There are so many alarming statistics about how dirty our homes can be. It’s not just that we’re surrounded by dirt and germs, but that the clutter in our homes causes us to feel overwhelmed and unhappy. The problem is, it takes too much time to clean a house properly – and who has time for that? The solution is simple: keep your home as clean as possible regularly and you won’t have to spend as much time scrubbing your floors or disinfecting your counters.
Here are some tips that’ll help you keep a clean home without having to dedicate all of your time to it.
Get your garage in order
In order to keep your garage organized you will need to clean and organize the contents. This is not a difficult task though if you take your time with it. Cleaning can be done with a vacuum cleaner or a wet mop. You may need to use a few different tools on some of the junkier items, but it will all be worth it when you see what a difference it makes!
Furthermore, think about how you can update your garage to keep it clean in the future. Adding things like a garage floor mat can be a simple and inexpensive way to help reduce the dirt and grime brought in from your shoes. This mat will also save your garage floor from getting damaged, which is an added bonus.
If you spend a lot of time working in your garage it can be exhausting to think about having to clean it every once in a while. One way that professional mechanics handle this task is by taking advantage of hydraulic fluid that cleans and degreases with water.
Tackle the hardest jobs first
The biggest tasks should be taken care of first, like tackling the dust on your baseboards. What you can do is use a few different cleaning tools for this job. A Swiffer duster or an old sock will work great for dusting small spaces like picture frames or blinds no matter how high they are! You could also try using a toothbrush or makeup brush for those smaller spaces as well.
If you have a glass coffee table it is important to keep the dust off of it as much as possible because it can be very hard to clean and sometimes may require a professional cleaner. Luckily, there is an easy solution! You simply need a few cotton balls and some distilled white vinegar. Dip them in the vinegar and then rub them along the glass. The dust will be lifted away as you wipe!
Break down your cleaning tasks into manageable chunks
Just like studying for a test or working on an assignment, breaking down big jobs into smaller parts makes them seem like less work overall – and in this case, they actually are! So when you brush your teeth before going to bed each night, make sure you wipe down all surfaces in the bathroom as well. Instead of letting always piling up, garbage gets dealt with every time it fills up a bag or when dirty dishes get washed after each meal.
If you’re having trouble coming up with new ways to keep your home clean, you can look up some advice online. There are plenty of great ideas out there to help you keep your home clean without it becoming a second job!
Keep your floors free of clutter so they can look their best
Before washing your floor – especially if it’s hardwood, linoleum, or tile – sweep away dirt and dust that might scratch or permanently damage delicate surfaces. Use only cleaning products made for the type of flooring you have because harsh chemicals can cause damage over time.
Clean wooden floors often to avoid damage from dirt and scuff marks. Clean laminates at least twice a month with the appropriate cleaner. Clean tile, stone, or linoleum floors once a week with an all-purpose cleaner diluted with water. Wet mop vinyl floors every day because they are more susceptible to permanent damage from too much exposure to water.
Rinse your floor thoroughly after mopping to prevent streaks and sticky residue. Allow it to dry completely before walking over it to reduce falls on slippery surfaces – especially when it comes time for cleaning tile, stone, or linoleum so! Particularly stubborn areas might take multiple cleanings to use your best judgment in deciding how much work you want to do.
Keep counters clear for cooking, cleaning, and food preparation
Make it easier on yourself in the long run by putting away items that clutter counters even if you won’t use them again for a while. This way, when it’s time to make dinner or clean up after somebody, all you have to do is put things back where they belong instead of searching through piles of junk! Having less stuff around also makes your kitchen seem bigger and cleaner.
Keep surfaces clear of grime, grease, and dirt because nobody wants to eat off dirty countertops – including you! Grease stains can be difficult to remove without professional cleaners so wipe them up as soon as you see them before the damage becomes permanent. If cleaning isn’t enough, try using a small amount of vinegar mixed with warm water or hydrogen peroxide.
Keep bathroom clean
A bathroom is vital in your cleaning process because germs spread more rapidly in humid environments. You should clean bathrooms at least once a week to keep them free of dirt, mildew, and soap scum. A good tip for keeping your bathroom clean is to designate an area outside the shower or bathtub as a place to put wet towels so they make less of a mess after bathing! Also, you should make it a habit to put the toilet lid down after use to prevent mold and bacteria from forming.
Homekeeping can be an arduous task. But it doesn’t have to be the worst thing you do all day! With a little bit of know-how, you can keep your home clean and organized with minimal effort. The 6 tips we discussed today should help get your cleaning routine back on track so that when guests come over or if the company is staying at your house for the night, they won’t feel like they’re in some kind of horror show.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.