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The Complete Guide to Household Cleaning

The Complete Guide to Household Cleaning

Published by Emma on 9th May 2022

Do your windows need to be cleaned so severely that you can't even see out of them anymore? Maybe you can see out of them just fine, but yikes, the grime. Your kitchen table looks like it's been used as an art project for pasting dried spaghetti and Play-Doh. Your carpet looks like it could get up and walk away independently. You're pretty sure there's life growing under that couch cushion.

Is it time to call in a professional cleaning service? Or maybe you've decided to clean everything yourself with natural ingredients. Whatever your plan is, or even if you don't have one yet—this blog is here to help!

Set up a daily cleaning schedule

Things can get messy around the house, but establishing a daily cleaning schedule can prevent this from happening.

The first thing you should do is decide which tasks will be done on which days of the week. For example, Monday is when you vacuum your house and clean out your fridge.

Next, make a list of everything that needs to be done (vacuuming, dusting, laundry). Include both daily chores such as washing dishes and weekly chores like vacuuming. It's up to you how often each chore needs to be completed; some people might find it necessary to vacuum daily while others only clean once a week or once a month.

Finally, choose one chore per day that needs to be done daily (e.g., cleaning up after dinner); schedule another task for one day of the week (e.g., vacuuming), and so on until all tasks have been assigned dates on which they'll get done regularly. When you make a schedule like this, it's easier to stick with it because everything has its place instead of just being thrown into piles around the house or left out where anyone could trip over them if not careful enough--and nobody wants their home; turned into an obstacle course!

Start with the kitchen

With some planning and some elbow grease, you can take your kitchen from filthy to sparkling. Because the kitchen is often the dirtiest room in the house, it's essential to spend a little extra time cleaning this area carefully and adequately. Ensure that all surfaces are cleaned with an appropriate cleaner—food tends to decay quickly in kitchens, providing a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. It's essential to use a multi-surface cleaner that is safe around food.

Prepare a cleaning kit

The key to cleaning your house manageable is to have a cleaning kit on hand. It will contain essential supplies, such as rubber gloves, rags, grout brushes, and microfiber cloths. Having everything in one place will be great when it comes time to clean the kitchen counters or mop up some spilt juice.

Keep this cleaning kit somewhere where you can quickly get to it without taking up too much space in your home—a spare closet or cabinets underneath the sink are excellent places for storing this kit. Put a label on it so that even your kids know what's for cleaning and what's not! In addition to your standard toolkit, it may be helpful to set aside some stuff that'll help you tackle more significant projects like washing the exterior windows or doing some deep carpet cleaning. Plus, you'll want something in there when you need to do some severe scrubbing of grime and mould (you don't want these products mixed with your other stuff).

When you've finished using each item in your cleaning kit, ensure they're appropriately stored away so they don't get dirty again before their subsequent use! Alternatively, if they've been used extensively or are exceptionally grimy, dispose of them after every use instead - either way works fine. Still, it might depend on circumstances (i.e., if there isn't enough storage available at home).

Do it yourself and save money

Using your DIY cleaning products is one of the most cost-effective ways to clean—and, as with any significant endeavour, there are a few friendly and straightforward tips that can save you even more money.

  • Clean regularly: The best and most economical way to keep your house clean is to do it regularly. Sometimes we need reminders! We're all busy, and it's easy to let the dust pile up in hard-to-reach places or leave the bathroom without a good scrubbing for weeks. However, soon enough, suppose you commit yourself to a regular cleaning routine (which doesn't have to be particularly arduous or time-consuming!). In that case, you'll notice that you don't have to do deep cleans as often and can focus on smaller areas of your home during each session.
  • Baking soda: You'd be surprised by how much baking soda can come in handy when it comes time for a cleaning day! It's excellent at getting rid of tough stains and odours, taking off the rust from metal appliances in your kitchen, keeping your toilets spick and span, deodorizing carpets after pet accidents (or human ones), or polishing silverware—to name a few applications for this potent powder!
  • Vinegar: Vinegar is another household staple that does double duty as a cleaner! In addition to being cost-effective compared with other cleaners available at the store (especially when you buy vinegar in bulk), it's also highly versatile. From laundry detergent additive (add one cup of vinegar per load) to bathtub scrubber (spraying vinegar onto mouldy grout will make it easier for you to wipe away) and oven cleaner (mix one part water with two parts white vinegar), there are so many ways vinegar makes our lives easier—and cleaner!

Make use of your imagination

It's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to cleaning, but that doesn't mean you have to feel limited by what's available at the grocery store. Some of the best and most effective cleaning solutions can be made with everyday household items.

So roll up your sleeves and start tinkering! Baking soda, vinegar, and salt make excellent abrasives for scrubbing surfaces. Oil-based products like butter or mayonnaise can restore shine to wood furniture. A little lukewarm water mixed with white distilled vinegar makes a great window cleaner.

Once you've released your inner scientist, you'll begin thinking about other ways to use everyday objects for more than just their original purpose. Lint-free cloths are better for dusting than paper towels because they can be laundered and re-used; old toothbrushes are great for getting into hard-to-reach places around sinks or faucets; an empty spray bottle will always come in handy if you need something to hold a homemade cleaning solution.

What makes a professional cleaner?

Professional cleaners have the experience, training, and equipment to do a thorough job. They also are insured and bonded so that if by some chance an item is damaged or broken while they're cleaning, you'll be reimbursed for the loss. Professionals also don't cut corners; they look into every nook and cranny of a room or home, ensuring that it's immaculate (and spotless) when they leave.

Hire a professional cleaning services provider

If you're willing to pay a little extra, you can always have someone else do the dirty work. A maid or cleaning service will be much more thorough than you would ever need to be. After all, they're professionals. If it's an option for you, consider hiring one.

There are some factors to keep in mind when choosing a cleaning service:

  • Do your research. Ensure the company is established and reputable before signing any agreements or handing over cash.
  • Get references from friends and family members who've used the service before to feel how well it works and their experience with it. (Don't necessarily believe everything good or bad that people say about specific companies.)
  • Have clear expectations about what areas of your home will be cleaned and how often—then ask for estimates based on those specifics!

Cleaning your home sounds complicated, but it's easier when you establish good habits

Many people are intimidated by the thought of cleaning their home, and understandably so. When you look around at all the areas that need to be cleaned and sanitized, it can feel overwhelming.

The good news is that it isn't as hard as you might think. Once you get started, you'll find that cleaning your home requires much less time than you think—especially if you're willing to establish good habits.

Here are our tips for getting things under control:

  • Start with small tasks
  • Set a schedule for when you'll clean in the future
  • When possible, use a kit or at least have your equipment on hand before beginning your project
  • Make use of your imagination to help along the way
  • If necessary, consider hiring a professional

Wrapping up

Now that you've got a handle on the most critical elements of keeping your home sanitary and outfitted with clean linens, it's time to look at some other ways to keep your home as clean as possible.

For starters, make sure that every room in your house has enough lighting. It might seem obvious, but I have friends who don't think about this until it's too late—and then they get frustrated about how dark their rooms are. You want light to see what's going on around you, which will help prevent accidents from happening (like stepping on something sharp or tripping over a toy).

Also consider getting some plants if you can. Plants are great because they absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen—which means they help keep the air fresh and clean.