How to Clean Up 8 Classic Kid Messes

You’ve warned them, threatened them, and driven yourself crazy trying to stop them from messing up your just cleaned kitchen floor or brand new couch.

Since you can’t stuff them in a straitjacket for the rest of their lives, you’ve come to accept there’s really no way you can stop your kids from making a mess.

So how can you make cleaning up easier?

Gold Coast Maids has created this really handy infographic on How to Clean Up 8 Classic and Annoying Kid Messes.

Check it out! We think you’ll like it:

How to Clean Up 8 Classic and Annoying Kid Messes

5 DIY Cleaning Solutions that You Never Would have Expected (Mixed from Items in Your Cabinet!)

5 DIY Cleaning Solutions

Want in on a dirty little secret?

Well, cleaning your home doesn’t mean using harsh cleansers that contain dozens of chemicals and other ingredients even a college professor would have a hard time pronouncing.

You can feel good about cleaning because you are using natural ingredients that are safe for the kiddos, pets, and the environment.

Plus, an added bonus is that these ingredients can come from whatever you have in your cabinets and pantry.

Read on to learn about how you can whip up some cleaning materials and use them to get your stuff squeaky clean, sans the chemicals!

1. Newspaper – the Super Window Wiper

Clean Windows with Newspaper

One thing I swear by (I’ve literally been doing this for years) is using old newspapers to clean my windows.

One day, being the busy new mom that I am; I didn’t realize I was completely out of paper towels.

My in-laws were due for a visit within the hour (and I couldn’t greet them with streaky, baby finger-slobber windows) so I grabbed a few newspaper pieces from my recycling bin.

With a little elbow grease and an organic cleanser (see number two!), I quickly eliminated the streaks and did some touch ups all over the house with the newspaper.

Talk about recycling!

To this day, I use up my newspaper before I dip into my paper towels.

2. Vinegar, the New All Purpose Cleanser

Vinegar Cleans Everything!

Before I had a child, I must admit; I was not the most eco-conscious person.

I could care less what I wiped the counters down with, mopped with, or even cleaned the tub with.

All of that changed once I became responsible for a little life!

His health and safety is what mattered to me the most, and I certainly didn’t want to have toxic cleansers sitting around.

I also didn’t want to expose his little body to unnecessary items that he could easily come in contact with when playing and exploring (or more importantly, when eating!).

So, I decided to whip up my own home made all purpose cleanser with a little help from Pinterest.

Simply take a cup of hot water, and add a half cup of white vinegar to it.

Then, add a dash of rubbing alcohol, a teaspoon of dish soap (I like Sonnet Dish Washing Up Liquid), and 3 drops of tea tree oil to awaken your senses (and simply make it all smell much better!).

I mixed all of these ingredients well and poured them into a simple spray bottle that I picked up at my local dollar store.

During the days when my infant napped more than he was awake (and when I was bored out of my mind) I made a pretty little label to slap on the outside of the bottle.

And, voila! I had a homemade, inexpensive, and totally safe bottle of cleanser that I enjoyed using (maybe a little too much).

3. Vinegar Part II – It Cleans Pretty Much Everything

After my dentist asked me how often I clean my electric toothbrush head (I obviously had to pause and think about it), I decided it was time to get down to business.

Yes, I understand that you can totally toss the head after a few months or so, but think about it.

You are using that brush multiple times a day.

If it’s not clean, how are you removing plaque and other build up from your teeth?

My doctor recommended using mouthwash frequently to diminish the dirty stuff that builds up on the bristles.

But, I dabbled with a nifty, vinegar soak instead.

White vinegar is a natural cleaner, so I now dip my brush head into a cup full for about a half an hour every Sunday.

After making it part of my fast weekly cleaning routine, I noticed a difference in the way that not only my mouth and teeth felt, but how the brush functioned overall.

It isn’t as gunked up with toothpaste (or as stinky), and it is quick, easy, and cheap to try!

