Budget Cleaning Tips For Busy Moms

These cleaning tips are meant to help you stay on budget easily no matter how busy you are. Moms who work outside the home, or even stay at home moms with children may find themselves struggling with those regular daily chores. Instead of giving in to the desire to hire help, check these tips first to make the most of your budget and time.

Budget Cleaning Tips For Busy Moms

These cleaning tips are meant to help you stay on budget easily no matter how busy you are. Moms who work outside the home, or even stay at home moms with children may find themselves struggling with those regular daily chores. Instead of giving in to the desire to hire help, check these tips first to make the most of your budget and time.

Create a chore chart for yourself that is divided by day and times.

When you’re busy, it’s hard to find enough time to get everything done. Your to-do list of chores can seem very overwhelming. When you take the time to create a list of all of your chores, you can easily create a chart that will break things down into small increments each day that make it more manageable.

Break down your chore list by daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Things like trash, dishes and general pickup can be done daily. Weekly chores might be vacuuming, dusting or cleaning bathrooms. Monthly tasks can include things like deep cleaning (baseboards and walls), ceiling fans, light fixtures and similar items.

Currently, my weekly cleaning schedule looks like this:

Monday: Laundry day
Tuesday: Bathroom day
Wednesday: Vacuum and wash floors
Thursday: Dust
Friday: Wash sheets and towels
Saturday & Sunday: Catch up days

I find that following this schedule keeps my home presentable especially when I do dishes and tidy up daily.

Make your own homemade cleaning products.

There is a lot of savings in making your own homemade cleaning products. You will always have what you need on hand and won’t have to worry about having to run out to grab more in the midst of a cleaning project. Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dish soap, sanitizing spray, bleach spray and even shower and bathroom cleaner can all be made with basic ingredients like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, borax and essential oils.

Related: Here’s how I clean my whole house without harsh chemicals.

Stick to multi-purpose cleaning products.

Instead of buying a different product for each task, find cleaning agents that work on multiple surfaces. This saves you both time and money. Homemade cleaners are a great way to do this, but there are many quality multi-purpose cleaners on the market to choose from if making your own isn’t something you care to do. I happen to really like the Method All Purpose cleaner.

Get the kids involved with some chores.

Children are often much better at chores than you initially think. Assign them a few simple daily chores and hold them responsible for basic things like cleaning their room, sorting their laundry and feeding their pets. They need to learn responsibility for their possessions and the need the help around the house. This is a win-win solution.

Recycle when at all possible.

There are tons of great ways to recycle (or upcycle) that are also excellent cleaning tips for around your home. Things like using old sheets and towels to create cleaning rags, or even using old laundry detergent containers to make your own homemade versions. Recycle when possible to keep your costs low. The bonus is that recycling like this is great for the environment and helps you teach your kids about responsibility in another area of their life.

These cleaning tips are ideal for busy moms on a budget. Think outside the box to get your family involved so keeping house isn’t as huge of a chore when you’re busy with other things in life. Grab supplies and make large batches of homemade cleaners and watch as your home stays clean and your budget in tact.

Brilliant Laundry Hacks to Make Laundry Easier

Laundry can be an especially time consuming task. Short of hiring someone to do the laundry for you, it’s difficult to keep caught up on the piles that never seem to get smaller.

Today, I have some brilliant laundry hacks that you’re sure to enjoy since they may make the task of laundry easier for you! You can even click on the image below and print out the PDF so you have it on hand:

laundry hacks

  1. Need something dried in a hurry? Throw a fluffy dry towel in the dryer with wet clothes to speed up the process.
  2. Reduce time spent doing laundry by ensuring that you are using a product that will leave your clothes clean and crisp the first time. Arm & Hammer™ Liquid Laundry Detergent removes dirt, odours and leaves clothes feeling refreshed.
  3. Solve the lost sock mystery by putting dirty socks in a mesh bag before they go in the wash. This will keep pairs together and ensure no sock goes MIA!
  4. Add a tennis ball or aluminum foil ball to your dryer when you run out of dryer sheets. This helps eliminate static and keeps your clothes fluffy.
  5. Tired of spills, sticky messes and hauling heavy bottles? Try using a unit dose laundry detergent such as ARM & HAMMER™ plus OxiClean™ Power Paks to help save you time and eliminate mess. Simply toss in a convenient unit dose pak and watch it dissolve quickly and start to work within seconds, leaving your clothes clean and fresh.
  6. Get the kids to help with folding. Have them fold while watching television or listening to music to make it more entertaining while taking one more thing off your plate!
  7. Keep a clipboard and pen near the washing machine to jot down tips and reminders. For instance, remind your family about a nasty stain that needs to be pre-treated before washed or call out delicates that should be hung to dry
  8. Save money on your energy bill by washing your clothes in cold water when possible and using a cold water-specific detergent, such as, ARM & HAMMER™ Cold Water Liquid Laundry Detergent. Cold water is not only more energy efficient, it can also be gentler on your clothes helping them last longer by reducing fading and shrinkage.
  9. Tired of sorting dirty clothes? Use dedicated baskets, one for whites and one for darks. Simply place your clothes in the correct basket as you go, instead of having to pick through the basket when you go to do a load.
  10. Speed up washing and drying time by selecting the correct settings for each load. Choose a lower water setting when possible and avoid a second rinse cycle.

