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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My cleaning routine

I have a monthly rotation of my cleaning routine that I do and I decided to share it with you. There are several cleaning routines which happen each week:

-My older daughter cleans all of the bathrooms (wipes sinks, toilets and counters, cleans toilets, and mirrors)
-My son sweeps the kitchen floor and I spot-clean it
-My 5-year-old cleans all glass and mirrors downstairs (computer screen and tv screen included)
-My 3-year-old and I each take a bleach wipe and wipe all doorknobs, lights witches and many surfaces used often (i.e., phones, stair bannisters, front door etc.,)

Then I do one job from my rotation or zone:

1. Clean the kitchen counters/ microwave/ sink- I clear the counters, wipe behind the flour and sugar canisters, move the toaster oven and clean behind it, wipe the outside and inside of the microwave, and the outside of the fridge/ freezer doors. I use a recipe for kitchen cleaning found here, I had to sign up for the newsletter and she emailed me some great cleaning recipes. It has peppermint oil in it and it smells so good!

2. Dust and vacuum- I dust the living and family rooms, around the computer, moving what I can and rid the rooms of visible dust. (I've heard that there is a lot of exfoliated skin in dust...YUCK!) I also dust our bedroom, and sometimes the kids' bedrooms. Then I vaccum (or my hubby will) the carpets, and oftentimes the couches and cobwebs (if I think of it!)

3. Wash the kitchen floor- I move all of the kitchen chairs, stools, rugs and trash can out of the kitchen. Then I sweep thoroughly in the kitchen and front hall. I begin furthest away from the sink, using diluted Pine-Sol in a spray bottle. I spray the floor and wipe with a wet rag. This is the cheapest way to use floor cleaner, and I know the floor is clean because I always have at least three buckets of gray water from rinsing my rag! (another recipe from

4. Wash sheets, rugs and towels, bathroom floors- I don't wash the kids' sheets each month, unless they haven't been done for a while. I try to switch off whose sheets get washed each month, besides our own. I wash all hand towels, bath towels and floor rugs too. When they get musty, I add baking soda and vinegar to the wash load, and that helps a lot.

This is what works for me. Many other people do these jobs more often. I will too, if I feel like they need it. But I do one chore each Saturday morning and it takes me about an hour. I don't feel like I am cleaning all the time using this method, but feel like my home is clean enough to be happy and healthy! If we have sickness going around, I will walk around with a bleach wipe and clean everything that gets touched by little hands.

I also do spring cleaning where I wash my curtains, iron and re-hang them. I wipe all winter-time cobwebs in the spring, clean some (mostly downstairs) of the windows, window tracks, and screens. I scrub out my shower three- four times a year, and clean the refrigerator thoroughly twice a year. This includes removing the shelves and drawers and washing the walls. I need to clean my freezers more often, though!

I hope this helps someone find a new routine for cleaning which may work for you!

Hebrews 9:14
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Hebrews 10:22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

2 Peter 1:8-9

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.


  1. I have been cleaning a ton in the last couple of days, just because my hands are free! I do love a clean house! Good pointers on how to break down some of those bigger jobs!

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