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“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” — Phyllis Diller
While I can totally relate to the above quote and often wonder why I even bother, cleaning is one of those never-ending tasks, and recently, I’ve felt the urge to do some deeper spring cleaning around my home.
The weather here in East Tennessee has been sunny and warm, everything is greening up, and the flowers are blooming. I’ve also wrapped up some time-consuming projects so I have some extra time for other things now, and we also have some friends coming over for dinner this week which means my house really needs to be cleaned. There’s nothing like guests to help kick your booty into cleaning mode, right? Ha!
So, yeah. I figured that this was the perfect time to clean my home from top to bottom, and today, I’d like to share how I plan on doing this in my home—naturally, of course.
I’ve also got a fun giveaway for you below. I’m giving away a Branch Basics starter kit (a $59 value)—my favorite all-natural cleaner. This giveaway is just for you—as in I’m not sharing it on my social sites, and there are lots of ways to get entries to increase your chance of winning. More on that below. This giveaway was an email-only giveaway. Click here to get on the list!
Spring Cleaning Plans
Okay, to start my spring cleaning off, I made a list of everything that needs to be cleaned from the top of my house to the bottom and from the inside to the outside. This list is huge and detailed, folks. No, I probably won’t get to it all, but that’s okay. It’s a start.
Next, I divided the list up based on which family member is doing what. Some things, like a good bit of outside work, is for my husband. Some of the easier, age-appropriate indoor tasks are assigned to different boys. And the majority of the indoor detail work and outdoor garden work is left to me.
Lastly, the tasks on each person’s cleaning lists are ordered from the most important to the least important so we can all start at the top and work our way down.
When it comes to cleaning my home naturally, I always opt for cleaning products that are as non-toxic as possible. I used to make homemade natural cleaners myself, but that eventually became too much to keep up with as life got busier for me. Four years ago, I switched to Branch Basics natural cleaners and haven’t looked back since. Seriously. They make cleaning so much easier, and they work for so many areas of the home!! These are the products I reach for throughout the week.
The only other products I use to clean my home besides Branch Basics is Castille soap (for washing walls, cabinets, cleaning toilets, and thoroughly mopping floors), a DIY wood furniture oil/wax (for those times when I get around to polishing furniture), and orange-infused vinegar (when lightly mopping floors).
And that’s it. Quick, easy, effective.
When it comes to natural cleaning supplies, I use a lamb’s wool duster for dusting, a microfiber mop on the floors (along with a scrub brush for grout lines and hard to clean spots), microfiber and cotton cloths for surface cleaning, and a horsehair broom for floors and a shark vacuum for rugs. I bought all of these things on Amazon with Amazon Prime because it makes life easy, and I’m all about simple and easy these days.
And that’s it. That’s my spring cleaning plan and the products I use. If you’re not interested in using a one-stop natural cleaner like Branch Basics, here are several DIY homemade cleaner recipes you can check out on my blog.
DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes
- How To Clean Wood Floors With This DIY Orange Vinegar Floor Cleaner
- How To Make Homemade Scent-Boost Crystals For Natural Laundry Care
- DIY: Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent
- How To Make A Naturally Disinfecting Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- How To Make A Natural Cleaner For The Bathtub
- Homemade Cleaner Recipe Roundup: 42 DIY Recipes To Keep Your Home Naturally Clean
- Book Review: The Naturally Clean Home
Love and light,
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