On top of these helpful hacks, Arm & Hammer has a brand new money-saving digital rewards program that they want you to know about! This reward program is simple to use, great for on-the-go families and allows users to redeem credits for an amazing selection of prizes. Here are the details you need to know:

Q: What is the rewards program?

A: Every time you purchase two or more ARM & HAMMER Laundry products on a single receipt and upload your receipt via text or online, you’ll be entered for a chance to win the exciting grand prize of $10,000 CDN. You’ll also be entered for a chance to win the monthly prize of $1,000 CDN and weekly giveaways of $100 CDN gift cards. Once uploaded, you’ll also receive credits that can be redeemed for digital rewards.

Q: Are purchases from any store valid for the program?

A: Yes, purchases from any store selling the products are valid for digital rewards.

Q: How and where do I upload my receipts?

A: To enter,

Text:

  • Text 16 SIMPLE or 16 NATURE or 16 MACHINE to 76477 and follow the instructions
  • Register for the program or login to track your records
  • Submit a photo of the receipt for verification to receive credits and be entered for a chance to win

– OR –

Web:

  • Go to, cleanupandwin.ca, and upload an image of your receipt
  • Register for the program or login to track your records
  • Once your receipt has been verified and the registration process is complete you will receive credits and be entered for a chance to win

Q: How many credits can I earn with my purchase?

A: Buy 2 Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent and get 1 credit
Buy 2 Arm & Hammer Plus Oxiclean unit dose and get 2 credits
Buy 2 AArm & Hammer Plus Oxiclean unit dose plus 1 Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent and get 3 credits

Q: What are the prizing options?

A: There is a wide selection of prizes and rewards. Credits are redeemable for music, movies, mobile apps, eBooks, and various other digital content. You’ll also be entered into random draws for a chance to win:

  • Weekly prizes of $100 CDN Visa Gift Cards
  • Monthly prizes of $1,000 CDN
  • A grand prize of $10,000 CDN

Q: When does the program begin and end?

A: The program begins on June 6, 2016 and ends on August 28, 2016

Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post brought to you by Arm & Hammer.  All opinions are 100% my own.

7 Tips For A Simple Cleaning Schedule For Kids

Most families with children assign at least a few chores to their kids, and this post is all about how to make that simpler. A cleaning schedule your kids can work around is great, but making it simple and easy for them is best. These tips can make cleaning and completing chores fun and easy for everyone in the family.

7 Tips For A Simple Cleaning Schedule For Kids

These tips can make cleaning and completing chores fun and easy for everyone in the family.

Create a chore chart.

It’s pretty hard to have a simple cleaning schedule without a chore chart. For younger kids you can use pictures instead of words until they can learn to read the chore on a list. A chore chart can easily be divided by child, what time the chore will be completed by and what is needed to complete it. Amazon has a great selection of chore charts.

Divide into 5 minute chores.

Shorter and smaller chores are best for kids to do. Anything that takes much more than 5 minutes to complete will lose their attention span and only become a hassle for you and your kids. Divide things up into small chores like emptying the garbage, feeding the pets, setting the table or sorting their dirty laundry. You can add to the list as needed, but try to keep most chores to smaller time frames.

Divide between before and after school.

To make it easier for your kids to complete all of their chores, divide them up between morning and afternoon. This means they can do some before and some after school each day. On the weekends it doesn’t tie up their entire morning with chores, and keeps them responsible.

Keep tools accessible.

A cleaning schedule won’t work if you don’t have the right tools for the job. Since kids may not be using cleaning agents, you won’t have to worry too much about this. You do however, want to make sure you have what they need on hand and easy for them to reach. Things like the pet food, broom or extra trash bags for when they take out the garbage. Having tools accessible may only mean that you set them out before they get started and not letting them have complete access to the cleaning supplies.

Swap chores regularly.

Kids get bored, and a cleaning schedule works best when you mix and match things. Routine is great, but kids may get tired of the same chores day in and day out. With multiple children in a family it is easy to swap chores so everyone has a turn and gets variety. For single children you may want to swap chores with them yourself.

Make it a game.

Cleaning as a game is a great way to get younger kids excited and involved. Whether you turn on the music, set timers and race or make it a puzzle, doesn’t matter. As long as they are having fun and learning to enjoy parts of the cleaning schedule it will work great.

Reward quality work.

Giving kids rewards is a great way to keep them motivated. A simple cleaning schedule is easy to reward with things like stickers, a small toy, book or a special treat. Keeping kids on track with rewards is a great way to motivate them to stick to the schedule.

