Let’s face it, none of us like cleaning, right? Well, what if we told you there were a few clever tricks you could employ to keep your house cleaner for longer. It’d be brilliant, wouldn’t it? Follow these tips to keep your house spic and span and take a look at this link for cleaners, if you think you need a little extra help.
- Leave it all at the door: Have a mat both inside the door and outside the door and guests will brush their shoes off both inside and outside, which will reduce the amount of dirt trodden through the house and therefore how frequently you’ll need to mop and vacuum.
- Keep teeny stashes of cleaning supplies throughout the house rather than in one spot, like under the kitchen sink. If you have cleaning supplies to hand, you’ll be far more likely to clean when you’re in that part of the house anyway, instead of doing just one deep clean every week or so. Keep sponges and bathroom cleaner, as well as a few clothes under the bathroom sink, for example, or a packet of cleaning wipes in the coffee table drawer.
- Layer similar coloured rugs on top of your carpet if you hate having to shampoo it frequently as you can just throw ’em in the washing machine when dirty instead of having to get on your hands and knees for a scrub.
- Don’t go upstairs without taking something up there that belongs up there, and don’t go downstairs without taking something that belongs downstairs – that way, you’ll always actively be doing something to tidy up, even if you’re not actually tidying anything up! Oh, and don’t leave anything on the stairs. Just take it up with you, or down with you.
- Leave the dining table set at all tables. It sounds silly, but if you don’t, it can become a bit of a dumping ground for stuff – school bags, toys, stuff. Keeping it set gives the impression of a house that is done and all you need to do is dust it from time to time.
- Run dryer sheets over areas of the house that get dusty – the coating in them that removes static from your clothes repels dust, so not only do they remove dust, but it’ll also help to repel dust which means that you’ll have to dust less often. Clever, eh?
- Do a 10 minute power clean once a day. Focus on one area that’s bugging you, or just do a quick once over of the whole house, by switching on some funky music and having a boogie. Easy does it! It also means that you don’t have to stress about doing a big deep clean, either.
Source: Real Simple
Kitchen spills can be some of the most annoying messes to clean up – especially if you can’t get to them right away. A dried-on stain is a permanent stain, and a smudge of chocolate fudge icing can become that annoying piece of dirt that just won’t budge whatever you do. Follow these nifty simple fixes for everyday kitchen spills and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll be able to get your kitchen spic and span – so clean, it’ll sparkle.
- Combine 2 tbsp. lemon juice and 1 cup water in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Heat until boiling, microwave for another three minutes, then leave to stand with the door shut for five minutes and then wipe down the insides of the microwave with a cloth. The steam will loosen all the debris and the lemon juice will deodorise any lingering odours.
- For spills that seep under surfaces like the couch, wrap a cloth around a ruler and push it under the surface you’re trying to mop. For wooden floors, dip the ruler in a little wooden floor cleaner and for stone floors, dip in a mix of water and vinegar – especially if you’re trying to clean up spilled milk!
- For burnt food in the oven, let cool, then scrape out big chunks with a spatula. Sprinkle baking soda over the rest, spritz with water, leave to sit overnight and then scrub clean. The baking soda will lift all of the burnt bits from the surface of the oven and everything will come off super easily. To get rid of the burnt smell, add a couple of drops of lemon juice in with the water you use to spritz the oven.
- If you have a big frozen chunk in the freezer and need to defrost it, unplug, then dip a cloth into a mixture of hot water and a tiny bit of baking powder – then use it to melt the frozen ice. Use clean dry cloths to mop up the spill. Avoid salt, if possible, as it’ll clog up the freezer and could get into your food, which is definitely not what you want – plus, it could prevent it from freezing properly in the future.
- If a glass has broken in the dishwasher, clean it up by turning off the machine a shining a torch into the dishwasher. Any broken glass will sparkle. Halve a potato and dab it onto any glass you see, then run an empty cycle to get rid of any bits of glass that you can’t see.
- For a dried spill of something on the counter, scrub the area with a microfibre cloth to get rid of any bits and then rinse with a damp cloth – it’ll prevent that chasing-crumbs-around-the-counter-top thing that can often happen when you clean.
Source: Real Simple
Is the thought of keeping your home clean and tidy more than a little bit overwhelming? Well, starting from just 30 seconds here and there, you can keep your home super duper tidy without breaking a sweat. Good, eh? If that still sounds like too much work, or if you’d rather have someone help you out, you can always hire a cleaner instead!
