One Room at a Time
As a mom, you know that a clean home can help your day run more smoothly and bring peace of mind to you and your family. You also know that no matter how many chore charts you make for your kids, you are ultimately the one who cares the most about creating a safe, comfortable environment for your family. But as you rush out the door each morning— lunchboxes, school projects and children in tow—you just don’t have time to tackle your entire cleaning checklist. What follows are tips for safe, efficient cleaning with EcoSense, one room at a time.
To begin, choose a plastic container or supply caddy that is easy to carry from room to room and fill it with the items pictured below. With your cleaners collected and ready to go, you’ll be able to focus on actual cleaning for just one hour throughout the day and easily stop and start again when you get interrupted.
A timer will keep you moving—the goal is to quickly complete the basics and have more time for fun.
Collect the Right Tools
You need cleaners that will work as hard as you do— without leaving your home smelling like a swimming pool or industrial plant. Melaleuca’s EcoSense products bring you the cleaning power you need, with no safety caps required. You can rest assured that you’re using products that are safe for your home and your family, and that make your job a little easier.
Kitchen – (20 minutes)
The kitchen is called the heart of the home; unfortunately, it’s also one of the hardest rooms to keep clean. In fact, kitchen counters average 62,000 germs per square inch! So, if you’re trying to decrease your cleaning stress, make your kitchen your first stop in the morning or your last stop before bed. Set your timer for 10 minutes, twice a day, then wipe up stovetop spills with Tough & Tender® and disinfect counters* with Sol-U-Guard Botanical®. Sort and organize paper clutter and toss or shred junk mail, etc. For a cute organizer, you could hang a repurposed window shutter on your wall and use the slats to sort mail and other paper items so they stay off your counter.
Run the dishwasher before you go to bed so
Diamond Brite® Automatic Dishwasher
Detergent can work for you while you sleep.
Living Room – (10 minutes)
The living room is built for card games, movies and spur-of-the-moment sibling sleepovers—it’s where your family spends the most time together. It’s also the room that others will see most often, so keeping it clean will help you feel more confident about welcoming guests and friends into your home. To fight the mess that inevitably comes with fun activities, set your timer for 10 minutes once a day and gather discarded items strewn about the room; divide those items into piles for your children to put away, or place decorative baskets on a simple shelving unit for a stylish way to store toys. Once a week, wipe your furniture with Rustic Touch® to polish and protect your furniture. Finally, scan your rugs, carpet and upholstery for stains; Sol-U-Mel® can save you from costly repairs and replacements.
Bathroom – (10 minutes)
Spend a little time each day maintaining the bathroom that is used most frequently, whether it’s your master bathroom or your kids’ bathroom down the hall. Set your timer for 10 minutes and start by cleaning your counter space from top to bottom: Clean the mirror with Clear Power® and use Tough & Tender on the counter. Then, mop your floor with MelaMagic® and spray Tub & Tile® on your toilet and bathtub. Let the Tub & Tile sit for a few minutes and then wipe it off. Maximize your space by adding shelves above or next to the toilet, and your bathroom will always look tidy.
Use No Work® to minimize
the number of times you need
to clean your shower by hand.
Rotating Chores – (20 minutes)
You’ll feel less stressed once you’ve conquered the three most trafficked rooms in your home and freed them from major messes. Unfortunately, everyone knows that just doing the basics won’t get you very far ahead with housekeeping. Take 20 minutes in the morning to check one additional deep-cleaning chore off your list: Start a load of laundry, sweep or mop your floors, wipe down your microwave, dust your light fixtures, etc. Rotating through these additional tasks will keep you from feeling behind and give you more time to put your feet up and enjoy that favorite book before the kids get home.
Keep Tough & Tender Wipes handy—
one pack per room perhaps—
for those quick cleanups and