How To Clean Your House And Stay Healthy

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Today I’m sharing how to clean your home and stay healthy. I am hoping this post will help families get organized, stay clutter-free and have joy in their homes. If my house is clean and orderly I am one happy chick! I remember when my daughters were little and we had job charts. They each had different cleaning jobs that would be traded weekly so they would learn every job around the house.

I was probably a little over the top in cleaning, that I regret now, but we all learn as young mothers, right? My grandkids come and I could care less about the handprints on the windows. I actually cherish them. How life changes. I have learned to relax and enjoy life, spilled milk and handprints on the walls. Life is good. I also know we need to teach our children to work, need I say more?

I’m going to have different printable instruction sheets at the bottom of my post so you can print them. If you have other ideas I have forgotten, please tell me and I will add your ideas and tips to my lists. We all learn from each other. I use Clorox wipes weekly on all my light switches, TV remotes, phone and cell phones. Yep, that’s what I do.

I remember attending classes years and years ago and the woman teaching the class taught us to  “put your house to bed at night”. After I attended that class before I went to bed each night I made sure the living room and kitchen were put to bed each night and ready for the family the next day. That is a statement I live by to this day.

I recently wrote a post on cleaning bathrooms. Here’s the deal, I don’t use what some people call “green” cleaning products. I guess I should I learn to use the “green” products if they actually disinfect the rooms I am cleaning. I have found most of the “green” products do not clean to my standards.

I do love Dr. Bonner’s castile soap, I must say. Again, I have found most of the “green” products do not clean to my standards. So there you have it, I use the stuff that actually cleans and gets rid of the bacteria. I remember years ago when I lived in a neighborhood where there was a young mother who was always sick with strep throat or bronchitis, and her children seemed to get sick often too.

The neighborhood actually became her cleaning crew. Every week we were asked to go clean her house. One day I spoke up and said: “she needs to learn to clean her house and teach her kids to clean up after themselves”.

Her husband actually joked that if the family’s house was broken into that the robbers would turn around and leave because it looked like it had already been ransacked because there was stuff all over the floors, couches, and countertops. Yes, his wife heard the statement and we all laughed and then we taught her and her kids how to clean the house.

How To Clean Your House

Bathrooms:

I love to clean bathrooms, Call me crazy, but I love my clean bathrooms. I clean them every week on Sunday (I know it’s the Sabbath), but I have a schedule and it takes me literally five minutes to clean one bathroom. It only takes five minutes to clean from top to bottom because I keep up on it weekly. I have two bathrooms so it takes me a total of ten minutes a week to clean both bathrooms. P.S. I love the smell of a clean bathroom, I really do.

If we teach our children when they are young to keep the bathroom sink free from toothpaste goop, life is good in the home. If they never learn to clean a sink the toothpaste goop will be there for years. Trust me, I have cleaned a lot of homes for people. Teach a child to be proud of their bathroom by learning the skills to keep it clean.

I remember one of my awesome sons-in-law showing some toddlers (my cute grandkids) how to replace the toilet paper roll in a bathroom. He had them practice by pushing the toilet paper holder together to release it to remove the old roll and place a fresh new roll of toilet paper on the holder. No one likes to go into the bathroom to use it and the toilet paper roll is empty. Need I say more?

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Keep a bucket of cleaning supplies in every bathroom

Every bathroom should have a toilet bowl cleaner tool

Clean the faucets as directed by the manufacturer

Stock the cupboard with extra toilet paper

Stock the cupboard with extra bars of soap and toothpaste

Sink, scrub it until clean

Countertops, scrub until clean

Mirror, make it shine and spotless

Toilet, clean the entire toilet inside and out down to the floor

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Clean the floor and moldings

Replace the toilet paper if needed

Replace the soap in the bathtub/shower if needed

Scrub the bathtub/shower

Wash the bath towels and hand towels

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

My Bathroom Cleaning Products:

I wrote a post a month ago about cleaning bathrooms and shared these tips:

Toilet bowl cleaner: Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Ocean Fresh Scent, 24 Ounce (Pack of 4) I use this product to spray under the toilet rim and let it soak as directed on the bottle. Next, I use the pumice stone shown below on my list of cleaning supplies.

Pumice stone: U. S. Pumice HDW-12 Pumie Scouring Stick (4 pack)

A few years ago, I remember someone saying to me, “well won’t that pumice stone scratch the toilet bowl”? Yep, it sure will, but I would rather see a clean toilet bowl than that the brownish black stuff that won’t wash off under the toilet rim. That’s totally gross, in my opinion. So, I use elbow grease and scrub under the toilet rim with a wet pumice stone with the Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner sprayed under the rim. Now, I have never had to do this on my toilets but if you have a rental or older toilet, you may need to do this in order to make them white again.

