The Essential Cleaning Guide for Busy Moms

Cleaning can often feel like a never-ending task, especially for busy moms. It’s a never-ending task that drains us of our resources yet remains unseen. We’re constantly picking up toys, wiping down surfaces, doing laundry…the list goes on.

The struggle is real when it comes to cleaning, but don’t worry – we’ve got your back!

Introduction to Cleaning

For busy moms, effective cleaning is all about maximizing results while minimizing time and effort. Here are the basics of how to clean effectively when you’ve got other things to do:

  • Create a cleaning schedule that breaks down tasks into manageable chunks, allowing you to tackle different areas of your home on specific days.
  • Always begin with decluttering; a clutter-free space is easier to clean and maintain. Use multi-purpose cleaners to tackle multiple surfaces, saving you time and reducing the number of products you need.
  • Invest in quality cleaning tools like microfiber cloths, a versatile vacuum cleaner, and a good mop to make the job easier and more efficient.
  • Implement a 15-minute daily clean-up for the family; setting a timer and quickly going through high-traffic areas can work wonders.
  • Delegate age-appropriate tasks to other family members to involve everyone in maintaining a clean home.
  • Focus on preventive measures, such as wiping down surfaces immediately after use or putting away activities before they get scattered about, to minimize the need for deep cleaning later.

With smart planning and effective tools, cleaning can become a more manageable and less daunting task.

Cleaning your home

House Cleaning

Having a clean house is not just about looks; it can be more peaceful for you and your family (and likely safer). But with young kids around, keeping everything tidy can seem impossible.

Crafting Your House Cleaning Routine

A smart way to approach housecleaning is by dividing tasks into daily, weekly, and monthly chores:

  • Daily: Pick up toys after playtime; wipe down kitchen surfaces post meals; sweep high-traffic areas;
  • Weekly: Vacuum carpets using robot vacuum cleaners or power tool scrubbers; mop floors in every room, including bedrooms where children spend time playing on floor mats;
  • Monthly: Deep-clean one area of the house with environmentally friendly products.

Selecting Appropriate Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning becomes much easier when armed with the correct tools and equipment, including brooms, mops, microfiber cloths, dusters, et cetera. Some cleaners vary based on what they’re designed to tackle – bathroom cleaners won’t work effectively in the kitchen, and vice versa. Multi-purpose cleaners are a great option to save on both space and money, so look for a versatile option that works for your family.

Don’t forget heavy-duty cleanup bags (or even contractor bags), especially for large-scale declutter projects requiring the disposal of many items at once. It also makes sense to stock up on organizational supplies like clear bins and totes.

Professional cleaners

Hiring Professional Home Cleaning Services If Needed

If maintaining regular cleanliness proves challenging, consider hiring professionals who offer comprehensive cleaning tailored specifically to your needs. They usually come equipped and can clean your home faster and more effectively than most homeowners. It may be well worth the cost if it fits into your family budget.

Cleaning clothes

Cleaning Clothes

When it comes to the world of motherhood, cleaning clothes can seem like a constant cycle. But don’t fret. You can turn this everyday housekeeping task into an efficient routine with some clever tips and tricks.

Picking Your Cleaning Supplies

The first step in your journey is selecting the right laundry supplies. Understanding which ones work best for different types of fabrics and stains is key. You may wish to have one main plain detergent and then pick up some additives for special cases (odor, bright colors, whites, et cetera).

Beyond detergents, consider adding fabric softeners to your cleaning stock for that extra touch of freshness and softness. And let’s not forget stain removers – these are essential when dealing with stubborn spots on clothing items.

Cleaning clothes and removing stain

Organizing Your Laundry Routine

An organized laundry system doesn’t only save time but also reduces stress significantly. Start by sorting dirty clothes into separate baskets: one each for whites, colors, delicates, or heavily soiled items. Label each basket, so your family members can learn to sort clothes too.

