Cleaning, love it or hate it is one of those things we need to all do to make sure our home clean enough to live in, even if it is not show home standards!
However, a few years ago, Mrs Hinch burst onto the scene and it was even classed as a trend to clean. Now, I am going to put my hands up today and say I am not one for following trends and I still hate cleaning. However, I hate mess too, so cleaning is something I do as it is the lesser of 2 evils.
If you are not a huge fan of cleaning, let me share some times on how to keep your home clean, without too much effort!
Cleaning hacks for a more organized home
There is no need to buy expensive cleaning supplies when all it takes is a little creativity and elbow grease. More and more of us are moving towards more eco-friendly options. Not only saving on money but also because we are more aware of our environments.
The following list compiles some of the most effective and eco-friendly hacks for cleaning your home.
– Mix soap with water to create an easy surface cleaner or a shampoo alternative in the bathroom.
– Combine vinegar with pepper for an effective floor cleaner or remove tar from shoes on the road.
– Use dryer sheets to clean windows, dust furniture, remove pet hair from clothing, and freshen up your rug.
– Dish soap removes stains from laundry detergent containers if it is not empty yet.
Keep your counters, oven, and stovetop spotless with these handy cleaning tips
Keeping your kitchen spotless brings a real sense of pride and calmness I find, there is nothing better than waking up and finding that you have already done it. It just sets me up for the day and it doesn’t take much to get it to this point.
1) Make sure you wipe the countertops, stovetop, and oven after each use. This will help to keep them from getting caked with food spills and grease.
2) Clean the oily or sticky messes as soon as they happen. This is more difficult to do after they have hardened on the surface.
3) Use a microfiber cloth or sponge to wipe down counters, stovetops, and ovens. These materials are gentler than paper towels that can scratch surfaces if not used properly.
4) When cleaning countertops, use a mild soap and warm water (not boiling). This will prevent any chemical reactions with food on the surface of the countertop.
If you keep on top of it all for a few minutes a day, your life will be that little bit easier each day.
Proven cleaning tips for hard-to-clean areas in your house
Raise your standards for cleanliness by cleaning off the surfaces you don’t usually see.
Clean upholstery: Vacuum or brush away loose particles, and use a stiff brush to sweep away stubborn dirt. Mix liquid dish soap with water in a spray bottle, then mist the upholstered surface and wipe it down with a damp sponge or cloth. Finally, rinse and dry it thoroughly.
Clean carpets: Use either a professional carpet-cleaning machine or spot cleaner made specifically for carpets; if you’re using the latter, spread it evenly over the stained area before blotting with a clean towel or cloth until the stain is gone. Repeat as necessary, then vacuum as usual.
Cleaning the guttering: The build-up of leaves and dirt in there can cause damages and potential overflows. Using a stable ladder that does not lean on the gutter will avoid damaging it. Once you’ve scooped out the dirt, use a garden hose to rinse it clean. If you are not a fan of doing this yourself, you can get companies in to do it just like these Gutter Cleaning Minneapolis professionals.
With there being so many great cleaning hacks and ideas out there, I’d love to hear what your favourite cleaning hack may be. Why not share it with our readers in the comments below, you never know, you may save someone a little bit of effort!