Believe it or not, I haven't always been a pro at cleaning my house. I had about 274 cleaning products that I hoarded but I never really knew the right way to use them. Luckily, I've wised up over the years and have gotten rid of most of those expensive and toxic cleaners. I've finally perfected how I clean my house and I want to share that with you!
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Today I'm going over how I clean my kitchen, dishes, bathroom and floors. Most of these products are super easy to use, so much so that my kids do most of the cleaning for me! Now don't get too jealous, I still do PLENTY of cleaning. But living in a house with a million kids has its perks, especially when they want to help!
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That wasn't too bad, now was it? You have been asking me for a while what products I use and how I clean my house, so let's get on with that summary for you! (P.S. Find the links to all of the products that I mention in this post HERE.)
HOW I CLEAN MY HOUSE
I really don't use a ton of chemical products when it comes to cleaning my house, as you'll see below. Because of that, my kids are able to help to clean, too! That's probably my BIGGEST tip for cleaning your house – get your family to help. I don't care how old they are, if they live there and contribute to the messes, then they can help clean! Make it part of their chores (see how I make my chore sticks HERE). If they're anything like my kids, then they'll be begging to help you clean so you might as well let them. You can thank me later for this life-changing tip. 😉
PRODUCTS I USE TO CLEAN MY KITCHEN
My life got so much easier once I kicked most of the cleaning products out of my house. It allowed my kids to really step up and help to start cleaning my house.
These three items will have you and your family cleaning your kitchen in a snap. (Without having to put too much effort into it, woot woot!)
These are my main secret to life, and how I clean the majority of my house. If you've never heard of a microfiber cloth, then you've been living under a rock and it's time to come out and discover how amazing they are! There are tons of different brands, some more expensive than others. My absolute favorite are E-Cloths (use the code JORDAN for 10% off). They disinfect and you only have to use water! I have no problem letting my kids clean the kitchen and bathrooms with these bad boys.
My favorite E-Cloth is the kitchen cloth. It has a little scrubber on one corner, so you don't have to worry about using two different things to clean if you're wiping down your counters and find something that needs a little more scrubbing power than the soft cloth can handle. The stainless steel cloth is great for cleaning appliances and really make them shine. The window cloth is another great one because you don't have to worry about using any glass cleaners!
I also use generic microfiber cloths for cleaning anything outside of my kitchen and bathroom. They're super cheap and they work great! And you wanna be let in on a little trick? They're also good at removing your makeup at night! Just use a little bit of warm water and gently scrub your face, even waterproof makeup will come off.
VINEGAR AND WATER IN A SPRAY BOTTLE
For those cases where water just isn't doing the trick to clean my house and I need a little bit of an extra boost, I mix up vinegar and water (1 part vinegar, 3 parts water) in a cheap spray bottle. I probably use it the most on my kitchen table where there's lots of dried on food that needs help coming up, but I also use it on my stove top for those times when I make a mess while cooking. Which is always.
I have a LOT of white in my house – white countertops, sinks, even kitchen barstools. My best tip for this? A magic eraser. I mean really, the name says it all! All you need is water and it'll erase so many different things! We're talking sharpie off your countertop, crayon off your walls, and even bluejean residue off your white vinyl barstools. I speak from experience on all of these! It's the bomb diggety.
PRODUCTS I USE TO CLEAN MY DISHES
While we're on the subject of the kitchen, let's talk about something that we all have that's never going to go away… DISHES (dun dun dun).
Now I don't know about you, but we have dishes for dayyyyyyyys. If you've been following along for long then you probably know that we have 2 (yes, TWO) dishwashers in our kitchen. That's how serious our dish game is! I mean, it's got to be when you've got this many kids! While our dish game may be strong, we really don't have to use that many products to tackle them.
I've tried all kinds of dish soap, from powders to liquids, and the pods are by far my favorite! The give you the right amount without you having to guess how much should go in your dishwasher. I'm really not picky about the dishwasher pods that I use, I just buy whatever is on sale!
I have seen a HUGE difference in how clean my dishes look when I use a rinse aid like Finish Jet-Dry. We occasionally run out and it's amazing how there will be more water spots on my dishes when we don't use a rinse aid.
SCRUB BRUSH AND DISH SOAP
I really don't use much when it comes to hand-washing my dishes. I like to buy my dish soap in bulk since we go through it so quickly. We use the basic dish scrub brushes to clean our dishes with. My biggest trick for this is to use two different scrub brushes – one for the crud and one for the actual cleaning! I don't know about you, but it totally grosses me out to use the same brush to scrape all the food off the dish and then put some soap on it to wash it. No no no, just don't do it, people! Use two scrub brushes and you don't have to worry about the crud and the clean mixing. Problem solved!