To further streamline washing cycles, pre-treat stains before they hit the wash. That way, you won’t need to run multiple rounds trying to get rid of tough spots. Hit them with some quick stain-removal spray before tossing them in the right basket.

Maintaining Linens

Keeping linens clean goes beyond regular washing routines; it includes proper storage methods after laundering them. Avoid storing damp linens, as it promotes mold growth. Instead, ensure they are completely dry before folding them neatly away in drawers or closets with good air circulation to keep moisture at bay.

Spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning

The arrival of spring signals the time for a thorough home cleaning. With spring’s arrival, it is an ideal time to not only dust and vacuum but also declutter, organize, and give your home a refreshing makeover. You might like the result so much that you do your spring cleaning in the fall too or even every few months.

Understanding Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to deep-clean your home and get rid of clutter. A comprehensive clean during spring not only contributes to a healthier living environment but also helps identify any suspected hazards that might have been overlooked during routine cleanings. So, how do you tackle this mammoth task?

Create Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Here’s a comprehensive checklist to guide you through the process:

General

  1. Dust Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures
  2. Clean Windows and Window Sills
  3. Wash Curtains and Blinds
  4. Vacuum and Shampoo Carpets
  5. Clean and Polish Floors
  6. Dust and Wipe Baseboards
  7. Wipe Down Walls and Ceilings
  8. Clean Air Vents and Replace Filters
  9. Deep-Clean Rugs and Mats
  10. Test and Replace Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries

Living Room

  1. Dust and Polish Furniture
  2. Clean Under Furniture
  3. Wash Throw Pillows and Blankets
  4. Organize Bookshelves and Media Units
  5. Clean Remote Controls and Electronics

Kitchen

  1. Deep-Clean Oven and Stovetop
  2. Clean Out Fridge and Freezer
  3. Wipe Down Microwave and Small Appliances
  4. Descale Coffee Maker and/or Kettle
  5. Organize Pantry and Expiry Date Check
  6. Clean and Organize Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
  7. Scrub Sink and Faucets
  8. Clean Countertops and Backsplash
  9. Wash Dish Rack and Drying Mats

Bedrooms

  1. Wash All Bedding and Mattress Covers
  2. Rotate or Flip Mattress
  3. Organize Closets and Dresser Drawers
  4. Vacuum Under Bed
  5. Dust and Clean All Surfaces

Bathrooms

  1. Scrub Toilet, Shower, and Sink
  2. Clean Mirrors and Glass Surfaces
  3. Wash Bath Mats and Shower Curtains
  4. Organize Medicine Cabinet
  5. Dispose of Expired Personal Care Products

Outdoors

  1. Sweep Porch and Deck
  2. Clean Outdoor Furniture
  3. Wash Exterior Windows
  4. Clean Out Gutters

Additional Tasks

  1. Sort Through Paperwork and Files
  2. Donate or Discard Unused Items
  3. Clean and Organize Garage/Storage Spaces

Feel free to adjust this list based on your specific needs and the layout of your home.

Gearing Up For The Task

Prioritize buying guide household cleaners to discover which products work best against different types of stains or grime. Stock up on heavy-duty cleanup bags along with other basic cleaning supplies needed such as scrub brushes or microfiber cloths. Ensure you have enough cleaning stock. Consider investing in robot vacuum cleaners and power tool scrubbers that simplify tasks.

Hiring Professional Help If Needed

If hiring professional team members from home cleaning services seems appealing, consider companies offering seasonal services that provide specialized teams known as ‘cleaning crews’ equipped with their own set of tools and solutions tailored specifically towards thorough ‘spring’ cleans.

Spend time wisely by organizing storage areas while tidying spaces around them simultaneously instead of merely shifting clutter elsewhere without actually reducing its volume overall.

Exterior home cleaning

Cleaning Exterior Spaces

Keeping outdoor spaces tidy is a task that may seem overwhelming, especially when you have young children. However, it can be manageable with the right cleaning supplies and an organized approach to your cleanings.

