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Malones Natural Cleaning Products are non toxic cleaners that are gentle and safe for all. Made with all natural ingredients and scented with pure essential oils of relaxing lavender, geranium, rosemary and orange and lemon, Malones products promote stress free, effective cleaning.

Our products are safe for sufferers of asthma and/or allergies, where more mainstream products can aggravate the conditions. Malones extensive range of cleaning products are free from harsh chemicals such as chlorine bleaches, formaldehydes, phosphates, solvents and silicones.

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Dublin 1902

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  You may not have read that Malones Cleaning has been an established business in Dublin since 1902, you can read more about our own history here.

We thought we'd take a trip into the past and see what else was happening in Dublin and Ireland that year.

W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory wrote the one act play Cathleen Ní Houlihan which was performed for the first time. Ireland was depicted as a woman encouraging her sons to fight for her. It was a  part of the Irish struggle for Independence.

Our most famous literary son James Joyce finished his degree in UCD and was let loose into the wide world, two years before he met Nora Barnacale who eventually inspired him to write Ulysses.

In that same year two English film makers Mitchell & Kenyon travelled to Ireland and made a series of shorts.

Watch their short piece filmed at UCC Sports Day.

The Irish were making their mark in London where the Gaelic League were keeping traditions alive by organising dances to promoted Irish culture at the Athenaeum Hall, Tottenham Court Rd.

Gaelic League in London

Gaelic League in London

There was a cold snap that year judging from this photo of College Green in Dublin.

College Green 1902

College Green 1902

Apart from a win over Wales in football (3-0) in Cardiff our other football results were not so impressive.

Linfield won the Irish League and the Irish Cup

Thanks for reading. If you have any facts about 1902 please  let us know!

Wasps Find A Way

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Do you remember the tagline from the first Jurassic Park movie... “Life finds a way.”

Well it is wasp season and they seem to find a way to get into your home when all the doors and windows have been closed for hours.

Usually this is something we do not have to worry about until a little later on in August and early September. This year we have noticed a few gangs of them already.

The worker wasps have little to do as their summer job of feeding the larvae is over as the last batch of eggs are dying off so they are out looking for kicks in our kitchens and around our bins.

If you are only being bothered by one or two solitary wasps and you are not allergic to them it is best to leave them alone, maybe even encourage them to fly out a nearby window.

If it is the case that you are infested by them and you know you have a wasp’s nest close by then this website has some invaluable and straightforward advice about how to tackle it on your own.

We are much larger than them, we can find a way as well.

An Equal share of the Mess?

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Continuing our theme of household mess (see out last twoblogs) Malones Cleaning now have the results of a survey undertaken on their behalf by Pivotal Research Ltd. Household chores is still a the main bone of contention between couples, with 67% of men claiming they do an equal share of the cleaning, while 75 % of women argue that they do ALL of the above! The statistics just speak for themselves.

"Many men are under the illusion that if they empty the dishwasher, they are doing an equal share of housework!" Dr. Tony Humphreys, Clinical Psychologist.

How do we expect our children to have a balanced sense of looking after themselves on leaving the nest when 63% of women believe that it is their duty to tidy up in their wake. On top of this 52.7% still believe that it is Mum's job in the first place. You might have expected feeedback like that thirty years ago.

"In this situation a parent should ask themselves, why they do not allow their child to do things for themselves... Behaviours within families are learned and passed on, so the next generation mimics the last." Dr. Tony Humphreys.

Imelda Graham of Barnardos adds "It also fosters independence, encourages development of self esteem through feelings of achievement and it is healthy for the family for children to play their part in making family life easier and sharing what can be seen as a burden."

So listen to the people who know what they are talking about, if you have ever been frustrated and feel you are doing more than your fair share do not keep quiet about it. Encourage everybody to pitch in as it may well add to a balanced and healthier domestic atmosphere now and in the future.

Domestic Bliss

Domestic Bliss

Some Recycling Observations

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We all know that we should be nice to our environment, what has it ever done to us?

So here are a few tips that will help our macro environment brighten up our micro environment.

