Clean Smart, Not Hard

Clean smart, not hard


When it comes to cleaning, I am all about what will do the best job with the least amount of effort from me. But, as a working mom of two children under the age of five, I find myself out of energy before I even think about the word “clean” at the end of a day. I’ve tried hiring help for cleaning but there is just something about the dreaded “spring cleaning” that needs to be done by the household owner.  So, I’m here to give you a few tips on how you can clean smarter instead of harder this Spring Cleaning season.

Keep a variety of cleaning products on hand. The last thing you need is to be on a productive streak and have to come to a screeching halt because you run out of your go-to all-purpose cleaner. Think ahead and check out your grocery store app for non-food coupons on a regular basis too. You’d be surprised how many cleaning products the grocery store has including all-natural brands, if you’re into that.

Have a cleaning plan and establish rules. Soon after I embark on my spring cleaning mission, I often find myself buried deep in the closets sorting out random unused household items or kids’ clothes that they’ve grown out of. Next thing I know I’ve used my two precious hours at nap time making myself a bigger mess. So, have a plan and stick to it. I’d suggest the basic “one room at a time” strategy. This also gives you the ability to contain your mess in case you have to drop the project for any reason. Also, don’t make this harder than it already is by starting a mental battle of whether or not to keep it.

Here are a few rules you should always stick to: 

  • If you haven’t used it in a year, throw it out! Even if you think you may wear it for your cousin’s upcoming wedding, be real with yourself; you’ll buy a new one you like more by then. 
  • If it doesn’t fit, throw it out! Don’t fall victim to the “just in case” thoughts of weight loss or body transformation. If you really lose some weight, then treat yourself to a new outfit - you deserve it!
  • Bonus Tip: If you love it but it’s stained (possibly from one too many glasses of deep red wine at your latest ‘wine and canvas’), don’t toss it just yet. Try covering the stain in white vinegar then immediately adding some liquid dish detergent. Scrub and then launder as normal. The stain should come right out!
  • Last, but definitely not least, utilize the Internet and blogs like this to learn some cleaning hacks from other successful housewives or career moms like you. Here are a few that will help you clean smarter, not harder.

Clean your microwave with no scrubbing:

  1. Fill a bowl of one part vinegar and one part water and place it in the microwave until it’s boiling hot.
  2. Let the microwave fill with steam. When finished, wipe down the crusted food/grime easily with a rag or paper towel.

Sanitize the kids’ toys with little to no effort:
Tossing them in the dishwasher. Fill the racks with balls, pacifiers, trucks, chew toys, and any other toy that needs disinfecting. Then throw a Finish Powerball pod in and let it run its cycle.
Gathering all of these toys to clean provides a great opportunity to organize and either put in the donation/throw away pile or out back in its appropriate spot.

Remove the stubborn smudges on your stainless steel appliances:

  1. Fill a spray bottle with ½ white vinegar and ½ water.
  2. Spray on appliance then gently wipe away greasy smudges. Make sure to wipe with the grain of the stainless steel.

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About the Author: Jessie Huizenga, Marketing Specialist at SpartanNash. She has a background in retail sales and marketing and has been on the consumer relationship marketing team at SpartanNash for just over 6 months.
She is a busy wife and mom of two kids; a son who is 2.5 years old and a daughter who is 5 going on 13. 
Favorite mommy inspiration: Kristina Kuzmic, star of Truth Bomb Mom.
Loves to travel and was able to visit over 10 different countries on 4 continents before she settled into her career and #momlife.  Also likes water/boating. You’ll find her and the family camped on a beach or floating down the river on a pontoon most weekends from May to September.