My January Easy Three: Part one

More than any other time of the year, January seems to be “the month” that we kick it into overdrive with cleaning, organizing and clearing out the clutter.  So, in a three-part series, I am sharing my “My Easy Three” tips or ideas to help you.

Starting with cleaning, here of are my favorite products and one must-have for your home keeping library.

Baking soda.  Love it.  We purchase it in bulk at Costco and keep it in a labeled bin in the laundry room.  I put a scoop of soda in the soap dispenser when I do laundry that I know either has stains or odor — especially great for towels, sheets and whites. Using it in the wash seems to keep the front loader washer smell at bay.  I also use it to remove pet stains (read this post here) and we put a scoop in the litter box everyday.  Here’s a helpful checklist from the Arm & Hammer website for other uses of baking soda.

Next is a household cleaner from Young Living.  The Thieves line is amazing.  “Formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, you can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Thieves cleaner also includes the scent of Lemon essential oil for an even more uplifting aroma. Chores will feel like less of a chore with the sweet-and-spicy scent and effective cleaning power of Thieves Household Cleaner.” Here’s a great video to watch here.  It’s concentrated and you add water to dilute it so it goes a long way.  Miss Bee’s job is to make up a bucket and wipe down the baseboards and doors.  I use it to mop the floors and wipe down the counters.  The line also comes with room spray, which I use to spray the mattresses when I clean the sheets and I diffuse the essential oil if anyone in the house is sick.   It’s pretty much a multipurpose product which leaves my house smelling fresh and clean.

Last, The Complete Book of Clean by Tony Hammersley.  She has a beautiful blog called A Bowl Full of Lemons.  The book is not available until April but can be purchased for pre-sale. If it’s anything like her previous book “The Complete Book of Home Organization” which I own, I cannot wait for her new book. She includes tips and techniques for keeping your home clean, including recipes for making your own cleaning products with schedules and checklists to keep you on track.

I hope these Easy Three tips inspire you!  Next time I will share my favorite organization products.

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