The mere mention of these three words “cleaning your house” is enough to send shivers down most of our spines.
Cleaning a house can be a tedious and time consuming affair. Most people dread the whole process, but when all is said and done, everyone wants to live in a clean and comfortable house.
With this in mind, the following 21 tips will help you making the cleaning process easier and sometimes faster!
1. Do Not Procrastinate
It is advisable to clean up as soon as spills and messes occur. If you decide to leave a food spill on the floor even for a few hours, it might attract several pests like ants and cockroaches. This creates a horrible build-up of bacteria and makes the cleaning process more difficult when it is finally done at a later time.
2. Use Baking Soda
This is known to be a great cleaning agent. It has a variety of uses when cleaning around the house and it enhances the performance of other cleaning products.
One great thing about baking soda is that it helps to eliminate odours in laundry items. Sometimes you may get a foul smell in the laundry even after washing. Baking soda solves this problem.
It can also be used to enhance the performance of bleaching in the laundry.
3. Use The Correct Cleaning Products
Many people make the mistake of not finding out which cleaning product is best suited for the particular purpose intended.
Choosing the wrong product can make cleaning more expensive or tedious. This is because some wrong products may not clean well and others may even cause harm to certain surfaces or fabrics.
It is thus important to choose the right cleaning products for a smoother cleaning experience.
4. Use Clean Tools
It is futile to use dirty tools to clean up your home.
A dirty vacuum cleaner will not be able to collect dust effectively. A dirty washing machine will only cause the laundry to have a terrible odour. A dirty mop or sponge will encourage the spread of bacteria instead of cleaning it up.
You should always clean and disinfect the tools after each cleaning process and keep them fresh for the next use.
5. Use Lemons And Vinegar To Clean Garbage Bins
One of the places in the home which can breed the most bacteria is the garbage bin. A useful way to disinfect this area is to put in ice cubes of a mixture of lemon and vinegar. This will actually kill bacteria and leave a refreshing scent.
6. Handle Stains Immediately
If you happen to get a stain on a laundry item, it is advisable to handle it within 24 hours. Within this period, it is much easier to handle and it will take much less time to remove it completely. Once a stain is left to set for more than 24 hours, it takes a much longer process to eliminate it. Sometimes, it might even become a permanent stain that cannot be salvaged.
7. Use Bleach On Toilet Brushes And Holders
Toilet brushes have the potential to build up terrible kinds of bacteria. People will usually remember to clean toilets, but many times the toilet brush and its holder is neglected.
It is important to disinfect these once a month. One effective way of doing this is to soak the brush and its holder in a mixture of water and bleach and leave it overnight. It will be fresh in the morning.
8. Clean Towels Regularly
Wet towels quickly accumulate mildew, and this attracts plenty of bacteria. Evidence of this bacteria is the foul smell that most towels tend to get after being left damp for a short while.
In order to disinfect these towels effectively and eliminate all odours, they should be washed in a mixture of hot water, vinegar and baking soda. The towels will be free of bacteria and will smell fresh.
9. Use Dryer Sheets For Oven Racks
Oven racks can accumulate huge amounts of grease and grime. As this solidifies, it becomes a huge task to scrub it all off effectively.
One simple and effective way is to use dryer sheets. These sheets should be placed in the bath tub and the oven racks should be put on top of them. The bath should then be filled with enough hot water to cover the racks. It should be left this way overnight. In the morning, it will be easy to wipe off all the grime and end up with clean oven racks.
10. Use Ammonia To Clean Ovens
Ovens can be very difficult to clean. The stains and residues can almost seem permanent. However, there is a simple way of thoroughly cleaning the oven.
The oven should be pre-heated first. Pour some ammonia into a baking dish and place it in the top rack of the oven. A pot of hot boiling water should rest on the bottom rack. This should be left overnight. In the morning, the residues will be easy to wipe off.
11. Store Cleaning Products Correctly
If you want to do a quick and efficient job of house cleaning, then the products should be kept in an orderly way where they can easily be found when needed.
The cleaning products for different areas of the house should be kept separately and close to the areas where they are to be used. For example, the laundry products should all be kept all together in the laundry area.
12. Follow Instructions Carefully
When using cleaning products or tools, it is very important that one follows the instructions given on how to use the product or tool.
Most people assume that they know how to use these items. However, not following instructions may lead to the under performance of the tool or product. This may lead to extra costs being incurred in cases where additional items need to be purchased.
13. Involve Children In The Home Cleaning
One way of keeping the home consistently clean is to involve children in the process.
From a young age, they can be taught to tidy up their rooms and put dirty clothes in the laundry area. This will reduce the chances of clutter accumulating. As they grow, they can be introduced to more involving chores such as doing the laundry.
With time, cleaning the home will be a very short process because there will be some consistency in cleanliness.
14. Regular Cleaning Of Stove Burners
Some owners of gas stoves have resorted to replacing the burners once they get stained simply because they are unable to clean out the grease and dirt stuck on the burners.
These burners can be easily cleaned. Ammonia should be poured into a plastic lock bag, and the stove parts that need cleaning should be put inside these bags.
They can be left overnight after which the grease can be cleaned out easily.
15. Use Vinegar For Bathroom Areas
Vinegar is a great cleaning product and one area where it can be used effectively is in the bathroom area.
Vinegar can be used to clean the dirt on shower heads, which usually takes a lot of effort to remove.
For bathroom mirrors, a mixture of vinegar and water will leave them squeaky clean.
Also, if there are blocked drains in the bathroom, vinegar can be mixed with baking soda and hot water to clean out the drain effectively.
16. Remove Grime From Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets should not be full of sticky grime as it will take a great amount of time to try and scrub it off. However, there is an easier way.
You can make a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda, then apply it carefully to the surfaces of the kitchen cabinets. The dirt can then be cleaned off easily after some time, and the cabinets will begin to look as good as new.
17. Cleaning Of The Microwave
Microwaves accumulate plenty of food stains on the inside which eventually becomes an unhealthy layer of dirt.
This can be removed by mixing vinegar and water in a bowl and putting a wooden spoon inside the bowl. The bowl should be put inside the microwave as it is switched on for a few minutes. All the food stains will come off easily, leaving the microwave fresh and clean.
18. Cleaning Of Pots And Pans
It is frustrating to try and scrape off the burnt food stuck to the bottom of pans and pots. Fret not, there is a simple and cost effective way to get rid of this grime!
Vinegar should be poured into the stained pot and it should be put on heat to simmer. After this, it will be easy to scrub off the dirt and the result will be a spotlessly clean pot.
19. Do Cleaning In A Systematic Way
When you begin to clean the house, it is wise to start from the top and come down. Start by dusting furniture and removing cobwebs before cleaning the floor.
This will prevent you from doing double work and hence save time. Once the dust is removed from the top, it can be vacuumed away.
20. Use Sufficient Disinfectant
In bathroom areas, it is wise to use a sufficient amount of disinfectant and several wipes to clean the surfaces.
For a surface to be disinfected sufficiently, it should remain wet for some minutes after cleaning. A mixture of disinfectant and water should be mixed, and this solution should be applied generously on bathroom surfaces to keep them germ free.
21. Complete The Cleaning Process
Once you have committed to have a time of house cleaning, there should not be any distractions. There should not be any breaks during the process because this may cause the cleaning to be suspended completely. The process of cleaning should be started and brought to a successful finish.
When all is said and done, consistency in cleaning is the secret to having a spotless home.