How to Use Reusable Cloths to Clean the Bathroom Without Being Gross

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I’m all for green cleaning. Really.

Is it bad to admit, though, that my cheapness is more of a motivator than my sense of activism and earthiness?

Oh. It is bad to admit? OK. Then I’m not admitting anything.

I was just asking hypothetically.

One of the biggest draws of disposable cleaning products (wipes and paper towels) is that I can throw germs in the trash and never see them again. (Not that you can see germs, but in my imagination I can.)

Also, on my Bathroom Cleaning Chart for Kids, I make a BIG deal about using a new wipe on different parts of the bathroom. I can’t bear the thought of someone “cleaning” the sink and faucet with a rag that just cleaned the potty.

The potty used by . . . boys.


So here’s my new trick.

I used a permanent marker to label the microfiber cleaning cloths so ANYone (anyone who can read, at least) knows exactly where it’s okay to use that cloth.



Chore Charts for Kids

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As mamas settle into the school year, we also work to get our kids back on track with their own household responsibilities.

Here’s my philosophy on chore charts:

Do whatever works.

Once it stops working, do something else that works.

Once that stops working, do something else that works.

Repeat as needed.

Here are a few options if you’re looking for chore charts for your kids:

FREE – The printable chore chart I created that we’ve used for several years now. We aren’t completely consistent, but it works well for us every time we re-focus.

FREE – MyJobChart This is an online chore chart for kids that allows you to set up incentive systems. It’s free, but that is my affiliate link (which means I make a little $ when you sign up after following my link).

Connie from Smockity Frocks came up with this paint chip chore system for her family of 10. It’s a little more work intensive to put together, but SO visually appealing!

The Chore Jar is an e-book on sale through the end of September for only $1.

Easy Peasy Chores Cover

Easy Peasy Chores – This printable chore system is a PDF Download. It’s fairly expensive, but is a VERY detailed system with lots of pictures that’s customizable.





So So Tempting . . . (And a Family Kitchen Clean Up Report)

We’ve been doing our Family Kitchen Clean-Up Time for three whole weeks now.

We get off track on the weekends, but during the week we’re pretty much rockin’ it.

And . . . it’s fun.

I know. So strange. But really, one of my biggest excuses/reasons for not cleaning up the kitchen in the evening is that I hate missing family time.

This way, Kitchen Clean Up IS family time. For real.

It’s provided lots of conversations, quite a bit of laughter, real-life counter-wiping training, and barely any tears.

With five people, it gets a little crowded, so we’ve expanded into lunch-making.


Which . . . is my six-year-old’s dream come true.

Seriously. Turns out, I could have put peanut butter, jelly, and a loaf of bread in her stocking and she would have been happy.

So last week, on my birthday, I was cooking supper. (Don’t feel bad, we partied hard the day before.)

I made something that took a lot of prep and then went into the oven for 30 minutes. So . . . I was kinda, sorta done 30 minutes before we were going to eat.

The kitchen looked like this:

I was tempted.

SOOOOO soooo tempted . . .

. . . to leave it that way. Knowing that we had a scheduled Clean Up Time, it just seemed so logical.

I know. It’s not actually logical. It’s Slob Logical. And that’s how I roll . . .

But then I looked at the timer for the casserole in the oven:

And I started doing just a few things. Throwing away trash. Putting things back into the fridge.

When the timer said this:

The kitchen looked like this:

Slightly better. And a little less overwhelming for the family.

And . . . if you happen to see my phone on the counter, you’ll notice that I spent part/most of this time on Facebook.

Then . . . I decided to add one final touch, just for Hubby’s sake:

I closed the cabinet doors.

Which took all of 30 seconds. Including picture-taking.



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