Completely obsessed with how well the vinegar cleaned the brush, I looked up some more uses for this bad boy, and began to buy it in bulk!

On snowy weekends that I was trapped in the house, I busted open the vinegar and began cleaning pretty much everything!

I dipped a Q-tip in it and swiped the keys on my laptop.

I dipped my scissors in it because they were becoming sticky and grimy.

I even deodorized my lunch box by soaking a slice of white bread in white vinegar and leaving it in my bag overnight.

And, behold! My lunch bag has never smelled better.

I became so invested in vinegar; I found dozens of sites that boast vinegar uses around the house.

I even made my own home made solution to spray.

Simply mix half a cup of water with half a cup of vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle.

I like to even add essential oil to it (my favorite is tangerine) to give it a little something extra (and less of that vinegar smell).

4. Lavender Leather Cleaner

Clean Your Furniture!

I don’t know about you, but I love leather!

I love wearing it and I love it in my home (and in my car).

So, I wanted to treat this fine fabric right, but also use something on it that is ok for the environment and the leather itself.

I learned that I can whip up leather cleaner that is not only effective, but that smells heavenly.

To make lavender leather cleaner, mix together a quarter cup of vinegar, a quarter cup of olive oil, and a few drops of lavender oil.

After mixing them in a bowl, pour the solution into a spray bottle and clean away!

I loved how my car not only looked spotless, but smelled so soothing (the scent was really what I needed on my long drive to and from work).

5. Shower Curtain Savior

How gross does your shower curtain liner get?

Mine got really yucky once I started bathing my pugs indoors during the winter, and after my son began toddling around the bathroom splashing who knows what on the liner when his sippy cup was in hand.

So I learned that it could be thrown in the washing machine, rather than tossed (which is of course is what I did in my single, carefree, large budget days).

I began to use an all-natural, homemade laundry detergent to help me clean this bad boy.

Simply take down the curtain, toss it in the washing machine and add a splash from a bottle that contains shavings from an Ivory bar soap, a cup of borax, and a cup of baking soda.

I have found that blending all these ingredients together in a blender really helps create a cohesive mixture and makes it easier to pour out of a bottle.

I have never seen a cleaner shower liner after using this organic mix, and have even taken the extra step and have begun washing all my clothes with this all natural cleanser as well!

Now that I’ve let you in on a few of my dirty little secrets, you are sure to look at house cleaning in a new light.

Hopefully you will learn that you can easily mix up your own concoctions and that they can be just as effective when it comes to cleaning anything and everything in your home; and be extra safe for those you love around you.

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Clean Your House in 1/2 the Time (Even if You’re a Busy Mom)

Truth be told, it’s insane how much time we spend on household chores we dread.

There’s more to life than cleaning, vacuuming, scrubbing behind the toilets (yuck!).

According to surveys, parents spend an average of 2.2 years of their life just cleaning.


So, we thought we would help out.

We scoured the internet and used our own personal experience to create the ultimate house cleaning infographic.

Below, you’ll find all sorts of interesting house cleaning tips and tricks, including a unique way to clean up vomit (gross… I know).

The goal of this infographic is to help you clean faster, so you can take back your life.

However… if you need house cleaning in Overland Park we can help!

Check it out (transcript below image):

INFOGRAPHIC How to Clean Your House in 1/2 the Time

INFOGRAPHIC How to Clean Your House in 1/2 the Time


Did you know that parents spend an average of 2.2 years of their life just cleaning?

That’s a total of 312 hours a year…… or to put it another way: 7.8 work weeks!

YIKES! Most folks don’t even get that much vacation!

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to get just some of those 2.2 years of your life back?

Imagine all of the things you could do:

Sleep [picture]
Date night [picture]
Go for a walk [picture]
Read a book [picture]
Hang out with friends [picture]
Get healthy [picture]

Well, we have spectacular news:

With these speed cleaning hacks YOU CAN clean your house in 1/2 the time.


