From an epic house-cleaning playlist to cleaning your home naturally, Kristin Caliendo makes spring-cleaning easy breezy

spring cleaningSpring Cleaning 101

From an epic house-cleaning playlist to cleaning your home naturally, Kristin Caliendo makes spring-cleaning easy breezy.


You shouldn’t feel defined by whether or not your windows shine, but it’s hard not to judge your own housekeeping skills when trying to stay ahead of the gunk and grime that inevitably comes with having kids.

I’ve found that being a step ahead of the mess helps. Okay, so I know you’re probably thinking what world does this woman live in? Don’t get me wrong, my house is not a museum by any stretch of the imagination; at any given time there is homework and rainbow loom spread across every workable inch of the kitchen counters and I usually don’t find last week’s hidden snack until I plop my butt on the couch in the rare occasion I get first dibs on renting a movie.

Kids make messes––big messes! If you can see past the daily grind and enact a serious spring overhaul, there’s no better way to attack but with a killer iTunes playlist. I threw together my top 30 jams, nearly two hours of pure motivation to get you pumped and inspire you until the job is done.

  1. Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) by The Weekend
  2. Survivor by Destiny’s Child
  3. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  4. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  5. Rolling in the Deep by Adele
  6. Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King
  7. Forever by Drake
  8. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  9. Numb/Encore by Linkin Park & Jay-Z MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups
  10. Same Old Love by Selena Gomez
  11. Levels by Nick Jonas
  12. I Bet My Life by Imagine Dragons
  13. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  14. Rude by MAGIC
  15. The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
  16. Lips Are Movin by Meghan Trainor
  17. Royals by Lorde
  18. Stitches by Shawn Mendes
  19. Price Tag by Jessie J featuring B.o.B
  20. Butterfly by Crazy Town
  21. Cool Kids by Echosmith
  22. Get The Party Started by PINK
  23. I Need Your Love by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding
  24. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  25. Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) by Beyonce
  26. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  27. Everywhere by Michelle Branch
  28. Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland
  29. California Girls by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
  30. 21 Guns by Green Day


Recipes for Cleaning Green

Feel good about cleaning your house with natural, safe cleansers that you make at home. Most of the ingredients used to whip up tough DIY cleaning products are simple, inexpensive, and can usually be found right in your pantry. Give these three toxic-free DIY cleaning recipes a try

Here’s what you will need: Vinegar, organic coconut or olive oil, baking soda, dish soap, 3 percent Hydrogen Peroxide, water, measuring cups, mason jar or spray bottle, essential oil, and a Sharpie for labeling.

Furniture Polish

¼ cup of organic coconut or olive oil

¼ cup white distilled vinegar

juice of one lemon

mason jar or spray bottle


Mix all ingredients together and shake well before using. Store what you don’t use in the refrigerator.


Soft Scrub

¾ cup of baking soda

¼ cup of natural dish soap

1 tablespoon water


Combine the baking soda and soap then add water and stir until you get an even consistency. Add a drop of two of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.


Fruit and Vegetable Soak or Spray

In the kitchen sink or wash basin mix three parts water to one part vinegar and soak your fruits and vegetables to remove wax, pesticides, and chemicals. You can also make a spray that even the kids can use––it’s safe and toxic-free.


TIP: Lemons are a natural disinfectant



Sanitize all kinds of household items with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Did you know that H
2 has antibacterial and antiviral qualities and is almost as strong as bleach? (Photo of toothbrushes soaking)

Try it on

  • Toothbrushes
  • Dish scrubbers and sponges
  • Dental retainers
  • Kid’s lunch boxes
  • Loofahs

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