Cleaning isn't sexy. I do my best to trick myself into enjoying the process but I have to say it's tough to do especially when it seems like a never ending process thanks to my 2 babes. I have developed a few tricks to help keep the house clean without feeling like I am constantly spending hours deep cleaning. I have also discovered a few products that I cannot live without that I thought I should share.
First, have you met my best friend, The Magic Eraser? He is a life saver! If you have children, then this is a must!! There isn't a stain he can't remove. Recently my daughter and her friend decided to "decorate" her play room table with crayons. I was shocked considering she doesn't often do things she knows she's not supposed to (that's the power of peer pressure at it's finest). The magic eraser removed every last trace of crayon. Do you have spots or streaks on your walls from shoes (maybe under your counter bar where dirty feet often kick the wall)? The magic eraser will remove those marks. Scuffed baseboards? Try the Magic Eraser.. but be careful, once you open Pandora's Box it is hard to stop cleaning. I get addicted. Oh another favorite place to clean is the door into the house from the garage. When you open the box, there are 6 or 8 white sponges. You will wet the sponges and squeeze out the excess water, then you are ready to go.
The next item that I could not live without is OXI CLEAN. I keep a big container of the powder in a decorative bin in my laundry room and pre-treat all loads of laundry by adding a scoop to the water. My clothes have never looked cleaner. I also have a bottle of the spot treatment gel stick for those tough stains, like the mustard yellow baby poo from our occasional diaper blow outs.
Next, I keep a bottle of Method Glass Cleaner & Method Tub & Tile Cleaner in Eucalyptis and a roll of Paper towels under the sink in each bathroom. I use this because Windex makes me sneeze and I love the mint smell of Method's products as well as the fact that they don't use harsh chemicals. You could also keep a container of Windex & Clorox wipes in each bathroom. Investing in a bottle for each bathroom allows me to easily clean a bathroom mirror or wipe down the counter a few times a week (or quickly before guests arrive) and it only takes 2 minutes. Mentally I am not cleaning because I am not lugging around my bucket of cleaning supplies and making a huge ordeal about it.
Let's talk about floors…. anyone with toddlers feel like they are constantly cleaning the floors? My broom is worn out! I love using a Swiffer to clean the floors after dinner- a sweep and mop in one and it leaves a fresh, just cleaned smell in the air. I haven't had much luck with the wet jet (pictured above)- I prefer the wet wipes, no bells and whistles to break. It is so satisfying to see how much dirt is on the wipe after cleaning the floor.. now that's progress! And again it doesn't take long. I do try to be environmentally friendly and reduce how much waste goes out but this is 1 area that I use disposable for now. Hopefully when the girls are past toddler years, I can go back to my washable cleaning pads.
Last thing… I suck at laundry. I am great at washing & drying it but when it comes to folding and putting it away, I fall short. We rely on Downy wrinkle releaser to keep us looking somewhat decent. I have also made my own wrinkle release by putting 1/2 cup of Seventh Generation Fabric Softener in Eucalyptis & Lavender into an empty spray bottle & filling it with water (making sure to shake before each use).
These are a few tricks I have relied on after adjusting to life with 2 kiddos. I have a few organization & tidying tips but we can talk about that another day. Do you have any go to products or methods that you can share?