  1. Clean from top to bottomWork from top to bottom so that dust and dirt particles fall to lower surfaces before you clean them.
  2. Clean from left to rightWork from left to right to ensure that you don’t accidently miss an area or mistakenly clean the same area twice.
  3. Minimize movementClean the outer walls first, and then focus on the furniture in the middle of the room.
  1. Never go over the same ground twiceClean thoroughly the first time so that you only have to go over an area once.
  1. Use the right toolsMove to a heavier or more efficient tool if you’re having trouble reaching a corner or getting up a stain.
  1. Let your cleaning solutions work for youSoak stains and buildup that are particularly challenging while you move on to clean another area.
  2. Two hands are better than oneYou can clean so much faster using both hands.
  1. If it isn’t dirty – don’t clean itVertical surfaces do not collect and hold dust in the same way that horizontal surfaces do so skip them, and all similar areas, when possible.
  1. Stay organizedKeep your cleaning products and rags in their own places in your cleaning caddy so that you can quickly find them when needed.
  2. Be more efficient through repetitionClean your home in the same way, every time, creating routines that you can easily remember and follow.
  1. Dust firstDusting first ensures that all particles falling from higher surfaces will be cleaned up at later stages in your cleaning routine.
  2. Vacuum lastVacuuming last ensures that all those nasty dust particles that have not been picked up from wiping down surfaces still get cleaned up.




Wrap a pillow case around a fan blade and gently wipe away the dust. If done correctly, all of the dust will get captured inside the pillow case and prevent any messy cleanup later.


Put your hand in an old sock and wet the outside with equal parts water and vinegar. Then, wipe the dust away in between the blinds. You’ll clean 2 surfaces at once! Go go efficiency!


Wet the end of a Q-tip with vinegar and dust all of those hard to reach nooks and crannies. These are perfect for window tracks!


Run a lint roller over your lamp shades to collect dust, hair, and other nasty not-so-good-looking particles.


But not with butter! Wrap a damp towel around a butter knife and then run it through your air vents. You’ll be amazed and how easily it picks up dust!


Run a used dryer sheet along your baseboards to clean up dust. Plus, you get the added bonus that the anti-static properties of the dryer sheet may transfer to the baseboards and literally repel dust.


Pour coca-cola into a toilet bowl and let it sit for an hour. The acid in the drink will break down stains and make it easier to clean.


Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, wrap it around your shower head and secure it with a rubber band. Let it soak for 1 hour. The vinegar will break down any hard water deposits in the spout and increase water flow.



Fill a bowl with water and microwave it for 2 or 3 minutes. The steam will loosen food particles and you’ll be able to wipe them away with ease.


Fill the bottom of a burn-stained pan with water, and then add a cup of vinegar. Bring contents to a simmer, take the pan off heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir well. Empty the pan and scrub lightly. You’ll be amazed out how easily the burn stains come out!


Microwave a wet sponge for 2 minutes to kill 99% of nasty germs.


Fill a blender with warm water and a drop of dish soap. Blend for a few seconds. Dump, rinse with clean water and enjoy.



Lightly dab broken shards of glass with white bread. The glass will stick to its surface and pick up with ease. Be careful not to press too hard! You don’t want to cut yourself.


Combine baking soda and warm water into a paste. Spread the paste onto the vomit and let it sit and dry overnight. In the morning, get out your favorite vacuum and clean it up.


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Remember, if you need help cleaning your home, give us a shout!

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When was the last time you checked your kiddo’s rooms? I bet you will after looking at this image!

If you need any help in the house cleaning arena, our Kansas City Maid Service can restore peace and order to your home!

Kansas City Fun: Kiddos & House Cleaning

KC House Cleaning Meme Wont Make Mess

KC House Cleaning Meme Wont Make Mess

Kids can be such fun, can’t they?

They say funny things, they are endlessly curious about the world, they remind us of our former passion and zest for life.

