Clean Home Tips
By Editorial Staff
Contributed by Info Guru Jennifer Andrews
Cleaning home is usually seen as an arduous and boring task for most people.
Yet for others, cleaning house can be relatively enjoyable as a clean house give a sense of satisfaction and comfort. It is important to stay organized and have a plan before you tackle cleaning duties, particularly if you have a large house. Many people hate tackling cleaning duties simply because they get overwhelmed thinking about everything that needs to be done! Take a few moments prior to scrubbing down to write down a list what needs to be done immediately and what can wait for later during the day or the week when you have more time. Check out the following top 10 clean home tips below and get started today!
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Cleaning floors with a mop and bucket is often considered old-fashioned nowadays considering the onslaught of new, flashy mopping devices. A Swiffer or similar cordless swivel mop is one such new mopping jet that helps you to clean your floors in far less time so you can move on to other tasks. The Swiffer is considered more sanitary than a traditional mop and bucket method as well since mops carry a lot of bacteria which are spread all over floors. Swiffers have disposable wipes so you can use a new one on different floors and with each cleaning day.
9. Duct tape
It seems there is very little that duct tape cannot do! Try using duct tape to remove stubborn pet hair found on furniture such as couches and bed spreads. The stickiness of the tape makes it effective for picking up hairs quickly and can be used on most surfaces.
8. Stain pens
Keep stains to a minimum by catching them before they get too big or impossible to get rid of. Use a stain pen immediately on a stain to help with removal. There are several stain pens marketed today from companies such as Tide and Clorox. Each is meant to remove stains from upholstery, clothing and porcelain by simply pressing the tip into the stain. Be sure to test the stain pen on a small area of the surface first to avoid doing any damage such as discoloring the fabric.
You don’t always need fancy cleaning products to clean your household. Try using vinegar to wipe down mirrors and windows for a clear finish.
6. Micro it
The microwave can be one of the messiest items in the house since it’s subject to messy food explosions during cooking. Clean your microwave by filling up a cup of water, placing it on the turntable and powering it on high for approximately two to three minutes. The water’s steam will help loosen up stuck food particles making it much easier to wipe away.
5. Baking soda
Baking soda is a useful household cleaner particularly for cleaning the fridge. Start by tossing out any old or bad food first, then move on to wiping down shelves thoroughly with baking soda and water. Work your way down from the top shelves to the crispers.
4. Easy prep
Make cleaning the bathroom an easier task by using a good foaming cleanser after each use. An antibacterial cleanser can be sprayed on shower walls and surfaces after use to help loosen up any soap scum and dirt particles for when you are ready for a full cleaning.
Avoid spending hours scrubbing dishes by rinsing plates, mugs and utensils after each use. Even if you have a dishwasher it is important to rinse and lightly scrub any deeply sticky dishes to avoid unclean dishes.
2. Go natural
Get rid of products that are full of harsh chemicals that may hurt household surfaces – and yourself. Shop for green household products. This is particularly true of air fresheners which are breathed in on a daily basis when used. Opt for alternative fresheners instead such as naturally scented oils and baking soda.
1. Open up
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Open up your windows to bring in some fresh air and help get rid of stale scents and old air in your house. Opening windows is ideally best for spring cleaning duties when the seasons are changing and the temperatures are warming up.
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