Most of us want to maintain a clean and tidy home as much as possible. However, with trying to balance careers, families and a social life, keeping your house clean can find its way to the bottom of your list of priorities.
That’s why I have put together a list of my best cleaning tips which will make it much easier to keep your home looking respectable for even the busiest of people.
If you like this post, make sure to head on over to 14 Dirtiest Part of Your Home That You Should Be Cleaning More Often afterwards for even more cleaning tips and tricks!
SPEND TEN MINUTES BEFORE BEDTIME
Cleaning is the last thing on most people minds when you’re trying to juggle a hectic schedule. However, if you dedicate just ten minutes each day before you head to bed, you’ll be so surprised at what you can actually achieve in that time.
Ten minutes is just enough time to load the dishwasher, hang some laundry out to dry or just reset the room and clear away clutter, paperwork or toys that have ended up all over the place.
I work best under pressure, so I actually set a timer to try and race against the clock to get as much done as possible.
ALWAYS MAKE YOUR BED
Making your bed each morning won’t just make your bedroom seem a hundred times tidier, but there are a whole load of proven benefits to making your bed each morning.
People who make their bed in the morning are proven to be much more productive throughout the remainder of their day. Making your bed in the morning gives you an immediate sense of accomplishment, as you have done something constructive from the moment your day starts.
DO AN EXTRA LOAD OF LAUNDRY
Until recently, I always made Sunday my laundry day. However, more recently I’ve started doing an extra load of washing half way through the week which makes the task of doing the rest of the washing at the weekend much less daunting.
Doing an extra load on a Wednesday or Thursday cuts down the amount of time I spend on chores at the weekend significantly and I don’t dread laundry day quite so much.
USE LESS PRODUCTS
Slim down the amount of cleaning products you keep in your home and you’ll find that cleaning the house top to bottom is much simpler.
If you have a whole collection of general cleaners, antibacterial sprays, de-greasers, polishing solutions etc, you’re not only complicating matters for no reason, but you’re putting a hell of a lot of chemicals into your space.
Cut down your supplies to an antibacterial general purpose cleaning, descaler and gentle soap based cleaner and you should manage just fine.
STEAM THE MICROWAVE WITH VINGAR AND LEMON
Cleaning my microwave oven is one of those tings I really dread doing.
Its such an awkward angle to try and get to every corner and scrubbing off dried on food is very unpleasant. However, I recently learned the trick of steaming the microwave with hot water mixed with lemon water and vinegar.
Pop the ingredients into a heat proof bowl and heat in the microwave for a few minutes. The steam from the solution will dislodge and soften dried on stains and the lemon juice will leave your oven smelling fresh!
USE BREAD TO PICK UP GLASS & GLITTER
Trying to keep your home clean with little people running around can be pretty challenging.
Any parent knows that one of the most painful things to clean up is glitter! Next time your kids spill glitter over your clean floors, just reach for a slice of bread and press it against the surface to pick up the glitter particles quickly and easily.
This trick also works for glass if you have any accidents in the kitchen!
USE A TOOTHBRUSH FOR HARD TO REACH AREAS
There are a tonne of hard to reach areas around our homes that are breeding grounds for bacteria, crumbs, dust and other nasties. It’s so awkward to get into those small spaces that quite often they just get forgotten about.
Try using a toothbrush next time you need to access those crevasses between spaces like computer keyboards, sink holes, drains, between skirting boards etc.
USE ESSENTIAL OILS
One of my favourite tricks around the home is to use essential oils to create a welcoming, relaxing environment. Oils make an excellent alternative to candles and are much cheaper and safer – especially if you have children or pets in your home.
Invest in an aromatherapy oil diffuser to enjoy a soothing mist that fills the room with the scent of your favourite oil. My personal favourites are lavender, vanilla, ylang ylang and citronella. I find the smell to be much more noticeable than the smell of candles and when my diffuser is on I can smell it from anywhere within the house rather than most candles only making the room they’re lit in smell good.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little more subtle – try sprinkling a few drops of oil on soft furnishings such as bedding, cushions, sofas etc, or mixing oils into your cleaning solutions to leave a gentle hint of fragrance around your home.
Baking soda is a brilliant solution for tackling a whole range of cleaning tasks. Some of the most popular uses of baking soda around the home includes deodorizing, removing limescale, polishing stainless steel surfaces, removing soap scum and removing carpet stains.
The best part is that baking soda is a natural ingredient used in a lot of foods, making it totally non-toxic and a lot cheaper than store bough cleaning products.
To Finish Off…
I really hope you enjoyed this post and that you’ve learned some new ways to keep your home looking immaculate no matter how packed your schedule is!
If you have any more tips and tricks that you like to use around the home to keep your space looking fresh, then make sure to let me know in the comments below and I could feature your ideas in a future blog post!
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