Simple Daily Cleaning Routine (+ Natural Homemade Cleaner Recipes)

This is a guest post by Taylor Flanery with Household Management 101Stain Removal 101, and Home Storage Solutions 101. She’s a work-at-home mom who runs the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge and Declutter 365 Missions (both on the Home Storage Solutions 101 site) to get your home decluttered and organized over the course of a year. And she’s always trying to figure out the easiest way to get housework done so she can have more fun and time to enjoy her family and the rest of her life! She’s also a tennis mom, so you’ll often find her by the tennis courts cheering on one of her three kids.


I don’t know about you, but I don’t actually like to clean. On the other hand, I do like to live in a relatively clean (but not necessarily spotless) house for the benefits it provides.

I’ve noticed I feel calmer when I’m not looking at piles of stuff, and I have less stress because I can find things more easily. And it makes life easier when I don’t have to clean pots and pans before it is time to cook yet again.

Since everyone who lives in your home dirties up the house daily, it makes sense to do some house cleaning each day. By daily cleaning, I’m definitely not talking about spending hours and hours on these tasks. After all, as I told you before, I’m not actually a big fan of cleaning. But instead, I’m a fan of the results it gives me. So I’ve tried to figure out which tasks I should do on a daily basis to get as much benefit with as little effort as possible.

Here’s what I’ve come up with for a simple daily cleaning routine, broken down into the two main rooms you’ve got to keep on top of – the bathroom and kitchen – plus other tasks that I’ve found should get done daily. I’ve also included two homemade natural cleaning recipes that can be used for some of these tasks.

Simple Daily Cleaning Routine and Natural Homemade Cleaner Recipes on 100 Days of Real Food

Simple Daily Cleaning Routine & Homemade Cleaners

Bathroom

  • Quick wipe down of your sink and countertop, bathtub, or shower stall, and any messes on or around the toilet
  • Hang towels to dry
  • Change hand towels
  • Empty trash if needed

Homemade Countertop Spray

For your quick wipe down of bathroom surfaces, you can use this recipe for countertop spray. It also works well in the kitchen for quick clean ups.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 5 drops essential oils (optional) (I suggest 3 drops of lemon and two of lavender)

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a large spray bottle and shake to mix. Spray lightly onto hard surfaces and wipe away with a clean rag. When using this spray in your bathroom, wipe down toilet messes last. If you also use the cleaner in your kitchen, always switch to a clean rag for each room.

Kitchen

  • Put away leftovers
  • Wash dishes and put away (If you have a dishwasher, run it in the evening and then empty it the next morning.)
  • Wipe down counters and sink
  • Change kitchen towels
  • Sweep floor
  • Empty trash (This step helps significantly with reducing odors and deters pests.)

After washing your dishes, your sink can look and feel a bit grimy. Most nights I just wipe the sink out and rinse. But if I’ve had a lot of greasy dishes or the sink is beginning to look a bit dingy, a quick scrub will make it look great again. The secret to this sink scrub recipe is the baking soda which helps cut grease, deodorize, and gently scrub away debris.

Simple Sink Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 15-20 drops essential oil (optional) (I suggest grapefruit for the bright citrus scent)
  • Squirt of castile soap (added right before use to the sink, not combined ahead of time with the baking soda)

Directions:

Get a sealable glass jar, such as a mason jar, and add the baking soda and essential oils. Shake and stir to combine thoroughly. Label the mixture and keep it out of the reach of kids and pets. When you are ready to give your sink a quick scrub, just sprinkle some of the baking soda into your sink. Then squirt a small amount of castile soap over the powder. Use either a soft scrub brush or a clean dish rag to scrub the sink. Rinse thoroughly when done.

If you enjoy making your own cleaning products, be sure to check out my full list of homemade cleaning product recipes on my website Stain Removal 101.

Laundry

Along with cleaning the bathroom and kitchen daily, I’ve found I need to focus on laundry a bit each day to keep things running on all cylinders around the house. I have three kids who play sports, so it’s important for me to stay on top of it. But you choose for yourself how often laundry needs to get done.

At a minimum, make sure everyone puts their dirty clothes in laundry hampers daily. But I also look at those hampers, and if I see enough to run a load of laundry, I will do so, including washing, drying, folding, and putting away clothes.

My kids or I often start a load right before we begin cooking dinner. We switch the load from the washer to the dryer while cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. Then we pull out the warm clothes and fold and put them away before bedtime.

Tidying the House

Finally, tidying up the house each night (and sometimes a couple of times during the day, if you or family members are home then) keeps the house looking cleaner and functioning well for just a little effort. We often call it the “ten minute tidy.” It’s when everyone picks up and puts away things they’ve pulled out in the main living areas, such as homework, games, or books, and also straightens and neatens. Just putting things away will keep you from tripping on clutter at night and make the whole house look more presentable.

Once you get into a rhythm and routine for these tasks, you’ll find this daily cleaning routine can get done in 45 minutes or less, including the big task of cleaning up the kitchen. All 45 minutes don’t have to be done at once either. Instead, you can space it throughout the day, such as 15 minutes in the morning and 30 in the evening, or whatever works for you and your schedule. Also, of course, you don’t have to do all these tasks yourself. We split them up between family members so no one is spending too much time cleaning on a daily basis.

There are obviously tasks not listed above that you need to do to keep your home clean, like vacuuming and dusting. I’m focused in this discussion on things I’ve found are important to do daily.

Give a daily cleaning routine a try and see if it helps you feel more calm and in control in your home too.

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12 thoughts on “Simple Daily Cleaning Routine (+ Natural Homemade Cleaner Recipes)”

  1. Same here, I don’t actually like cleaning, it is back breaking, manual intensive and quite painstaking sometimes, but nothing really beats that feeling that you’re seeing nothing but a shiny floor and crisp smelling clothes.

  2. Some people wonder whether the homemade detergent will really clean their clothes. The answer is yes, many would argue the clothes come out cleaner, whiter, and brighter! The washing soda and Borax are both laundry boosters.

  3. Now that’s I call impressive, In this world when we are using lot of chemical these days, natural remedies are a good way to decrease the usage. I really appreciate what you have put out.

  4. Oh Impressive, I want to try the tub cleaning idea of of equal parts Dawn and vinegar. My question is: Can I save the mixture in the spray bottle for future cleanings?

  5. I tried the simple sink scrub recipe and it works perfectly! Expect, I added some vinegar in it. Someone suggested me to use some vinegar for the cleaning stuff, and I’m pretty amazed it works flawlessly even though I don’t know how vinegar works as a cleaning agent.

    Thanks for the awesome cleaning life hacks!

  6. Hey Taylor, thank you for the awesome home cleaner recipe and the routines. I think this is why some of the cheap franchises on sale are always cleaning franchises because it’s all about the routine. You clearly have a good model here.

  7. It’s amazing the difference it makes cleaning and tidying for even just 10 minutes a day. It keeps the house looking clean and when the time comes for the weekly clean, it doesn’t seem as bad!

  8. I struggled with keeping my house clean for a long time until I started implementing new routines and habits. I love that you mentioned running the dishwasher every night and then emptying it in the morning. That habit has been the most significant for my success in this area. will definitely be trying your sink scrub.

  9. Maybe this was mentioned and I didn’t see it, but…what about making the bed? I used to be guilty of not making the bed. Thought it didn’t matter because no one would see it. However, William McRaven’s book interestingly titled, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World motivated me to do just that…make my bed. While the book is geared mainly towards men, it has bits of wisdom for all of us. He says that when you make your bed, you have accomplished something. You may not get to finish anything else during the day, but you have completed at least one thing!

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