The Best DIY House Cleaning Solutions

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House cleaning is important for the health and well-being of your family. But it’s not easy to keep your home clean at all times, especially if you have professional and personal commitments that leave you with very little time to spare. Homes with little children can become messy and dirty very quickly. Outside of hiring professional house cleaners, it’s necessary for parents to have a handy bag of tricks that will help them out. These are some of the top DIY cleaning solutions that are easy and quick. Here are some suggestions that can help make your cleaning routine a little bit easier.

A Cleaner for Everything

vinegar all purpose cleaner

All-purpose cleaners are great time-savers because they can be used for almost everything, so you don’t need to change cleaners during the cleaning process. You’ll find several recipes for these cleaners online but some of the most effective ones are also the simplest. There’s an added bonus to this: you don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy anti-bacterial cleaners that aren’t good for your health to begin with.

A simple mix of 9 units of water and 1 unit of vinegar is a great disinfectant that will clean well and won’t harm your health. You can store the solution inside a spray bottle and spray on countertops and floors to clean them. You shouldn’t use this cleaner on surfaces that get stained easily so do a spot test before you apply it.

Tile Cleaner

Tiles can get greasy and slippery, especially if they’re constantly exposed to water and oils. Your kitchen backsplash or bathroom wall tiles should be cleaned regularly to ensure they look great and the grease doesn’t build up over time. However, off-the-shelf tile cleaners are full of harmful chemicals and contaminants that can cause a number of health problems.

One of the best solutions for tiles is a homemade solution of half a cup of baking soda, some liquid dish washing soap, and a few drops of essential oils for deodorizing. You can use lavender or tea-tree oil for this purpose. All you need to do is pour the liquid soap into the baking soda and stir until the solution bubbles up before you add the essential oils. After this, you should load it onto a brush or a sponge and start to clean the tiles. The tiles will be as good as new, quickly and easily.

For Ovens and Stoves

Ovens and stoves are a nightmare to clean and some cleaners aren’t as effective as you’d want them to be. Some of these cleaning solutions also have harmful chemicals that can have a negative impact on your health. If you want to safely remove all the grease and stubborn stains from your oven and stove, you can try a solution of borax, some liquid soap, and hot water.

You can spread this mixture on the stains and let it soak in for a moment to loosen the particles. After this, it’s simply a matter of wiping it off with a towel. If you still find some lingering spots, repeat this procedure and your oven or stove should be completely clean in no time.

You can also use a combination of liquid dishwasher soap, baking soda, and a few drops of water for stubborn stains. The trick is to let the solution sink into the grease to loosen it up a little.

For the Sink

The kitchen and bathroom sink can become very dirty and slimy over time, especially if you have not cleaned it in a while. The good news is that you don’t need to purchase a separate solution for this job. All you need is two cups of baking soda, some liquid dish washing soap, a few drops of water, and a few drops of lemon essential oil.

This solution will help to clean and deodorize the sink. You can mix the solution and load it up on a soft brush or sponge to clean your sink. It will help to remove all the slime and dirt from the surface and ensure that it’s squeaky clean.

To Clean Windows

There are hundreds of expensive window cleaning solutions available in the market but you can actually make a great one at home as well. Again, the ingredients for this DIY solution are almost always available at home. You just need to mix in a quarter cup of vinegar with some natural liquid soap, and water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle after you’ve mixed it thoroughly and use it to clean windows, mirrors, and other such glass surfaces.

This solution will help clean your windows effectively and quickly. You can also add some hydrogen peroxide and peppermint essential oil to the solution to make it more effective. The rubbing alcohol will disinfect the surface and a few drops of peppermint oil will add a slight sheen to it.

Solution to Clean Chrome

You don’t need to purchase a specialized cleaner to clean steel and chrome tools and appliances in your home. A solution of natural dishwashing soap, water, and a few tablespoons of vinegar can easily clean any grease or dirt from the surface and restore its original shine. All you need to do is mix the solution well and pour it into a spray bottle. When you want to clean the chrome, spray the solution on the surface and let it sit for a minute before you wipe it off.

For Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can be a serious problem and can trigger allergic reactions in the more vulnerable members of your family. You need to address this problem as soon as you spot it and the best way to do it is to use a DIY solution of half a cup of baking soda, 2 cups of water, and a few tea spoons of tea-tree oil. This essential oil is well-known for its anti-biotic properties and is very effective against mold and mildew.

