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When you clean your home, consider the layers : Clean. Disinfect. Aromatize. I thought I was going to simply talk about how we clean our home in layers. But then it dawned on me, it’s not just about the schedule, it’s really all about how you use your time every single day. I’m not an expert in this department by any means. There are some things I wish I did better or spent more time on. Those are the tasks that I delegate to no one other than myself, because I want to be thorough. But those are also the tasks that happen maybe twice a year. Si, no bueno.
There are 3 main areas in the household that get more than enough use and attention every single day, any guesses as to which they are? The Kitchen, the living room, and the bathrooms. Because we spend the most time in those areas, we also put in a little extra effort into keeping those areas clean.
How to Clean Your Home in Layers
Clean. I also like to call this phase maintenance. This is your everyday upkeep. This “level” of clean means things get rinsed out and wiped down, consistently. Think tabletops, counter-tops and sinks.
Disinfect. I also like to call this phase deep clean. This is when you’ll use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They kill 99.9% of household bacteria* in your home. Consider the same surfaces, but go a step beyond, think toilet seats, stove, refrigerator. I love keeping these wipes under each sink in the household.
Aromatize. This goes beyond your everyday cleaning, this means now your floors are getting some love and attention too. With Pine-Sol Lavender it not only cleans , but deodorizes too. Leaving a fresh and clean scent. For this level of clean, consider disinfecting with Clorox Liquid Bleach for toilets, tubs, and trash cans. Because it kills 99.9% of germs** in your home, then follow up with Pine-sol for the aromatics.
Helpful Tips for Everyday Clean
Grab an empty laundry basket and bring it with you into the room you’re about to tackle. Pick up every single solitary piece of clutter and place it into the basket. Then go through your phases for each room. Once everything has been cleaned, disinfected, and aromatized, put all the basket items in their proper place.
Focus your efforts on ONE room a day. Yes, the entire house needs an overhaul, but by focusing on one room a day, you are able to ensure the thoroughness of it’s cleanliness. Once you’ve finished that room, space, area (sometimes you have to tackle it at the smallest levels and that’s okay), then you can proceed on to the next tip.
Do one thing each day in each room you spend time in. If it’s laundry day, I will take the used dryer sheets with me into the bathroom. Once I’m finished my business, I will drop the dryer sheet on the floor and “skate” around the bathroom to pick up the dust bunnies around the baseboards, or I’ll use it to collect the dust from the toilet or counter tops. When I’m done, I chuck it in the trash, wash my hands and go.
Laundry. Never start a load you can’t see all the way through both the wash and dry cycle. I always seem to remember 2 days too late and my clothes need a good rewashing or drying. Turn the buzzer on the dryer, once done, immediately fold and put away. There’s nothing worse than having clean clothes that look dirty, because they’re wrinkled, or toppled over and fell on the floor.
The biggest thing is every day maintenance, if everyone does a little something before they leave a room, the weekend cleanings take less time. I came up with this little printable that I laminated and placed on the mirror in the bathrooms.
I started by taking a photograph of the sink, then printed in black and white. Next I printed the Daily Tasks on vellum paper. I certainly could have printed it directly onto the image, but what’s the fun in that? Next I adhered it to colorful cardstock using tape adhesive and washi tape for a fun color pop. Lastly, I popped it into my cheap-o laminator. Tada.
Cute image to hang on the mirrors in each bathroom so we all can chip in and maintain bathroom cleanliness every single day.
Now that I’ve created a reminder, I wanted to simplify the process even further, I created these “Use Me” Labels so that there is no confusion as to which product does what. I love these because not only are they totally adorable, but printing them on adhesive paper made them super easy to apply to my bottles. Get yours here.
Now head over to Walmart and grab one or all of these products mentioned for an all around Cleaned, Disinfected and Aromatized home! Remember, Cleaning in Layers is not about scheduling, but more so about simplifying the process and sharing the responsibility.
What tips do you have for simplifying the process of cleaning your home? Do you clean in layers?
Share your tips and ideas in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.