  • Instead of throwing away all of your tin cans add a splash of colour by painting the outside and use them as flowerpots for small plants around the house.
  • After enjoying the wines or spirits from the bottle wash it off with warm water, peel the label away and there are several uses; they can be used as candlesticks; fill them with a small set of fairy lights or for the more technically minded out there you could turn it into a lamp.
  • Many of our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and no matter how hard you try there will be some leftovers. Instead of filling up your bin think about sandwiches or lunches for the next day; stale bread is perfect for breadcrumbs toasted lightly in the oven; or perhaps even start a compost heap in the garden.
  • It is just annoying to get yourself down to the clothes bank to dump old bed clothes or sheets. An alternative (if you are handy with a sewing machine) is to use them re cover old pillows, cushions or chairs.
  • Bent paper-clips are useless and sometimes a little sore if you come across then unexpectedly.  Try turning them into hooks for broken decorations that you use in late December (We are avoiding using the actual word in mid August ;-))

I hope these tips are helpful and please feel free to add any of your own.

Untidy Teenagers

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Messy Teenager

Messy Teenager

Following on from our blog yesterday we are tackling the teenager who will not address their bedroom issues which can amount to an assault on many of your senses as well as your emotions.

The last thing a teenager wants to do is clean up their room. Their worlds are occupied with shopping, football, roaming around in packs, facebooking and tweeting their friends, listening to music, playing games and watching television.

Here are a few tips we have gathered to help the frustrated parent along the path.

  •  Remember they are not being untidy to annoy you as your most immediate living space is a reflection of their mind and a teenage mind has so much to deal with and is in a constant state of flux.
  • Sometimes leaving it to the individual will work as eventually they will get sick of living in squalor and make an attempt to tidy up themselves.
  • Do not have huge arguments over their bedroom, keep the big arguments for the really important issues in life.
  • But do insist that they retrieve any kitchen items that have made their way into the room and any half eaten food, maybe a talk on hygiene if that situation gets out of hand.
  • If they want clean clothes to impress their friends then get them to pick up their own laundry items (let them choose a funky clothes basket if that helps).
  • Use a little psychology perhaps telling them that as they are usually such a tidy person it is hard for you to understand why their room is so messy.

I hope this has been some help to you and if you have any ideas of your own, please let us know!!

Messy Children or Chasing Your Tail.

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Messy Child

Messy Child

You feel that familiar tug from somewhere around your shoes and look down to see your adorable child hiding behind a mask of dripping chocolate/food/parts of the garden and before you know it whatever is sticking to it has trailed its way from the garden through the kitchen and halfway up your jeans.

Fast forward a few years and somewhere between school and college your teenagers room is a sea of clothes, textbooks, broken parts of toys-that-should-have-been-put-away-a -long-time-ago, old broken CD covers, games covers, nail glue and somewhere in there is the laptop they have asked you to find.

Either scenario is one of frustration and exhaustion for any parent.

There are a few ways to deal with both cases but today we shall look at the younger members of the species!

Here are a few solutions to try.

  • Where the hygiene of your child seems to becoming critical a firm and serious chat about what happens to people who stay dirty or even a trip to the library to find a cautionary tale.
  • Where their rooms are concerned make sure that they have enough storage space to actually put everything away.
  • As opposed to taking something away if they do not do it, give then something if they do do it so at least there is a positive angle when they consider tidying up.
  • For the younger ones make a competition out of cleaning up their room. If there are siblings involved first past the post gets a prize (but have something for the loser as a consolation prize as a total loss in the game may halt any further room cleaning!)
  • Designate sometime between dinner, relaxation (TV?) and bed as a slot for cleaning up, the more routine you make this the easier it will become.
  • You may encourage your child to donate old toys to a charity (you don't have to go completely Joan Crawford with this one of course.)

We would love to hear about ways you have tackled this yourself!

Our next blog shall tackle the older species of Untidy Teenager.

Enter Our Caption Competition! Win Malones natural cleaning goodies.

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Look how much fun you can have using Malones Cleaning Products! We like the below photo so much that we've decided to run a caption competition with it! Enter the competition by leaving a comment below as a caption for this photo. Best caption will win Malones Cleaning Supplies. We may even pick a few winners! We look forward to reading your replies!