PRODUCTS I USE TO CLEAN MY BATHROOMS
Oh man, is this a pain point for you or what?! I'm gonna be honest here, I have my kids do the majority of the cleaning in the bathroom because I am so. over. it. Six kids (soon to be 8!) can do some damage on a bathroom.
Luckily, we don't use many products to get our bathrooms disinfected and sparkling clean!
We use them in the kitchen and we use them in the bathroom! The only thing that they DON'T get used on is the toilet. But they are fair game to clean the mirror, sink and countertop.
DISPOSABLE DISINFECTING WIPES
Let's be honest here, if anything touches my toilet then I really don't ever want to see it again. That's where the handy dandy disinfecting wipes come in! It's so easy for my older kids to wipe down the seat, handle, outside of the toilet (basically the whole thing, because #boys), and then throw that bad boy away.
COMET TOILET BOWL CLEANER
I like to take it old school when I clean the toilet bowl. I remember using Comet as a kid when I was cleaning the bathrooms at home. It always worked great then and it works just as great now! I just sprinkle it in and use a toilet scrubber to get all the nasties out.
People always ask me how I keep my garbage cans smelling so fresh – this is my trick! I use a scented antibacterial spray to keep them smelling fresh and to clean out any gross stuff. It's also good to keep on hand if you have germs floating around – I'll spray it on door handles and surfaces that little germy hands touch.
KABOOM TUB CLEANER
Kaboom tub cleaner is the best product that I've found the clean my bathtubs. It gets them so shiny and pretty!
FABULOSO FLOOR CLEANER
Fabuloso is my favorite cleaner that gets my bathroom floors clean, fresh, and looking like new!
HOW I CLEAN MY SHOWER
I keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water in my shower and when I'm in it, I go to town cleaning it in my scrubber glove. I can clean it really quick and it stays nice and clean since I try to give it a scrub down every time I'm in there.
HOW I CLEAN MY FLOORS
I know that having a ton of kids means that my floors are going to get nasty, but that doesn't mean that they have to stay that way! Most of these products are so easy and fun to use that my kids will literally fight over who gets to use them when it's time to do chores.
These are my favorite products for keeping my floors clean and they do the BEST job with the least amount of work!
HOW I PICK UP MESSES ON MY HARD SURFACES
We have a ton of hard surfaces in my house and the electric sweeper is my go-to anytime I need to clean up crumbs and junk off the floor. It's basically a glorified broom though, it doesn't have any suction. I do keep a broom and dustpan handy for when we break something or have a big pile that's just too big for the electric sweeper.
As far as vacuums go, my favorite is my Roomba! We usually turn ours on when we go to bed and let it do it's thang and help me out with the floors. Just make sure that you save up for yours or ask for it as a gift because they're not cheap, but they're SO worth the investment!
We also have a cordless Dyson vacuum for cleaning up our hard floors, especially when there's dust that the electric sweeper can't pick up. However, I probably love it more because it has different attachments that I can switch out and use to clean my couches, car, car seats, drawers and cabinets with!
HOW I CLEAN MY HARD SURFACES
Now that you know how I clean up all the junk, let's get to how I actually clean my hard floors! I have a steam mop and it's seriously my best friend. This baby just uses vinegar and water and does a great job at sanitizing my picky marble floors. My kids absolutely love to clean with it, and I'm always happy to let them!
We do have a lot of hardwood floors in our house, so you have to be careful about how you clean them so that you don't strip them. The microfiber cloth is my answer to that! I use the E-Cloth microfiber attachment (surprise surprise) and all you need is water to achieve those shiny floors.
HOW I CLEAN MY CARPET
If you've got carpet, then you need to have something that can easily clean them! That's where a good vacuum comes in. We're a Dyson family, but the brand doesn't really matter as long as it does its job! Ours usually last us a long time, but when I need a new one I always watch for when they go on sale in the stores or when Amazon has them on super sale for Prime Day or Black Friday.
After having lots of spills on our carpet, we have learned that using those cheap, store-bought cans of carpet cleaner is actually really bad for your carpet over time! Instead, we've invested in a portable carpet cleaner and it has worked wonders for us! It's so gratifying to see all of the gross stuff that it can clean up out of your carpets and fabrics! We do get our carpets professionally cleaned about once a year to keep them top notch, but this little hand-held cleaner is great for those in-between times!
Whew, okay well there you have it! Now you know all about what products I use to clean my house. What are your must-have house cleaning items that you can't live without? Let me know in the comments!
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- If you don't have the time to deep clean your kitchen but still need to clean it up, come see how I speed clean my kitchen.
- Deep clean your house with one task per day using this printable!
- If you have people coming over and only have 15 minutes, make your house look clean with these tips!
Happy cleaning! XOXO