Clorox wipes: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Scented, 225 Count (Packaging May Vary)

These wipes are what I use to wipe down the top of the toilet tank, the toilet tank, the lid, and the toilet seat. I use about 5-6 Clorox sheets per bathroom every week. I use them on the countertops and the top rim of the bathtub. I also use these to clean the grout that may be yellowed by pee at the bottom of the toilet bowl tank next to the floor. The grout can get pretty bad if not cleaned weekly. I call that ring around the toilet! I even use them on the floor.

Window cleaner: Sprayway Glass Cleaner – 6 Cans

I used to buy a popular window cleaner, even though it said it was streak-free, my windows always had streaks. I prefer these cans because they work great. Costco sells a really good brand as well. I am fussy about clean mirrors and faucets. I typically share a can or two with friends and all but one keeps asking me where to buy it. I love clean windows and mirrors. I buy my glass cleaner by the case, yep 12 cans!

Shower cleaner: Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner Mega Foamer 3 Pack

This stuff cleans the shower walls really well, and I mean really well. I sometimes still have to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads with the cleaner if the stains are hard to get out.  Make sure the product is safe for your shower walls.

Bathroom counter cleaner: Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner Aerosol Color Change (Pack Of 2)

This stuff cleans the bathroom countertops really well, and I mean really well. I sometimes still have to use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads with the cleaner if the stains are hard to get out. Make sure the product is safe for your countertops.

Towel Rack: Amerock H55656WG10 Beveled Hook Rack, White and Satin Nickel, 18-Inch

Here’s the deal about towel racks. We need to make it as easy as possible for people to hang up their towels, whether it be hand or bath towels. Hooks work the best because they literally ensure the towels are in fact hung up to dry. No one likes to fold them into thirds to hang them on the towel bar, in my opinion. I did away with towel bars years ago. I only have towel bars with hooks in both bathrooms now.

Garbage Cans: InterDesign Kent Bathware, 10-Inch Waste Can, Bronze

If you get a nice sturdy small garbage can and use garbage bags it makes life so much easier when you empty them. I promise. Empty them as needed. Target sells great little garbage cans that are not very expensive.

Garbage Bags: Glad Small Garbage Bags, 4 Gallon Bags, 2 – 30 Packs (60 Total)

You can buy 4-gallon garbage bags at your local supermarket or online. I tie a knot in one corner and slip it over the can. They work great and keep the garbage cans clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Set: Don Aslett Toilet Cleaning Set

I have one of these sets in each bathroom so they are ready to use when I clean the bathrooms on Sunday. I do not use them as the video shows. I just use the brush/wand with the cleaning solution squirted on it and swish it around the toilet bowl. Next, I squeeze the brush with the cover and get as much water out of them after scrubbing the toilet bowl. Then I let it dry until next week. Then I use the Clorox wipes to wipe down the toilet parts as indicated above. This is how I clean my bathrooms in 10 minutes every week, literally 10 minutes.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Box

I use these cleaning pads to clean the bathtub and shower walls. You wet them and start scrubbing. Love it! Just so you know, these cleaning pads will remove washable chalk paint in the tubs and shower. I tried everything and this is the ONLY thing that will remove it. I also use these on rentals where the toilets have really dirty grout on the bottom of the tanks next to the floor. Yep, they work on pee stains.

If your showers are really grimy this tool works great. I use them when I go help people clean showers/bathtubs: Black & Decker S700E ScumBuster Xtreme Cleaning Tool with 3-in-1 Extension Handle

Bedrooms:

I do know that if my bed is made-up daily I feel like my day has started off right. Yes, I make my bed every day as soon as I wake up. It’s a habit I love. I also love looking at my bedroom with all the pillows piled on top of the quilt. My husband would love only two pillows, the ones we sleep on. I love decorator pillows, it’s who I am.

I change my quilt every three months. The bed skirt stays the same, but the quilt and shams are changed out. I can’t afford to replace my furniture, but I will say I love a “new’ look in my bedroom every few months. My bedroom is my sanctuary, very neat and tidy. I open the window shutters to let the sunshine come in and it always brightens my day, literally. Sunshine makes me happy, what about you?

Make your bed every day

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Change and wash the sheets weekly

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floor, empty container as needed

Wipe the moldings down monthly

Wipe the fan blades monthly

Clean the lights monthly

Dust lamps if applicable

Vacuum lampshades if applicable

Dust the dresser, side tables or other furniture

Keep all lateral counters clear of clutter

Make your bedrooms a sanctuary

Make your bed daily

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Kitchen:

I love having my kitchen ready for me to do whatever I need to do first thing in the morning. Yes, I put my kitchen to bed at night so it’s ready for all my projects, like making bread or making recipes for my blog the following day. My husband is extremely patient because sometimes I have four projects going on all at the same time. Just picture a camera, a tripod or lights in a very small kitchen.

