Spring cleaning season is upon us and today I’m sharing EVERYTHING you busy mamas need to help get your cleaning done AND how to get your kids involved! In this post we are sharing:
- Tips from our community for cleaning
- My DIY non-toxic cleansers
- The new chores we are starting with our toddler
I’m also excited to be partnering with some other motherhood focused sites for an on-going series this year. Be sure to hop over and check out what THESE mamas have to say about spring cleaning and chores!
First up lets chat spring cleaning tactics & tips. I’ve crowd sourced these from The Mama Notes community and will be taking some serious notes myself! You can also read 20 tips for spring cleaning right here!
The Best Spring Cleaning Tips
The TODY App helps you organize your cleaning. Clean less, get motivated (This is just what our household needs, I’m downloading today!)
Donate Spring/Summer clothes from last year that don’t fit or yo udon’t see yourself wearing this season. Consignment shops are also looking for this seasonal clothing now.
Clean during the week if you can so you don’t spend your entire weekend doing it!
If it’s within your budget hire a cleaning service for a DEEP clean to kick of the season!
Focus on 1 room per day to deep clean- by the end of the week your entire house will be clean then you can maintain for the rest of the month.
Clean the inside & outside of your windows – you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes! — so many people mentioned this!!
Put an episode of Hoarders on in the background while you clean – best inspiration ever (Ha – love this)!
Hire help if you can.
Lemon rinds in the garbage disposal!
Once a month go around your house and throw away 100 items – papers, broken toys etc.
Pick a date to start spring cleaning and stick to it!
Tackle one big thing per day.
DIY Household Cleansers
You know I’m big on my essential oils and one of the MAIN things I love about using them is that we’ve switched our entire cleaning supplies to be non-toxic. This means I can have Piper help me, completely worry free and she loves it! We use (and I sell) Young Living so Thieves Household Cleaner is the basis for these. One bottle lasts SO long and I can’t suggest it enough, it allows you to get a deep clean without the synthetic, toxic ingredients in many of the cleaners on the market right now! Send me a message if you’d like to join. I make Piper a little bucket that has a rag, a plastic spray bottle with our All Purpose Cleaner & give her an area to clean – she has SO much fun with it!n
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER: Combine 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner and 2-3 cups of water in a spray bottle. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I love to add lemon or tangerine). You can use this on counters, surfaces, kitchen sink, fridge, stove top, bathroom sink & faucet!
DEGREASER: Combine 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner and 1-2 cups water – for a heavy cleaning (on a dirty stove for example) use only a quarter of the water into a glass spray bottle. After cleaning, wipe the area with a cloth dampened with water.
GLASS & MIRROR CLEANER: Combine 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops of Citrus Fresh essential oil blend, 1 tsp white vinegar and 3 cups of water
SOFT SCRUB: Combine 1 tbs Thieves Household Cleaner, 2tbs Baking Soda, 3-4 drops Lemon essential oil. Use this to clean sinks & tubs.
As of now Piper (3 1/2 years old) does not have a set chore routine but that’s about to change! Piper loves helping around the house, being given tasks to complete and participating when I clean. I think she will thrive from having a chore chart and I am eager to have her help keep our house tidy and clean in a more deliberate way. Giving your child chores also teaches them life skills and to have ownership and responsibility! Right now I’m working on a really cute chore chart DIY that I think you guys are going to love! I hope to have it up next week. But in the meantime we have been brainstorming how we’ll structure the chores in our house. This is what we’ve come up with so far – I’d love to hear your take on chores and when you started with your children. Was it reward based? Just expected? Did you eventually give an allowance?
Make bed in the morning
Clean bedroom before bed
Clean the windows + sliding door
Put away and help fold laundry