Malones Cleaning Spray

Malones Cleaning Spray

What will your caption be?


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Natural cleaning products offer environmentally sound, alternatives to the toxic and potentially lethal household cleaning products used in many homes today. Use of these natural options is especially critical as most traditional cleaning products eventually contact the air, water, and/or soil, where they can cause significant and irreparable harm to animals, plants, drinking water, and food supplies.

These cleaning products contain dangerous ingredients, including neurotoxins, carcinogens, allergens, central nervous system depressants, heavy metals, and other agents that cause or contribute to cancer, respiratory problems, reproductive abnormalities, allergic reactions, and behavioral problems, among other health issues. Ingredients from household cleaning products make their way into the environment through various routes: they are flushed down toilets, poured down sinks, sprayed into the air, thrown into the trash, and dumped onto the ground. In fact, many hazardous cleaning products are landfilled or incinerated, upon which they release their toxins into the environment and contribute to depletion of the ozone layer, pollute groundwater, contaminate the soil, and harm plant and animal life. For example:

  • Phosphates, found in dishwasher and laundry detergents, cause algae bloom, which kills fish and aquatic plants, and produces chemicals that are toxic to animals and people who drink the water.
  • Trisodium nitrilotriacetate is a possible carcinogen in laundry detergents. It can disrupt the elimination of metals in wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite), available alone and in detergents and other products, is toxic to fish and can bind with organic compounds in water to form organochlorines, which break down slowly in the environment and accumulate in the fatty tissues of wildlife. Chlorine is especially toxic to organisms that live in water and soil.
  • Napthas and mineral spirits, found in furniture polishes, are neurotoxins and considered hazardous waste. Mineral spirits break down very slowly and contaminate air and water.
  • Formaldehyde, an ingredient in furniture polish and various cleaning products, is a potential human carcinogen and a known cancer-causing agent in animals.
  • Phthalates, found in furniture polish, disrupt hormone function and can cause genetic defects in both animals and humans.
  • Ether-type solvents, methylene chloride, butyl cellosive, and petroleum distillates, found in oven cleaners are hazardous waste and can contaminate the air, water, and soil.
  • Sulphuric acid and sodium hydroxide, in drain cleaners, can change the pH of water and cause fish kills.


Sugar Brown Babe Cleans Up At Grove Horse Trials Sponsored by Malones

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Last weekend saw the 10th Anniversary staging of the Grove Horse Trials in Fethard, Co. Tipperary, which is an Eventing Ireland award-winning one day event. First officially held as an Eventing Ireland event in 2001 (although horse trials started at Grove in the early 1980’s), this popular event has gone from strength to strength, attracting several hundred spectators this year. Blustery showers didn’t dampen spirits and an enthusiastic crowd watched the riders take part. Spanning a full day and featuring 260 competitors in 14 classes of all grades, the event commenced with dressage at 9am. The cross country course, designed by former Olympian Van de Vater featured some interesting new jumps this year with the last competitor taking to the course at 6.15pm.

Splash jpg (2) Grove Horse Trials

Splash jpg (2) Grove Horse Trials

The trials were supported by CoolmoreStud, and various other Studs and Companies, including Malones, an Irish company who manufacture a range of chemical free cleaning products. MD, Liz Waters says, “Malones were delighted to be able to be involved and thrilled that our leather cleaner was such a hit for cleaning and shining saddles and bridles. Participants loved the idea of having a natural product to use safely around animals”.

The  top 3 grades on the day were:

  • Advanced /CNC 2 star competition winner: Sarah Ennis on Sugar Brown Babe.
  • Open / CNC 2 star competition winner: Felicity Ward on The Illusionist.
  • CNC 2 Star competition winner: Ciaran Glynn on Craic.

Congratulations to all involved.

Further information is available from  Polly Hogarth ,

Wooden Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

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You have a right to be proud of that new hardwood floor.  The elegance and warmth that of hardwood floors to can transform your rooms in character and personality.   That hardwood floor brings up the value of your home as it enhances the quality of life for your family as it makes your home more inviting and more impressive to guests whenever you entertain.

