ve re-organized my cleaning closet (it’ll be on the blog soon) but a fun mini-projects was to transfer cleaning powders into large canning jars.  Doing this freed up space and made the ingredients more easily accessible for me.  Each of the boxes and bags were half-empty and taking up a lot of space, so it was the perfect time for this project.

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Here’s what you need:

  • jars – I used 1 quart Ball canning jars in aqua
  • labels – I used chalkboard labels and a chalkboard marker and trimmed them to fit
  • dry ingredients – I use these regularly – baking soda, epsom salt, washing soda, Borax
  • funnel (not necessary, but might be helpful)

This is such a simple and fun little project – it doesn’t really need instructions, but here’s what I did:

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Make sure the containers are clean and dry.  Transfer powder into container.

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Cut chalkboard label to fit lid and label with a chalkboard marker.  You could also use a hang tag, washi tape, or a label maker.

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Put in a safe place, out of reach of children and pets.

DIY Cleaners Ingredient Storage in basket - Clean Mama

Are you joining in the Come Spring Challenge?  

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 Want to up the cute factor in your cleaning?  Check out my brand new shop and product line, Clean Mama HOME!

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8 Simple DIY Bathroom Cleaners + FREE Printable

Looking for some natural cleaners to clean your bathrooms?  Today I’m sharing my 8 favorite DIY Bathroom Cleaners AND a free printable too!  Chances are you have most of these ingredients in your home already, let’s put them to work.

Bathrooms seem to pose the most misconception when it comes to the proper way to clean them.  A hazmat suit is NOT required and if you mix up your own cleaners, you can control the scent, the amount of cleaner that you mix up, and you know exactly what ingredients you’re cleaning with.  That’s a win-win!  Cleaners should contain ingredients that you can actually pronounce and be safe to use around your family, two important criteria that many common cleaners can’t meet. Try your hand at these natural and effective bathroom DIY cleaners and see what a difference natural cleaners can make in your bathroom and home.

8 Simple DIY Bathroom Cleaner - Clean Mama

Download the 8 Simple DIY Bathroom Cleaner Recipes printable here

It’s time to take a closer look at your commercial bathroom cleaners and make the switch to safer alternatives. You’ll be surprised by just how well they work!

8 Simple DIY Bathroom Cleaners - Free Printable - Clean Mama

If you like this FREE printable, check out my shop!

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Here are some other great DIY cleaners you might like – just click on the images to go to the posts….

8 Simple DIY Cleaners - FREE Printable via Clean Mama

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

How to Clean Woodwork and Cupboards via Clean Mama

Quick Clean - Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

If you like these DIY recipes and tips, you’ll LOVE my book, The Organically Clean Home!

Give the Gift of The Organically Clean Home this Holiday Season via Clean Mama

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3 Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors with Vinegar

When it comes to controversial cleaning topics, patient cleaning hardwood floors with vinegar is close to the top believe it or not.  If you are in the ‘it’s not safe camp’, you probably won’t like this post.  But in my research and years of personal cleaning experience, I believe that there are 3 basic and safe methods that can be used.

 

What’s the big concern with vinegar and hardwood floors?  Vinegar is an acid and hardwood floors need a pH neutral or close to it cleaner.  When mixed with water, the solution’s acidity is drastically lowered and it becomes an effective method to wash hardwood floors.  The vinegar and water mixture cuts through dirt and grime, leaving a streak-free and naturally clean floor.

 

3 Ways to Wash Hardwood Floors via Clean Mama
NOTE:  Cleaning floors with vinegar is merely my suggestion, please form your own opinion and try at your own risk.  If you are unsure, test in an inconspicuous spot.  These recipes are only for SEALED hardwood floors or pre-fabricated hardwood floors, not waxed or unfinished hardwoods.
I always I like to give my readers a range of options and solutions. Some people love making their own cleaners while others prefer the pre-mixed, ready to go options.  I only recommend products that are non-toxic and safe to use around people and pets, but these are all products that I use and love.  At the end of the post you’ll see some a post linked with other hardwood floor cleaning options if you don’t want to use vinegar.

You probably know this, but it’s worth mentioning:

Hardwood floors foot sections and never let standing water sit on hardwood floors as it can warp and ruin the wood.