You need to mix water and tea-tree oil, spray it on the surface with mold, and let the solution sink in for about 24 hours. After this, mix the same solution in the baking power until it forms a paste and use that to clean the surface.

What if I’m just too busy?

These DIY solutions will help you keep your home clean at a significantly low cost and the best part is that they require very little time and effort.

Of course, if you’re too busy to clean or you simply want the touch only a professional house cleaner can provide, Sunflower Maids has you covered. Book your house cleaning today in less than 60 seconds!

5 Simple Techniques to Make House Cleaning Fun!

Who said house cleaning has to be boring? Our friends from 604 Maids have come up with a cool, fun list of ways to make house cleaning exciting for the whole family. Get everyone involved in house cleaning and get ready to have a blast!Things you can do to make cleaning more fun are by making cleaning a game. Yes, that’s right, cleaning can be a game. Have challenges with your children to see who can collect more trash bags from the house,

Things you can do to make cleaning more fun are by making cleaning a game. Yes, that’s right, cleaning can be a game. Have challenges with your children to see who can collect more trash bags from the house, time you kids to see who can run to the garbage can outside and return the fastest. You can have races for just about any cleaning activity. Trust me, I do this all the time with my children and IT WORKS! Try it for yourself.

Take a look at the infographic below for some more great ideas to make cleaning more fun!

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10 Easy Ways to Clean Your House!

Pretty Clean House

Cleaning your house is probably about the last thing you want to do on your weekend, which is usually the only opportunity where you actually get the time to do it.  Working all week and coming home late, only to snatch a few hours trying to relax before you sleep and do it all over again doesn’t really give you the time, desire or patience for something like a home deep-clean.  Cleaning up on a Saturday morning, likewise, feels like a betrayal.  You worked hard all week so you could…work harder?

Here are some ways to make cleaning your house a bit easier.  You may still have to do it on the weekend, but at least it’ll be shorter!

1) Live with a pet?  Use a Rubber Squeegee to ‘wipe’ your floors

I love my cat, but one thing I can’t stand is how much hair she leaves all over the carpet, no matter how much I clean or vacuum.  It’s always there, ready to cling to everything I own, and everything my friends and family do too.  If you get a small window squeegee (or a large one, if you can find a place to store it), rub it firmly along the floor – like you’re cleaning a window – and you’ll be amazed to find how much hair it picks up. 

2) Use an old sock to clean blinds

Take a sock out of the laundry hamper, stick it over your hand and clean all those awkward places around your house quickly and easily.  Venetian blinds are a nightmare, but with a sock-duster, things become a lot easier.  Sure, you could go out and buy dusters from the grocery store and fiddle around with them, but why not save time and money and use a piece of laundry that you were going to wash anyway?

3) Use a dirty pillow case to dust a ceiling fan

Do you find that when you turn on your fan you tend to get sprinkles of dust everywhere? Don’t have a step ladder to reach that high, or just plain think that dusting awkwardly at height is dangerous?  Just take an old pillow case, slide the open end onto one blade of the fan, gently pull down and drag it along the fan and off, cleaning it and all the gunk that’s lived up there for so long.

4) Protect baseboards from dust and hair with dryer sheets

Dryer sheets have special chemicals in them that repel dust and hair with static electricity – leverage this around the house!  Rub down the bottoms of your walls and be amazed at how vibrant they can look for weeks to come, and you don’t have to worry about anything – the dryer sheet residue will take care of the rest.

5) Use an old (washed and dried) toothbrush to clean out your computer keyboard

Are you at your computer for long periods of time every day?  Never taken the opportunity to wipe down that keyboard to see how dirty it can get? Well don’t worry about it anymore, because as soon as you get an old toothbrush, you can get right into it and clean out all the nitty gritty holes and cracks gunk can fall into.  You may be surprised at what you find down there.

6) Get small scratches and scuffs out of leather with a bit of shoe polish

Wipe that black couch down with the same polish you’d use on your work or dress shoes, just be careful not to use too much!  A small touch will go a long way.  If you don’t have a black leather couch, boot lanolin serves the same function and has very similar results! Next time your friend scuffs up your expensive couch with their boots, don’t get too mad, just get them to use their own elbow grease.

