Home Cleaning Tips
As much as we try to fight, cleaning tips for the home is the best way to get ahead in the fight to fix the dirty house. Our houses get dirty every day; Dirt is apart of life. The more we fight it, the more it seems to grow. Do not worry. If we agree that dirt sucks, than we can move forward and go over clear and easy techniques that will help you clean your house.
Clean As You Go
The first and easiest tip when cleaning your house is clean as you go. This is probably one of the most overlooked cleaning tips. When you have spent all day cleaning your house from top to bottom, you have that good feeling of accomplishment.
Then, after you kids get a hold of the living room, bathroom, and bedroom, the house seems dirty again. Then, after no time flat, the house is a mess. The best way to keep your house clean is to pick up mess as you go along through your daily activities. This way, when you are done with your day, your house is still clean and you have survived the crazy tornado that is your family.
Organization is paramount to a clean house. The first place to start is your living room. Make sure that all the items in your living room have a place and are always in that place. If you have little items, make sure that your family knows where they go and can easily put them away.
Toys are a constant mess in my living room with my 3-year-old son. The best thing to do is organize the toys so that there is a box that your child or yourself can put the them in at the end of the day or play session. If you have cabinets in your living room for the toys, use them. If you have an organized house, with places that are clearly defined for items such as shoes, jackets, kitchenware, toys, etc., cleaning will be that much easier.
One of my wife’s biggest pet peeves is dust. We happen to have a bunch of fans in our house and they can get really dusty if you don’t take care of them regularly. The best thing to do is to pick a day and one room and dust that room.
Then, the next day, do the same thing to another room. Repeat this process everyday until you have cycled through each room and once you are done just start back at the beginning. The best part about this is that you are not making too much work for yourself because dusting one room at a time is not that big of a deal.
Also, because you are cleaning everyday, you should never again have an issue with dust. If you happen to miss a day, it won’t be that big of a deal because you have kept up with it. You could use the same process with your windows in your house and when cleaning your car windows. It makes the process so much easier.
Clean Your Vacuum
Vacuums have to be clean if you expect them to clean for you. I notice that if my vacuüm is not clean than it doesn’t pick up very well and actually spits stuff back out. I don’t mean it spits items out, but it definitely puts dust and dirt into the air, which falls to the ground defeating the purpose of vacuuming first. Clean your vacuüm cleaner after every cleaning or before each one for optimal use.
Blot The Stains
Carpet stains happen to be an issue in my house. The best way to get out a carpet stain is not by using heavy amounts of water and soap. That can actually cause your carpet to stain even more. The stain may actually be from the soap itself. Blotting the stains with a damp rag is the best way to get the stains out. You could call a steamer, but who has the money to do that every other day a stain appears on your carpet.
When I was trying to come up with an eco-friendly cleaner, I tried all kinds of stuff in the kitchen. I was convinced that vinegar held the key with all the natural acids and cleaning capabilities. The problem with the vinegar was the smell. My wife had to have the windows open for a week and the candles going full blast just to get the smell out of there.
And then it seemed like it still lingered for a few weeks. After all my blunders, the best thing that I came up with was a pure older. Baking soda is an amazing cleaner and smell neutralizer. It is a great cleaning agent because it gets in to the tough to reach places and really cleans. It also absorbs odor making it go away.
I really do recommend baking soda for anyone cleaning a kitchen. If you have to use chemicals for you kitchen, make sure that you keep them in a safe place where young children can’t get to them. Bleach, Comet, Drano, etc. are all cleaning tools that you need to keep safe.
This is probably my least favorite place to clean and one of the most important places to. The shower itself has a tendency to grow mold and collect dirt, which can come in the form of black grime on the tiles.
The reason for this is that the shower is constantly getting wet and usually stays damp. The water is hot and is not dried after the water was turned off. The toilet is another trouble area. To clean it properly, make it a priority to clean around the bottom of the toilet itself, especially if you have boys in the house.
They are going to miss no matter how hard they try. If you bathroom smells and you don’t know why, that is probably it. Use a really good disinfectant. Also, you may need Drano for your sink. If you have girls in the house, their hair will probably be everywhere in the bathroom and get into the drain. Don’t be afraid to use the Drano. Don’t over do it though. Too much use of Drano can cause your pipes to prematurely erode.
I hope these tips helped you with your house cleaning. Please leave any of your own cleaning tips in the comments section.