Sometimes, however, their endless joy takes over and you come home from work with toys strewn across the house, cereal spilled on the carpet, and lamps knocked over.


If you need a little extra help with your messy house, you can always rely on our Kansas City House Cleaning services.

Our awesome cleaners will get your house back in order in no time. If you need an extra hand with home cleaning in Kansas City, we’re here to help!

Home Cleaning Services in Overland Park: Clean Your Kitchen in Half the Time!

Home Cleaning in Overland Park

Home Cleaning in Overland Park

Kitchens can be a nightmare to clean!

There’s dirt, grime, left over food particles on the floor and underneath the oven. Then there’s the grease stains on the stovetop… and don’t even mention inside the oven! Gross!

Thankfully, there’s a smart way way to clean your kitchen, and the not so smart way. Our home cleaning services in Overland Park know exactly how to get your kitchen clean in a jiffy!

Keep these cleaning hacks in mind:

  1. Work from top to bottom, left to right
  2. Make every movement count
  3. Don’t go back over old ground
  4. If it’s not dirty, don’t clean it
  5. Keep your cleaning supplies organized
  6. If one cleaning product is too weak, go for the big stuff
  7. Take frequent breaks

These cleaning methods will help you tackle your kitchen in an effective and efficient manner. Half the battle is just having a plan!

Never-the-less, if you’re too busy or would rather spend time on your favorite hobby, our maid service in Overland Park is glad to help clean your kitchen for you!

Until next time, enjoy a clean, happy home.

Kansas City House Cleaning Tips

Tired of spending your Saturdays cleaning?

Would you rather go to downtown Kansas City or shop in Overland Park?

These top shared blog posts reveal secrets that only professional maids and house cleaners know about! The tips and tricks will help you keep your Kansas City home fresh and clean.

  1. These 21 Hacks Will Forever Change The Way You Clean Your House
  2. 36 House Cleaning Tricks For People Who Hate Doing Chores
  3. These 16 Hacks Make Cleaning Your House Less Of A Chore
  4. 10 House Cleaning Hacks That Will Change Your Life
  5. 15 Housecleaning Tips You Won’t Know How You Lived Without
  6. 15 Life Hacks to Simplify Cleaning Your House

Clean faster, smarter, and in LESS TIME!

But maybe cleaning isn’t for you. That’s okay. Cleaning up a dirty house is a TON of work!

Thankfully, there’s a solution: if you need house cleaning in Kansas City then we’ve got you covered. Sunflower Maids will clean your Kansas City, Overland Park, and Olathe home. We’ll make it sparkle and shine.

House Cleaning in Kansas City

House Cleaning in Kansas City


Do you need an expert house cleaning in Kansas City? You’ve come to the right place.

Only we offer all of this in one house cleaning package:

  • Fully bonded and insured cleaners and maids
  • Online booking in 60 seconds or less
  • Our house cleaning happiness guarantee – Not satisfied? We’ll come back and clean your home for free.
  • Flat $25 per hour, per maid
  • High tech rating system to ensure top quality cleaning results

A clean home is a respected home. People love to breath in the fresh, relaxing aura of a clean home. It takes a weight off of your mind, and allows you to relax and settle into some amazing conversation with friends and family.

We only hire experts, and always seek the best house cleaners and maids in the Kansas City area. Our service area expands over the metro, and covers Johnson County, KS as well.

Book today at Sunflower Maids!


Spring Time House Cleaning Link Love

Sunflower Maids is on Pinterest!

Hey everybody!

Exciting news… we’re now on Pinterest!

We’ve started a House Cleaning in Kansas City Pinterest Board. Visit it. Give us a follow. See all the cool stuff we post there.

Here’s a quick primer for all of you:

Plus, if you are really in the mood for some good cleaning hacks, check out Life Hacker’s house cleaning tag. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

We hope you enjoy these awesome cleaning hacks, tips, tricks, and resources :)

As always, if you need any help we’re right around the corner. Book a house cleaning in Kansas City at !