With all the excitement of having a baby, I never thought about ALL the laundry I would be doing. Oh, the laundry. Who could imagine someone so little causing so many loads of laundry. My girlfriends told me I’d be doing laundry every day after Declan was born, but I shrugged it off. Not me. I’m organized. I’m efficient. And I’m NOT doing laundry every day.

Well, let me tell you: this organized gal was quite humbled. It took me quite a to figure out how to keep baby clothes clean without doing laundry daily. Before you ask, yes, I likely have lots of baby clothes (thanks to my mom!). Baby clothes are a lot like underwear – the more you have the less often you need to do laundry. But I promise, the quantity of Declan’s clothes has nothing to do with our improved laundry process.

From blankets dragging on the floor, baby food all over their sleeves and the diaper changing pad …. well you know 😊, I’ve learned some tips to being efficient with our family laundry AND keep all the baby clothes clean.

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

My favorite tips to keep baby clothes clean 

Pre-wash all your baby fabrics

Even before the baby gets home, it’s a good idea to wash all of your baby clothes. You never know what kind or dirt or germs might be lurking on clothes just brought home from the store.

Everyone’s laundry together

Tackling the family’s tough laundry loads can be challenging. It’s tempting to wash piece of laundry separately based upon the need: whites, colors, jeans, extra dirty clothes, baby clothes, etc. That’s how we used to do our laundry. Then little Declan arrived and there was no way I had time for that anymore. I was lucky if I was doing ANY laundry.

Instead of sorting and washing our laundry based on the clothing type, I put the majority of our clothing together in the same load with cold water. Hot water can shrink and fade my favorite clothing.

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

 

Spot clean the little accidents

Baby messes happen. A lot. Whether it’s from food or diaper, it’s a good idea to keep a set of baby wipes within arm’s reach. We have a pack in every room of the house, in our car, AND the diaper bag. Spot clean accidents right away. If you can whisk off the soiled clothing into the washer right away, that’s even better (see below for next tip). If not, the wet wipe helps dilute any offending stain or smell until you can get to the wash.

Wait for a blow out

You know when you come up with a solution and you just think: “wow, I’m actually a genius”?? That’s how I feel about this tip. LIFE CHANGING. Since having Declan, I’ve changed my laundry schedule significantly. Well technically we don’t have a schedule. We wait. We wait for a diaper blowout. Gross, I know. But it’s going to happen once or twice a week.

Whether a diaper blow out or a little too much food on his shirt, that’s when I do laundry. Fortunately (or unfortunately, I’ll let you decide), this scenario happens often enough for the laundry to never pile up that high. I just hated doing laundry for a couple pieces of clothing.

Skip the fabric softener

Fabric softeners only mask odors and aren’t even recommended for use on most athleticwear and towels. Plus, fabric softeners don’t help get those dirty baby clothes clean, while detergent alone doesn’t kill all the bacteria.

 

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

Clip outfits together

I’ll admit, it takes me a little while to remember which onesie goes with which pants and which jacket. Joe’s love of University of Alabama football prevents us from dressing Declan in the rival team colors of orange and blue baby outfits (which apparently are super popular color combos for boys). So instead we’ve got a lot of greens & blues.

It always takes me a couple minutes to remember which outfits go together. So now, when I put an outfit in the hamper, I connect the outfit together with a fastener (you could use any clip you have in the house) so that I don’t have to remember once the clothes are dry. It makes it easy to hang outfits together once they’re clean & dry.

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Those cute little baby clothes look so adorable in the store and even cuter the first time you put them on your bundle of joy. But after a couple months of use and well, one too many blowouts and food stains, those once adorable clothes can look like they’ve had years of use. I want to keep all Declan’s clothes looking as ‘new’ as possible to use for a second kiddo eventually.

But, oh man, some of those stains. It’s an ugly sight. I’m in the process of trying to get all Declan’s smaller baby clothes stain free with the help of Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent before storing them away. Here’s how:

Tips to Removing Baby Clothes Stains

As with all products, always test for colorfastness before pretreating. Test the product on a small hidden section of the fabric for color fastness.

1 It goes without saying, try to wash the stains as soon as possible. I have a laundry rule in our house. We ONLY do laundry when Declan has a blowout or food stain. Let’s be honest, this happens regularly. Since I use a high-powered detergent, there’s never any fear of putting one of Declan’s diaper blowout pajamas in the laundry with our nice clothes. It all comes out clean.

2 Pour on enough detergent to cover the stain. There’s no point in pre-treating if you’re not cleaning the ENTIRE stain. Lightly coat the entire area of the stain. Make sure the detergent you’re using is a stain fighting detergent.

