Clean Mama Cleaning Routine 

Sadie the cleaning lady can just blab on & on & on about tidying the house!

And these days, since I’ve already decluttered like a mothertrucker, Simple is Better.

I’m absolutely loving the weekly cleaning routine at cleanmama.net

It’s EASY to put into action, no sweat!  And has a really nice flow day to day!

So by all means, let me get my blab on:

 

A clean house certainly feels like an accomplished house!

Plus, when you’re house is tidy and you feel like you did enough housework (because you had a plan, a list and checked it off), BOOM!!  You’re free to go do something fun, something creative or something that just involves you sitting on your ass enjoying life!

Whatever floats your boat 🙂

Gotta love those mopping muscles though eh?!

Sadie Rambles Affectionately towards Confident Mom and Simple Goods Clarion

Tonight I had a great time with my friend Ann, who is a vicious Twister competitor.

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She also has an Etsy shop – Simple Goods Clarion – where she makes and sells these cool little essential oil rollerballs!

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I have and LOVE Hippie!  And Patchouli Rose & Sensual are next on my list to grab!

Here’s a video of me loving on it – along with a really neat housekeeping homemaker cleaning resource Ann shared with me tonight!

So ~ You want to get your clean on with Ann & me?  Couldn’t hurt to have a little bit of guidance and instruction with your cleaning routine (or non routine).  Here’s a link to the Confident Mom’s website:

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Cleaning Up Everything

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So the house construction (plastering, sanding, painting) is progressing along and I’ve finally got the living room back!  Sorta ~ kinda, just long enough to mop a layer of dust before I transfer my hoarders room (everything smashed into the school room) into this new holding tank.

But it seems A LOT LESS CRAZY this time because of all the things I’ve purged to Goodwill. listed for sale in local shops or given away to friends and family.

IT FEELS SO GOOD TO GET RID OF STUFF.

Downsizing!!  I love it 🙂

The closets will make more sense with fewer clothes, the dishes less cluttered, the toys more tidy, the website more lovely… Yep, I updated the blog too while I am spring cleaning everywhere!

All the spaces I hang are enjoying my new found dis-attachment with my LESS is MORE attitude:

If I don’t NEED it, LOVE it or find it BEAUTIFUL – it’s out.

I mean really – WHAT is it that we are so attached to??

Personally, my now intention is to own less junk that needs dusted and instead, I am wanting more energy, more laughter, more love, more conversation, more remember-able experiences, more art, more craft, more doing, and more room to dance in this house!!

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Just as soon as ~ I clean up EVERYthing!!

Sadie The Cleaning Lady Dicks Off

Just a little.

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Every once in awhile, like every “good” employee, you’ve got to screw off a bit during the job, And do it behind your bosses back of course – because it’s more fun that way.

You also must do this regularly ESPECIALLY if your boss is your mom!! It’s like Mandatory obligations of participating in a family business.

So today, while I was working hard for my mama boss, err hardly working lol snicker, I snuck a few pictures of me in action.

Self-amusing activities always makes the cleaning go quick & painless.

Mom, please don’t fire me 😉

d.i.y.friday ~ Make 5 Easy Homemade Cleaners



The 4 key ingredients you’ll require are:

Vinegar – mild disinfectant, grease cutter, de-scaler, glass cleaner

Dish soap – neutral pH – gentle and safe on essentially every surface and a mild soap that can lifts off dirt and grime

Rubbing alcohol – at least 65% USP in order for it to qualify as a disinfectant, can be mixed with water

Hydrogen peroxide – naturally occurring bleach, used in Oxy powders. Uses oxygen to break bonds between dirt and bacteria and the surface they are on. A great disinfectant, stain remover and natural whitener.

Baking soda – abrasion, deodorizing, great for replacing a scouring powder. It’s not actually used in any of the recipes but can be used to boost cleaning power by sprinkling on a sprayed surface.

If you wish to, select an essential oil that you like (and perhaps has some extra beneficial properties) and add 10 drops to the bottle.

Here are the recipes:

Glass cleaner – 50/50 water and vinegar mix, use to clean windows and mirrors – smell dissipates quickly

Disinfectant – 50/50 water and rubbing alcohol, use to spray and leave after you’ve cleaned a surface, only use where required i.e. points of contact, cutting boards, bathrooms etc. Note that a disinfectant does not necessarily clean (i.e. lift dirt off) so this is the 2nd part of a two-step cleaning process (first part is the actual cleaning with a cleaner).

All-purpose cleaner – 1-2 tbsp dish soap per bottle of water. Great to use for cleaning kitchen, bathroom surfaces, hallways, most furniture. Won’t leave residue behind. If you are finding residue, reduce the amount of dish liquid being used (they vary in recipes).