It still works, but it’s a bit tight for doing what I need to do. My kitchen is extremely organized because it’s very small. I have all the baking items in one area. The spices right where I need them. You do what you have to do when you have a very small kitchen. I am adamant about downsizing, let me just say that.

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Keep the kitchen sink empty

If you use a dish put it in the dishwasher if you have one

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Clean the inside of the refrigerator, discard food that is not edible

Wipe down the large and small appliances

Replace the kitchen dishrag three times a day

Replace the hand towels at least once a day

Refill the paper towel holder if applicable

Keep the lateral counters free of clutter

Clean the floors

Wipe down the bar stools and chairs

Wipe down the table so it’s clutter-free and clean for the next meal

Wipe the countertops

Check the toaster and clean the crumb trays

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Hallways:

I can still picture children walking down the hallways with their arms out-stretched touching both sides of the hallway walls. I can also picture them learning to wash down the handprints they left on those very walls. Life is good when kids learn what it takes to maintain a house or an apartment. It doesn’t matter if you are buying or renting, we need to teach the next generation how to respect the home we live in.

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Wipe down the moldings

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floors, empty container as needed

Dust the lights

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Dining Room:

My dining room is not a typical “don’t touch” dining room. My table is large and can seat ten people comfortably. I had to add a glass top to the wooden tabletop because my one of granddaughters used some magic markers on the top. I can’t have anything I have to worry about at my house.

I cleaned off as much of the magic marker that I could, and then ordered and had a glass top delivered to protect my table. Now my table works great for fancy meals, simple meals, sewing, and crafts. Life is good when you have family and friends to break bread with, right?

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Dust the lights or fans

Dust all other furniture as applicable

Dust lamps if applicable

Vacuum lampshades if applicable

Wipe down or vacuum the couches or chairs monthly

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floor, empty container as needed

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Family Room:

The family room is our living room at my house, but I realize some families have both. I would put this room to bed at night so the room is ready for all the wonderful family memories you will make the next day.

Dust the coffee table

Dust the side tables

Dust all other furniture as applicable

Dust lamps if applicable

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Vacuum lampshades if applicable

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floor, empty container as needed

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Living Room:

I used to have a living room and a family room when my girls were growing up. I now only have a living room. I must admit it took me a long time to get used to the home downsizing idea. I wish I could shout from the rooftops to live with a small house and make do.

Please put your living room to bed at night so you are ready to make memories in a clean and organized living room the next day. Trust me, it’s a great habit to have. Let’s teach the next generation how to clean your house.

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Dust the coffee table

Dust the side tables

Dust all other furniture as applicable

Dust lamps if applicable

Vacuum lampshades if applicable

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floor, empty container as needed

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Pantry or Food Storage Closet:

Please remember to rotate your food and replace the food items you need as you use them. The less you shop the more money you will save because it will not be impulse buying. Trust me, stock your pantry and you will save money. Cook from scratch and you will know what is in the food you are preparing.

Clean the floor

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Wipe shelves as needed

Keep it orderly and watch for expired cans

Keep a list of items that need to be replaced

Replace the light bulbs if needed

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Home Office:

I learned something very important when I worked at a bank years ago. We were trained to always have a clean desk. Period. I have my files organized so I can find things in minutes. It’s important that I know where things are placed because I have a very small desk where I work on my blog here at home.

Dust the desk

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Organize papers, keep it clutter free

Empty garbage cans and replace the liner

Dust lamps if applicable

Vacuum lampshades if applicable

Replace light bulbs as needed

Clean the fans or lights

Vacuum the carpet or clean the floors, empty container as needed

Wipe the moldings down

Wipe TV remotes with Clorox wipes if applicable

Wipe the light switches with Clorox wipes

Front Door & Back Door:

I like to think of my front door as a wonderful “welcome” door to my home. I love to hang a wreath that makes me smile. I reuse the same ones over and over. I love clean doors, it’s who I am. All you need is a little elbow grease and soapy water and the door is clean before you know it. I call the front door a teaching tool if the kids clean it they are aware of the dirty hands that make it less than appealing when coming home and opening the grimy door.

Wipe down fingerprints on doors

Vacuum the entryway and outside mats

Replace light bulbs outside as needed

Shutters or Blinds:

I love clean shutters or blinds. I do not like dust and shutters and blinds love dust,  Need I say more?

Clean quarterly

Windows:

I used to work and hired someone to clean my windows outside every month. I do not keep any screens on my windows because it’s easier to wash windows if the screens are removed. I cleaned the windows inside myself. Now I wash the windows inside and outside myself.

Clean windows inside and out at least quarterly.

