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. 


  • 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.


  • 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.  


  • 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: Laundry

Hi there! I started a new YouTube series to share some of the clean, green, toxin removing tips I've learned.  We're starting with laundry.  

Why fewer toxins?  Well, it's been well documented that environmental toxins can contribute to cancer, autism, and mood disorders, among other things

Video 1: Clean & Green Laundry tips

I hope you enjoy it!  

If you'd like to use the products I use, you can find them on Amazon:

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds

Washing Soda

Wool Dryer Balls

In a pinch, I use Honest Co.'s Free & Clear detergent.  It works great and I can pour a small amount into a travel bottle when we go on trips. 



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Dryer Balls - The end of dryer sheets!

Where o where have these been my whole life?  

In a quest to get rid of chemicals in our house (daunting, but not impossible), I stumbled upon wool dryer balls.  

What are those? you ask....well, they are tennis ball sized spheres of wool.  You pop them in the drier and they kill the static without coating your clothes in a layer of chemicals and shorten the drying time, which saves money! Win win.  Also, at a price tag of $19 for something that lasts 1000 loads, they will save you about $30 versus the equivalent number of Bounce dryer sheets (at an average Amazon price of $.05/sheet).

I ended up getting the Smart Sheep XL ones on Amazon.  Made in Peru, packed by moms in Utah. I emailed the owner regarding whether or not they are manufactured in a socially responsible way.  No fun getting rid of chemicals if your dollars aren't helping someone stay out of poverty. I'm looking at you, non-Fair Trade products.  I'm waiting to hear back. If it turns out they aren't fair trade, I'll be looking for another brand to recommend.