We tried out Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent. It’s a great everyday laundry detergent that also tackles those really tough (errr… disgusting) stains.

3 Rub the Persil laundry detergent into the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes before putting it in the wash. This is the important step. Make sure you wait 5 minutes. If you’re like me and are very impatient, setting the timer on your phone may help. It also can help to make sure you don’t forget about your laundry!

Oh, how did we ever make it through the day without our fancy phones?

4 Wash in the warmest water safe for the garment (check your tags for instructions) with Persil laundry detergent. I typically wash most of my clothes in cold water to prevent potential shrinking, but with tough baby clothes stains, I’m more concerned with removing the stain. Persil laundry detergent has a powerful stain fighting combination for a premium clean.

5 Check the results before drying. Repeat if necessary. If you need to repeat, do it immediately. Don’t wait for the garment to dry.

Tada …. baby clothes stains goodbye!

For even more tips to remove all types of stain (think: anything from red wine to markers), Persil laundry detergent  has tips to keep your clothes looking their best!

Need to upgrade your laundry cleaning? We tried a trial size of Persil ($1.99 for 10.1-ounce package) from Target®, enough to wash 6 full loads of laundry (lots of stained baby clothes!). It was named “Best New Liquid Laundry Detergent” by Family Circle in 2017.

Love it?! There’s a $2 off coupon found on the back of the bottle for a future purchase (excludes 6 load or less trial / travel size).

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a sponsored conversation (The Stress Free Plan: How To Clean House for a Party) written by me on behalf of Finish®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tis’ the season …. to have house guests. It’s a busy time for most of us, work parties, trips to see Santa, shopping, hosting, celebrating … the list can go on. Holidays can often equal stress. Oh the irony, right? Joe and I have always loved hosting parties and the holidays are no exception. Yet during the holiday season there’s just SO much going on. So we try to be as efficient in our party hosting duties as possible. Yes, that’s a thing. I even wrote a post about it.

But what about cleaning? That’s one area where I don’t like to skimp. Pre-made appetizers? Yep. Forget the decorations? Didn’t even miss them. Skip house cleaning? Absolutely not. I just hate having a messy house. Maybe because I work from home so I’m home all day. Maybe because baby items are slowly taking over every room of our house. Whatever the reason, I always want a clean house before hosting.

Who has time for a deep clean during the holiday season? Not this gal. Instead I set aside an hour or two the day of the party to clean up. I find that when I clean TOO far in advance, our home ends up getting messy again before the guests come over. It does give me a little anxiety to wait until the day of, but it always ends up being the most efficient way to get the house clean.

Here’s the quick and dirty (no pun intended) way I clean house before guests arrive:

 

Clutter

The very first thing I like to do the day of a house party is pick up any clutter in each room of our house. I do this even for rooms that I don’t intend to use (guest room, den, nursery) just in case guests wander in. Plus, it’s a good excuse to tidy up those spaces. Now I don’t go as far as organizing and putting everything away. Nope. I grab a large bin or laundry basket to temporarily throw the clutter in. Remember, I’m just trying to clean for our guests, not deep clean and organize our home.

 

Dishes

Yes, hiding dirty dishes in the dishwasher seems like a quick solution. But take it a step further. DO THE DISHES. We use Finish Powerball Max in 1 to make sure all the dishes get sparkling clean. It tackles whatever you throw at it. It penetrates, breaks down, and lifts away 24-hour dried on food. (Think: dishes you left in the sink and forgot to clean.) And when you use Finish, you get unbeatable clean* and 25% more loads.**

I like to run the dishwasher while I’m cleaning the rest of the house. Then right before our guests arrive, I unload the clean dishes. The extra bonus is that clean up at the end of the night is a breeze with an empty dishwasher.

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Bathroom

I typically don’t clean our bedrooms prior to a party, but the bathrooms are another story. I always make sure each of our bathrooms are scrubbed down, even the master bath. Our main floor half bath will likely be used the most, but I’d hate for someone to use the master bath only to discover it hasn’t been cleaned for … oh a month?

Coat Closet

Now for the record, I don’t go cleaning every closet in our house, but I do like to make space in our main floor coat closet. We use that coat closet for almost everything – storing strollers (yes, plural 🙁 ), dog food, work bags, and on and on. So it can use a little TLC and cleaning out before guests arrive. I always make sure we have enough empty hangers for everyone’s coats and anything else they’re likely to put away.

