Cleaning for Lazy People*

simplified cleaning

*Or overworked, busy, stressed out or ill people!

I'm not a fan of cleaning.  My mom is a saint with it comes to cleaning, she devotes an entire day and a half to it each week.  I did not inherit that gene.  So what's a lazy person to do?  

Choose any one of these to do when you have a spare 30 seconds. Do one or two a day and your house will never be filthy.  Awesome. 

Bathroom:

  • When you're done washing your hands, right before you turn off the faucet, use your hands to scrub down the sink.  It needs it. 
  • Use your damp hand towel to wipe down the toothpaste splotches on the mirror. 
  • After using a washcloth on your face, use it to wipe up the counter and faucet.  
  • When you've finished blowing your nose, grab an extra tissue or two and wipe down the top of the toilet bowl and that little space between the tank and the seat.  Toss the tissue into the toilet. 
  • Keep a spray bottle of 50% distilled or boiled water and 50% white vinegar in the bathroom.  Spray down the toilet with it and let it sit for a minute while you're brushing your teeth.  Done.  Disinfected.  
  • Keep a toilet scrub brush next to the toilet and give it a whirl when you see a dirty ring form in the bowl.  So long, nasty.

Kitchen: 

  • Ready to toss your kitchen hand towel in the washing machine? Use it to wipe down the faucet first. 
  • Keep another spray bottle of 50% water and 50% white vinegar in the kitchen.  When you think of it, spritz down the counter tops and the sink.  Let sit for 1 minute.  
  • Place a broom and dust pan in a corner.  When you notice the floor needs it, you won't have to hunt down a broom to give it a good sweep. 

Living Room and Bedrooms:

  • Use a Swiffer dust wand thingy to give things a quick swipe when you notice they are dusty.  The wands are magic and almost makes dusting fun; no chemicals needed.  
  • In lieu of getting on your hands and knees to scrub the tile or wood floor, use a spray mop.  It might not get quite as clean, but at least it will actually get cleaned.
  • Keep as many spray bottles, towels and Swiffers in your rooms as necessary.  Having to track down cleaning supplies will kill the urge to clean.
  • Vacuum when you notice debris on the floor.  That might be every day or every 5 days, just do it when you feel.  One caveat: we recently moved to a house with all tile and wood floors.  With no carpet to hide in, it's truly amazing/disgusting how much "fluff" builds up each day.  I'd ere on the side of more vacuuming if I were to move back to a carpeted place.  

Laundry

  • If you're lucky enough to have an in-home/garage washer and dryer, do a small load each day.  If that doesn't feel environmentally friendly to you, lessen your chemical impact by using a natural detergent and save water elsewhere by taking shorter showers.
  • Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.  One less thing to worry about - they stay in your dryer and are good for 1,000 loads.
  • If you're dealing with a coin-op, multiple machine situation at your building or use a laundromat, I find doing all the wash at once is less overwhelming because you can get 3 loads going at once.  

 

Well, that's how I keep our home reasonably clean, even with low energy and not much time.  If a tip or trick helped, please click the <3 button or share button below!  

Toxin Free Home: Makeup

 

We’ve talked about toxin free laundry, bathing and moisturizing, so let’s move on to the stuff we smear on our faces.  I”m talking makeup, baby.  

I’ve always loved makeup.  Maybe that’s anti-feminist, but I love it’s transformative powers.  You can be anyone you want with a swipe of lipstick and a good mascara.  The thing is, most of us seem to pile on a lot….

A simple way to see how your makeup stacks up is to go to the EWG’s Skin Deep Database.  You can plug all of your makeup products into it and get their scores.  Many foundations scored ok if they were just foundations.  But, when you add in SPF, the scores go up into the danger zone.  

Remember our good friend Oxybenzone?  Main ingredient in many sunscreens. .  

So let’s talk about alternatives.  The two product changes that can make a big difference are foundation and lipstick.  Amount-wise, we use the most foundation and smear it on our biggest organ.  Between our skin absorbing what we put on it and ingesting a good portion of what we put on our lips, that can add up to a lot of chemicals getting into our bodies. 

If you’re going to use a foundation with SPF, look for ones that use titanium dioxide or zinc instead of oxybenzone (a known endocrine disrupter, allergen, and carcinogen). 

If you’re going to use lipstick, let’s get away from petroleum based products and go with natural plant oil and beeswax based products, so we can mitigate a lot of the damage. Look for ones free of Retinyl Palmitate, an ingredient in a lot of lipsticks that the FDA calls a known human reproductive toxicant.  I do wear lipsticks on special occasions, like today!, but for daily use, I use Waxelene as it helps keep my lips moist, is beeswax based and petroleum free.  

Well, that's a wrap.  if you have any natural makeup tips or photos, share them on social media with the hashtag #thesimplifiedlife  and if this video or post helped you, please consider forwarding it to a friend or clicking the "<3" button below.  

Toxin Free Home: Moisturizers

Video 3 in our “Toxin Free Home” Series talks about moisturizers and sunscreen.  We smear these products onto our largest organ, aka our skin.  And what goes on our skin goes into our bodies. 

 

Unfortunately, some of the main ingredients in both moisturizers and sunscreens are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors (2), and allergens, as well as toxic to our reproductive systems.  Eek!

The cosmetic industry is highly unregulated, if you’re wondering how it’s legal that all of these things are in our personal care products.

Thankfully, there are some great, natural options out there. 

Products Used: 

Now Organic Jojoba Oil

Acure Organic Argan Oil (pricier, but worth buying once for the awesome jar it comes in.  Makes a great travel bottle.)

Goddess Garden Spray Sunscreen