The two elements that will naturally gravitate to your floor are moisture and dust and dirt. Yet these are the two elements that you should be most on guard against to keep your floor in mint condition for many years. Water is the natural enemy of a hardwood floor because standing water can warp the wood which can ruin the flooring entirely. Even small amounts of dust or dirt that stay on the floor can become trapped on feet and scratch the beautiful finish of the wood. It is not being obsessive to have your family and guests leave their shoes in the entry hall to reduce the potential for dirt getting on your hardwood floors. You should plan to routinely dust and sweep the floor so that you are catching any additional dirt that may have settled on the floor naturally. A weekly vacuuming of the floor combined with regular care of the wood with a swifter mop is a nice routine because you are getting the dirt up without using any moisture.

Try our wodden floor cleaner click here to review product.

New Series: Famous Malones throughout history. Part 1 - Dublin's Finest Molly Malone

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Molly Malone, Dublin's most famous fishmonger, is a chaste maiden to some and "the tart with the cart" to othersEveryone agrees that Molly Malone is one of the more famous people in the history of Dublin. Whether she’s a person who ever really existed is another question.

She’s certainly one of the strangest icons ever commemorated officially by a city government. The statue of her on lower Grafton Street, erected in 1987, depicts a woman in a 17th century dress that shows so much cleavage Madonna might be unwilling to wear it. The old song about her, “Cockles and Mussels,” is a sort of unofficial anthem of Dublin, sung regularly by fans at soccer and hurling matches. How this young woman who allegedly sold fish by day, sold her body by night and died young of an undefined fever is a long and twisted tale indeed.

Malones Cleaning doing our bit for animal welfare

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Hi Everyone meet Beau

This poor dog has been treated so badly and need a lot of medical attention. Jennifer who runs For Dogs sake where Beau is staying, is trying to raise money to help with his Vet bills, Malones has gladly donated our product hamper to raise some money for the dogs vets bills for more information on how to help or win see

Rain, rain go away....

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Have you ever seen weather like it?! In June! The garden is a swamp, my pot plants are drowned and the poor old birds and cats outside look miserable! The children can’t kick a ball as the grass is so soggy and the muck and wet they trail inside when they do venture out makes me doubly glad of my easy clean wood and tiles on the floor.  I know the gardens appreciate a good drenching now and then but I don’t.  Do you have holidays planned to escape the Irish monsoon or are you stuck here like me for the great Irish Summer?

Carpet v wood/tiled flooring. Malones asks the question.

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Wood flooring

Wood flooring

A friend in the interiors business told me the other day that carpets are making a comeback. It seems that we are over the minimalist phase and that comfort and luxury are top of her clients’ wish lists. Wallpaper has replaced paint in many stylish homes over the past three years, adding some much needed softness to offset the leather and glass we have all embraced in our houses.

I must say that while I love the prettiness of some wallpaper prints and my polished glass and my soft leather furniture, I won’t be chasing the carpet trend anytime soon.  For me with small children, I think you just can’t beat the beautifully warm look of a wooden floor and the handiness of just spraying and wiping clean.

What are your thoughts?

Sellling your home and keeping it clean can be a trial

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I had coffee this morning with a friend whose house is on the market – a tough proposition in this current market, as you can imagine; but I was amazed to find that she was in great form and very upbeat about the situation. Despite having to vacate her house twice a week to allow strangers to trek through the place, the big fringe benefit she sees is that she always has a clean house!! The agent told them to declutter at the start of the sales process and before each viewing on a Wednesday evening and a Saturday morning, the whole family pitches in to scrub and polish for the viewers.

 The place doesn’t really get dirty anymore with this ongoing routine and despite not being the most house proud family (three teenage sons and accompanying football kit, boots etc.) they are finding they like living in a ‘showhouse’ . She says “ I don’t have much confidence in the house selling with the market as it is but it might teach my dirty divils better habits that carry over – for a while at least!). Actually sometimes when we have the place all tidy and smelling freshly of lavender, myself and my husband look at each other and aks oursevles why we are selling?