7) For kitchen cleaning, fill a blender with warm water and put in a dab of dish soap

Love blending foods to drink on the go?  Have a small child and make your own baby food often?  Blenders and blending are fantastic ways to prepare meals, but cleaning them is always a hassle.  With this simple trick, you can have a perfectly clean blender in moments.  Just be sure to rise thoroughly after you soap up the insides!  The last thing you want is a soapy smoothie.

8) Put ice-cubes made of vinegar down the garbage disposal

Is your garbage disposal making a noxious smell?  Shoved a bunch of chemicals down there, but it just isn’t quite right?  Try freezing vinegar, then slowly placing one cube after another down the disposal.  After you fill the receptacle, turn the machine on and let it grind all the ice cubes – this coats and sanitizes the inside of the machine and the chunks of vinegar also serve to dislodge and ‘scrub’ the rest of the mess away!  Flush with cold water after a while and see that your garbage disposal is as good as new.

9) Freshen up a sponge with the microwave

Sponges are disgusting havens of bacteria most of the time.  Usually they’re kept next to the sink and usually they aren’t fully wrung out when you use them, which ends up with you having moldy, smelly sponges.  Instead of letting a sponge simmer in its own juices, try cleaning it thoroughly after use with soap and water, then, while still moist; toss it into the microwave for about two minutes.  The heat disinfects and deodorizes the sponge, so you’ll never have to worry about it getting disgusting again!

10) After cutting meat, always clean the cutting board

Food poisoning is a huge concern for any kitchen, so do what industry professionals do on a daily basis: after use, soak your cutting board in a sink with water and a small amount of bleach.  Not only does this disinfect, but it also dislodges – making your job much easier!

We’re always on the hunt for more info, so what are your cleaning tips for a quicker, cleaner house?

How Decluttering Your Home Can Make You Happier

De-cluttering your home can seem like a very uninspiring and daunting task. So why should you clean up? It turns out that a cluttered living environment can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health according to multiple studies. The excess clutter could be literally polluting your body and mind, yet most people turn a blind eye when it comes to decluttering their home.

This beautiful house cleaning infographic by Simply Maid Cleaning includes some great information about the effects of clutter and practical tips on de-cluttering your home.

Check it out!

Decluttering Your Home Can Make You Happy

Speed Cleaning Made Easy

Speed Cleaning Made Easy

House cleaning can be painful, can’t it? It’s a dirty, messy, back-breaking job that can sometimes take FOREVER. Thankfully, these speed cleaning tips change all of that.

Hopefully, we’re going to help you change that today.

There are obviously cleaning tasks that need more time to do right, but there are plenty of things that you can do quickly each day that will keep your home looking much better than if you didn’t do them.

These simple tasks are easy to manage even on a busy schedule.

Whether you use a house cleaning service like Sunflower Maids for the major cleaning or not, touch up cleaning is necessary so that you don’t end up having more than can be tackled on your regular cleaning day. With the following tips, you’ll be speed cleaning through your home not just for the interim cleaning but also on the day you go after the bigger tasks.

Dusting

Speed Cleaning Tips for Dusting

One of the easiest ways to keep up with dusting is to not have so much to dust and to reduce dust as much as possible. Knickknacks can seem to breed overnight, especially when you are prone to bringing home gems as you travel, go to garage sales, or find yourself collecting a certain genre wherever you go. One of the first things you should consider is going through them and keeping out only those that are the most precious to you. Either box up the rest, donate them, or have a garage sale of your own.

In addition to decluttering, make sure that you keep up with your HVAC filter changes. Getting the higher quality filters and changing them often will go a long way to reducing the amount of dust in the air that settles on everything. Also, while it is nice to have windows open to enjoy that fresh air, consider that if it is a windy day and you have a dusty yard or neighborhood, the price for that fresh air is more dust.

One speed cleaning trick to keep up with dusting is to keep a feather duster at each end of your home where it is easy to grab and carry along with you, dusting as you walk through. You likely walk from room to room many times during the course of the day, and it takes literally no time or effort to fluff the dust off things as you walk by. This won’t replace a good dusting with cloth and polish, but it will keep things looking better until you do the regular dusting on cleaning day.

Floors

Speed Cleaning Your Floors

Doesn’t it seem strange that you will find debris on the floors of rooms you barely spend time in? Pretty much everywhere we go, we have things drop off us that go unnoticed until they accumulate on the floor. You, your family and even your pets can easily track in things from outdoors, as well as shed hair, dry skin, and such.

