Spring Cleaning and Homemade Cleaners

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This post is revised from the archives in honor of Spring Cleaning. Which I should, of course, be doing more of right now. I’m joining iDreamofClean and 9 other bloggers in the Spring Cleaning Challenge for a chance to win some incredible prizes!

You know how I say that I’m trying to be the housewife I’m not? Originally, that meant literally. I worked full-time, thus I was not a housewife.

Well, now I am. (That thought still scares me a little.) And it turns out I am not really any better at keeping my home clean now than I was when I worked 8 hours a day. I love to blame it on my two little ones; and in part, it IS really hard to pick up the same toys over and over and OVER again.

But in all truth, it’s just me. I find it much easier to come to my computer during down time rather than pick up my mop or a sponge. While I love to cook, I just don’t love to clean up after myself. And that leaves me feeling incredibly inadequate as a housewife.

I’ve had some success with Motivated Moms chore lists. I kind of hate the feeling that someone’s telling me what to do, but since I am basically clueless about cleaning, it’s certainly helpful.

Some perks to the list?

  • I stick it to the fridge with a magnet, so my husband can see it too. That gives him the chance to keep me accountable … or pitch in himself and check an item off!
  • If I don’t get to something one day, I can always come back to it over the next day or two. (Even though that’s obviously not the point, it works for me.)
  • It gives me a sense of accomplishment to check something off the list.
  • The creator of this program has thought of things that would never cross my mind. I know I need to clip Libbie’s fingernails, for instance, but I never do it on a regular basis; I do it when she scratches the heck out of me or Adam. This list gives me a nudge to clip those suckers before they cause havoc.

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Something else that keeps me sane is making my own cleaners, because I despise buying cleaners all the time. You’ve probably seen these tips before, but here are some great cleaners that work for me!

Instead of dusting spray, I dip a cloth in a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. It shines furniture right up and gives it a nice citrus scent as well.

For glass cleaner, mix 2 cups water with 3 tablespoons white vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon dish soap.

To unclog a sink or tub, sprinkle baking soda down the drain. Dump in some white vinegar and it will foam the clog out! [Let sit 30 minutes after adding vinegar, and then flush out with hot water.]

This one is not natural, but mixing a ratio of 1:1 of warm white vinegar and blue Dawn dish soap makes a miracle soap scum scrub. Just spray it on your tub or shower, let sit for a few minutes, and then wipe away soap scum. I use it as an all-purpose bathroom cleaner.

If you’re not into homemade cleaners, I like Seventh Generation Multipurpose Cleaner in Lemongrass and Thyme. I didn’t know thyme was a disinfectant before I started using it, did you?

So far, my Spring Cleaning progress has consisted of changing out my kids’ and my clothes and cleaning our room WELL for perhaps the first time since we moved in. Our bedroom always seems to get neglected for the more-trafficked areas.

Have you done any Spring Cleaning? Link up with others at the Spring Cleaning Challenge!

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