One of the main reasons we put off cleaning is because it feels like an overwhelming amount of work. We ignore it until we can’t take it any longer and spend a whole day wiping the floors and washing the dishes. The good news is there are several ways to make every surface of your house gleam pretty quickly.
Bright Side put together a list of tips that will help keep the different spaces and items of your house spotlessly clean and germ-free.
1. Use a new approach to wiping the floor
Keeping floors clean can be challenging, but not with this simple solution that you can make yourself. Mix together 2 gallons of warm tap water, 1/2 tsp of dish soap, and 1 tsp of white vinegar. Wipe the floors as you usually would. Dish soap will lift and remove dirt and white vinegar will sanitize the floors. This will leave your floors clean and shiny.
2. Make a magic paste for cleaning the bathroom
Give a new life to your grout with this solution: mix together 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tsp of dish soap, apply on the grout and tiles and let it sit. Afterward, scrub it with a brush and wipe it with warm water.
3. Opt for less
Let’s start with a simple rule: the less stuff you have, the less you will need to clean. By having less you can eliminate the root of the problem of constantly having to declutter. Plus, it will be much easier to dust and you won’t have to go around all of the objects, leaving dust circles around them.
4. The eye level test
After you wipe down, let’s say, a counter top, it is clean. Or does it only look clean? You’ll be able to see more missed spots, and crumbs under the toaster, when you view the surface at eye level.
5. Create a list of household chores and share it with your family members.
Your life will be much easier if all of the household chores can be split between the household members. Ask your partner to help you and if you have kids, involve them too.
6. Use scotch tape
If you have pets that shed all over the place or you just have to clean up hair all the time, try wrapping clear tape, sticky side up around your hand for a quick clean-up of surfaces.
7. Take care of the cleaning supplies.
As we mentioned before, the dirtiest and germiest items are the ones that you use for cleaning. So make sure to wash your sponges, rags, and brushes in very hot water to kill all the germs and bacteria. You can also microwave them for 30 seconds and put them in the dishwasher.
8. Set a timer so you don’t get distracted.
Do you ever start cleaning and then get distracted and find yourself in a different room doing something else? Set a timer for 10-20 minutes and concentrate exclusively on cleaning. You’ll be amazed by how much you can actually do in that short period of time.
9. Keep it together
When you fold your clean linens, put your sheet sets in one of the matching pillowcases. This way it will always be stored together in one place and you won’t need to look for all of the separate pieces.
10. Layer up
Put several trash bags in your trash can. By doing so, you won’t ever have the problem of taking the trash out and having a bagless can again.
11. Keep the toilet clean
Pour a little bit of cleaner in the bottom of your toilet brush holder. This way every time you use it you will be cleaning and disinfecting the toilet bowl and it will also disinfect the brush itself.
Have you tried any of these hacks? Which ones would you want to try? Share in the comments!