Tricks and Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean
Keeping your home clean and tidy isn't just important when it comes to aesthetics. It's also a matter of physical and mental health for the entire family.
Who wouldn’t like to have a perfectly clean home without any complications? You probably think this is an impossible dream. That’s why we’ll provide some useful tips for keeping your home clean. We’ll help you cover all the bases simply and efficiently.
For starters, it’s best to establish routines. The first task will be organizing cleaning activities by area. In other words, set a time and day for each task.
If you have children, your chore list will multiply. However, if you stick to your schedule, you’ll be able to get everything done.
How to organize your house cleaning
Tidying up and cleaning your home involves a series of regular and periodic tasks. Some should be performed once or several times a week, or even every day. This all depends on the time you have available to dedicate to these activities.
Whatever frequency you choose for cleaning your house will have its pros and cons. Therefore, go ahead and choose the routine that works best for you.
If you decide to clean on a daily basis, the biggest benefit is that you’ll only need to dedicate a small fraction of each day. On the other hand, if you decide to establish a weekly cleaning day, all of the burden will fall on that day.
Women who choose to clean once a week often do so on their day off from work, rather than resting.
Another option is to set up a bi-weekly routine in which you deep-clean one area of your home. This way, maintenance is much easier. For example, you can start with a bedroom one day, your garage the next, then your laundry room, and so on.
The role of children
If you have children and a partner, don’t forget to involve them when it comes to keeping your home clean. With their participation, you’ll reach your goal with much less effort.
But that’s not all. When you involve your entire family, everyone comes to understand what it takes to keep the house clean. As a result, they’re more likely to want to keep things clean and tidy in general.
Besides the tasks we need to get done on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, there are also special annual or semi-annual tasks. We suggest carrying them out in spring and fall, when temperatures start to rise, and when they start to drop.
Tips for keeping your home clean
Putting time and care into your daily cleaning routine will make maintenance easier and more comfortable when you don’t have time for deep cleaning.
To make your job easier, without a doubt, you need to make an initial investment. This means buying the necessary tools and cleaning products for each area of your home.
Put the following tips into practice when it comes to your regular cleaning routine. If you do, you’ll manage to keep your house clean and tidy:
Keep bedrooms ventilated
Letting in some fresh air each day is paramount, as is letting in sunlight. This daily habit will prevent the growth of mold, which results from humidity.
Get rid of dust
To remove dust from furniture and objects, it’s best to use a vacuum. If you don’t have one, then find a product designed to clean these areas.
In general, these products have an oily consistency that hydrates the surfaces of your furniture and encapsulates dust. This means they keep the dust from blowing around and causing allergies. For that very reason, we don’t recommend using dusters.
Cleaning your floors
Set aside 5 minutes a day to carry out a general sweeping of your entire home. After you finish sweeping up all the dust, crumbs and whatnot, mop the floors with your favorite disinfectant.
You can also prepare a homemade solution to clean your floors. All you need to do is mix 1 liter of water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
If you do this on a daily basis, you’ll prevent any filth you find from really sticking to your floors. Leaving messes unattended can make them harder to remove later on. Furthermore, remember that the amount of dust that builds up on a daily basis is quite a lot.
“Besides the tasks we need to get done on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, there are also special annual or semi-annual tasks. We suggest carrying them out in spring and fall.”
We recommend making your bed on a daily basis, and instilling this same habit in your children. Ideally, you should also change all your sheets every 5 days, approximately.
The kitchen is an area of the house that gets messy quite often. This means you need to invest time every day to keep it clean.
It’s likely that you’ll spill or splatter a bit of sauce or oil when you’re cooking. If you don’t clean it up right away, you’ll only have a harder time cleaning the area later.
Among the items you’ll need to make cleaning your kitchen easier are scouring pads, rubber gloves, degreasers, disinfectants, baking soda and vinegar.
If you clean your kitchen right after you finish cooking, you’ll see how easy it is to clean up any remains that have fallen.
And if you have any major grease stains, we’ve got a good trick for you. Put a bit of baking soda on the stain and then add vinegar. This will produce a chemical reaction that will loosen up the substance quickly.
More tips for weekly and seasonal cleaning
Maintaining wooden areas
- You can clean lacquered and varnished doors with clear soapy water. Then, rinse and dry with a clean rag.
- If you have wood floors that have oil stains, you can rub them with a volatile solvent. Scrub immediately with soap and boiling hot water. Finally, heat wax using a double boiler and rub it over the affected area.
Cleaning other materials
- To clean silverware, use a scouring pad and soapy water. Then, rinse and allow to air dry.
- To keep knife blades from becoming moldy, you should stick them in lightly packed dirt and then rub them with wool or suede.
- Use bleach or acetic acid – three tablespoons per liter – or with salt diluted in vinegar. For plaque or calcium residue on the walls, use hydrochloric acid dissolved in water.
By keeping your home clean and maintaining good hygiene around the house, you’ll help prevent infections and other types of illness among your family. This is especially true when it comes to allergies to dust, mold and pet hair.
You’ll also create a pristine environment that will contribute to your family’s overall well-being.