Kids love structure and routine, and you can easily keep a great cleaning schedule that allows them to help you throughout the home on a regular basis.

4 Things To Do When Your Home is Overwhelming You

4 Things to Do When Your Home is Overwhelming You

At this moment, my house is not in tip top shape. In fact it feels quite chaotic to me. In some sense, I’ve come to terms with the state of my home because of the season I’m in with young kids at home. However, there are days when I find my home quite overwhelming and something needs to be done before my sanity is jeopardized. 🙂 A clean and tidy space makes for a happy mom.

So today I give you four quick things that I do when my home is overwhelming me:

Make the beds

Fluff the pillows, throw the covers back. Doesn’t have to be perfect, but having the beds made make me breathe easier. Even when there are piles of laundry on the floor!

Clear off the outside of the fridge

Art work, shopping lists and magnet galore. I love displaying my daughter’s art work from school and the fridge is just so convenient for having my grocery list. But once in a while, a good wipe down is necessary and I don’t bother to put anything back up for a while afterwards.

Sweep the floors

One word. Crumbs. Everywhere! Nothing irritates me quite as much as stepping on some crumbs and having them stick to my bare feet. Ewww! Because of this, I try to sweep the floor everyday and vacuum at least once a week. I’m amazed at how much better I feel after the floors have been swept.

Clear the kitchen counters

We have a tiny kitchen with little counter space and just as little storage space for kitchen things. Needless to say, things get put on the counter, taking away precious food preparation space. While it’s a never ending battle, I try to clear off as much “extras” as I can on a regular basis.

Bonus: Clean the sinks

And just because I realized that I like to give the sinks a quick wipe when I’m overwhelmed, I’ve added it to the list! Wiping the sinks take no time at all and I can do it one handed if I’m holding the baby.

What sort of things do you like to do when your home is overwhelming you?

P.S. Need a little more step by step help than my tips provide? Check out this amazing bundle of resources. I’ve been reading some of them over the past few days and they are packed with great ideas, inspiration, and loads of hands-on help!

7 Housekeeping Hacks to Make Cleaning Easier

Do you ever wish you could make the task of cleaning your home a little easier? If so, housekeeping hacks are the way to go. As you probably know, a “hack” is a little tip or trick that is often unexpected, and can help make your job at hand a little simpler. Take a look below at 7 housekeeping hacks that you can try, so the next time you need to do a quick clean you can get the job done faster and with less stress.

7 Housekeeping Hacks to Make Cleaning Easier

Do you ever wish you could make the task of cleaning your home a little easier? If so, housekeeping hacks are the way to go. Take a look at these 7 housekeeping hacks that you can try, so the next time you need to do a quick clean you can get the job done faster and with less stress.

1. Use denture cleaner for a sparkling toilet.

Hate scrubbing the toilet? You aren’t alone! Drop a few denture tablets into the bowl and let them sit for the time indicated on the package. Then just flush and enjoy a sparkling clean toilet. The tabs work hard to dissolve stains and whiten the bowl.

2. Use dryer sheets to repel dust.

Everyone hates dusting, especially if they have allergies. Use dryer sheets as the cloth when you dust. They will not only remove the dust that is present but will help repel dust that wants to settle on hard surfaces in the future. They are especially helpful when used along base boards where dust tends to settle often.

3. Olive oil can make furniture shine.

A few drops of olive oil on a soft cloth is the perfect way to make furniture shine. Use it on your hard surfaces such as dining room tables, side tables, and other accent furniture pieces. You can even use it on leather to help condition it and make it shine, or swab some on plant leaves to make them rich and dust free.

4. Use lemons to clean the drain.

Cut up lemons into chunks and drop a few down the drain, then run the disposal for a few seconds. Lemon oil found in lemons not only cuts through grease and grime, but helps make the drain smell a whole lot better too.

5. Save those toothbrushes.

Never toss out old and used up toothbrushes. Instead save them, and make a paste of baking soda and water. Use the toothbrush and the paste to scrub grout and tiles that are in need of a good scrubbing. They do a great job when paired together.

6. Save those old socks.

Old socks placed over your hands can make great dusting tools. Just swipe them over your surfaces for a great clean. When done, just toss them in the wash and use them again and again. They are sure to save you some cash.

7. Keep vinegar on hand.

Vinegar makes a wonderful cleaner for when you are in a bind and don’t have any of your usual all-purpose cleaner on hand. It can be used to make glass shine, and can clean sinks, tiles, and floors as well. Don’t like the scent? Try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Citrus oils will boost its cleaning power and make the mixture smell fantastic.

The next time you need to clean in a hurry, give these housekeeping hacks a try. They are sure to make the job a little bit easier, and maybe even a little fun. Good luck!

Do you have any tried and true housekeeping hacks that you can share in the comments?