Routine Cleanups for Outdoor Areas

The first step in maintaining cleanliness outdoors is setting up routine cleanings. This includes regularly sweeping patios and decks to prevent the accumulation of dirt or leaves.

If your driveway or walkways are made from concrete or brick pavers, consider investing in a power washer (we got ours at Costco). A thorough wash every few months will keep these areas looking fresh.

Lawn care should also be part of your regular maintenance schedule – not only does mowing keep the grass neat, but it also helps control weed growth too.

Seasonal Services: Spring Cleaning Your Yard

Beyond everyday housekeeping tasks like sweeping and mowing, there are seasonal services required during spring cleaning time such as pruning trees, shrubs, aerating lawns, resealing wooden decks, washing windows, checking gutters for debris, and pressure-washing siding on houses if necessary.

Car cleaning

Cleaning Your Car

Keeping your car pristine is not just about aesthetics; it’s also a part of routine cleanings that contribute to the longevity and performance of your vehicle. Here are some effective strategies for maintaining both interior and exterior cleanliness.

Tidying Up The Interior

The first step in sprucing up the inside of your car is to get rid of all those bits and bobs, from snack wrappers to playthings belonging to kids. This process can be likened to organizing storage spaces at home – everything has its place. Once you’ve decluttered, bring out that handy hand-held vacuum cleaner (we use the Shark).

For stubborn stains on upholstery or carpeting, consider using specialized carpet cleaner products. Remember, though: always test any product on an inconspicuous area first before applying it widely.

Glass & Mirrors Cleaning

Mirrors and windows need special attention as they are critical in ensuring safe driving conditions. Use streak-free glass cleaners for clear views from every angle. Side mirrors or the rearview mirror often get overlooked during regular cleaning sessions, so ensure these areas aren’t neglected.

Pampering Your Car’s Exterior

A shiny exterior doesn’t only look good but also helps prevent rust formation due to dirt accumulation over time. Start by rinsing off loose dirt with water before moving onto soap specifically designed for cars (using dish soap may damage protective coatings). Here’s how Popular Mechanics recommends washing vehicles properly.

Afterwards, rinse thoroughly then dry using microfiber towels (not paper towels) which help avoid leaving scratches.

Rubber Love: Tire Care & Maintenance

Tire care is another aspect that gets missed out during routine cleanings. Clean tires enhance the overall appearance and prevent cracking wear caused by brake dust buildup. Use stiff brushes along with specially formulated tire cleaners available at most stores.

Strollers

Washing Strollers

Maintaining a clean stroller is more than just about aesthetics; it’s crucial for creating a healthier environment for your little one. Over time, remnants of food, dust, and other debris can accumulate in the crevices of the stroller. Here are some effective ways to keep your child’s ride fresh and tidy.

Gathering Your Cleaning Supplies

The first step involves gathering all the necessary cleaning supplies. Gather up some warm water blended with a mild soap or cleaner, and then grab a few soft cloths or sponges for scrubbing. Additionally, heavy-duty clean-up bags come in handy when disposing of any trash you find during the process.

You might also want to include disinfectant wipes, especially if there are suspected hazards like spills from snacks on the fabric parts of the stroller. But remember that harsh chemicals may be harmful, so opt for brands that prioritize the environment and the health of your family.

Dismantling The Stroller

To achieve a comprehensive clean, start by dismantling as much as possible without compromising its structural integrity. Remove items such as trays, cup holders, and storage baskets, washing them separately using warm soapy water and allowing them to air dry completely. Removable seat covers should be taken off too; check care labels as fabrics may require specific laundering methods based on the materials.

Cleaning The Frame And Wheels

The frame of most modern-day strollers is typically made out of plastic or metal, both materials being relatively easy to maintain through routine basic services. Tools found at home, like a cloth dampened with lukewarm gentle dish solution, followed by a thorough rinse and drying, can help avoid rust build-up. This is particularly important for brakes and wheel axles, as grime tends to get stuck, often causing malfunction over time.

