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6 Tips and Tricks to Keeping Your Home Clean

I've scoured Pinterest trying to find ways to keep my home clean. Whether that be organizing my coat rack or wiping down kitchen cabinets, I'm on a mission to find a solution. Colin and I have made this our goal over the past couple of weeks. We found a way that works! I'm also really invested in saving money when it comes to cleaning supplies, so I have a few recipes using my favorite germ-busting ingredients.

1. Make a Chart

We're not in college anymore- we don't need a wheel on the fridge that assigns tasks to certain home occupants. What I wanted to create was a daily list of things to keep the house in check, with each day having a certain theme. This is where Pinterest comes in handy. Lots of people have made cleaning charts that I drew inspiration from. Here's what I was able to come up with:

Please forgive my beginner Photoshop skills that I used to make this real quick. I'm getting better at it!

2. Invest in some plain spray bottles

Target (or wherever you may shop for cleaning supplies) should have some plain, empty spray bottles. Pick up 2-3 for creating different solutions. The perk is that you can reuse these bottles rather than buying new bottles every time you run out of a solution.

3. Make a disinfecting spray

My favorite, super cheap, ingredient to disinfect is rubbing alcohol. It's more gentle than bleach, but still kills 99.99% of germs, if I've come to understand hand sanitizer correctly.

Disinfecting spray:

-One part rubbing alcohol

-Two parts water

Put it in a spray bottle and go! I love to use this one on my mirrors, especially if I've been cleaning my bathroom with bleach and I don't want to combine bleach and ammonia.

4. Make a floor cleaner

I've got a combination of wood laminate flooring and beautiful tile. This solution does wonders on both.

Floor cleaner:

-1 pump dish soap (about 1/2 teaspoon)

-1/2 Cup vinegar

-1/4 Cup rubbing alcohol

-Fill half the bottle with water

I love this one because it makes my floors feel powder fresh. Put it in a spray bottle and go!

5. Invest in a mop that you can reuse

My family always used a Swiffer mop, which I thought were incredibly wasteful. Why would I want to buy the pads, use them once, and throw them away?

When I moved out of my family's home I bought this mop to the left. I love how you can throw the pads in the washing machine (without fabric softener) and use them forever. I've had it for four years now and it's been great!

It's also not messy like a spin mop, which *cough cough* one of us had to get rid of when Colin and I combined households.

6. Stick to it, realistically

This is where Colin and I are working on keeping up. Life gets busy and you can't wash the bath mats every week. Maybe you're still able to wipe down the kitchen counters. Trying to get the daily tasks done is the most important, and then get to the theme activity. Monday is probably my favorite. I love dusting and making the furniture look shiny and soft. I love the fresh floors.

If you make a habit out of cleaning it will become second nature. Also don't forget the age-old trick of having people over regularly so that you're forced to tidy up!

All in all, it feels nice to live in a tidy home.

Catherine Langmack lives in Seattle, WA with her love. She's passionate about tending to her backyard crops, writing, and researching.

If you've tried this cleaning plan and it's worked, please leave a comment or reach out on Twitter or Instagram.

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