I like a clean home. I feel overwhelmed with clutter and messes. I just don't love to clean my house. I know there are people out there who love to scrub every surface, to spend their free time sorting and organizing every closet and cabinet. I'm just not one of them.
I was hoping that as my kids got older that maybe I could put them to work doing the stuff I don't like to do, but to be honest, they really aren't that great at cleaning either. Don't get me wrong, they are super great at making messes, but the cleaning up part is their downfall.
After nearly 20 years of having a home of my own to clean, I've got some lazy cleaning tricks up my sleeve and I'm spilling the secrets today on how you can have a spotless home the lazy way.
When we were first married, we lived in apartments just outside of campus. They had this not so lovely white linoleum that showed every piece of dirt. I scrubbed that linoleum several times a week. This lazy cleaning trick is all about materials. Once we moved into our first home we had hardwood floors in most of our downstairs. Those floors don't show a thing! Our current home has these hand scraped wood floors that hide even more. So while it's not super economical, I have found that just by having a different floor covering, I have saved hundreds of hours cleaning. I steam mop our floors once a month and that's only when I remember.
Sure, I spot clean them, but the floors really don't need cleaned more often. It's not like we are eating off of them! I love my HomeRight Steam Machine plus. My kids think this steam cleaner is a toy so they often fight over using it to clean with. The blue part of the steamer pops off to make a handheld steamer that I can use to clean just about any surface. I use it to deep clean a few times a year. If I am feeling super ambitious, I use to to steam just about any surface including pillows, the counter tops, the blinds and other hard to reach areas. The steam does the hard part of the cleaning, I just follow it up by wiping the area down. Let the machine do the work! Talk about lazy! I hear they are discontinuing this product, so if you want to order it, do it soon or you are going to miss out.
I don't use a lot of chemicals in my house. I use vinegar for cleaning most things. Remember those adorable kids I told you that live here? Well, they are pros at making messes. They eat a lot and they make a lot of their own food. All three of them have mastered the microwave. I hate opening up the microwave and finding splattered food all over, but it happens. And when it does, I put a small bowl of vinegar in the microwave and cook it on high for a few minutes. The steam cleans on all that baked on crud and I can easily wipe it off. What took hours of scrubbing before, takes seconds.