Everybody loves a clean house, but there are only the special select few out there that enjoy getting it to that point. The rest of you relish in the thought of leaving it until you can’t bear it any longer. Sweeping it under the rug and forgetting about it is how most of us live our lives, hoping that somehow it will magically clean itself and we can get back to a point where it wasn’t so terrible to live in. Luckily, there are right ways and wrong ways to clean, and the right methods involve cutting corners – without scrimping on quality – to get from A to B faster. Once you get in the zone and start to think of all the ways you can efficiently clean your house, you’ll want to get going. Here are four tips for cleaning your home and restoring it to what it once was.
There are plenty of chemically based cleaners out there on the market to choose from, and most of them do the job they say they do, with a small exception. However, while cleaning your house with chemicals was once considered a safe and practical option, too much research has been done to justify continuing in ignorance for the sake of a clean home. Plus, there are ways to get it just as fresh, without the nasty stuff – like baking soda. Baking soda is an incredibly versatile, safe substance that has been used in all kinds of domestic cleaning situations for years. From adding it to your laundry to make your clothes whiter and brighter, to mixing it with vinegar to create a mold eradicating solution, there’s not a lot it can’t do. It’s also great at soaking up smells in carpet and fabric and helps to break up stains too.
Cleaning Your Microwave
The microwave is probably one of the last places to get cleaned in the kitchen, as so many of us go by the “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy. Unfortunately, dirt and grime can build up over time and with a warm, often damp place like the inside of a microwave, bacteria can build up over time too. Luckily there is a natural approach to cleaning even this kind of powerful build-up. All you have to do is mix equal amounts water and vinegar in a small bowl. It is recommended to place a small wooden object like a skewer to prevent the mixture from boiling over. Then microwave it on high for between five and ten minutes, watching it the whole time. Once its done, let it cool for a couple of minutes before simply wiping all surfaces of the microwave – the grime should come off easily.
Ever wanted to mop and sweep at the same time? That’s what the steam cleaner is like. While mopping is a great way to get those dirty surfaces shiny again, a steam cleaner is the next level when it comes to keeping those beautiful floors clean and fresh. The advantage of using a steam cleaner is that you get to eliminate all the steps leading up to actual mopping, which is getting a bucket, filling it with water and detergent, then taking it around with you while you get into all the corners. It’s the perfect cleaning tool for those of you who will do anything to cut down on the cleaning time, and there’s no dirty bucket or grimy water to get rid of at the end. Read the article that compares steam cleaning with traditional mopping and sees which way you prefer.
We all know how to use a vacuum cleaner; even if it is one of those tasks we love procrastinating the most. There’s nothing like a good old vacuum to make a house look clean and tidy, even if it isn’t necessarily tidy – but there’s more to the vacuum than meets the eye. Most vacuum cleaners come with accessories, specifically extra attachments to go on the end that can come in handy in so many ways. Most are excellent at dusting blinds, curtains, and those pesky corners that you can’t get into with the regular vacuum attachment. Have a look in the instructions to see if you can’t use your vacuum cleaner for more than you think.
There are endless ways to go about cleaning your house, which means that there are more efficient ways to get the job done. Finishing those tasks in as little time as possible with as few chemicals as possible is the most significant challenge, so it’s satisfying when it’s possible. Find out exactly which ways of cleaning you like the best, and then waste no time in getting it underway – you’ll be done sooner than you think.