3 Ways to Safely Wash Hardwood Floors with Vinegar

METHOD #1: By Hand with a Bucket and Cloth

Bucket Method via Clean Mama

This is the old-fashioned method to wash floors and works great if you are wanting to get up close and personal with your floors.  I don’t do this every week, but when I feel like the floors need a really good cleaning, this works really well.  You can use the mixture on most baseboards too.

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 gallon of warm water
  • 2-3 drops essential oils (I love lemon or lemon and clove for my hardwood floors)

METHOD #2: Refillable Spray Mop

Refillable Spray Mop via Clean Mama

Refillable spray mops (this is the one I’m using now – I love it!) are super convenient and work well for daily touch ups and regular floor cleaning.  Make sure that your microfiber pad is rinsed frequently to prevent streaking.

  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 16 ounces of warm water
  • 1-2 drops essential oils (I love lemon or lemon and clove for my hardwood floors)

METHOD #3: Spray Bottle and Microfiber Mop

Spray Bottle and Microfiber Mop via Clean Mama

If you prefer a spray bottle and microfiber mop, this works great – I recommend this microfiber mop.  Mix up the same solution that you’d put in a refillable spray mop bottle, wet the mop head with water and wring out.  Then spray and wipe, working in 4-6 foot sections.

  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 16 ounces of warm water
  • 1-2 drops essential oils (I love lemon or lemon and clove for my hardwood floors)

3 Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors with Vinegar

What’s your favorite hardwood floor cleaner and/or method?

Check out these posts for more cleaning info – just click on the image to go straight to the post:

The Best Ways to Clean and Care for Hard Surface Floors via Clean Mama

How to Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner via Clean Mama

Kid-Friendly Cleaning Caddy + DIY Cleaning Spray via Clean Mama

Six Things I Do Every Day to Keep the House Clean via Clean Mama

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8 Simple DIY Kitchen Cleaners + FREE Printable

Looking for some natural cleaners to clean your kitchen?  Today I’m sharing my 8 favorite DIY Kitchen Cleaners AND a free printable too!  Chances are you have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already, let’s put them to work.  It’s time to bust the common misconception that in order to clean well, you need chemical-laden cleaners to get the job done. Cleaners should contain ingredients that you can actually pronounce and be safe to use around your family, two important criteria that many common under the sink cleaners can’t meet. Try your hand at these natural and effective kitchen friendly DIY cleaners and see what a difference natural cleaners can make in your kitchen and home.

8 Simple DIY Cleaners - FREE Printable via Clean Mama

Download the 8 Simple DIY Kitchen Cleaner Recipes printable here

It’s time to take a closer look at your commercial kitchen cleaners and make the switch to safer alternatives. You’ll be surprised by just how well they work!

8 Simple DIY Cleaners - Clean Your Kitchen with Natural Ingredients - Free Printable via Clean Mama

If you like this FREE printable, check out my shop!

Everyday Cleaning Calendar Close Up - Clean Mama

Here are some other great DIY cleaners you might like – just click on the images to go to the posts….

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

How to Clean Woodwork and Cupboards via Clean Mama

Quick Clean - Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

If you like these DIY recipes and tips, you’ll LOVE my book, The Organically Clean Home!

Give the Gift of The Organically Clean Home this Holiday Season via Clean Mama

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3 Natural Odor Eliminators

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

Stinky shoes, smelly garbage cans, and stale air are common household odors.  If you’re looking for natural solutions to these odors, I have three easy to make and use odor busters.  With just a couple ingredients and a few minutes you can make these natural busters and put them to use today.

A couple notes:  You can find a lot of the products used in these recipes in my Amazon shop and I used 8 ounce spray bottles – if you have a larger size, simply double the recipe to make it fit in your spray bottle.

Lemon + Clove Air Freshener Spray via Clean Mama

Lemon + Clove Air Freshener Spray

My favorite scent combination – perfect for any time a room needs a little freshening up.  The lemon and clove is great warm scent for fall, but you can use your favorite essential oils too – get creative!

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vodka (or rubbing alcohol)  – I use vodka in this recipe because it’s odorless and evaporates quickly.
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
spray bottle

Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to combine.  Spray 2-3 sprays in any room that needs a little freshening.

Lemon + Clove Air Freshener via Clean Mama

Lemon + Peppermint Garbage Can Freshening Tablets via Clean Mama

Lemon + Peppermint Garbage Can Freshening Tablets

This concoction works great in the bottom of garbage cans and diaper pails.  Place one or two anywhere a little odor absorption is necessary.  Toss when odors aren’t being absorbed any longer.

