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House Cleaning Habits for the Whole Family

Keeping the house clean and tidy every day can be more daunting when you have a family. Tempers are likely to flare if you don’t figure out a way to get the whole family involved in the process of cleaning.

So how do you keep the peace by getting everyone to chip and cleaning duties done as needed? To engage the family in house cleaning means mobilizing and assigning everyone cleaning duties, and ensuring that they realize that it’s a habit they have to develop and sustain until it becomes something they do without having to be reminded or cajoled.

It could mean something as simple as picking up after themselves, or more difficult like cleaning their rooms, dishes, kitchen, etc. Either way, getting the whole family involved in the cleaning process will go a long way in keeping your house tidy and clean.

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Here are a few tips from The Home Makers Journal to ensure you develop a house cleaning habit for the whole family:

Ensure There is a Place for Everything

When you assign items around the house their place, everyone will know where to put them. Have you ever found the keys wedged between cushions of the couch, or hidden among the magazines on the rack? That happens when you don’t insist on the right place for items. For example, keeping a hook by the front door to hang the keys will make it easier to find them without ripping the whole house apart!

Teach Kids How to Pick Up After Themselves and Tidy Up

Kids especially leave dirty clothing everywhere. Ensure that there is a dirty clothes hamper in each room, and insist that you will not pick up after them and neither will you allow messy rooms. Give them an incentive to keep their rooms tidy. For example if their beds are well made, their dirty clothes in the hamper and no trash lying around, with everything in its place, then you can add, say an extra twenty minutes past their bedtime for them to continue enjoying gaming, TV or any other activity they are working on.

Create a Schedule and Distribute Cleaning Chores

Simply Maid’s Cleaning Expert, Caroline Nucifora, says “If you hear ‘I don’t have time’ one more time you are going to lash out!” Avoid this, even with yourself, by creating a schedule that the whole family has to stick to. Make sure you work around your kids and whole family’s activities, and assign a daily chore and weekend chores as well.

Distribute tasks easily, assigning the tougher chores to your partner and older kids, and simpler ones to the younger children. Ensure you enforce this habitual cleaning by having a consequence if someone fails to clean properly and on time. For example, take away computer or TV time.

Save Time with These Cleaning Habits

  • Ensure that no dirty dishes are left overnight and assign someone to do this.
  • Have everyone pick up after themselves in terms of clothes and shoes, and after meals.
  • Get everyone to help in tidying up the living room at the end of each day and clean up the kitchen.

What tips would you add?

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This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

~ Thank you to Grab Green for providing product for my review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

If you’re hosting a gathering this holiday season, it’s not just the decorations, food and table settings you have to worry about. You also have to think ahead to the cleanup. And nobody likes the cleanup – NOBODY! But with the help of Grab Green, you can save your elbow grease for another day.

Grab Green carries some of my kitchen and laundry favorites, from dishwashing pods to hand soap, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent pods and so much more. As much as I want to keep them all to myself, their products make daily and seasonal cleaning a breeze, so I just have to share. And on top of their effectiveness, Grab Green only offers products with natural and non-toxic ingredients.

Both our products and formulas are non-toxic: No phthalates, solvents, ammonia, phosphates, fillers, optical brighteners, masking agents or dyes. EVER!

Today I want to focus on holiday cleanup because all those family gatherings are here and there’s no turning back. Just think of all the dirty plates, silverware, pots, pans and even linens and laundry. Yeap, laundry too. If you have family staying over at your house, you’re going to have double the laundry. Ugh!

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The easiest part of holiday cleanup is throwing all the dishes in the dishwasher, but sometimes standard dishwasher tabs just don’t get the whole job done. I’ve had many occasions when emptying my dishwasher, where I come across some dishes that weren’t clean. There was either some type of residue or even leftover food stuck to the dishes.

That’s not the case with Grab Green’s dishwashing pods. They always leave a film-free finish and streak-free shine. Oh, and the pods come in different scents, too (or fragrance free). The red pear with magnolia is my favorite! I’ve been using this scent regularly and when I open the dishwasher after running a load, the smell is amazing. Even my dish cabinet has a hint of a fruity/floral scent.

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen #giveaway

And those stubborn pots and pans that have the baked on and caked on mess? Grab Green Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods take care of those! This is actually the first time I’ve used these, but after just one use I instantly knew we’d be best friends.

Simply place one pod in the messy dish (or pot, or pan), add hot water and swish it around to release the pod’s cleaning power. Then just let it sit for 5-10 minutes and wipe it clean. It really is that easy!

The Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods come in a tangerine with lemongrass scent and as soon as the water hits that pod, it’s like an explosion of tangerine. When I used one earlier this week, my kitchen smelled amazing for hours afterward.

If you want to try these, I have a special giveaway for you at the bottom of the post. Just keep scrolling! Trust me, these are a total game changer when it comes to cleanup so you’ll definitely want to try them, especially with all the baking I know you have going on!

This holiday season, let Grab Green help you with the cleanup. From caked on and baked on dishes, all the way down to the kitchen linens and laundry, Grab Green has you covered! #giftidea #giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide @grabgreen

As for taking care of the linens from the holiday gathering – napkins, placemats, tablecloths, dish towels, dish rags, oven mits, etc. (bet you didn’t realize there were so many linens to wash, huh?) – and all that laundry you now have to do for your in-home guests, you’ll want to use Grab Green’s new Stoneworks Laundry Detergent.

I’ve tried other Grab Green laundry detergents in the past so I couldn’t wait to try the new Stoneworks line, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I tried the Olive Leaf scent because it’s noted as fresh and fruity, which is right up my alley. Who knew anything associated with olives could smell so good?

