Who thinks weekends should be for recharging and not housework? While the end result is awesome, cleaning the house isn’t exactly fun.
Today we’re talking to a guest instructor with a strategy for ditching the weekend-long cleaning marathons and the Monday thru Friday chaos.
Becky Rapinchuk, also known as Clean Mama, has been sharing her time-saving cleaning routine online since 2009. Her quest is to simplify everyday life and show her readers and followers how to get the cleaning done quickly and safely, so they can enjoy the things that matter.
Her ideas and tips have been featured in Real Simple, Martha Stewart magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and many others. Becky believes your clean home is just a daily task away- and we are here for it!
By the end of this class you’ll have an understanding of The Clean Mama routine, some awesome home-keeping tips and ideas for making your home feel cozy and clean!
What do you think is the biggest cause of overwhelm when it comes to maintaining a home?
- People like to be told what to do sometimes.
- It’s overwhelming when you don’t know where to start.
Why do you suggest a cleaning routine?
- You waste a lot of time looking around for the biggest messes.
- Instead of being reactive, you’ll know exactly what you need to do daily.
What does your routine look like?
- Daily Tasks: Make beds, check floors, counters, clutter, laundry.
- Weekly Tasks: M- bathroom, T- dusting, W- vacuuming, Th- floor washing, F- catch-all, S-sheets and towels.
- Rotating Tasks: Clean appliances, floor boards, windows, comforters etc.
- Monthly Focus: Each month has a different focus, like paperwork or decluttering for example.
How much time do you devote to these daily tasks?
- 15-20 mins.
Let’s talk about the tools for the job. Which products do you love to use?
- Here is her favorite page off her website!
- Microfiber towels
- Microfiber duster
- A good vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Becky’s favorite vacuum is THIS ONE
How do you avoid a stinky vacuum?
- Clean it out really well!
- Use a cotton ball and drop some essential oils on it, then drop it in the tank.
What do you suggest people avoid when buying cleaning products?
- Most conventional cleaners because of all of the chemicals
- Dryer sheets (use wool dryer balls instead and vinegar as fabric softener)
How do you get bad smells out of your sink?
- Sometimes you need a professional if there’s something in your trap or a bad connection with your dishwasher, so make sure that’s not the case.
- If you think it’s food, put a couple ice cubes, dish soap and/or baking soda down the drain.
What do you suggest for cleaning toilets/grout with toddler boys!?
- Cream of tarter paste and an old toothbrush. Put it on the grout, let it sit a couple minutes and wipe it clean.
- Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar will also cut the smell.
- THIS lime enzyme all natural cleaner.
How often do you replace sponges?
- Throw them in the dishwasher at night at least once a week, and you can do so until they start to deteriorate.
How do you clean your makeup brushes?
- Use a silicone mat like this one.
- Make a nightly sink scrub: 2 cups of baking soda, essential oils (clove and lemon is great) then add a squirt of dish soap and scrub with a sponge or a dish brush and rinse.
- Make your bed every day!