My Top 10 Favorite Cleaning Posts

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2014
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging. I’ll be publishing this 10-post series during the 4 weeks after his birth (read all the posts here).

I hope you enjoy reading (or re-reading) these posts as much as I’ll be enjoying the extra snuggles, books, smiles, and naps with Nora and Simon!

Believe it or not, I actually enjoy cleaning — most of the time. It’s not something I wake up thinking about or look forward to all week long — but I definitely don’t mind doing it if I have the time (especially if someone else is watching the munchkins so I can just “zone out” and clean.)

I know, I’m weird 🙂

Cleaning Collage

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Cleaning posts — in no particular order. 

1. My 7 Laundry Don’ts:

I don’t love laundry, but I DO love figuring out ways to make it simpler, faster, easier, and more efficient — so it’s no surprise that I have a slew of laundry-related posts on my blog. This 7 Laundry Don’ts post is one of my all-time favorites because these 7 things really do help me to simplify the often overwhelming task of doing laundry!

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2. Spring Cleaning: Why I Don’t Do It:

I recently wrote this post as I’ve been getting lots of questions about my thoughts on spring cleaning. And not to spoil the post for you — but I DO tackle deep cleaning projects around my house, I just don’t do them in the spring!


3. A-Z Uses For Your Dishwasher:

If you have a dishwasher, you MUST read this post. It’s amazing how many different things you can clean in your dishwasher!


4. How I Clean Our House in 60 Minutes or Less:

We don’t necessarily have a huge house, but it’s not small either. However, if I really put my mind to it and focus, I can get the whole house clean (enough) in 60 minutes or less.


5. Clean Homes, Happy Kids, and “Good” Mothers:

Oh, I had SO much fun writing this post (and reading all the comments)! I may have stepped up onto my soapbox for a bit — but it just bothers me when moms are so critical and judgmental of other moms.

If you’ve ever been criticized for not being a “good mom” just because you enjoy keeping your house clean (or working on a particular hobby/craft/project/ etc.) I think you’ll LOVE this post!

NOTE: Due to all the comments from this first post, I wrote a follow-up post here.


6. 40+ Cleaning Resources:

This post is packed full of cleaning resources — from various blog posts I’ve written over the years and from around the web.


7. DIY Cleaners and Resources:

A couple years ago, I did a huge purge of my cleaning supplies and got rid of LOTS and LOTS of them. I now use very minimal chemicals and make many of my own cleaning recipes. This post lists out many of those homemade DIY cleaners.


8. Homemade Facewash:

I realize this isn’t about cleaning the house — but since it’s about cleaning your face (and it’s one of my favorite posts), I thought I could still include it in this list. If you’re looking for a REALLY great homemade facewash, you’ll definitely want to try my oil-cleansing method. It’s quick, easy, frugal, and fabulous!

Related post = Homemade Hair Wash and Hair Rinse (a.k.a. shampoo + conditioner)


9. 101 Uses for Vinegar:

Vinegar is for sure my favorite ingredient for homemade cleaning products — it can honestly clean almost anything! This post lists off 101 different uses for this ultra frugal kitchen staple.


10. Our Farmhouse Sink – Tips to Clean and Care For a Porcelain Sink:

I get tons of questions about our farmhouse sink (and porcelain sinks in general) so I wrote up an entire post about how we clean and care for our sink.


So that’s my list…

Which cleaning posts are your favorites?

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  1. Arlene L Marquez


    I was reading 101 uses of vinegar article. I knew vinegar has some uses in cleaning , but so much uses for it was totally surprising. I mainly use it for leather cleaning and some other furniture cleaning. Looks like it is a good house cleaning solution than I thought of and may not need a house cleaning service any more as we could do it all ourselves. 7 laundry don’ts article also was interesting and I will definitely use some of the tips it mentioned. Though I am sure my house can’t be cleaned under 60 minutes the article was a fine read.


  2. Emma W.


    Andrea, it’s a smart thought to merge the old post to revise the ideas and some useful tips of cleaning. I have always washed and dry clean my clothes at my home. I would avoid some chemical’s detergents and all to save myself from skin decease. I also enjoy cleaning.


  3. Stel


    I still love your Homemade Facewash post – I have been using it for almost 2 years now, adding a drop of geranium oil or lavender to the mix, and I use it as a moisturiser. In our dry climate it works fantastic, just a drop or two after showering, and I never feel oily! Going to try avocado oil with the next batch I make up.


  4. red2red


    Enjoyed reading … especially the 101 uses for vinegar. Thanks for sharing!