One of the things to do is invest in a small broom and pan combo, or one of those push rotating sweepers. Lighter debris will often find itself accumulating at the edges of the rooms and you’ll be able to whisk it up quickly without dragging out your vacuum or larger broom. You’ve probably seen restaurant people use the sweepers to clear up crumbs during business hours. These are invaluable particularly if you have furry shedding pets.

Typically, the messiest floor in your home is the kitchen. It is pretty much impossible to prepare any meal without some crumbs making it to the floor. If part of your after dinner regime, right before doing dishes, is to do a quick sweep of the floors, you’ll avoid having those crumbs get crushed, scattered and perhaps even wet and sticky when you are washing dishes. This also keeps them from being tracked throughout your home further making your job more difficult.

Bathrooms

Speed Cleaning Your Bathroom

Without a doubt the most dreaded cleaning job of all is scrubbing the bathroom toilets, showers and tubs. When it comes to each of these, the longer soap scum and other things stay on the surface, the harder it is to remove them. One trick is keeping a squeegee in the shower so that walls and the door can be cleaned after each shower. If you train your family to do this, you will find it incredibly easy to keep up with the shower.

Keeping antibacterial wipes handy is not just a good way to keep counters clean, but it also will also keep germs at bay. Again, if everyone cleans up after themselves, it will be far easier on cleaning day. As far as the toilet, you’ll find that if you give it a swish with the brush every couple of days, it will take a lot less effort. There are also various products you can add to the tank that will help keep the bowl clean and fresh.

Speed Cleaning Tips

If you follow the day to day tips, you’ll find that cleaning day is a bit easier, but there are also things that you can do on cleaning day to make it more of a 2-3 hour task instead of all day. First of all, have a plan in place. A system will enable you to practically fly through the tasks on autopilot and be done before you realize it. You’ll also find you get faster each week as you become proficient. Practice the top to bottom method – start high such as cleaning fans and end with floors, so that you do not find yourself dirtying something you just cleaned. Some people like to have fast tempo music playing to encourage them to move faster.

A great tip for making vacuuming faster is to use an extension cord that lets you vacuum your entire home, or at least one floor, without needing to search out another outlet. If you use a centrally located outlet, you should be able to manage this with a 50 foot extension cord.
Another tip is keeping all your cleaning supplies in a carry tote. Not only will this save you time searching out your supplies, but when you carry it from room to room, you avoid countless trips to your storage cabinet. If you have a multi-level home, you may want to keep one on each level to avoid carting it up and down stairs.

Don’t be afraid to recruit family members to take over certain parts of the cleaning regime. Even small children can manage picking up toys, and simple tasks like changing out the bathroom towels, making beds and putting things away are easy enough for most ages.

Hire Help

Even with using these tips, if you have a hectic schedule or simply want to spend your weekends engaging in fun activities with your family instead of cleaning, hiring help to take care of your home is always a great option. You work hard all week, so there is nothing better than having someone come in each week to do the heavy duty cleaning, once a month to give you a break, or a few times a year to handle deep cleaning tasks.

The most important thing about speed cleaning is coming up with a plan that fits you the best. Some people like to put all their cleaning in one day, where others like to do a few minutes each evening. Some like to do a certain task throughout the home before moving onto another, where others like to get one room done completely then move to the next. There are no wrong answers, so do what works best for you.

If that just so happens to be hiring help, no problem! We’ve got you covered.

Book a house cleaning in Kansas City today!

9 Things People With Spotless Houses Do Everyday

Keeping a spotless home is quite the chore! It takes time. Effort. And sometimes ingenuity! (hah)

Let’s be honest, just keeping the chaos down between cleanings can be a really difficult. Everyone is so much busier these days that even basic house cleaning can be a major daily chore. To help everyone out, Maid Savvy of Charlotte has created an infographic of simple tasks that can keep your home clean. Best of all, each task only takes a few minutes to complete.

Try one or all of them to keep your home looking fresh every day!

Or… skip doing it yourself and book a cleaning today!

9 Things People With Messy Houses Do Everyday (Infographic)

9 Things People With Messy Houses Do Everyday (Infographic)

How to Clean Up 8 Classic Kid Messes

You’ve warned them, threatened them, and driven yourself crazy trying to stop them from messing up your just cleaned kitchen floor or brand new couch.