It got me thinking about the tips people use when selling their home.  The baked bread in the oven, the coffee aroma and the fresh cut flowers in every room. 

I'll share a few of my cleaning up before a viewing tips in the next blog but if you have any to add please drop us a note.

"Treat not trigger". Malones, Proud corporate sponsors of the Asthma Society of Ireland

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Malones was developed to bring a valued brand to consumers. Not just a range of products that would work but ones that could be used knowing it wouldn't cause harm to a family member, pet, home or environment.

It was important to underpin this message by becoming corporate sponsors of The Asthma Society of Ireland - an excellent organisation and one we are proud to be associated with. 

Malones natural cleaning range may be more suitable for people with asthma and the many people who are sensitive to harsh cleaning products.

We love the garden they have created for Bloom2011  which  is, (and I quote) "To highlight how better air quality and managing environmental triggers contribute to asthma control and a better quality of life in general for people with asthma and allergies, the Asthma Society of Ireland has created “Treat not Trigger- the Asthma & Allergy Friendly Garden” at the Bloom in the Park gardening festival over the June bank holiday weekend"  Makes perfect sense but read more here (clickedy click)

I wish the society the very best of luck and comfy shoes for the 5 days over the weekend.

We have been delighted to give a hamper to one lucky Bloom visitor each day - so remember to visit the Asthma Society garden and stand to win it!

Thank you! We appreciate it.

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For a new brand it is always good to hear the customer comments.  What you love about our range or otherwise.

We are big believers in improving ourselves in response to your comments - so far we hope and seem to be getting it right.

If Amy Bennett Kane from Dublin comments on our Facebook page are anything to go by!

"I love the products, the leather is spray is lovely on my sofa, shines it up really well and is it much better than the other product that I am using. I love the smell of the anti-b spray and the wooden floor spray is a fantastic idea, I still love the wash that you do that needs to be diluted, but this is much better"

We would love to hear more.  Feel free to share what you think of us here - we promise to take note.

Quick the Queen is coming, best remember... "tips on cleaning the house for royalty!

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I remember when I was an annoying child and my mum used to ask me to clean my room, I reply "Why? Whose coming, the Queen!".  Never did I think a truer word would be spoken and while she won't be popping in for tea, its good to know if I did get the heads up that she'd be appearing I'd know just what to do inside 15 minutes!

What it is: A 15 Minute Cleanup is the quickest step-by-step guide to cleaning a room in 15 minutes or less. While the room may not pass the white glove test, it will be more than presentable to guests, royalty or otherwise!

What it Isn’t: A 15 Minute Cleanup is not the only cleaning regimen you’ll need to keep your home in tip top shape. It’s not the general intense cleaning we all love to do, (!), but a brief pickup of a room.

Why A 15 Minute Cleanup Works: A 15 Minute Cleanup works because it recognizes that there are three types of items we need to clean up in a room. Everything falls into one of three categories...

  • Trash
  • Things that don't belong in the room.
  • Things that belong in the room, in a different place.

Having only a few categories to sort items into makes a pickup run more smoothly. The 15 Minute Cleanups also work because they are designed to maintain a room. Having a 15 Minute Cleaning session in a room several times a week will keep your home looking great between more intense cleanings.

More Intense Cleanups:

If you need a little more intense cleanup, you can try the following. These cleanups will take you between 1-2 hours per room depending on how much cleaning they’ve had lately. When you make your cleaning schedule, you can use the 15 Minute Cleanups and the Intense Cleanups together to create a perfectly clean home.

You can do it in 15 min!! GO!!!

What Supplies You Need:

  • Vacuum Cleaner Dusting Attachment (for high ceilings, walls, corners)
  • Dusting Spray and/or
  • Furniture Polish- Malones Wax can be used for wood around the house.
  • Microfiber cloths (for general and intricate dusting)
  • A dust rag, basket, bag, or box to put non-living room items.

15 Minute Living Area Cleanup

This cleanup can work for formal and informal living areas and sitting areas. It also works for the other rooms where entertaining is done. The idea with this cleanup is to get the room ready for guests, or events without spending a lot of time on the details. Hoover, dust and dump the junk.

