How to Clean Your House

by Natasha

Best tips to clean your house thoroughly.

Whether you own or rent your home, cleaning it on a daily or weekly basis is sure to be on your “to do” list. For most people, keeping the space they live in clean allows for a more enjoyable life and contributes to the relaxation at the end of every work day. While some people grow up learning house cleaning skills, others do not develop the skills until they are older. Do you fall into this category? Did you miss the life-long lessons on how to clean your house? If you are searching for pointers on how to get the job done, continue reading.

Choosing the Right Products

The products that you choose to help clean your home will be important. In many cases, it can help cut your cleaning time in half. When cleaning your home, you want to look for products that can make the job easier on you. With so many products available, choosing the right products can be a daunting task. Below is a list of pointers that will help you make the choice.

  • Look for disinfectant:

The cleaning products that you use in the kitchen and bathroom area of your home must contain a disinfectant. These two areas of your home are without a doubt, the dirtiest and most prone to germs that can make you and your family sick. When choosing a cleaning product to mop your floors and clean your countertops, make sure that they will help get rid of the germs.

  • Different areas, different products:

You don’t want to use the same cleaner in every room of your home. Why? Cleaning products made for kitchens and bathrooms have stronger chemicals that may be too harsh for cleaning in other rooms. You don’t want to clean wood furniture with a harsh kitchen disinfectant. Instead, you want to choose a product that is milder and is designed specifically for wood furniture.

  • The impact on the environment:

A new age of cleaning products has brought about a focus on how the products affect the environment. There are now many cleaning products available that are eco-friendly. By being eco-friendly, they are better for your family and the environment. When choosing the right products, consider the impact they will have on the environment. This can help narrow your selection and make choosing the products much easier.

The products that you choose to help you clean your home can make all the difference in how quickly and efficiently you get the job done. Choose products that will clean and disinfect your home.

Once you have chosen the right products to help you get the job done, it’s time to get your plan together as to how you will tackle the cleaning job.  It will be beneficial to tackle the hardest jobs first. Often times, this include the bathroom and kitchen area of your home.  You must also make the decision as to how long it will take you to complete the process.  Will you clean a little every day, or will you choose one day a week as “cleaning day?”  Many people will tell you that it is much easier to tackle small jobs daily than to take on the challenge only one day each week. Devise a plan that determines how much and how often you will clean.  This will give you a great starting place.

Now that you have chosen your products and a devised a plan, it’s time to put your plans into action. If you have never been much of a cleaner, putting the plan into action can seem overwhelming. Below are a few tips that can help make things easier on you.

  • Pick a room and start:

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so why not delve straight in and clean the heart of the home first? The initial cleaning process may be hard at first, but once you get it cleaned, maintaining it is easier. Don’t forget to target areas that are prone to germs and dirt such as around the trash can and the sink.

  • Surface cleaning:

Realize that your house doesn’t need to be thoroughly cleaned every day. You can choose one day a week to dust and mop. During the other days, simply surface clean. This means that you pick up trash, put away toys, clean off counter tops, etc. Surface cleaning will make the job easier on you on the days that you do need to do a thorough cleaning. Picking up as you go and teaching others in the family to do the same will greatly reduce the amount of time that you spend cleaning.

  • Laundry:

Depending on how large your family is, laundry can be a large task. Most families can get away with doing laundry every 2 to 3 days. Others, however, have to stay on top of it daily. Choose specific days that you deem as “laundry day.” Sort clothes every single day. Wash and fold on the days that work best with your work schedule.

  • Steam cleaning:

Once or twice a year your carpets and furniture need to be thoroughly cleaned. This is a job that can be done by the professionals or by you. Steam cleaning will help reduce the allergens in your home that build up over time.

  • Dusting:

Dusting is the dreaded job that no one likes to do. It has to be done! Dusting at least twice a month will also help reduce the allergens in your home. Ceiling fans, knick knacks, and shelves are just a few of the many surfaces that need to be dusted at least twice a month.

  • Sweeping and Mopping:

Keeping your floors clean is without a doubt one of the most difficult tasks in cleaning. Sweeping for a few minutes every day will help keep the dirt from settling into your home. Mopping will vary. You may have to mop more if the weather is wet and nasty outside. You don’t want mud building up on your floors. Mop at least once a week unless the weather or something else requires you to do it more often.

Above are a few useful tips that can help you clean your house.  Regardless of if you are just beginning the cleaning process or are looking for tips on how you can make cleaning an easier process, the information above will be helpful for you.  Choosing the right products, devising a cleaning plan, and following useful tips will help you get the job done. Then, you can discover your own cleaning secrets that can help others who are just starting out!

Updated: 05/18/2012, Natasha
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Rose on 01/22/2014

I tend to do a little cleaning every day. There's something to be said for having a "cleaning day" where you do it all at once. The house looks so beautiful straight afterwards! You never get that feeling if you spread the cleaning over the week.

BrendaReeves on 09/10/2012

Cleaning has always been hard for me. I hate it. These are great suggestions for those of us who didn't grow up watching their mothers clean.

katiem2 on 06/04/2012

Great tips on cleaning house, I saw this and as I struggle to get my spring cleaning done I need all the help I can get. Great organized plan and now I feel motivated to get it done and keep my house clean. Thanks for the tips. :) K

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