1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup epsom salts
about 1/4 cup water
10 drops of your favorite essential oils
ice cube tray(s)

Garbage Can Fresheners in Ice Cube Trays via Clean Mama

Combine the ingredients and make a dry paste and spoon a tablespoon at a time in each compartment.  Don’t fill to the top because the mixture will expand a bit.  Allow to dry out completely overnight and/or in the sun.  Once the tablets have hardened, carefully turn the tray over onto a clean surface.  Place 1-2 in a garbage can – it should last at least 2 weeks.  Store tablets in an airtight container for 3 months.

Fresheners in a Jar via Clean Mama

Citrus + Tea Tree Fabric Sanitizer via Clean Mama

Citrus + Tea Tree Fabric Sanitizer Spray

If you need to sanitize/freshen a pillow or a pair of shoes, this spray will become a new favorite.

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
2 drops citrus essential oil
4 drops tea trea (melaleuca) oil

Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to combine.  Spray on shoes and fabric to freshen – let dry completely before using.  If you are concerned about water on fabric, test in an inconspicuous area first.

Fabric Sanitizer via Clean Mama

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

These (and 150 more) recipes also appear in my book, The Organically Clean Home.  It’s the perfect cleaning resource!  Like DIY cleaning and recipes?  You’ll love these posts!

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Kid-Friendly Cleaning Caddy + DIY Cleaning Spray

Kid-Friendly Cleaning Caddy + DIY Cleaning Spray via Clean Mama

With summer upon us, structure and routines change.  In our house, the kids are responsible at an early age (I start with simple tasks at 2 years old) for tasks and chores around the house.  It’s helpful for me, teaches responsibility, and keeps the nagging away.  With my cleaning routine I am doing a little bit of cleaning every day and I integrate that into the kids’ days as well.  We all do a little bit every day and it really is just a couple minutes to complete a couple simple tasks.  I have a couple tactics that I utilize with my kids (9, 7, and 3) and today I’m sharing one of my favorites – keep an eye out for more to come through the month.

I have found that keeping a little cleaning caddy in the mud room for the kids to use is helpful.  I keep it stocked with kid-friendly supplies so we can clean together and learn a little bit at the same time.  Here are the most-used and fought over supplies in the kids’ cleaning caddy.

Kid Friendly Cleaning Caddy via Clean Mama

Want to teach your kids how to help around the house with daily tasks and chores?  Make it EASY and FUN for them to help out!  Keep the tasks simple and age-appropriate for your house.  This cleaning caddy can be used daily or weekly, depending on what works for your family and schedule.

Need some ideas for what kids can do to help out around the house?  Here are a couple ideas to get you started:

  • make beds
  • fold and put away clothes
  • dust
  • wipe baseboards, door handles, light switches (baby wipes are great for this!)
  • dust surfaces
  • wipe windows and mirrors
  • take out garbage
  • wipe counters
  • wipe kitchen table
  • sweep under kitchen table
  • tidy up bedroom
  • wipe bathroom counter and sink
  • sweep/vacuum floors

(Obviously, you know your children and know what they can/cannot do on this list, this is merely a suggestion and starting point.  Please use care to provide non-toxic cleaners or water in a spray bottle for your children.)

Tools for Cleaning With Kids via Clean Mama

KIDS’ CLEANING SUPPLY SUGGESTIONS:

  • microfiber and/or cleaning cloths
  • sponge
  • baby wipes – great for baseboards and door knobs
  • small dusting wand – Target has the white ones
  • hand vacuum – I turn my stick/floor vacuum into a hand vacuum for the kids
  • mini broom with dust pan
  • water or non-toxic cleaner in a spray bottle (keep reading for my favorite DIY recipe)
  • small cleaning caddy – the one pictured is from Target – it’s a silverware caddy

 

Kid Safe Cleaning Spray Recipe via Clean Mama

Want to make a Kid-Safe Cleaning Spray that works and is safe for your kids to use?  Try this simple mixture:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops essential oils – My kids’ favorite mix is 10 drops of lemon and 10 drops of orange.

Pour into a spray bottle with funnel.  Attach spray top, shake to combine and use as you would any all-purpose cleaner.  (Not to be used on granite and marble; the acid in vinegar will etch the surface.)