  • Put all items that do not belong in the living room in a container.
  • Tackle the couch.
  • Dust down the coffee table and arrange its contents properly.
  • Put all items that do not belong in the living room in a container.
  • Dust down the coffee table and arrange its contents properly.
  • Neatly arrange the magazines and books.
  • Vacuum or sweep up the floor.
  • Put away your dust rag and vacuum or broom.

15 Minute Kitchen Cleanup

The kitchen cleanup aims to remove trash, dirty dishes, and unwanted items from a kitchen, making it ready to be used, or in good shape for guests to be around. While you won’t scrub out the refrigerator, or clean under the sink in this cleanup (save that for the spring clean), do remove any rubbish and dishes, making your kitchen clean and clutter free.

Grab all of your needed supplies together (listed above.)

  • Basic Cleaning Supply listed above
  • Best All-Purpose Cleaners– Malones Anti Bacterial may be useful for around the kitchen
  • Best Housekeeping Gloves

Run a sink of hot, soapy water.

If you have a double sink with a garbage disposal on one side, make sure to use the disposal-free side. Keeping the disposal side free will allow you to scrape leftovers down the drain quickly while you work.

Scrape off all the dishes into the trash or garbage disposal.

If step 2 has blocked your disposal, scrape the dishes off onto a dirty plate. Try to choose the dishes that are going to give you or your dishwasher the most trouble to get clean. Put the heavily soiled dishes on the bottom. Large dishes like pans and bowls can be filled with hot soapy water and set on the counter to soak.

  • While the dishes are soaking, go through the kitchen clearing out trash from your floor, countertops, cupboards, etc.
  • Move on to gathering all the items that do not belong in the kitchen. Put all these items into a basket (see supplies).
  • Put away all of the items that belong in the kitchen but are not in their proper places.
  • Load the dishwasher or wash by hand.
  • Wash down your countertops, appliances, and sink.
  • Sweep and mop, or vacuum.
  • Take out the trash.

15 Minute Bathroom Cleanup

The bathroom cleanup helps you quickly organise and wipe down bathroom surfaces. Give the loo a good scrub - this should really be done every day or two days minimum anyway. This cleanup will work to maintain your weekly bathroom scrub down, or get a bathroom ready in a hurry when unexpected guests show up.

  • Grab your supplies
  • Grab all dirty clothing and put it in a hamper.
  • Grab all trash and put in the trash can.
  • Take a disinfectant wipe and wipe down the sink and tub.
  • Using a toilet brush and toilet cleaner, briefly scrub out the inside of the toilet.
  • Using a disinfectant wipe, wipe down the outside of the toilet.
  • Using glass cleaner or vinegar, wipe down the mirror.
  • Pickup all the items belonging in another room.
  • Return items that belong in the bathroom to their proper places.
  • Sweep or mop.

15 Minute Kid’s Room Cleanup

This kid’s room cleanup is great for parents at a loss for where to begin when faced with a disaster area child’s room. It’s also perfect for older readers who can actually follow the list themselves to get their rooms clean.

  • Grab your supplies.
  • Grab all dirty clothing and put it in a hamper.
  • Grab all trash and put it in the trash can.
  • Make the bed.
  • Grab all the clean clothes and refold or rehang.
  • Pickup all the toys from the floor, bed, desk, etc.
  • Pickup all the items that don't belong in the room and place them in a basket, box, or bag.
  • Sweep and mop, or vacuum.

15 Minute Bedroom Cleanup

Like many people, I usually leave cleaning my own bedroom for last. After a busy day or week, a bedroom can be in terrible shape. This cleanup will help maintain a bedroom or give it a quick pickup just in time for a restful night.

  • Grab your supplies.
  • Grab all dirty clothing and put it in a hamper.
  • Grab all clean clothes and refold or re-hang.
  • Grab all trash and put in the trashcan.
  • Make the bed.
  • Pickup all the misplaced items on the floor, bed, desk, etc.
  • Straighten surfaces.
  • Sweep and mop or vacuum.
  • Put away your supplies

That's it. You're done. Does it look like a place you'd actually like to live in?