Garage:

You may think I am strange but I LOVE my garage clean. I sweep it monthly and keep everything in its place.

Sweep or hose garage floor as needed

Clean garbage cans with Clorox every month

Vacuum rugs coming into the house

PRINTABLES: you can cut and pass these out to those you want to teach the skills to clean your house. How To Clean Your House

Final Word

I feel strongly that if we teach our kids and grandkids to be respectful of our furniture, they will be respectful at other families’ homes. I still remember singing the song about no more monkeys jumping on the beds. Did you sing that song when you were little? Let’s teach the world to keep a clean house and be ready for the unexpected. May God bless you in your efforts. We are training the next generation by example, let’s teach them “How To Clean Your House.”

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10 thoughts on “How To Clean Your House And Stay Healthy

  • April 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm
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    Hi, I cleaned professionally for over 50 years. Pumice stones, green scratchers & the like will NOT scratch IF you keep them wet!!! Just wet the end or corner, what ever side that you want to use. Thought this info might help others!!

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  • November 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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    I make my own toilet bowl cleaner out of baking soda, borax, and citric acid. Cleans wonderfully. If you have a pet that might drink from the bowl, make sure to close the lid, (but that is true of any toilet bowl cleaner). I add essential oils to the mix for a nice smell.

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    • November 5, 2016 at 8:36 am
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      Hi Janet, this is a great idea, do you have the recipe for the toilet bowl cleaner? I would love to add this tip to my post! (Back to basic: How To Clean Your House). Thanks so much for this great idea. Hugs! Linda

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      • November 6, 2016 at 4:57 am
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        I use one part baking soda, one part borax, and one part citric acid. I add essential oils. It can be put into ice cube trays if one lives in a humid area. (humidity turns it into a rock) Just put about 1/4 cup into the bowl, let sit for a while. I clean the bowl of our bathroom during the daytime, and the bowl of the downstairs bath during the night. I like orange oil for the essential oil, smells great and sanitizes. It bubbles for a while, but works great.

        I also use baking soda and citric acid (one part each) to clean my stainless steel sink.

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        • November 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm
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          HI Janet, thank so much for the recipe, I’m adding this to my post, thank you!! Hugs! Linda

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  • November 6, 2016 at 5:04 am
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    One thing overlooked often, is the handrail on stairs. Hands are all over that. I wipe it down about every month, probably should be every week.

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  • December 5, 2018 at 11:21 am
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    Linda ~
    I am no housekeeper!! I love my place when it is clean which is pretty often even though I dislike cleaning in general!

    Something that I learned years ago on a task that I really dislike (hate is a very strong word for it but it is very close to what comes next!): mopping my floors. What I learned was to time the task that you really leave off until it is a huge job is to time yourself. Yes, set a timer! So cleaning my kitchen floor was a terrible task in my book. I decided to time myself – sweep and mop. I did NOT deep clean – like a toothbrush in the corners! But, I did an adequate job of sweeping and mopping. It was not a large kitchen but it took me just short of 15 minutes and that was moving the dining table and chairs!

    Knowing that it only took 15 minutes out of my week, it was much less daunting and I started cleaning the kitchen floor every week with sweeping on a daily basis! Then, it took me less than 10 minutes when I mopped. Sweeping daily only took me 5 minutes or so.

    I have also learned that I cannot use the strong products on the market. One time I wanted to use a strong cleaner on my shower. I opened the bathroom window and turned on the fan. I sprayed the shower and immediately I had to leave the room because it caused me to have breathing issues. My husband had to go finish the job and he did not like that. So, I learned that I had to figure out a way to clean without harsh chemicals or highly scented products. Now I use baking soda as a “soft scrub” with essential oils.

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    • December 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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      Hi Leanne, this is so funny, I love using a timer too! Or music rocking or listening to audibles. The thing I don’t like doing is dusting. I usually say I hate dusting, I should tone it down! LOL! I have heard that about the harsh chemicals. When I was cleaning a neighbors bathroom that had so a lot of stains in the bowl from years of hard water deposits, I had to open every room in the house to clean those toilets, It was not fun. I love a clean house as well. I got the giggles when I saw the toothbrush in the corners, oh man those days are gone! Great comment, Linda

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  • December 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm
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    I asked my boys and husband to sit when going pee. Sure keeps the floor and outside to the toilet soooo much cleaner–and less smelly!!

    I love putting the house to bed at night and then waking it up in the morning. Love this blog and all you teach, Linda. Have a very Merry Christmas….

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    • December 5, 2018 at 5:17 pm
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      Hi Joanne, oh my gosh, I love this comment! I think this is why the good Lord sent me four girls. It’s a great feeling putting the house to bed at night. Thanks so much for your kind words, it’s people like you who keep me going. Merry Christmas, girlfriend! Linda

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