If you plan which room to begin and the steps it will take for each room, the cleaning time will go faster and possibly more thorough. Try setting a time limit for each room. A suggestion would be; Kitchen (20 min), Living room (10 min) Bedrooms (9 min) and bathroom (10 min). Work on the harder rooms first to ensure you are not exhausted by the time you make it to the bathroom. Consider carting your cleaning supplies in a plastic basket, stocked with a pillow case for laundry. Try also including a couple of empty grocery bags to stuff the trash you may pick up. Leave the laundry and trash outside of each room for later pick up.
Keeping dishes clean and put up will allow for a fresh, sanitized working area. For smells try placing a tablespoon of coffee in an open container to keep the stink at bay. Try using vinegar to clean your counter tops, refrigerator and meal prep area. Not only is it safe to use, but it works better than a lot of harmful cleaning products.
Make your own bathroom cleaner using items you have in your medicine and kitchen cabinets. A simple recipe for grouted tiles is: 1 tsp rubbing alcohol, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and ¼ cup of vinegar. Mix in a plastic container and use a toothbrush to clean the grout. This will also work great for scrubbing the sink, tub and toilet.
One way to keep your bed smelling fresh is to place fabric softener sheets inside pillow cases. Vacuuming the mattress will remove dust and dead skin cells as well as other kinds of debris. To keep the room as close as possible to dust free, vacuum your curtains and blinds at least once a month. Did you know olive oil is a great, natural furniture polish? Use about a tsp of olive oil on a white terry cloth to dust and shine your furniture. Vinegar is also a great TV screen cleaner and window cleaner. Put a little vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle to clean, streaky – dirty windows. It’s suggested that you wash your bed linens at least once a week. Use the hottest temperature setting to get them clean and fresh.
Sometimes what may feel like a dirty room, is just actually a cluttered room. If you don’t need it, store it or trash it. Carpet can be cleaned using the recipe above for “grouted tiles”. Simply follow the recipe and using a white terry cloth, blot the stained area, then apply the scrub. Rinse with spray bottle of water.
You can also keep the living area smelling fresh without candles and sprays; use fabric sheets! Place a fabric sheet inside each vent. Your living area will smell fresh for at least a week. Change out as needed.
Clean house. Clean Air?
Your home air quality can be a huge concern. Through normal activities in our home, we generate a lot of contaminants and air pollutants. Dust, dander, and chemicals pollute the air we breathe. The contaminants are hauled into our HVAC system and then re-circulated up to 7 times per day, on average. Over a period of time, this re-circulation causes contaminants to build-up in the duct work.
Although a contaminated HVAC system doesn’t always mean unclean air, the air may be contributing to larger health problems. The potential unclean air may be harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems. People with respiratory health conditions or autoimmune disorders can easily be affected by unclean air. Maintaining your HVAC system, with the help of Romaniuk Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd, is just as important as washing your dishes before you eat.
Overall, using a these few simple tricks, you can keep your home clean to the touch and safe to breathe in. Cleanliness will be easy with simple planning.
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics in an effort to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.