And hands down, this is one of the most effective laundry detergent pods I’ve ever used. We have kids, so ketchup is king of condiments around here and that means ketchup stains on everything. After a week of my kids clothing sitting with ketchup stains, Stoneworks Laundry Detergent took out every single one, even without any pre-treatment. That alone says a lot, in my opinion. I’ve actually tossed shirts in the trash because I couldn’t get the ketchup stains out.

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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So, what more do I need to say? Grab Green makes holiday cleanup a complete breeze! These products would be great gifts for the host or hostess of your holiday gathering, so order today. I won’t blame you if you sneak a few extra products in there for yourself, either, whether you’re the one hosting or not!

Dishwashing Detergent Pods:  24 ct. ($8.00) / 60 ct. ($16.50) / 132 ct. ($39.00)

Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods: 15 ct. ($5.00)

Stoneworks Laundry Detergent: 50 ct. ($12.99)

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, where 1 lucky Making Time reader will win a 15 count package of  Tangerine with Lemongrass scented Cookware & Bakeware Cleaner Pods!

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This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 23, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*Thank you to Grab Green for providing these cleaning products and inspiring me to keep cleanup effortless. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for a Clean Summer

Making Time for a Clean Summer with Genesis 950 - Genesis 950 is an amazing all-in-one concentrate that you mix with water, resulting in the ultimate cleaning solution. It cleans just about anything and cleans it well! With the kids home and making more messes this summer, Genesis 950 will help keep your home clean.

School is out and the kids are home for the summer.  For some, this may mean summer camp, but for others it means a house full of kids.  And a house full of kids?  That means a lot more accidents, spills, mud tracking, and so much more.  Add a pet or two (or more) to that and you really have your hands full.

No need to pull out multiple different cleaning products.  You only need one – Genesis 950!

Genesis 950 cleans pretty much everything and because it’s environmentally friendly, it’s perfectly safe for children and pets to be around.  The product comes as a concentrate that contains no alcohol, ammonia or bleach.

Making Time for a Clean Summer with Genesis 950 - Genesis 950 is an amazing all-in-one concentrate that you mix with water, resulting in the ultimate cleaning solution. It cleans just about anything and cleans it well! With the kids home and making more messes this summer, Genesis 950 will help keep your home clean.

The concentrate itself is mixed with water, resulting in the ultimate cleaning solution.  What type of job you have at hand will determine the ratio of concentrate to water you need.  I like to keep a 1:4 mixture (1 part concentrate, 4 parts water) on hand for my everyday cleaning needs.  I have kids, so I find that ratio works perfectly for me and takes care of the carpet and furniture spills I have to deal with.  If you have a lighter load and your cleaning jobs aren’t as involved, you can probably get by with a 1:7 ratio.

I’ve been using Genesis 950 almost daily since December and use it for all kinds of cleaning jobs – spills on the carpet and furniture, mopping the floor, cleaning kitchen counters, cleaning the bathtub/bathroom, and just recently I cleaned my ever so deserving stove top.

I cannot believe I’m showing you this, but THIS is my “clean” stove top.  Please no judging.  It’s embarrassing as it is, haha.

Making Time for a Clean Summer with Genesis 950 - Genesis 950 is an amazing all-in-one concentrate that you mix with water, resulting in the ultimate cleaning solution. It cleans just about anything and cleans it well! With the kids home and making more messes this summer, Genesis 950 will help keep your home clean.

This is what my stove top looks like after I’ve “cleaned” it with a regular all-purpose cleaner.  Obviously, that is NOT clean.  This past weekend I set out to really clean it and started with the burner in the front left.  It was the worst, but with Genesis 950 and a little bit of elbow grease using a stove top scraper, I was able to get some amazing results.  Results I couldn’t get with my usual cleaner.

Making Time for a Clean Summer with Genesis 950 - Genesis 950 is an amazing all-in-one concentrate that you mix with water, resulting in the ultimate cleaning solution. It cleans just about anything and cleans it well! With the kids home and making more messes this summer, Genesis 950 will help keep your home clean.

Genesis 950 cleans:

  • Grease
  • Grime
  • Soot
  • Ink
  • Tar
  • Vegetable Oils
  • Insect Residue
  • Pet Stains/Odors
  • Spills (food & juice)
  • Makeup

From:

  • Floors
  • Appliances
  • Counters
  • Cabinets
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Microfiber
  • Suede
  • Leather
  • Engines/Transmissions
  • Wheels
  • Machinery
  • Tools
  • Granite
  • Marble

And the list goes on and on.  You don’t even have to keep Genesis 950 in the home either!  Take it out on the boat, to the garage, your car engine, or even your concrete driveway.  The uses really are endless.

Making Time for a Clean Summer with Genesis 950 - Genesis 950 is an amazing all-in-one concentrate that you mix with water, resulting in the ultimate cleaning solution. It cleans just about anything and cleans it well! With the kids home and making more messes this summer, Genesis 950 will help keep your home clean.

Genesis 950 can be bought in a variety of sizes, including 1 quart ($23.95), 1 gallon ($42.00 + includes empty spray bottle for mixture), 2.5 gallons ($60-$63) and 5 gallons ($105-$108).

If you’re planning to use it for everyday cleaning, a quart will take you a long way and is a great size for getting started.  Remember, Genesis 950 comes in a concentrate form that you mix with water, so you’re getting a quart of actual concentrate.  Once it’s mixed with water, you’re getting a lot of clean for your green.

What would you clean with Genesis 950?

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*I received a sample of this product to provide an honest review.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.