If you’re like most people, you hate cleaning but love having a spotless home. Scrubbing, vacuuming, and sweeping your house can take hours to complete and it often seems like there’s no shortcuts. Well, the good news is it’s totally possible to make your house cleaning routine quicker and more efficient. Here are some tips on how you can save time cleaning and enjoy a cleaner home.
Do the laundry
You can save money and help the environment by washing most of your clothes in cold water. It does the job just as well as hot. However, you should definitely still use hot water for your sheets, underwear, and towels. Once the wash cycle is complete, always put undergarments into the dryer straight away. Bacteria can grow while they stay damp in the machine. When it comes to washing towels, using dryer sheets and fabric softener can reduce the absorbency of the towels and even cause them to start to smell bad. To prevent this from happening, throw a quarter cup of white vinegar into the machine. Or as an alternative to dryer sheets, use drying balls in the dryer to soften your laundry and eliminate static electricity.
Make your own cleaner
Conventional cleaners may be effective at removing dirt and grime, but they can also be harmful to health. This is because they’re brimming with toxic chemicals which can be inhaled and absorbed into the skin — which is especially a concern if you have kids or pets. The solution? Make your own cleaning products! It’s simple to do and you probably have the necessary ingredients in your kitchen already. Homemade cleaners smell great and are surprisingly effective. And you won’t be pouring harsh ingredients down the drain, so they’re better for the environment, too.
Make dusting easier
Feather dusters are great for removing dust. In fact, you’ll find they’re a lot quicker and effective than using a regular cloth. When you need to get to those really hard to reach places — like blinds and high-up pictures and shelves — a feather duster can manage it no problem. If you have an area that hasn’t been dusted in a while, you may need to use a vacuum or damp cloth to get rid of the buildup. Otherwise, you’ll get a much more efficient clean with a feather duster.
Take care of the floor
Sweeping each day will get rid of dirt and debris as well as reduce how often you need to mop your floor. In addition to vacuuming each room daily, you’ll also need to deep clean the carpets now and again. In particular, Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner was rumored to be one of the most efficient carpet cleaners on the market. It’s also easy to rinse off the grime collected on the brushes to keep your machine clean. The other bonus is the fast drying time, so you don’t have to avoid walking on your carpet for hours.
Freshen your sink disposal
Dropping food scraps down your sink disposal can cause it to start smelling after a while. But it’s easy to freshen it back up again. All you need to do is throw some citrus peel down the disposal — such as, lemon or orange peels. Run it for twenty seconds or so with the water pressure on mid-setting. Next, drop some ice cubes down the disposal and switch it back on again. Then, switch it off, put the plug in, and turn on your taps until the sink is filled up with water roughly halfway. Remove the plug to release the water which in turn will rinse out the disposal. Once done, your sink disposal will smell better than new.
Finally, simply preventing clutter from building up throughout the week can keep your home looking in much better shape. It’ll also make it quicker and easier for you to get through your weekly clean. Invest in quality storage solutions to place around your home. For example, wicker baskets, bins, paper trays, and cubbies will be useful for the whole family. By incorporating these tips into your own housework routine, you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time relaxing.