Keeping the home clean can sometimes feel like an ongoing battle, but there are so many reasons to carry on fighting against germs. Not only is it an important part of keeping people with allergies happy and healthy, but it’s also a simple way to clear your head and enhance your mood. If cleanliness and good hygiene are important to you, these tips will help you make the most of your time and take some of the struggles out of regular cleaning.
Start with the surfaces
When life gets busy, it’s all too easy to end up with piles of stuff around the house, which means the first big job is often just putting things away so that you can get to the heart of the job. Once the surfaces are tidy, the real work begins with a basic toolkit of duster, clean cloth, and vacuum. Start from the top with any marks on the ceiling, light shades, and walls, and work your way down so that any dust from above gets swept up from the floor.
Clean carpets and rugs
A proper cleaning job should start from the ground up, and since carpeted floors are good at hiding the dirt, it’s even more important to clean them properly. When your carpets could use some TLC, a professional steam clean is generally the best way to go, especially if you’re not the first owner or occupant of your home. Fortunately, there are plenty of professional carpet cleaning services around to help you get a deep clean when the vacuum just won’t cut it.
Clean glass surfaces
Smudges and marks on glass surfaces and mirrors are easy to see and hard to avoid, making them a serious detractor from the look of any room. The good news is that there’s an easy fix for this problem: a quality glass cleaner and a soft microfibre cloth should be more than enough to solve the problem. As for prevention, you’ll start to see less of those irritating marks if you avoid contact with these surfaces as much as possible.
Touch up the toilet
The toilet is never an easy or pleasant part of the all-over home cleaning job. Unsightly stains, calcium build-up, and grime can all become major issues if left to fester over time, so it’s best to take action as soon as you see the first signs of wear. Vinegar poured straight into the toilet bowl and left to soak is one of the best solutions for toilet stains, and can be left in the bowl for as long as needed. When the soaking time is over, you can drain the toilet bowl completely and get on with your day.
Wash inside cupboards and drawers
It’s tempting to ignore the dirt that accumulates inside of storage spaces, but these spaces are also the most common spots for hidden dirt, bugs, mold, and other unwanted visitors. Start by spraying a standard surface cleaning spray on the affected area, and wipe down the area with a clean cloth. Just be sure to keep separate cloths for the kitchen, bathroom, and any other spaces in the home to avoid cross-contamination of germs.
Don’t overlook appliances
Your appliances probably get cleaned more often than other features of your kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you get to skip over them when it comes time for a once-over! Countertop appliances like your toaster might only need an external wipe with a cloth, but cleaning the oven and microwave will probably require a thorough wipe down with a strong, grime-dissolving surface spray.
Invest in a robotic vacuum
The constant development of new technologies designed to make life easier is one of the great perks of living in the 21st century, so why not take advantage of it and invest in your very own robot? Robotic vacuums are hardly a new trend, having been around since 1996, but they’re still one of the most interesting ways to cross vacuuming off your to-do list – especially if your family dog dislikes the vacuum. The only downside to owning one of these clever devices is that they are also capable of spreading existing messes around the house, so check your home for any nasty surprises.
Give away unwanted things
Even the most dedicated of cleaners would find it hard to keep a house tidy when surrounded by things they don’t use or need. Whether you’re a fan of decluttering or not, the truth is that excess stuff becomes a subconscious drain on your energy and your limited free space. The good news is that you can solve multiple problems at once by just giving your unwanted possessions to a charity! This is great for a number of reasons: not only do you have the chance to clear some extra space in your home, but you’ll also be giving those unwanted goods a second life and decreasing your eco-footprint.
Cleaning the home is an ongoing chore that refuses to be ignored, but there are plenty of ways to make it less strenuous and more manageable. With tips like these, you’ll be trimming down that to-do list and feeling like a productive homeowner, and enjoying a tidier space in no time.