How-To Clean a Tiny House: 5 Tips to Make Cleaning EASY and ENJOYABLEMar 29, 2023
Spring has officially begun! WHEW! Who's ready for fresh energy?
Spring is an excellent time for a refresh, and nothing brings new energy into your home quite like a good spring cleaning. Unfortunately, most of us have been taught to dread the process.
The good news is that if you are reading this tiny house blog post, it's because you:
A) Live in a tiny house.
B) Plan to buy a tiny house.
And cleaning tiny houses is easier. In fact, it can even be fun.
Don't believe us? Just keep reading because we're here to give you our top five tips for making tiny house cleaning easy and enjoyable!
(Oh, and be sure to read through to the end because we're covering everything from essential oils to cleaning naked!)
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#1 - Adjust your mindset: it's fun to clean a tiny home.
You know how good it feels when a traditional house is clean? So good, right? Well, when you buy a tiny house, it will be even easier to achieve the joy of that deep-clean feel.
The size of a tiny home is loosely defined as four hundred square feet or less, which means you can get a deeper clean in a fraction of the time! But just because it takes less time to clean a small living area doesn't mean you enjoy the process.
Enjoying anything starts with having a positive belief system around it, which is why our number one tiny house cleaning tip is to change your mindset around this transformative habit.
The tiny house lifestyle teaches us to enjoy daily living- yes, even cleaning.
Cleaning is refreshing, restorative, and easy if you do it regularly. So the next time you approach this task, don't do it with dread. Instead, sprinkle drops of lemongrass and eucalyptus in your diffuser, turn on the tunes, and open the windows for some fresh air.
Cleaning a tiny house is about welcoming life into your living space.
And you deserve a good tiny house cleaning spree!
Do you know what else you deserve? Cleaning products that are safe for your body and the planet.
#2 - Consider non-toxic cleaning products for tiny homes.
If it sounds hard to adjust your mindset around tiny home cleaning, consider this:
What if you hate cleaning because you are subconsciously trying to avoid inhaling chemicals?
Sustainability is a major pillar of the tiny home movement, and switching out your chemical-laden supplies for non-toxic cleaning products is a great way to practice the tiny house lifestyle.
If you need some inspo, are a few non-toxic cleaning products you might consider!
- White vinegar will restore shine to windows, mirrors, and chrome fixtures. It can also be used to flush the pipes of urine-diverting compost toilets so they don't smell.
- A 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water can disinfect countertops, door knobs, and other high-touch surfaces.
- Dr. Bronner's s castile soap is great for scrubbing sinks, showers, and bathtubs. It smells amazing (or comes in an unscented version) and is biodegradable!
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (the plain ones) are listed by the National Institutes of Health as non-toxic. They are perfect for scrubbing and getting marks off painted tongue-and-groove tiny house walls!
- YoungLiving "Thieves" essential oil can be added to a steam mop for anti-microbial benefits. It will also make your tiny house smell incredible!
And when your tiny house is clean, it’s time for clutter-control.
#3 - Keep tiny house clutter under control with a giveaway bin.
Clutter suggests you have a stagnation problem in your tiny house, and since stagnation is never good, you'll want to create a clutter-control system to keep energy moving.
There are many ways to create such a system, but here at Teacup, our favorite method is to keep a storage bin in the trunk of your car. There, you place items that no longer serve a purpose in your life. When the bin is full, simply drive to a donation center to empty the contents!
#4 - Clean your tiny house for twenty minutes per day.
If you want the endorphin rush of a clean tiny home- and you want cleaning your tiny house to be easy- there is no better tool than consistency.
It sounds funny, but setting a timer can be a huge cleaning motivator. You can do anything for twenty minutes, right?
Tiny home owners report that cleaning for just twenty minutes a day keeps their tiny houses pretty dang clean and allows them to get regular deep cleaning done too!
So go ahead and start the countdown. You'll be done before you know it!
#5 - Clean your shower naked… you know, while showering.
Our tiny house tip number five is to clean your tiny house naked. Yup, we went there. (If you don't know by now, our team at Teacup is pretty dedicated to telling it like it is!)
It's never fun to get dry clothes soaking wet when trying to clean a shower or bathtub, so we vote you take clothes out of the equation! To avoid the wet-clothes scenario, just keep a sponge and a bottle of Dr. Bronner's in your shower at all times.
Then, when you're done showering, you can simply give the tub a quick scrub down and move on with your life. You will already be wet, you won't have to set aside extra time for cleaning, and if you follow our tiny house cleaning tip #2, there will be no chemicals to worry about.
That concludes our list of tiny house cleaning tips! So what do you think? Is cleaning a tiny house easier than you thought? Are you starting to suspect that you might even enjoy the process? We hope so.
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