DIY Cleaning Spray via Clean Mama

If you like this DIY recipe, you’ll love my book, The Organically Clean Home!

Here’s another way to encourage cleaning up – click on the image.

Simple Chore Chart and Reward System Your Kids Will Love via Clean Mama

 

Clean Mama's Simple Summer Challenge via Clean MamaThis post is part of my SIMPLE SUMMER CHALLENGE – throughout the month I’m sharing ways to keep up with routines while having lots of fun in the process.  Go here to see the introduction post, and here to see all the posts in this series.  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for more on this summer challenge!

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Homekeeping Skills You Need In the Bathroom

Homekeeping Skills You Need In the Bathroom via Clean Mama

Keeping house is not instinctive for most people, order it’s a learned behavior and habits that need to be repeated (all the time, pill unfortunately) to be effective.  Here are 5 most-asked questions regarding tasks for cleaning and maintaining bathrooms answered in true bossy-pants fashion.  Try out my techniques and see what you think!  Hopefully my methods are time-saving and effective for your homekeeping endeavors.  Keep an eye out for more posts in this series.  Happy homekeeping!

Make a Bathroom Cleaning Caddy

I find it very helpful to have a small bathroom cleaning supply caddy stored under each bathroom sink to make cleaning up a breeze. It also eliminates searching for and dragging around supplies from bathroom to bathroom. I find that if I see a need to do a quick clean up in the bathroom I am more inclined to quickly clean it up right then and there versus running to another room to gather the supplies I need.  If I am supervising bath or shower time, sick I like to use that time to spray and wipe down the counter, toilet and floor surrounding the toilet. Of course, never leave your child unattended and consider the age of your child or children as you work.

I find the following items to be helpful in my mini bathroom cleaning caddy:

The recipes below are from my book, The Organically Clean Home – find out more here if you are interested!  If you are not interested in making your own cleaning products, stock your cleaning caddy with your favorite disinfecting cleaner, glass cleaner, and scrub.

 

LAVENDER + LEMON DISINFECTING SPRAY:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties, feel free to substitute rubbing alcohol for similar results)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water (distilled or boiled and cooled)

Mix together in a glass spray bottle, spray on surface and allow to sit for 10 minutes to disinfect before wiping.

 

LEMON + CLOVE SCRUB:

  • 2 cups Baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • container with a shaker top – I used a Ball canning jar, cut cardstock for the top (instead of the metal lid and punched 4 holes with a standard hole puncher.

Sprinkle on surface before using a sponge or cloth to gently remove surface stains and polish.

Washing and Caring for White Towels

If you are looking to simplify your laundry routine, one of my favorite fixes is to switch over to all white towels.  You can wash all your towels together, they can be washed on hot without fading or color changing and you can wash them with oxygenated bleach to remove stains without any spotting or fading. I also love how white towels match any bathroom decor and add a little spa-like feel as well.

In order to keep your towels soft, fluffy and white, it’s important to launder your towels the correct way. While fabric softeners claim to make towels softer while adding scent, they actually coat the fibers with a layer of water repelling residue. This residue causes the fibers get dingy over time and makes it harder to truly get clean. I like to wash my white towels with hot water, detergent and a scoop of oxygen safe bleach (powdered oxi-clean). I also like to add between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser (or a softener ball) to help the detergent work more effectively as well as soften up the fibers.

Under the Bathroom Sink Organizing

It doesn’t take long for clutter to accumulate under the bathroom sink. Between a garbage can, hair tools, toiletries and random odds and ends, it’s easy for disorganization and clutter to take over.

Check out these tips for quick and easy organizing tips:

CLEAN: Begin by emptying out the cupboard and wiping it clean.  Toss or donate anything that isn’t used regularly, is expired or is just clutter.

CONTAIN: The next step is to separate and group like items together and place them in a container.  I like using open plastic storage containers for easy access to products.  Keeping items contained also ensures that any leaky products won’t ruin your cabinets.

CLEANING CADDY: For me, the most important item under the bathroom sink is a bathroom cleaning caddy.  Keeping your most-used cleaning sprays and tools at the ready make it easier to spot clean a bathroom or completely clean it when you have a pocket of time. See the suggestions above for creating your own bathroom cleaning caddy.

