I like to put off more than cleaning:
1. Literally everything on this planet.
When my girls were little, I hired a mother’s helper to help me get stuff done around the house. You can read the post here. Now that they’re older and we are more interested in saving money, we’ve scaled back on the Mother’s Helper and the cleaning is now left to me.
strategy: one big clean every quarter, followed by smaller follow-up cleans
What does this mean?
clean = The entire house. Scrubbing floor boards, changing air filters, dusting
all the weird places, like on top of the fridge, organizing the pantry and
drawers, throwing away items we don’t use anymore, etc. I read somewhere there
were nearly 500 trillion odor molecules in each of our homes that we aren’t
even able to smell? GROSS. I feel like my home isn’t truly clean unless it’s
clean of odors, and cleaning the air is something I tend to forget when I’m
Follow-up cleans= The basics. Cleaning toilets, dusting, scrubbing the floors, vacuuming, polishing the furniture, and cleaning the bathrooms.
almost April, which means another quarter has passed (how is that possible?!)
and it’s time to do a “big clean” in honor of spring. I called it my “Spring
does this work?
I spent 7 days amping up and fine-tuning my spring cleaning routine, trying new products that make spring cleaning easier and more effective, and discovering new spring cleaning tricks and hacks. I also discovered products I can use EVERY day, including Febreze AIR and FABRIC.
Febreze AIR not only finds nasty odors and deactivates them, replacing them with a light and fresh smell. It is my “right hand man” odor eliminator for the air of any room in my home, and it’s safe for everyday use as the “icing on top” to my spring cleaning routine. Using it is easy-peasy, all you do is hold the bottle upright, press and hold the trigger, and spray in a sweeping motion for noticeable freshness.
Febreze FABRIC gets rid of lingering odors on all the hard-to-clean fabrics like carpet, rugs, sofas, curtains, and upholstery. This is perfect for emergencies like when the family dog has an accident on the rug or when your child touches the drapes with sticky hands. I personally use this once a week, but wouldn’t blame you if you sprayed it all day, every day. To use, turn the Fabric Refresher nozzle on and spray in a sweeping motion to lightly mist your fabrics until they are damp. Let them dry, but avoid using them on Fabrics that water spot including leather, suede, and silk.
items I love and recommend using for your Spring Cleaning adventure:
1. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sheets: I use these on my white doors, white counters, baseboards, and even on the walls where there are stains. Unlike their sponge counterparts, these Magic Eraser Sheets are flexible and thin enough to help you tackle tough stains in hard to reach areas of the kitchen, bathroom, and beyond. They get soap scum stains in the bathroom and burned messes on the stovetop burner. What I LOVE most is that there are no harsh chemicals and they are easy to use- just wet the sheet, squeeze it, use it to clean, and throw it away.
2. Mr. Clean Clean
Freak Deep Cleaning Mist: This is a full coverage mist that activates on
contact with any dirt to instantly dissolve even tough cleaning messes. I use
these on my kitchen countertops after cooking and on surfaces in the kids’
rooms after they are finished working on craft projects.
3. Cascade Platinum
dishwasher detergent: These ActionPacs clean your dishes after just one wash,
with NO pre-wash needed. And not only did the Cascade Platinum give my dishes a
streak-free shine, but I didn’t have to pre-rinse anything before I ran the
dishwasher. Get this: it even got peanut butter off my plates without me having
to wash the plates first.
4. Dawn dish soap:
This is my secret weapon. Smells like a dream and cuts the grease so I don’t
have to scrub harder. After all, it’s THREE times stronger than generic dish
You can find all these products at your local grocery store, retail store, home improvement store, and mass merchandise stores.
Cheers to spring, cheers to a clean house, and cheers to Febreze for making our lives easier.
This post is sponsored by Febreze. All opinions are my own.