Since you can’t stuff them in a straitjacket for the rest of their lives, you’ve come to accept there’s really no way you can stop your kids from making a mess.

So how can you make cleaning up easier?

Gold Coast Maids has created this really handy infographic on How to Clean Up 8 Classic and Annoying Kid Messes.

Check it out! We think you’ll like it:

How to Clean Up 8 Classic and Annoying Kid Messes

5 DIY Cleaning Solutions that You Never Would have Expected (Mixed from Items in Your Cabinet!)

5 DIY Cleaning Solutions

Want in on a dirty little secret?

Well, cleaning your home doesn’t mean using harsh cleansers that contain dozens of chemicals and other ingredients even a college professor would have a hard time pronouncing.

You can feel good about cleaning because you are using natural ingredients that are safe for the kiddos, pets, and the environment.

Plus, an added bonus is that these ingredients can come from whatever you have in your cabinets and pantry.

Read on to learn about how you can whip up some cleaning materials and use them to get your stuff squeaky clean, sans the chemicals!

1. Newspaper – the Super Window Wiper

Clean Windows with Newspaper

One thing I swear by (I’ve literally been doing this for years) is using old newspapers to clean my windows.

One day, being the busy new mom that I am; I didn’t realize I was completely out of paper towels.

My in-laws were due for a visit within the hour (and I couldn’t greet them with streaky, baby finger-slobber windows) so I grabbed a few newspaper pieces from my recycling bin.

With a little elbow grease and an organic cleanser (see number two!), I quickly eliminated the streaks and did some touch ups all over the house with the newspaper.

Talk about recycling!

To this day, I use up my newspaper before I dip into my paper towels.

2. Vinegar, the New All Purpose Cleanser

Vinegar Cleans Everything!

Before I had a child, I must admit; I was not the most eco-conscious person.

I could care less what I wiped the counters down with, mopped with, or even cleaned the tub with.

All of that changed once I became responsible for a little life!

His health and safety is what mattered to me the most, and I certainly didn’t want to have toxic cleansers sitting around.

I also didn’t want to expose his little body to unnecessary items that he could easily come in contact with when playing and exploring (or more importantly, when eating!).

So, I decided to whip up my own home made all purpose cleanser with a little help from Pinterest.

Simply take a cup of hot water, and add a half cup of white vinegar to it.

Then, add a dash of rubbing alcohol, a teaspoon of dish soap (I like Sonnet Dish Washing Up Liquid), and 3 drops of tea tree oil to awaken your senses (and simply make it all smell much better!).

I mixed all of these ingredients well and poured them into a simple spray bottle that I picked up at my local dollar store.

During the days when my infant napped more than he was awake (and when I was bored out of my mind) I made a pretty little label to slap on the outside of the bottle.

And, voila! I had a homemade, inexpensive, and totally safe bottle of cleanser that I enjoyed using (maybe a little too much).

3. Vinegar Part II – It Cleans Pretty Much Everything

After my dentist asked me how often I clean my electric toothbrush head (I obviously had to pause and think about it), I decided it was time to get down to business.

Yes, I understand that you can totally toss the head after a few months or so, but think about it.

You are using that brush multiple times a day.

If it’s not clean, how are you removing plaque and other build up from your teeth?

My doctor recommended using mouthwash frequently to diminish the dirty stuff that builds up on the bristles.

But, I dabbled with a nifty, vinegar soak instead.

White vinegar is a natural cleaner, so I now dip my brush head into a cup full for about a half an hour every Sunday.

After making it part of my fast weekly cleaning routine, I noticed a difference in the way that not only my mouth and teeth felt, but how the brush functioned overall.

It isn’t as gunked up with toothpaste (or as stinky), and it is quick, easy, and cheap to try!

Completely obsessed with how well the vinegar cleaned the brush, I looked up some more uses for this bad boy, and began to buy it in bulk!

On snowy weekends that I was trapped in the house, I busted open the vinegar and began cleaning pretty much everything!

I dipped a Q-tip in it and swiped the keys on my laptop.

I dipped my scissors in it because they were becoming sticky and grimy.

I even deodorized my lunch box by soaking a slice of white bread in white vinegar and leaving it in my bag overnight.

And, behold! My lunch bag has never smelled better.

I became so invested in vinegar; I found dozens of sites that boast vinegar uses around the house.

I even made my own home made solution to spray.

