After a cooling off at the beach on a hot summer day, there is nothing than coming home to a clean, organized, clutter-free house. You can always hire a maid service, but if you want to save money and time, here are some tips from the pros.
First, let’s talk about the products
The best way to set yourself up for house cleaning success is to make sure you have the right tools for the job. The good news is that you don’t need a lot of expensive products to keep your home clean. Filling a cleaning bucket or caddy with a few basic and reliable items is your best bet.
- Microfiber cloths are your must-have cleaning tool
Our experts all named microfiber cloths as their favorite cleaning tool.
Micro fiber products are easy to wash, dry quickly and have also been proven to remove germs.
Add a dab of vinegar, water, or soap and you can clean almost anything.
Microfiber towels eliminate up to 99 percent of bacteria with water alone and are about three times more effective than traditional cleaning cloths and that is why many hospitals have converted to microfiber cloths, towels and mops.
- Put together a cleaning caddy filled with supplies
Lots of Microfiber cloths- They can be purchased at Costco in the car wash section.
Abrasive cleaner or powder cleaner like bon ami, comet,
an all-purpose cleaner
a pair of latex
Those are the needed chemicals, you still need a mop, broom, vacuums, etc.
- Keep up with spills and mess throughout the day
Clean as you go! This tip applies to all parts of your house, but especially to cleaning your kitchen.
The pros recommend housekeeping daily to keep things from getting out of control. A little energy into cleaning, tidying and organizing can help prevent cross-contamination of germs.
Always have a microfiber cloth or some paper towels handy, so you can immediately treat spills. That way they don’t harden and become ten times more difficult to clean later.
- Tackle simple tasks quickly and frequently
Example would be to do your dishes after every meal.
Keep up with messes as they are made in order to save hours of time scrubbing away at grime.
Sweeping your floor at the end of the day and staying on top of surface messes and build up, while tidying up daily clutter will make your home feel consistently clean without spending hours on it.
- Try baking soda or Bon Ami for cleaning tougher messes
While a microfiber cloth is perfect for quickly cleaning up small messes on kitchen counters and appliance surfaces, breaking out baking soda works best for bigger food-related messes.
Do you have a grimy mess? Here’s what you do.
Sprinkle some baking soda or Bon Ami on a cloth or brush and wipe down any areas that have grease build up. Give it a couple of minutes and then follow up by wiping the area with a clean, damp cloth to pick up the residue.
- Clean highly-trafficked spots several times per week
The bathroom is a high trafficked area that could do with a little cleaning up several times a week.
The key to keeping bathrooms clean is to tackle a small chore before it becomes a big one, that is, it is best to frequently clean the shower and tub and the floors. Especially behind the toilet. It’s one of the most germ-ridden areas, so you really should be cleaning it once or twice per week.
Developing consistent and simple cleaning habits in your bathroom will mean avoiding tackling a much larger mess later on. Squeegee your shower after each use to make regular weekly cleanings easier and wipe down the toilet and toothbrush holders twice a week.
These tips also apply to the rest of your house. Apply a little energy on all parts of your home every day, and you will have less to do in the long run.
- Stay on top of dust by focusing on hidden areas in your living room
The living room is the place where you, your family and any guests will spend most of your time, so you really want to do a thorough job in there. The best way to ensure you’re hitting every spot is to move your furniture as you go. Shift everything around so you’re vacuuming and dusting the floor underneath where the furniture sits before moving it back.
To stay ahead of the curve in your living room, you’ll want to vacuum under furniture and between cushions at least once a month. If you or a family member have allergies, do those tasks every other week.
- Use the right tools to deal with dust
Feather dusters might look adorable, but they’re not terribly practical. In order to remove dust effectively in the living room, use a microfiber duster or cloth instead of a feather duster.
- Clean dust-collecting textiles regularly
Unlike the kitchen and bathroom, the main challenge in any living room is the dust-collecting textiles.
While you may not feel like cleaning those curtains or vacuuming all of your soft furniture, it’s important when it comes to keeping your home clean and your family healthy.
Curtains should be washed at least twice a year, but you can give them a light vacuuming with an attachment once a month. Regular vacuuming and dusting can be done once a week.
Tips for cleaning your bedrooms
We all want our bedrooms to feel like an oasis, but we don’t necessarily want to spend hours deep-cleaning them. Checking off these easy tasks will get your bedroom in shape quickly.
- Focus on laundering linens and pillows
Much like in the living room, keeping linens clean will be the most important task in your bedrooms. You’ll want to wipe down things like baseboards, ceiling fans and other surfaces, your family members spend an awful lot of time sleeping on your sheets, so keeping them clean is job number one.