Cleaning 101: The Secrets Your Mother Never Told You

Do you love a clean house but despise the whole ‘cleaning‘ part? Me too, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do – right?!

The house isn’t going to clean itself and you probably don’t have a full-time housekeeper? No housekeeper means you’re on your own and need to figure out how to make it all work.

Here’s a collection of cleaning routines and hacks that make cleaning manageable.

Benefits of a Clean Home

Why do you need a clean home anyway? I could write an entire article on the benefits of a clean home, but I’ll just mention a few of the big ones here.

Better Health

A clean home helps improve health by reducing and eliminating the harmful dust allergens, mold spores, and bacteria that linger in homes.

Regular cleaning removes these irritants from the surfaces they tend to collect on, including your furniture, flooring, and decor.

Reduced Stress

Keeping your house clean can help reduce your stress because you aren’t constantly staring at messes and feeling guilty for not taking care of them.

You also don’t have to waste time looking for things you need because they’ve been put away and are waiting right where they should be.

Improved Sleep

A clean home will help you sleep better because you won’t go to bed thinking about all of the things you still need to do, and a clean bedroom will help you relax. You can see the benefits of a clean home, but how do you get and keep it that way?

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How to Clean a House

We aren’t born instinctively knowing how to clean a house and keep it that way. These are skills we learn and master (hopefully) over time. Combining these skills into housekeeping routines will help you keep your home cleaner.


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Cleaning Routines

Cleaning routines are the foundation of a clean home and have many benefits. They help you build good housekeeping habits and make the job much easier. Here are some routines that make all the difference around my home.

Daily Clean and Tidy Habits help keep your home clean and tidy all the time.

Speed Cleaning for those days your mother-in-law says she’s ‘in the neighborhood’ and might stop by in a few minutes.

Weekly Cleaning to help you stay on track and know exactly what to clean and when.

What to Clean when Somebody’s Been Sick so you can wipe out all of the germs and prevent the illness from spreading through the entire household.

The Spring Clean for that ridiculously thorough, room by room, deep cleaning that makes your home feel brand new.

A Ready for the Holidays routine to get your home ready for the holiday season.

If these don’t cover what you need, use what you like from each of them to create the foundation for your own cleaning routine.

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How Can I Make Cleaning Easier and Faster?

One of the most frequent questions I hear is ‘how do I make it all faster and easier?’

We’ve already ruled out the housekeeper, so let’s talk about your other options. Besides a good routine mentioned above, there are all kinds of tricks and hacks that can make housekeeping easier.

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

Besides routines and cleaning on a regular basis, there are also a lot of tricks and hacks that can help speed up that cleaning and make it all easier.

Cleaning tips and ‘best practices’ for getting everything clean

Cleaning mistakes you’ll want to avoid so you don’t make the job even tougher.

Lazy girl leaning hacks that are sure to put a smile on your face and a little time back in your life.

Dirtiest places most people forget to clean. Don’t go running to the neighbors to see if I’m right!

Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide for a non-toxic, natural way to clean and disinfect more things than you can imagine.

All the things you should never clean with vinegar, and if you already are cleaning them with vinegar, you might want to stop.

How to make your house smell good now that you have everything clean.

Organizing the things in your home to make it easier to put them away properly

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‘How to’ Step by Step Checklists

Even with the routines and tips above, sometimes you just need a step by step checklist to make sure you get everything. These articles walk you through my ‘top to bottom, step by step’ process for cleaning a room.

How to conquer your kitchen deep clean checklist will have your kitchen sparkling in no time.

Your bedroom should be a relaxing oasis, so give it the deep clean you deserve.

The bathroom is one of the nastiest rooms in the home, and it might need this deep cleaning more often than other rooms.

Deep Cleaning by Task

When you don’t need to clean the entire room, but need to know how to clean that specific area or section.

Here’s the easiest way I know to deep clean an oven without using harsh chemicals or vinegar.

How to deep clean that nasty fridge.

Recommended Supplies

All of my favorite cleaning supplies, including those you might give (or ask for) as gifts.

If you’re brave enough to buy her something cleaning related, here’s a list of gifts for a clean freak you might actually get away with.

Create Your Cleaning Routine

I’ve shown you my cleaning routines and shared all of my tips, tricks, and hacks that help me get and keep my home clean. Now it’s your turn. You can use my routines, or your can build one to fit your home and life.