Tub and tile cleaner/degreaser – 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup dish liquid. Use for soap scum on tiles and glass, greasy kitchens etc. Spray, let it sit for 5 minutes and start to clean.

Stain remover – 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup dish liquid. Amazing, simply spray on a stain, rub it in, rinse it out. Can also be used as a pre-treatment for stains. Test in an inconspicuous area first as the hydrogen peroxide may discolour.

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Make Domestic Goddess Dusting Cloths

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Ready to make some Domestic Goddess Dusting Cloths?

These reusable fleece cloths are a must have in your home blessing routine and they make a cute little gifts for the giving too!

Don’t feel like you need to go out and purchase fleece – just grab an old hoodie or blanket and chop up that.  Maybe go thrifting at g.w. for some cheap finds to cut into squares or rectangles.  The shape truly does not matter – it’s the magic of the fleece that grabs onto the dust!  Hooray for static charged fabrics 🙂

So, that’s it.  Get fleece.  Cut into squares.  Then fold in half & half again, tie with cute yarn and attach my Domestic Goddess Dusting Cloth poem to sweeten up the gifting.  Cloths can be washed and reused again & again!!

Watch the video:

 

Remember to print out the domestic goddess dusting cloth poem

Want me to make these for you? Take a peek in the All Natural Me Shop to see what’s listed!

Make Your Own Laundry Powder

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Made a video just for you!!

Super easy recipe for a homemade laundry powder. Works great with front loaders too.

Only 4 ingredients to mix together – Borax, Washing Soda, Baking Soda, Boraxo – careful pouring, it can be dusty! Smells a little perfumey when you make it, but doesn’t show up too much at the end of laundering. Believe me, if it did, I’d be annoyed!!

This recipe is certainly easy on the wallet as well and Mama & Papa are loving this one.

If powder just doesn’t do it for ya, try the liquid laundry recipe.

Citrus Dishes

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Don’t you think chores are more lovely when they smell great?

Citrus fruits, cinnamon sticks and slices of ginger root are a few of the things that have made a pit stop in my kitchen sink, before a more permanent resting spot in the compost bin.

Adding natural air fresheners to your hot soapy water (or cloudy, if you use Dr. Bronners) uplifts the scrubbing to a new level of dish blessing.  Yummy Aromatherapy!  And they really are useful as chiseling tools too for stuck on foods.

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How do you put enjoyment into your dish doing?

This all natural tip was perfect for us to include with our upcycled Cinderella Recyclopes in our etsy shop, as a reminder to enjoy the work, even if your step-sisters are hags.

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Etsy Eco-Tip:
In the morning, after you fresh squeeze your O.J., toss those citrus babies into your kitchen sink for a delightful aromatic effect on your dish doing. They are also great for scrubbing off last night’s spaghetti plate.

All Natural Me Chemical Free Cleaning

All you really need to know is Baking Soda and Vinegar!! Pair these guys up with essential oils and natural based soap and you are ready to give your home an aromatic cleaning you will both appreciate!

ROSEMARY SOFT SCRUBBER ~ Great for bathrooms!

1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/8 cup liquid vegetable-based soap
10 drops Rosemary essential oil

MIX up then Scrub the crud!

The next homemade recipe:

TEA TREE MOLD -n- MILDEW ZAPPER

1 cup white vinegar
25 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Spray on ~ go put your feet up for 10 minutes ~ wipe or just spray it and leave it!

HANDY KITCHEN SPRAY

Fill your spray bottle up with naturally disinfecting white vinegar along with a good squeeze of natural dish soap and 20+ drops of your favorite essential oils. Lemon, Pine or Clove are great!! Spray on counters, table, high chair and greasy messes!

SUNSHINE WINDOW CLEANER

In a spray bottle add:
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon or less of natural dish soap
5 to 10 drops essential oil of LEMON, ORANGE or GRAPEFRUIT essential oils

AROMA~CLEANSE AIR SPRAY

Brace yourself for this genius breakthrough…
Get a bottle, fill it with water, add naturally disinfecting essential oils,
shake it and spray it….. wow.

Use single oils alone such as Lavender, Sweet Orange, or Clove or make complimenting combinations such as Patchouli~Rose or a Citrus Blast with Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange and Lime! Make an air purifying sick room spray of Eucalyptus, Thyme and Lemon.

LOVELY LAVENDER CARPET DEODORIZER

In a glass jar with a tight lid combine equal parts of baking soda and dried Lavender flowers.
To remove the stinkers, Sprinkle this mixture on your carpet. Let it sit for at
least an hour, then vacuum.

GROUNDING SPICE MOTH REPELLANT

1/4 cup Dry Thyme
1/4 cup Whole Cloves

Combine and separate into clothes bags to put in drawers, chests,
or to hang in closets.

All recipes are all natural, smell fresh and are very effective.

Happy Cleaning!