GARBAGE LINERS: Ready for an easy tip? Keep a small roll of garbage can liners or several extras in the bottom of your garbage can.  This saves both time searching for an empty bag as well as little messes. Keeping the garbage cans lined keeps the mess in the bag and makes it easy to collect come garbage day.

Make Your Shower Cleaner

With the amount of use that a shower gets, it doesn’t take long for soap residue, water spots and grime to accumulate. Coupled with the warm, humid environment of a typical bathroom, mildew and residue can become a real problem in no time. Rather than spending time scrubbing with harsh chemical based cleansers or buying expensive, commercial shower cleaners, try out this lightly scented, effective and natural daily shower spray instead. Not only does it work to eliminate residue and germs but it’s an economical and safe choice as well.

PEPPERMINT DAILY SHOWER CLEANER SPRAY:

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix and store in a spray bottle.  Spray shower or tub daily after showering has occurred.  No rinse needed.  Use a squeegee at the end of your shower time to help with water spots and remove excess water as well.

Organize Your Bathroom Toiletries with Ease

Toiletries and products have the tendency to accumulate and reproduce in no time. Before you know it, your bathroom closet, cupboard and countertops can become overrun with toiletries, makeup and beauty supplies, sure to make finding anything in a reasonable amount of time a challenge.

Ready for some easy organizing? Begin in your bathroom with this process:

  • Completely empty your spaces, including drawers, shower stall, shower organizer, cupboard, or any other area you are storing your toiletries.
  • Spray all surfaces with with your favorite all-purpose cleaner and wipe area clean.
  • Toss any toiletries that you haven’t used in the last month, are expired or that you don’t see yourself using in the near future.
  • Follow the best rule of organizing: group like items together.  If you have lots of sample-sized toiletries put them in a box, bin, or basket for guests or for future
  • Look in to a suitable drawer organizer or storage solution. If you don’t have any in your bathroom drawers, consider picking up a couple so your toiletries can stay organized. Consider the size and contents of what you are storing in your drawers in order to get the best option to maximize your organization and storage.
  • Short on storage space? Condense your toiletries down as much as you can. This will simplify your routine and toiletry storage.

Here are a couple more posts that you might enjoy as you venture down the homekeeping highway – simply click on the image to go to the post!

How to Speed Clean ALL Your Bathrooms in 15 Minutes via Clean Mama

Six Things I Do Every Day to Keep the House Clean via Clean Mama

Laundry Day vs. Laundry Every Day - Two Methods that Really Work via Clean Mama

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Quick Clean : Lemon Disposal Cleaner

Quick Clean - Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

If you have a garbage disposal or kitchen drain you know it can get a little stinky from time to time.  I have a simple, 2 ingredient DIY solution that you can probably whip up today.  If you want to add this to your routine, use this weekly.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh or in a jar)

Mix the baking soda and lemon juice together to make a pasty liquid.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner via Clean Mama

The liquid will start fizzing – quickly pour down the disposal.

Lemon Disposal Cleaner in drain via Clean Mama

Let it sit for at least 5 minutes.  Run cold water and turn on the disposal and run for up to a minute.  If you’re following along with the Spring Clean in 30 Challenge, this is today’s task – hooray!

Lemon and Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

Curious how I clean my sink?  Check out this post for my Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub – it’s probably my favorite DIY cleaning recipe!

If you like this DIY recipe, you’ll LOVE my book, The Organically Clean Home!

Give the Gift of The Organically Clean Home this Holiday Season via Clean Mama

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The Ultimate Natural Cleaning Resource

The Ultimate Natural Cleaning Resource - Your Guide to DIY Cleaners, How-Tos, and Helpful Tips via Clean Mama
I’ve covered A LOT of natural cleaning topics over the last year or so, I even had a book published all about natural and organic cleaning.  Scroll down to see the categories and posts.  Make sure you pin the post for later!   Don’t miss the new FREE calendar for January!  It’ll get you in the mood for cleaning up your space!  If you like this post, check out The Ultimate Guide to Simple Organizing.
DIY CLEANING RESOURCES
DIY CLEANING PRODUCTS
CLEANING ROUTINE
HOW TO

DIY NATURAL CLEANER RECIPES

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Homekeeping Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Homekeeping Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season via Clean Mama

The Organically Clean Home has been out for a little over 6 months, and just a year ago I was turning over the manuscript to the publisher.   Have you purchased it?  Do you love it?  How about giving it as a gift!  We’re heading into that busy holiday season and I thought I’d give you a couple ideas of ways you can use The Organically Clean Home as a gift.  Shoot, you should probably just purchase a few copies to have on hand for gifts (ha!).

