The Secret to a (Naturally) Spotless House

Whether you’re prepping the house for a visit from the in-laws or tidying up the mess left behind after your guests have gone, chances are you’ll be doing some cleaning this holiday season.

And chances are, you don’t have a whole lot of time on your hands to scrub the tile grout or vacuum up all the cob-webs. So what’s the secret to a spotless house? Instead of trying to tackle it all at once, do a little bit of deep cleaning every day. Here’s a sample schedule to get you started:

How to Have a Naturally Spotless House

Before you start

Now’s the time to take a quick inventory of your cleaning arsenal. Is it loaded with chemical products adorned with a scary skull & crossbones warning?   We recommend amassing a stockpile of non-toxic cleaning supplies, made with natural ingredients that easily handle even the toughest dirt, grease and grime.

Day 1: From dawn “˜til dust

  • Dust wooden furniture, plus all those forgotten places in your home: light fixtures, ceiling fans, doorframes, lampshades, picture frames, windowsills, blinds
  • Get rid of those hard-to-reach corner cobwebs
  • Shake out rugs (including bathroom rugs, hallway rugs and throw rugs)

Recommended product: Seventh Generation Wood Cleaner in Lemon & Chamomile

Day 2: Scrub-a-dub

  • Scrub bathtubs, shower walls, sinks, toilets and countertops
  • Wipe down kitchen/bathroom cabinets and appliances, including microwave
  • Clean oven, stove and range hood

Recommended products: Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner,   Ecover Ecological Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Day 3: Clean & clear

  • Wipe down mirrors (bathroom mirrors, closet mirrors, decorative mirrors)
  • Clean any interior windows with visible smudges (including sliding glass doors)
  • Wipe doorknobs

Recommended product: Vitacost The Clean Collection Glass Cleaner

Day 4: Totally floored

  • Sweep/vacuum all floors (sprinkle carpets with deodorizing powder before vacuuming)
  • Mop any tiled/wood surfaces

Recommended products: Citrus Magic Carpet and Room Odor Eliminator, BabyGanics Floor to Adore Fragrance-Free Floor Cleaner Concentrate

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