This post is sponsored by 2000 Flushes Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own and these are all tips for a clean home that I really use and follow in my own house!
Who wants to spend more time keeping their home clean?? Exactly nobody, right?! I’ve been a homeowner for ten years now and over that decade I’ve learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn’t as far as keeping my house tidy and I have some easy tips for a clean home for you today. It just requires adding a few simple routines and products into your daily life and I think you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes in how your home looks and feels. Full disclosure here: I started hiring house cleaners a couple years ago when my work picked up so I do have help with the deep cleaning. What I’m talking about today is easy daily maintenance that will help keep your house looking clean and tidy between deep cleanings, whether you’re doing the deep cleaning yourself or whether you’ve hired someone else to do it.
Easy Everyday Tips for a Clean Home
- Bathroom Toilets – No one wants to work hard at keeping their toilets clean and the reality is that they’re going to get a little grimy with regular use. I keep antibacterial wipes nearby for a quick wipe down when needed and I also use 2000 Flushes Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner in the toilets in my powder room, master bathroom, and my daughters’ bathroom. You drop it in the toilet tank and it keeps your toilet bowl clean for up to four months. No more toilet rings between scrubbings! This one is so easy to implement, I might even say it’s my favorite of all these tips for a clean home – takes less than a minute and works for months! You can find a coupon for $1 off 2000 Flushes Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner HERE and can search for where to buy it online and near your home HERE.
- Bathroom Counters – I wipe my bathroom counters and my daughters’ counters down every few days, usually in the morning after I finish my routine. It’s amazing how much toothpaste, makeup, and other splatters collect there over just a few days. I keep a roll of paper towels under the sinks in both bathrooms and just wet one with water and give everything a quick wipe. It takes about a minute and keeps the whole bathroom feeling clean.
- Kitchen Counters – I wipe down my kitchen counters every night after cooking dinner. I keep a washcloth in the kitchen that I swap out every day (these are my favorites because I can bleach them in the wash). I wet a washcloth and squeeze a drop of dish soap (cheaper if you buy in bulk!) onto it and give all the counters a once-over. It clears off crumbs and other remnants from the day’s meal prep and the bit of soap helps to clean the counters. About once a week I spray with this marble and granite cleaner and polisher to keep my counters looking their best and to give them a deeper clean.
- Stovetop – If you cook then you know the stove gets grubby-looking fast. I’ve talked before about why I chose an induction range over gas, and one of the major reasons was the easier cleaning. But regardless of what kind of stove you have, wiping down your stovetop every night makes a huge difference in both how easy it is to clean (days of built-up grime is going to take some elbow grease to take off) and in how clean your kitchen looks on a daily basis. I usually do a quick two-step cleaning process every night. First I wipe the splatters and crumbs off with a soapy washcloth like I do for the counters, then I spray with this all-natural glass cleaner (no streaks!) and wipe clean with a paper towel. A gleaming stovetop every time!
- Kitchen Floor – I know for a fact that living with little eaters makes for a messier kitchen floor. But I also notice that I drop bits of food as I cook so I’m not blameless in the dirtiness of the kitchen floor either. I got this cordless vacuum (it has a rechargeable lithium ion battery) a couple years ago and it is brilliant for quick cleanups. You’d be surprised how much more likely you are to grab a vacuum when there’s nothing to plug in. My daughters actually love using it too, and I love that they can chip in with the daily cleaning. We do a once-over with the cordless vacuum every night after dinner under our chairs and around my food prep area and every few days I’ll give the whole kitchen a quick vacuum. It takes minutes and I’ve always loved that vacuuming gives you instant gratification!
- Kitchen Sink – I actually filmed a video about this last year! I clean and sanitize my kitchen sink about every two or three days. Sinks get nasty from washing hands so I think it’s important to clean them so they’re actually clean, but I also like how the frequent cleanings keep my sink looking shiny and new. I have a porcelain farmhouse sink but the same process will work on any kind of sink.
- Load the Dishwasher Through the Day – This is such a simple little thing but makes a tremendous difference in keeping the kitchen looking tidy throughout the day. I’m not a robot – there are days when I fall behind on this, but most days I empty the dishwasher first thing every morning and then load it throughout the day. Putting one plate in the dishwasher after breakfast feels much less overwhelming than staring down a sink full of dirty dishes at the end of the day!
- Unpack as Soon as You Get Home – This is a big one, regardless of the time of year. The mudroom can get messy-looking in a hot second when my kids come home from school and dump their stuff everywhere, or in the summer when we get home from the pool with bags and towels and wet swimsuits. I think the easier the routine the more likely you and your kids are to stick with it. My girls each have a basket for their shoes and a hook for their backpacks so during the school year all they have to do is put their shoes in their respective baskets and hang their backpacks on their hooks when they get home. In the summer, we hang wet towels and swimsuits on hooks as soon as we walk in and I unpack any coolers or trash I have from spending the day at the pool. It takes less than five minutes to do this and it somehow makes the whole house feel cleaner to walk into a tidy mudroom.
- Clear the Clutter – This is one tip I struggle with sometimes because I’m tired at the end of the day. I don’t want to walk around picking things up before bed, I just want to go to bed! But I’ve found that coming downstairs in the morning to a tidy kitchen and family room starts my day off on such a better foot mentally so we’ve been making an effort to clear the day’s clutter before bed each night. Before my girls go to bed we do a five-minute pickup – I usually turn a song or two on and we all move as fast as we can to pick up the day’s stuff. It goes by super quickly with music in the background and it almost turns it into a little game for my girls, like can we finish picking all this up before the song is over?! And then I can go to bed knowing that I won’t be coming down to a mess the next morning.
It might feel like a lot to add to your days, but I promise all of these tips for a clean home take mere minutes to do and have an excellent return on your time investment. Those few minutes each day will keep your whole house feeling cleaner and tidier and I really believe having a tidy house helps keep your mind in a calmer state.
Would you add anything to this list? I’m always on the lookout for easy tips for a clean home so if you have any ideas I’d love to hear them! For more cleaning and organizing tips, follow 2000 Flushes’ Facebook page Stain Fighting Community.