Hey y’all, the best time of the year has finally started to arrive! With that being said, we can now open up windows and enjoy the cooler air, and with that comes some fall cleaning.
I love doing a deep clean of my house after summer because we’ve had the house locked up with the AC running, and it’s nice to help get some of those everyday life odors out and freshen up the house. One thing that I discovered is a great deodorizer is coffee! That’s right, ground coffee, put in bowls all around your house will not only make it smell like a coffeehouse, which um yes please, but it also will help deodorize the air, which is great for helping to freshen up after a long summer.
This is especially great for pet parents who may not have realized it, but our animals, even when you bathe and clean up after them each day, still tend to have a little bit of an odor, and when they’re inside all day and the house is closed up, that can build up a bit. Luckily, you can buy a cheap bag of coffee and the odors will disappear. And did I mention your house will smell like coffee? Win-win! Happy fall y’all!
Hey y’all, so I think it’s safe to say by now if you read this blog, you know I’m big on eliminating unnecessary chemicals from my life. Hearing about potential health issues from using certain products just makes me a bit leery of them, and honestly, with so many green cleaners and products on the market now, there’s no reason to keep them in your life. I’ve included some tips on how to switch to green cleaners, and some of my favorite products. Check them out!
- Method cleaners. This brand is available at Target, and I must say, there are so many options! I have laminate flooring in my house, so I have to use a special cleaner for hard floors, guess what, they have one and it smells amazing! They also have anti-bacterial cleaners for the kitchen, bathrooms, etc., as well as no rinse shower cleaners, and even laundry detergents! This is a brand you’ll definitely want to try, I’m impressed with how well it works, and the fact that I’m not using a bunch of chemicals around the house!
- Vinegar. In case you didn’t know, vinegar plus water makes a great all natural tile and counter top cleaner. Just mix them together, and start mopping. This is something my mom has done my entire life, and it not only offers a very clean smell, but it also cleans up all the gunk that can gather on the floors as we, and our pets, walk around.
- Baking soda and vinegar drain cleaner. Oh yeah, say goodbye to Draino Plumber! If you pour some baking soda and vinegar down the drain, it’ll clear up those clogs. You then can flush with hot water. Now, this one may take more time, but hey, you’re using all natural ingredients, and is probably even cheaper.
- Nature’s Miracle for Pets. This is a product that is non-toxic for your fur babies, and as an added bonus, is an enzyme cleaner, which all pet owners know they need to have on-hand in case of an accident. The enzymes will actually break down the mess, so you’re not just disguising the smell, but actually eliminating it.
- Baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. This is a great combination for a sink cleaner that won’t smell bad and is something you can DIY with ingredients you likely already have! Just sprinkle it around, scrub, and rinse away.
Whether you are trying to eliminate some extra chemicals in your life or are just trying to save by DIYing your own cleaners, these are great options for you to try.
I don’t know about everyone else, but fall to me symbolizes a time of new beginnings. We’re entering the most wonderful time of the year, and that brings a sense of magic, wonder, and miracles. The best way to start this season off, especially since you’ll likely have family and friends visiting, is with some fall cleaning.
I started my fall cleaning recently, and especially this weekend, have been super busy. Here are some steps to perfecting your fall cleaning.
- Open the windows. Make sure the AC is turned off, and let that beautiful fall weather in. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the cooler weather, and save a little bit on your utilities bill.
- Light some fall candles. These are a must, and my favorite are from Bath & Body Works, the three wick ones, they usually have a great deal on them, and wonderful fall scents.
- Start in one room and work your way back. I always try to start at the front of the house, and work my way back to the bedrooms, leaving those for last. This way, I’m getting all of the higher traffic rooms.
- Clear the clutter first. In each room, pick up mail that’s been left, move your laptop to your desk, pick up any discarded shoes or jackets, etc.
- Deep clean. You’ll want to mop, dust, vacuum, and wipe down everything. I mean light switches, door handles, all of the above. Take some glass cleaner and clean the windows, get it all clean and sparkling. Make sure if you have hardwood furniture to use a furniture polish made for it. Vacuum not just the floors, but the furniture too, especially if you have pets. If you want to take it one step further, call a furniture cleaner to come in and have the couches cleaned professionally. You’d be amazed what’s on your furniture that you didn’t even know about. For an all-natural cleaner, use hot water and vinegar on the floors, it smells good, and if you have pets, you don’t have to worry about them walking through some of the mixture and getting hurt from it.
- Play some music. Cleaning is always a little more fun with music, so turn it up and get down to business!
- Get some fresh flowers. Once the cleaning is done, and you’ve worked your way through the house, go get some fresh flowers. You can get a bouquet from Aldi for $4-$5 so it doesn’t even have to cost much. They’ll look beautiful and bring some added freshness to your newly cleaned house.
- Organize the pantry and closets. That’s right, you’re not done just yet. Go through your closet, and go through your pantry. Get rid of things that are expired, don’t fit, not used.
- Don’t forget the ceiling fans. Make sure to dust the fans and lights too, and while you’re at it, change out your air filter, especially if it’s been more than a couple of months.
Some people prefer to do their heavy duty cleaning in the spring, but I think getting the house prepared for the holidays is important too. So make sure to take some time one weekend, and get it done. It won’t be fun, but it will definitely be worth it, especially when your friends and family rave about how amazing your house looks. Plus, decorating a clean house is easier than trying to work around clutter.