Not Just A Mom: My Favorite Cleaning Hacks

It's time for another Not Just A Mom link up and today we're talking about some of our favorite cleaning hacks... not really sure that I have any cleaning hacks, but I'll do my best!

I hope you'll join us this month (or next time!)! It's always the 2nd Monday of the month. 


1. USE your dishwasher-- we don't just use our dishwasher to wash dishes; I used to clean the kids toys in there when they were little, I've cleaned glass light fixtures in there, the turntable from our microwave, home d├ęcor items, and more. 

2. Along that same line-- put your washing machine to work.  I've washed everything from stuffed animals and soft toys to curtains and even car mats in ours.  When the kids were little and we had stomach bugs flying through the house I'd even unzip and throw all the couch cushion covers in there. 

3. Mutli-purpose mops-- I LOVE our Swiffer dry mop but I did get sick of buying the Swiffer refills though and we use a dollar store chenille sock on there; it picks up just as much as I can just toss them in the washer when we're done.  But I clean more than just my floors.  I use the Swiffer not just to clean floors but the walls, ceiling fan blades, baseboards, and have even been known to tuck a wet rag onto the end and use it to clean windows that I can't really reach otherwise. 

4. Ditch the traditional wet mop-- we swapped to the refillable Libman spray mop years ago and I love that I can fill the well with a vinegar/water mixture and just carry it from room to room to clean the tile and even sealed wood floors quickly and easily with no bucket.  

5. This probably should have been #1-- but get HELP!!  I taught all my boys from a really young age to clean and now that they are all teens they can do just about any job in the house so I delegate a lot of the chores. 

6. Don't wait for the cleaning to pileup-- we try to tackle little cleaning jobs every day.  We clean the kitchen counters, table and floor after meals, we wipe out the sinks each morning and evening after brushing teeth, we'd spend 10 minutes before bed cleaning up toys and clutter when the boys were little (there is so rarely any clutter around anymore). 

7. Clean something every day--- I have made/used several cleaning schedule through the years starting with ones I found on Pinterest and customizing them to our family.  We tackle some sort of cleaning project nearly every single day so our house while rarely all clean in one fell swoop always feels clean enough even when unplanned visitors pop in. We used to clean one room each day or I'd clean ALL the toilets and sinks in one day but whatever chore it was we'd rotate through them until we were back at the beginning.  I shared our cleaning schedule here back in 2020 and not much has changed other than I now have 2 less helpers each day (since Alec is at school and Ian is at work)

8. Get a cleaning caddy-- I find that having all my cleaning supplies in one place in an easy to carry caddy makes it faster to move from room to room and easy to see at a glance what products I need to restock. 

 9. Keep shoes at the door-- we had a rule when our kids were babies and crawling around that no one was to wear shoes in the house; all our family members knew and it worked great for keeping most of the dirt outside and not tracking it through our house.  Even now when my kids and I pop in to visit friends we pretty much kick our shoes off at the door out of habit. 

10. Lint rollers come in handy for cleaning more than just lint off clothes-- you can use them to clean lamp shades, window screens, car seats, inside your purse, even car seats!

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  1. Great tips- thanks for sharing!

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  2. We agree on so much cleaning wise! I am a shoes off person too bc of my allergies! Leave that pollen outside!

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    1. Yes! We keep our windows close because of the pollen too; even though I'd love that fresh air... I just can not with all the pollen.

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  3. Great tips! The cleaning caddy is something that I should utilize. I don't know why I have not purchased one. Shoes off in the house, YES!!

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  4. Thanks for the tips. Some were very inspirational to me!

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  5. Oh my goodness, these are wonderful cleaning tips! Thank you!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I really didn't feel I was sharing anything all that earthshattering.

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  6. What great tips! One of my most read blog posts ever is how we washed building blocks in the washing machine. lol They did make a lot of noise but it worked.
    My top tip would be to get everyone in your house to help with the chores. x

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    1. Yes! I am all about putting everyone to work; we all live here we all clean here.

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  7. So many great tips! I hadn't thought to use the dishwasher for so many other things although I have used it to clean the filters from my range hood and it got them nice and clean.
    Ruth@playworkeatrepeat

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  8. I love these tips! I will have to try some of these!

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  9. I use the dishwasher for toys too, especially bath toys for little ones!

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    1. Yes! It's a great to clean and disinfect a whole batch of them all at once!

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  10. These are great tips! I just recently got the O'Cedar mop and bucket because I read so many good things about it, but it hate having to deal with a mop bucket!! Maybe I should have gotten a swiffer wet jet instead!
    One of my personal favorite cleaning hacks is to set a timer for 5 minutes per room and do a quick cleanup daily. It's amazing how little time it takes to straighten up a room! I do this pretty much every day. The kitchen usually does take longer than 5 minutes but it's also the most used room.

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    1. Yes! I used to play "beat the clock" with my boys and set the timer-- we could do a lot in just a few minutes.

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  11. Oh my gosh I am totally going to use a lint roller to clean the kids car seats-- that's genius!

    Lauren @ Don't Mind Our Mess

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  12. I am definitely going to use the chenille sock idea for dust mopping and other dusting! I am a big fan of vinegar and water and use it to clean just about everything. I did break down and buy a Norwex mop system because I hate the streaks other mops left on my floor. But, I use the vinegar and water solution for it. Thanks for the tips, Joanne!

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  13. Yeah, I use vinegar for so many of my cleaning projects!!

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  14. This was so helpful. I like the idea of cleaning something every day. I've never thought about it that way, but I pretty much do that.
    OXOX
    Jodie

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  15. Joanne,
    Great tips!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I hope you had a great Easter!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  16. I love the dollar store sock idea! I like the swiffer but I hate the waste.

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    1. Yeah, that was my problem with the swiffer too.

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  17. I used to have a weekday cleaning schedule as well - had a hard time sticking to it, but it was still helpful! I forgot all about leaving shoes at the door, because that's just the way my husband and I were raised and we do it automatically. I appreciate the tip about the lint roller and will put that to use this very week! LOL

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    1. I have a hard time sticking to my cleaning schedule too; but at least I have one. LOL.

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  18. oh...I've only ever used my dishwasher for dishes...but that makes so much sense to use for other things too! Thanks for that tip.

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  19. These are all great tips... especially the dishwasher one! I always forget that I can put other stuff in there besides dishes!

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    1. Yep, I know! We get o focused on that one job something is intended for and rarely think outside the box for what other uses it can have.

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  20. love the idea to clean the kids toys in the dishwasher. our house is getting over strep and i am sure their play food needs washed.

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