Free time is scarce these days with work, cooking, errands and everything else that comes in between with having a child and a husband.
Yet a clean home still ranks high on my list of priorities. I get to it when I can, which can be challenging. Luckily there are a few easy ways to clean effortlessly—and eliminate bad odors and reduce toxins along the way.
First off, shoes off. Whether flip flops or cowboy boots, soles carry germs. Remember where you’re walking, and that the bottoms of your shoes are picking up bacteria that will then make its way onto your floors and carpeting. Even pesticides and fertilizers can hitch a ride on your shoes, according to the EPA.
Shoes also track in dirt, which makes marks and brings in mud. And that equates to more vacuuming and mopping. So kick off your shoes when you walk in the door—your feet will be glad you did.
Empty the dishwasher. Keep your dishes clean and avoid soap build-up with a quick rinse. Fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with two cups of vinegar and set it on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. Run the hot cycle and go about your business.
Sanitize your washing machine. Clean your machine, also naturally, with a cup of baking soda and a quart of white vinegar. Set the washer on the longest, hottest cycle. This will get rid of mold, mildew, soap residue and any stinky scents.
It’s also a good idea to keep the top open between washes to air it out and keep it—and your clothes—smelling fresh.
Keep your dryer clean. Dryer sheets carry harmful chemicals so opt for LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls to reduce lint and the need to clean it out. You’ll also save energy since the balls cut down drying time.