I am a big fan of giving consumable gifts – gifts that get used up.  Fancy hand soaps and lotions, candles, food, spices, condiments and other items that the recipient will use and might not buy for him/herself.  No clutter left behind and a little something special for as long as it lasts.  So these cleaning-related gifts fit the bill for the consumable gift giver in me.  I have a handful of ideas, but all you really need are a couple foundation pieces and I bet you can come up with the perfect gift for your recipient too!

Disclaimer:  Cleaning products as a gift are not for everyone, but for that friend or family member that loves things like this, it’s a perfect gift.

Ingredient Ideas for Homekeeping Gifts via Clean Mama

Gather some of your favorite items to clean with and put together a unique and personal gift this holiday season!  Here are some of my recommended ideas (you’ll see links at the bottom of the post if you are interested in purchasing any of these items):

  • The Organically Clean Home (of course!)
  • caddy or container – the ones you see in my pictures are from the dollar section at Target – they were $3 and I just got them this week.
  • microfiber cloths
  • small dusting wand
  • sponges
  • dish cloths and dish towels
  • white vinegar
  • castile soap (bar and liquid)  – you can find the little travel sized castile soap in the travel section at Target.
  • spray bottles
  • essential oils
  • super washing soda
  • borax
  • epsom salts
  • small notebook (the one pictured is from Staples)
  • twine and washi tape for cute wrapping and details

Give the Gift of The Organically Clean Home this Holiday Season via Clean Mama

JUST THE BOOK – wrap with a little twine or in a dishtowel and you’ve got a fun little gift.

DIY Cleaning Gift Kit via Clean Mama

DIY CLEANING GIFT – mix up your favorite recipe and give it away with the ingredients you used to make it.

Great Ideas for Hostess Gift via Clean Mama

ULTIMATE CLEANING GIFT – put together your favorites tools and products in your price range.  Give a handful of ingredients that are needed to make some of your favorite recipes.  Put in a cute caddy or container and you have the perfect hostess gift or other holiday or birthday gift.  If you have a friend that enjoys homekeeping, this might be just the gift to give.

Ideas for Cleaning Gift Basket via Clean Mama

Most of these items can be found on my Amazon favorites pageGo here to see more DIY cleaning recipes and ideas.

Have another idea for incorporating The Organically Clean Home in a gift?  Share in the comments!

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8 DIY Bathroom Cleaner Recipes

8 DIY Bathroom Cleaner Recipes via Clean Mama

I love making and using DIY natural cleaners (heck, I wrote a book about them!) so today I thought it would be fun to round up some natural bathroom cleaners that you”ll love!  These recipes cover disinfecting, mirrors, toilets, grout, and more – get ready to scrub up your bathrooms with homemade cleaners!

  1. Skip the nasty fumes and reach for this daily shower cleaner and spray. Simply spray, scrub and rinse for a sparkling clean shower. Via Money Saving Mom
  2. Stubborn tub stains can be a beast to remove. Check out these four options (two of which are homemade cleaners) that can help rid your tub of stains. Via View Along the Way
  3. Make your own homemade soft scrub for when you need an extra boost of scrubbing power in your bathroom. Via Live Renewed
  4. Make your own homemade grout cleaner to conquer those tricky stains and tight spaces. Via At the Picket Fence
  5. Keep colds, flu and illnesses at bay with this DIY antibacterial hand soap. Scent with your favorite essential oils for your bathroom hand washing. Via One Good Thing
  6. Get rid of splatters and sprays with this naturally scented peppermint glass and mirror cleaner. Via Clean Mama
  7. Make your own naturally disinfecting toilet bowl cleaner with three simple ingredients. Even better, it’s effective and inexpensive! Via Growing Up Herbal
  8. Did you know you can make your own natural bathroom antibacterial cleaner?  So much safer and less toxic than the commercial options, plus it smells wonderful! Lavender and Lemon Disinfectant via a Clean Mama

Go here for a FREE DIY Cleaning Recipe List printable!  This post rounds up 8 DIY Kitchen Cleaners too!

If you like these DIY cleaning recipes, you’ll love my DIY Cleaners pinboard!

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