Looking to learn how to keep dirt out of the house? Moms know how quickly ick can pile up. If you feel like your family trackit in all day every day, you need these tips for keeping dirt out of your home ASAP!
We live in what is essentially the woods of New Jersey at the bottom of a hill. With two boys running in and out of the backyard, a pup coming in an out all day, and a diesel mechanic husband, it’s a constant battle with dirt.
Thankfully, I’ve found a few different ways to keep the dirt from taking over my home!
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How to Keep Dirt Out of Your House
If you’re like me and not lucky enough to have a mudroom where you can contain ick, chances are you’re struggling to keep dirt contained. Never fear! I have some great tips.
Choose your “landing space.”
Where in your home will all of the dirt go? You need a ground zero to go to after getting dirty!
We have a back room with a door leading to our backyard that houses our washer and dryer. It makes a great langing zone!
It’s where we let the dog out as well and has hard flooring.
If you have a mud room then that’s the perfect landing space for you! But if you have a small house like we do, just allocate a small area.
Make a space for dirty shoes.
Choose a dirty shoe spot and make it known. Shoes come off when kids come inside and go in that spot.
This way, if it’s muddy you can let them dry out and clap the shoes outside to get dirt off. It’s super important to stop the spread in order to keep dirt out of the house.
We use a folded up towel for this purpose. It’s not pretty, but it gets the job done and we cna wash it regularly.
I also have my eye on boot trays like this one. It’s narrow with a lip to contain drippy boots as well.
Take off any dirty clothes and throw them into the wash ASAP.
Have you ever watched a toddler play outside? If there is a dirt patch, my boys will find it. A pile of icky leaves? They’ll make a beeline for it.
I’ve come to accept this and have adopted a “boys will be boys!” attitude about it. But that doesn’t mean I’m okay will all of that ick coming inside.
Right when we come inside, I have my boys strip off dirty clothes and toss them into a small laundry basket we have. Then I toss straight into the wash.
Keep wipes for hands close by.
In our backroom, I keep a container of wipes so that we can wipe off dirty little hands before they start touching all of my nice, clean walls.
I’ve also been known to time messy outside time with tub day. So they go out, get muddly, then come right in for a tub.
Keep dirt out with a way to clean up before it spreads
No matter how hard I try, on rainy days, our back room ends up looking like this from out dog Cooper coming in and out.
I love a spray mop that I can use to quickly wipe up all of the dirty paw (and shoe!) prints so that the dirt doesn’t get tracked elsewhere into our home.
If it’s dry dirt, when I let everyone in and take shoes off, I do a quick vaccum of the back room. We store our mops/brooms/vaccuum back there so it’s super convenient.
Wipe the dog!
My last tip is to wipe the dog’s paw when he comes in on a messy day. Cooper won’t let you wipe his paws without a lot of work and struggle, so doing it multiple times a day is kind of out of the question.
Instead, I came up with this simple trick – line the doorway with a towel. As he walks through with wet and muddy paws, the towel will sop up the ick so the majority doesn’t get tracked through the house. You’re welcome.
So tell me – how do you keep dirt out of your home this time of year? Does your toddler make a beeline all things ick like mine does? Let me know in the comments!