House cleaning is a real pain. It’s one of those chores that never seem to get done. But if you can keep things organized and use the proper tools, you’ll find that house cleaning doesn’t have to be such a chore.
Here are 10 house cleaning tips:
Clean the entire house, not just one area at a time.
This is the first mistake people make when cleaning their homes.
Therefore, our first House Cleaning Tip is to Clean one room at a time will leave you feeling overwhelmed and unproductive. Instead, start with one area that needs to be cleaned (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) and then move on to another room until you’ve completed the whole house or apartment.
This way, each room will already be clean before moving on to another room, so no matter where you start from in your home, it won’t take long before everything looks great!
Put all of your cleaning supplies in a caddy.
Using a caddy is the best way to keep your cleaning supplies at hand. This may be as basic as an old laundry basket or plastic container but think about investing in something more long-lasting and easier to clean.
A good caddy should:
- be easy to carry around
- have enough room for all your cleaning supplies (you don’t want them spilling out in the middle of your house)
- be easy to clean and disinfect
Clear the clutter
Our Third house cleaning tip is to Remove anything you don’t need, use, or love from your home. If you find yourself looking for a reason to keep something other than as an heirloom or family memento, there’s probably a reason it’s taking up space in your house.
If you’re unsure what should stay and what should go, try asking yourself these questions:
- Do I use this regularly? Does it still work as intended? How many times per week/month do I use this object? How often do my children play with it or interact with it in any way?
- Is there another place where I could store this item so that gathering dust isn’t an issue? Would it fit better elsewhere in my house if I moved things around a bit or maybe invested in some new storage containers? Or does storing this item outside its primary location prevent someone else from using that space for something else?
Dust and vacuum
Dust and vacuum your home regularly. This will help keep dust from building up and make it easier to spot the things that need to be removed. As a bonus, vacuuming helps prevent allergens in your home from becoming airborne, which can help those with dust allergies breathe easier.
Here are a few tips on dusting and vacuuming:
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Vacuum carpets and floors daily.
- Vacuum furniture, baseboards, and corners every day.
- Vacuum ceiling fans and light fixtures weekly.
- Vacuum curtains, blinds, drapes, and window treatments monthly (or as needed).
Wipe mirrors and glass
You can use a clean cloth, a microfiber cloth, and even a glass spray cleaner to remove fingerprints and smudges. To help your mirrors shine, use a squeegee to remove water.
- Use a clean cloth to wipe down mirrors and glass surfaces
- Use microfiber cloths for high-use areas like the kitchen sink and bathroom counters
- Glass cleaners are great for removing fingerprints and smudges
Disinfect countertops and surface areas
Use disinfectant spray or wipes to clean the sink, stove, refrigerator, and microwave. If you have an issue with lingering odors in your refrigerator, leave an open box of baking soda for several days before cleaning it out.
Throw away any food that doesn’t look fresh or hasn’t been refrigerated properly.
Clean up spills on counters using paper towels. Don’t use cloths that have been used on other surfaces (like glass tables) unless they’ve been cleaned first.
Avoid using sponges too often because they can harbor bacteria. Instead, use damp cloths when possible. You might want to invest in some antibacterial kitchen cleaning wipes so that you always have them at hand when spills occur (and they always occur!).
Focus on tubs, sinks, and toilets
Always clean your tub, sink, and toilets first.
You can use bleach on these surfaces. If you don’t have a brush for cleaning the sink, buy one at a hardware store. It has long bristles that reach into all the nooks and crannies.
Before scrubbing with soap and water, use a squeegee to wipe the walls of your tub or shower. Then, spray the toilet with disinfectant (which will kill germs) before using your toilet brush to scrub off dried fecal matter from the bowl’s surface.
Sweep, then mop
The best way to clean a floor is by sweeping first, then mopping. Use a broom with stiff bristles and a dustpan to pick up dirt and debris. Then, use a mop dipped in the cleaning solution of your choice (soap or bleach) to wet mop the floor.
Leave your wet mop in a bucket of clean water for 5-10 minutes before wringing and hanging it out to dry.
Keep moving when you vacuum
If you’re vacuuming, don’t stand in one place. If you do, the vacuum will push all the dirt into one area instead of moving it over and collecting it. Move the vacuum in a figure-eight pattern while sucking up dirt, and you’ll be amazed at how much more gets picked up.
Vacuum using these tips:
- Vacuum slowly, keeping the vacuum head low to the floor.
- Do not move back and forth over the same spot for more than two minutes.
- Do not vacuum an area more than once without allowing it to rest for at least 30 minutes.
Have a house cleaning schedule
and to our last house cleaning tip, This might be as basic as writing a list of duties and doing them when you have time. If you only have ten minutes, do the dusting. If you have an hour, go through your closet and donate anything that hasn’t fit or been worn in over six months.
While it’s good to break up cleaning into smaller chunks throughout the week, ensure that none of these tasks take more than about fifteen minutes at a time. You want to keep things manageable so they don’t become overwhelming!
With these ten house cleaning tips, you’ve already taken the first step towards a cleaner home. By taking it slow and keeping your eyes on the prize of a clean house, you’ll be able to ensure that everything gets done as effectively and efficiently as possible!