While my home does not exist in a perpetual state of cleanliness (hello!? Mom, Homeschooler, Wife, Traveler!?), I do enjoy a good cleaning day! Since our family has moved to natural products as a lifestyle, cleaning the house has gotten simpler and easier. So I thought I’d share my go-to tips for how to spring clean your home naturally!
This is a sponsored post.
What better opportunity to talk about what I do to get ready for Spring Cleaning than when The Motherhood asked me to share some of my Must-Haves for Spring Cleaning! Kimberly-Clark sponsored this post and kindly sent me an assortment of products to help me out in my spring cleaning venture! Then I went to my local Walmart to grab a few tools and ingredients for spring cleaning!
What I do to get ready for Spring Cleaning
I have Spring Cleaning Kits set up for both upstairs and downstairs. Since our deep spring cleaning doesn’t happen in a day, and I want to keep up with cleaning throughout the year, I like to have a caddy of supplies handy on both floors. In my cleaning caddy, I included:
Handmade Cleaning Wipes – I used Viva® Vantage® paper towels to make these – with its thick, scrubby texture, like terrycloth, this is the towel I used to make my homemade cleaning wipes! I cut the paper towel roll in half, remove the cardboard roll, wet it, and stick it into a glass jar. Then I pour a natural cleaning solution over the towel roll. Finally, I pull out the middle section, and out come little cleaning wipes. Grab some packs of Viva Vantage towels at Walmart!
- Perfect for the kiddos to help me clean!
- Awesome for stovetops and appliances – sprinkle a little baking soda down, then grab a towel and scrub! Sturdy enough to get stubborn toothpaste off the sink!
- I’m going to make a jar of these wipes for outside when the weather is warmer, because grime always builds up on glass patio tabletops!
- Because the solution is natural, these towels are great for cleaning the kids up too!
- What’s in my cleaning solution? Water, castile soap, and essential oils.
Natural Cleaning Spray – Sometimes you need a bit more cleaning solution than a wipe, so for that I have spray bottles filled with my favorite cleaning solutions. You can find the perfect size spray bottles either in the mops section at Walmart, or – little secret: the travel/trial size bins in the personal care department! I make a glass spray and a surface spray. Paired with Viva® Towels, which are so soft, they remind me of cleaning with my dad’s old t-shirts when I was a kid, I use my sprays for everything from mirrors, windows, and countertops, to kids toys, shelves, and other light dusting needs.
- Great for kids to spray and wipe baseboards or dust your furniture!
- Save the used towels from the windows, mirrors and other surfaces to scrub at grimier surfaces to get extra mileage from them!
- What’s in my sprays? Water, vinegar, and essential oils! Sometimes I squeeze real lemon juice into the surface cleaner too!
Brushes – I keep a scrub brush and some old toothbrushes in the caddy for getting into nooks and crannies, grout lines, and sink drains!
Rubber gloves – I like cleaning but I hate the grime – protect hands with a few pairs of gloves stashed in your caddy!
Cleaning supplies – I keep a box of baking soda and a container of coarse salt handy. If I need something to get a good scrub, I can sprinkle these onto a surface, then spray and wipe for extra cleaning!
Dustpan / broom – As I clean, small particles, dust, and crumbs get brushed to the ground. It’s not enough to drag out the vacuum, so a small dustpan helps me tidy up as I go! Bonus – kids love to sweep up after me!
Bins and Baskets – well, these don’t go into the caddy of course, but I like to store extra paper towels and toilet paper in a large bin so I can grab more supplies as I go. Plus, when I find things lying around that don’t belong, they go into a bin, so I can put them away later and stay focused on my cleaning.
Toilet Paper – When I hit the bathrooms, toilet paper gets restocked! It’s so easy for kids to fill a basket with toilet paper rolls! Our favorite is Cottonelle® Clean Care with the CleanRipple Texture – this is a great one for little kid bums when they are potty training because the texture really helps the kids learn to wipe thoroughly! I’ve got more than a house to keep clean after all! Ha!
We also like to stock Scott® 1000 – it’s a good quality and the large rolls last a long time. Plus, soft enough to be used as facial tissue for runny noses (ask me how I know!).
Homemade Air Freshener – This is so easy to make – fill a spray bottle with filtered water and a few drops of essential oils. When you finish a room, use the fine mist setting to spritz a little into the air!
My best tips for getting that spring cleaning done with no fuss are:
- Have cleaning supplies on each floor to save you time
- Start at the top and work down as much as possible (be this floor-to-ceiling or upstairs-to-downstairs) to keep you focused on what has and has not been cleaned
- Don’t waste space on a wide variety of different supplies – the same types of towels and cleaners work well for a variety of surfaces!
Always keep it simple when you clean and cleaning won’t seem like such a chore! Get more family care tips from Walmart!
Thank you to Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood for sponsored this post. All opinions and excitement about cleaning is my own!