Thirty Day Clenaing Challenge

A friend of mine who sells. Norwex put together a 15 day cleaning challenge on Facebook. Inspired by this I would like to extend it to 30 days. The idea is to take one small thing each day and work on it. Doing it in small chunks not only makes it seem less daunting, but easier to keep up. Are you ready? Here is week one!

Day. 1

The washer and dryer can get dirty fast. If you have a top loader, remove the lid and clean those little corners. The fabric softner container can often be removed and cleaned with a long brush. Scrub the tub down with a brush and soapy water. I keep it simple with hot water and a little Dawn when needed. The dryer can have the lint trap vacuumed and the duct as well. Lint can collect not only in the tube connected to the wall, but in the wall itself. A dry vac is able to suck it out easily. Be sure to check the vent outside to ensure it isn’t blocked.

Look for all the areas that collect dirt and dust.
Look for all the areas that collect dirt and dust.

Day 2

We use it every day and I think that is why it gets neglected the most. I really do clean out the inside before every major shopping trip. Hot water and baking soda work well and help deodorize. The outside however tends to get a lot of papers stuck to it. Don’t forget the top where dust collects. And if nobody has eaten that cereal in the last 3 months, they never will. Into the garbage it goes.

Don't forget the exterior and the top!
Don’t forget the exterior and the top!

Day 3

We all have that one thing that is getting out off. Something that we just dried doing. This is a good time to get the kids involved and help take care of it. Is your Christmas tree still up? Or have you been avoiding starting your taxes? It needs to get done and there is no time like the present!

Open season! What have you been putting off way too long?
Open season! What have you been putting off way too long?

Day 4

Pick a dresser that needs a little TLC. It might be the drawers, or that things are shoved underneath. Or, as is common in my kids’ rooms, things are just dumped on top. If the drawers are not sliding easily, now is a perfect time to run a bar of soap on the runners.

Choose any dresser in the house and organize all the drawers.
Choose any dresser in the house and organize all the drawers.

Day 5

Choose one thing outside that needs to get done. Perhaps it is sweeping the patio, raking leaves or changing the holiday decor.

It is chilly outside but there are still things that can be done.
It is chilly outside but there are still things that can be done.

Day 6

My favorite tip is to put a bowl of water inside and heat it to boiling. The steam will loosen any cooked on food. Be sure to move the microwave and clean behind as well as underneath. Mine is on a stand where I keep cookbooks so I organized that a little as well.

Often a badly needed area. The microwave.
Often a badly needed area. The microwave.

Day 7

I like to use my Norwex mitten to dust, but you can use a slightly damp rag or a disposable duster as well.

Time to dust those blinds! Be sure to go row by row to get all of them.
Time to dust those blinds! Be sure to go row by row to get all of them.
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