Counters

Once the food is ready, I like to wipe down all the kitchen counters, table and coffee tables. I’m always amazed at how quickly our kitchen counters can get dirty. Truly can’t figure out where it comes from. Wiping it down is a 30 second task that I always save towards the end of my party prep cleaning. (Just as easy as it is to wipe down, it can quickly get dirty again!)

Floors

Washing the floors? Nope. But sweeping? YES! Ever since bringing home our little pup, Reagan, sweeping (up dog hair) has become an almost daily occurrence. Our kitchen floors can also get messy while prepping dinner, so I do a quick sweep and vacuum AFTER the food prep and after wiping down the counters. Then if anyone takes their shoes off their socks don’t get gross.

Smell

This might be my favorite cleaning task of them all. Spray something that smells good so it seems that you’ve cleaned more than you have. Skip the DIY stovetop aromas and opt for a premade spray. As the guests ring the doorbell, give it a quick squirt and pretend your home always smells that good 🙂 .

Now your home may not be in ‘I’ve been deep cleaning for a week’ condition, it is in ‘I’m ready to party!’ condition, which is exactly what we’re aiming for! Just don’t forget to do those dishes at the end of the night.  Then take advantage of your $5 e-Movie cash reward offer from your Finish products!

 

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Each month I’m taking on a common cleaning & organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling dirty puppy paws with:

||| DIY Dirty Dog Paw Mitt |||

A very active Doberman puppy + 9 month rainy season in Seattle = mud ridden entryway and … well entire home. Even worse, we let our pup sleep on our bed during the day. Yes, on our bed with a white comforter. Well, that is a whole other story. But I did need a way to keep Reagan’s paws clean after taking her for a walk during the rainy Seattle months.

Admittedly up until this point, our previous solution was to grab a used dish towel from the kitchen to wipe down Reagan’s paws. We’d then have to throw the dirty towel into the laundry. Let’s just say that this system didn’t last long. Especially when we take Reagan outside several times a day.

So instead I grabbed a couple of dish towels from my near by Goodwill (why buy new only to use on my dogs dirty paw??) and a couple supplies around the house to make these DIY Dirty Dog Paw Mitts that we’ll surely put to use:

Supplies

  • Hand Towel or Dish Towel
  • 1 Inch Wide Ribbon
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors

Instruction

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:

Fold your towel in half “hamburger style”.

Cut it in half. You can actually make two dog paw mitts with one towel.

Sew along the long open side (the side that you just cut).

 

Trim ribbon to desired length, based on where you want to hang it.

Sew the ribbon on to the top right corner, making a loop.

Sew the remaining long side a couple inchnes. Allow for an opening big enough for you to put your hand through.

Flip inside out and wipe those dirty paws!

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with some extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

The Rules

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Bloggers

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom  Lora | Craftivity Designs
Vicki and Jennifer | 2 Bees in a Pod Pili | My Sweet Things
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela Kim | Made in a Day
Lindsay | Crazy Organized Marie | DIY Adulation Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Denise | My Thrifty House Jeanie | Create and Babble Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled 
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Jeanee | Centsably Creative
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister

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No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

 

I’m a cleaning machine. I LOVE cleaning. No, seriously I really do. I think it’s the control freak in me that likes to be in charge of my own cleaning. Plus I count cleaning as a workout. (don’t we all?) But I always trying to find ways to make the house cleaning process easier, better and quicker.

No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

Several years back we got these fun white lampshades at Target. They’ve held up surprisingly well and I love the clean look of them. I’m typically not a fan of anything white because of how hard it is to keep white clean, but lampshades are really rarely touched. But I noticed that they started getting dusty. I had no idea how to get dust off a lamp. Seriously, who cleans lampshades? Well apparently this girl needed to. Dusting with a rag didn’t really seem to do the trick and I was afraid to wash them per se.

That’s where my new favorite trick came in handy ….. a lint roller.

No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

We’ve been using these non stop since we brought home Reagan last year. With a puppy, even one that doesn’t shed a lot, I could continually lint roll every room in our house a a full time job. Which seems more and more likely since we given Reagan free rein of the house. (Dog owner mistake #1) When we first brought home Reagan we claimed she wouldn’t be allowed on the family room couch, then the guest bed, then the master bed. I think Reagan has more access to our home than I do.

But back to those lamp shades ….
A quick roll around the lampshade was like a miracle machine.

No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

Never fear white lamps again!

No need for any special gadgets to clean dusty lampshades. Take a look at our quick 1 minute tutorial to remove all the dust so easily!

 

 

 

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