If You Have 30 Seconds
- Cleaning the bathroom: grab a cleaning wipe and give the sink and taps a good ol’ scrub
- Cleaning the bedroom: chuck dirty clothes in the washing basket, tidy up the top of your chest of drawers, dresser or dressing table or do a spot of dusting
- Cleaning the living room: if anything is in the wrong place or where it doesn’t belong, take them back to where they live: i.e. kicked off shoes in the cupboard, piles of magazines into the rack or stacked neatly on the coffee table or pop any dirty dishes into the kitchen
- Cleaning the kitchen: wash dishes in hot soapy water as soon as you use them or pop them in the dishwasher so they’re out of the way
If You Have 5 Minutes
- Cleaning the bathroom: wipe down the shower by switching on the water and using a bathroom spray and if you still have time, give the loo a quick clean
- Cleaning the bedroom: make the bed and plump the pillows and cushions
- Cleaning the living room: pass a duster over tables and lamps, then vacuum the carpet or rug
- Cleaning the kitchen: spray down the work surfaces, give them a wipe over with a sponge, then wipe down the hob
If You Have 15 Minutes
- Cleaning the hallway: neatly hang up coats and jackets, move anything that’s sitting about on the stairs and line up shoes and boots. If you have an umbrella/coat stand, make use of it! Organise the post (if any) and give the doormat a good vacuum or shake it out (outside, otherwise you’ll make more work for yourself)
- Cleaning tiled floors/wooden floors: get the mop bucket out and give the floors a really good clean
- Cleaning the bedroom: strip the bed and pop the bedding in the washing machine, then make the bed with fresh linens and finish off with some decorative cushions
- Cleaning the bathroom: bleach the loo, give the sink a proper scrub and wipe down the tank/skirting boards. If you have time, clean the floors by either mopping or vacuuming
Source: The Nest
Cleaning is a real bore, but these clever cleaning hacks will most definitely make your life that little bit easier. From the things that you don’t clean but should to the things that are much more difficult to clean than you might have thought, our 12 clever cleaning tips will do the job nicely. Click here if you’d rather someone else do the job for you.
- To clean computer keyboards and laptops, use a clean makeup brush. They’re small enough to get in between all of those little nooks and crannies, but they’re big enough and strong enough to catch all of the crumbs stuck between your keys.
- To remove grease strains from walls, rub some cornstarch into a cloth and then rub over the stain until it disappears – easy peasy!
- To clean the inside of a handbag, rub a lint roller around the lining. It’ll get rid of crumbs and all of those unknown particles that somehow find their way into the bottom of your bag!
- How do you clean a ceiling fan? Either with a feather duster or a pillowcase – just stretch the pillowcase over each panel of the fan.
- To clean your iron (if it’s a bit grimy or just because you’re a cleaning fan) or to clean ironware pieces, make a paste out of baking soda and water, then apply to the area you want to clean. Leave to soak for 45 minutes, then wipe off with a damp washcloth.
- Use dryer sheets to clean skirting boards. Not only do they work well as dusters, but because they reduce static, rubbing them over your skirting boards will apply a dust-repelling coating that should reduce the number of times you need to get on your hands and knees to clean.
- To get into those hard to reach corners, cover a broom with a dusting cloth and attach with a rubber band. Viola! A long-handled duster that you can use for ceilings and awkward spots alike.
- Use a squeegee type tool for getting rid of pet hair – it sucks up a surprising amount of hair and works better than a vacuum cleaner in some areas of the home.
- For sticky, icky baking trays and pans, use a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub away the stains. If you’re cleaning non-stick sheets, leave to soak in extremely hot water and soap, then (unfortunately) you’ll have to scrub them repeatedly.
- To clean old candles and to get rid of wax, just pour hot water into the candle and the wax should pour right out. Don’t pour it down the sink though – you’ll end up with a blockage.
- The burners on your hob are a real pain in the neck to clean, but this trick should make the job a whole lot easier: put 1/4 cup ammonia and a burner into a large zip-loc freezer bag. Leave overnight, then rinse clean. Do NOT use bleach at the same time as using ammonia as this will cause toxic and potentially fatal fumes.
- We’ve all heard of the old cheap cola down the loo trick, but it’s also a brilliant rust disolver!
Source: The Nest