Upholstery shampoo

Cleaning Curtains & Upholstery

When it comes to maintaining a clean home, curtains and upholstery often get overlooked. However, these items can gather dust particles, allergens, and odors, which may reduce the tidiness of your residence.

Picking Appropriate Cleaning Supplies

The first step in cleaning your drapes or furniture is selecting the right cleaning supplies. Not all fabrics are the same; some require gentle detergents, while others can tolerate stronger solutions. Always check the care labels before starting your routine cleanings.

For more extensive cleaning, such as during spring cleaning tasks, it’s essential to have the right tools on hand. Soft brushes are great for lightly soiled areas, and heavy-duty clean-up bags are essential for tackling larger messes, such as during spring cleaning tasks.

Distinguishing Between Routine Cleanings and Deep Cleans

It’s important to differentiate between regular maintenance and deep cleaning to prolong the lifespan of your curtains and upholstered pieces. Regular upkeep involves vacuuming or brushing off surface dirt, while deep cleans require more comprehensive methods like steam-cleaning or washing (often at the dry cleaners) if the fabric allows.

Freshness Maintenance In-between Cleanups

To keep your linens smelling fresh between thorough washes, consider using fabric refreshers with safe ingredients, especially if you’re concerned about the environment. These products work by neutralizing odors instead of just masking them, making them ideal for everyday housekeeping tasks without any suspected hazards.

An Unexpected Ally: Paper Towels

You might be surprised to learn that paper towels can be quite useful for curtain and upholstery maintenance. When spot-cleaning stains, gently blotting with a white paper towel can help lift out stain-causing substances without spreading them further into the fabric fibers, thus preventing permanent damage. Remember always to test any stain removal method on an inconspicuous area first.

Bathroom cleaning

Odd Jobs & Maintenance Tasks

Maintaining a clean and organized home is more than just everyday housekeeping. It’s about tackling those one-off tasks that often get overlooked in the hustle of motherhood.

Digging Deeper with Maintenance Cleaning

Routine cleanings, while essential for keeping your high-concern areas like living rooms or kitchens tidy, don’t always cover every nook and cranny. Think about cleaning behind appliances or washing windows inside out – these are jobs that fall under maintenance cleaning.

Create An Effective Organizing Storage System

An efficient organizing storage system can make all the difference when it comes down to handling odd jobs around the house swiftly. Knowing where each tool resides saves precious minutes during cleanup sessions.

You might consider investing in heavy-duty clean-up bags or contractor bags for better waste management as well. Remember: A place for everything and everything in its place. That’s our mantra here at Mama’s Must Haves.

Clean Safely With Professional Help When Needed

If there is any task involving suspected hazards like dealing with mold growth, it should definitely be left up to trained professionals who know how to handle such situations safely.

Robot vacuum

Gear to Help You Clean

As moms, we’re constantly looking for methods to simplify routine tasks like cleaning. One area where technology has made significant strides is in the realm of cleaning and organizing. Here’s a look at some essential gear that can help simplify your routine cleanings.

The Power of Robot Vacuum Cleaners

A robot vacuum cleaner could be just what you need if you’re struggling to keep up with daily floor maintenance amidst other responsibilities like caring for young children or managing work tasks from home.

These devices navigate around furniture and underneath beds, reaching those hard-to-reach areas effortlessly – making them perfect allies when it comes to maintaining a tidy environment.

Tackling Tough Stains With Power Tool Scrubbers

Moving onto surfaces now – power tool scrubbers. These devices take the elbow grease out of heavy-duty cleanup jobs such as bathroom tiles or kitchen counters by using rotating brush heads that effectively remove stubborn grime quickly without much effort on your end.

Cleaning Supplies Organizer

No one wants to spend time searching for misplaced products during cleanup sessions – this is where having an organizer becomes crucially important. It helps keep everything in its place – from sprays, wipes, and paper towels all the way through contractor bags used for disposing of waste after completing seasonal services like spring cleaning.

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a digital content creator and mom of three. She is also an engineer and bit of a plant nerd too. She has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, and Family Handyman.

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