Quick Household Cleaning Tips
The following are quick household cleaning tips we”ve collected to make your life easier and give you better cleaning results.
- You will find that a microfiber cloth is far more effective at dusting various surfaces than most dusters, feather dusters or other dusting implements. Microfiber cloths are fantastic because their tiny fibres suck up dirt and dust and keep away from the surface. They don”t scratch surfaces and they don”t just spread dust around like other cleaning cloths.
- Start cleaning from the top and work your way down – this applies to everything. If you are cleaning windows for example, if you start from the bottom, when you get to the top, water will run over areas you have already cleaned. Dusting is the same. It makes no sense to vacuum a room then dust; otherwise you”ll just be knocking dust off high areas (bookshelves, wall-mounted televisions etc) onto the floor you”ve just cleaned.
- Schedule your cleaning – if you make a schedule of house cleaning you”re more likely to get it done quickly rather than putting it off as a ”chore” that needs to be done at some point.
- Keep your cleaning cloths clean. Clean cloths and rags can be used for a variety of tasks from cleaning windows to polishing furniture, but dirty cloths are no good to anyone and could make more mess rather than cleaning.
- Clean as you go, don”t let it build up – if you clean up as you go, you”ll find it far easier to keep your home clean. After using the bathroom, give the sink and taps a wipe down with a cloth to prevent watermarks and dirt build up. Tidy up after yourself and ask your family to do the same. Regular dusting and cleaning makes the ”chores” seem far less tiresome.
- Keep your animals clean – pets can be a source of mess in your home. Cut the mess off at its source by grooming your cats regularly. You can buy pet brushes to reduce the amounts of loose and excess hair that they might otherwise leave around the house.
- Avoid washing windows on sunny days – hot sunny days will lead to water drying quickly leaving unwanted watermarks and smears. Use a glass cleaning cloth to get the best results and a smear-free window.
- Keep your toilet fresh – use a toilet block or some sort of toilet freshener to keep the toilet clean in between cleaning sessions.
- Use a drain strainer – these are great at catching hair in the shower and stopping it backing up the plug hole. They work equally as well in the kitchen sink – stopping unnecessary drainage problems and build-up of grime and residue in the sink.
- Use rubber gloves to wipe cat and dog hair off sofas and chairs. This is a quick and effective way of removing hair and less wasteful than using sticky rollers.
- Keep an absorbent cleaning cloth in the kitchen to soak up any spills, drips or floods before they stain or leave a mark.
- Don”t forget to change the vacuum cleaner bag and filters regularly. Emptying and cleaning these out will make the vacuum more effective and therefore reduce the need for regular cleaning and vacuuming sessions. That said, vacuuming more often will also reduce the dust build-up in the room and stop you from having to do as much dusting.
- If you run out of window cleaner, vinegar is an excellent alternative. Used with a glass cleaning cloth, you can get mirrors and windows to a wonderful shine with ease.
- Buy a dishwasher to make washing your dishes less of a chore. Alternatively, try applying washing up liquid to your sponge and only using that rather than running a whole bowl of water. Make a game out of washing up to make it simpler.
- Wait to clean your fridge until the last possible day i.e. before you go shopping for more food to replenish it. This way the fridge will be empty or nearly empty when you clean it. Use some warm water, clean solution and a microfiber cloth to clean the fridge surfaces and another clean cloth to dry the surfaces off before filling it with the fresh food.