Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Clean Cleaning

If you've read my Vintage Cleaning Schedule blog, these are the homemade products I like to use for a clean, green (and inexpensive) house!

All Purpose:
  • 3 parts filtered water
  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 5-7 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Disinfectant Floor Cleaner:
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 small squeeze of liquid castile soap
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
 Furniture Polish:
  •  Olive oil dabbed on a cloth, OR
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 c. filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
Stainless Steel Cleaner:
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
    • After rubbing oil on with soft cloth, dab vinegar on, wipe, and let dry
Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • A couple drops of essential oil (optional) 
    • Pour mixture in toilet and let sit until finished cleaning bathroom. Scrub toilet and flush!
    • If you have those really difficult hard water stains to remove, use a pumice stone to scrub them away. No other products needed! (Especially not bleach!!)
Oven Cleaner:
  • Baking soda
  • Water
    • Make a paste with the soda and water. Let sit on stove top or oven for a few minutes. Wipe away with dish cloth. Some very light scrubbing might be necessary depending on how much is cooked on.
Mattress Detox:
  • 1/2 c. Baking soda
  • 12 drops essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, or wintergreen)
    • Sprinkle mixture onto mattress. Let sit for at least 1 hour (the longer, the better). Vacuum up and replace bedding!
Musty/Foul Odors (clothing, beds, carpets, anything!):
  • Put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray wherever you're trying to get rid of the smell. I use this for my vintage clothes and suitcases; it does wonders! 
Heavy-Duty Carpet Stains and Odors:
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
    • Sprinkle baking soda on carpet, enough to cover the spot, then spray with vinegar. It'll bubble up (like those volcanoes we made in grade school!). Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub.
Unclog Drains:
  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1 c. vinegar
    • Pour baking soda down drain. Stuff in as much of it as you can. 
    • Pour the vinegar all at once down the drain and quickly be ready to cover the drain to force the pressure downward. Once the fizzing stops, run water to clear it. 
    • For really tough clogs, you may need to repeat this once or twice. So much better than using harsh chemicals! (Not to mention it's much cheaper) :)
Fit Dame

Vintage Cleaning Schedule

I posted a few weeks back about a "new" cleaning schedule I was testing, and I got requests to share!
*Disclaimer: While this is based off of "1950s housewife cleaning" research, I understand that not everyone in the 50s followed a schedule like this. It's made to be enjoyed, so put on your apron, grab your feather duster, and get to it! :)

Monday: Kitchen
Tuesday: Bathrooms
Wednesday: Bedrooms
Thursday: Living Room
Friday: Dining Room
Saturday: Free!
Sunday: Free!

Cover Girl (Clean Sweep) 1963
 Here's a detailed breakdown of what those days entail.

  • Apply oven cleaner, let sit
  • Dust window shades, sills, and baseboards
  • Wash two cabinets and 2 drawers in weekly rotation
  • Wipe down cabinets and walls behind the sink and stove
  • Wipe down all appliances
  • Clean fridge inside and out
  • Wash garbage bin
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floor
  • Wash bath mats, towels, and shower curtain
  • Apply cleaner to toilet bowl, let sit
  • Dust shelves and baseboards
  • Clean window sill, door knobs, and switch plates
  • Clean medicine cabinet
  • Empty garbage
  • Wipe down all objects
  • Throw out anything expired
  • Scrub tub, sink, vanity, mirror, inside and outside of toilet
  • Replace towels, bath mats, shower curtain, and toilet paper
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floor
  • Wash bedding
  • Dust mirrors, pictures, lamps, vanity, dressers, and baseboards
  • Clean window sill, door knobs, and switch plates
  • Tidy closets
  • Empty garbage
  • Vacuum mattress and replace sheets
  • Flip mattress once a month (unless yours has a topper)
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floor
Living Room:
  • Clean hearth
  • Dust mirrors, pictures, lamps, nik-naks, lights, etc.
  • Dust books, bookcases, tables, etc.
  • Clean window sills, door knobs, and switch plates
  • Wash and polish wood furniture
  • Vacuum and clean couch
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floor
Dining Room:
  • Dust mirrors, pictures, lamps, lights, etc.
  • Clean window sills and switch plates
  • Wash and polish wood furniture
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floor
  • Extra sweeping after meals
  • Tidy, sweep, vacuum, and mop hallways, foyers, stairs, and landings
Free Days:
  • Catch up on anything you may have missed during the week! Use these days to relax. :)

I'm not a housewife. I work full-time and travel as often as I can.  When I DO travel, I generally have to work extra hours to make up for taking a day or two off...which means I'll make dinner as soon as I get home, get ready for bed, and try to relax before having to do it all over again. That being said, a detailed schedule like this is difficult to maintain unless you have a lot of time on your hands. Though the other side of it is that it gets easier and takes less time the more often you do it.

I followed this to a T for the first two weeks. Mainly because I was working normal hours and had everything planned out. SUPER EASY! Too bad I can't seem to be quite that organized all the time. I ended up having to tweak it for a busy/working schedule. My main changes were combining Living/Dining Room days to allow for Friday as my main catch up day instead of the weekend. I also was able to get most of the dusting/wiping things down completed in the morning before work and then followed up with everything else when I got home. Honestly, after the first week of cleaning, it'll go by a lot faster! I can probably get most of it done in about 30 minutes now.

I hope you find a schedule like this helpful for your own busy life. Give it a whirl and see how you like it! I always feel so relaxed and accomplished once the house is clean. Happy tidying!

Fit Dame