Simply mix half a cup of water with half a cup of vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle.

I like to even add essential oil to it (my favorite is tangerine) to give it a little something extra (and less of that vinegar smell).

4. Lavender Leather Cleaner

Clean Your Furniture!

I don’t know about you, but I love leather!

I love wearing it and I love it in my home (and in my car).

So, I wanted to treat this fine fabric right, but also use something on it that is ok for the environment and the leather itself.

I learned that I can whip up leather cleaner that is not only effective, but that smells heavenly.

To make lavender leather cleaner, mix together a quarter cup of vinegar, a quarter cup of olive oil, and a few drops of lavender oil.

After mixing them in a bowl, pour the solution into a spray bottle and clean away!

I loved how my car not only looked spotless, but smelled so soothing (the scent was really what I needed on my long drive to and from work).

5. Shower Curtain Savior

How gross does your shower curtain liner get?

Mine got really yucky once I started bathing my pugs indoors during the winter, and after my son began toddling around the bathroom splashing who knows what on the liner when his sippy cup was in hand.

So I learned that it could be thrown in the washing machine, rather than tossed (which is of course is what I did in my single, carefree, large budget days).

I began to use an all-natural, homemade laundry detergent to help me clean this bad boy.

Simply take down the curtain, toss it in the washing machine and add a splash from a bottle that contains shavings from an Ivory bar soap, a cup of borax, and a cup of baking soda.

I have found that blending all these ingredients together in a blender really helps create a cohesive mixture and makes it easier to pour out of a bottle.

I have never seen a cleaner shower liner after using this organic mix, and have even taken the extra step and have begun washing all my clothes with this all natural cleanser as well!


Now that I’ve let you in on a few of my dirty little secrets, you are sure to look at house cleaning in a new light.

Hopefully you will learn that you can easily mix up your own concoctions and that they can be just as effective when it comes to cleaning anything and everything in your home; and be extra safe for those you love around you.

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Clean Your House in 1/2 the Time (Even if You’re a Busy Mom)

Truth be told, it’s insane how much time we spend on household chores we dread.

There’s more to life than cleaning, vacuuming, scrubbing behind the toilets (yuck!).

According to surveys, parents spend an average of 2.2 years of their life just cleaning.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!

So, we thought we would help out.

We scoured the internet and used our own personal experience to create the ultimate house cleaning infographic.

Below, you’ll find all sorts of interesting house cleaning tips and tricks, including a unique way to clean up vomit (gross… I know).

The goal of this infographic is to help you clean faster, so you can take back your life.

However… if you need house cleaning in Overland Park we can help!

Check it out (transcript below image):

INFOGRAPHIC How to Clean Your House in 1/2 the Time

INFOGRAPHIC How to Clean Your House in 1/2 the Time

TRANSCRIPT:

Did you know that parents spend an average of 2.2 years of their life just cleaning?

That’s a total of 312 hours a year…… or to put it another way: 7.8 work weeks!

YIKES! Most folks don’t even get that much vacation!

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to get just some of those 2.2 years of your life back?

Imagine all of the things you could do:

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Go for a walk [picture]
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Hang out with friends [picture]
Get healthy [picture]

Well, we have spectacular news:

With these speed cleaning hacks YOU CAN clean your house in 1/2 the time.

HOW TO SPEED CLEAN LIKE YOUR HOUSE LIKE A PRO:

  1. Clean from top to bottomWork from top to bottom so that dust and dirt particles fall to lower surfaces before you clean them.
  2. Clean from left to rightWork from left to right to ensure that you don’t accidently miss an area or mistakenly clean the same area twice.
  3. Minimize movementClean the outer walls first, and then focus on the furniture in the middle of the room.
  1. Never go over the same ground twiceClean thoroughly the first time so that you only have to go over an area once.
  1. Use the right toolsMove to a heavier or more efficient tool if you’re having trouble reaching a corner or getting up a stain.
  1. Let your cleaning solutions work for youSoak stains and buildup that are particularly challenging while you move on to clean another area.
  2. Two hands are better than oneYou can clean so much faster using both hands.
  1. If it isn’t dirty – don’t clean itVertical surfaces do not collect and hold dust in the same way that horizontal surfaces do so skip them, and all similar areas, when possible.
  1. Stay organizedKeep your cleaning products and rags in their own places in your cleaning caddy so that you can quickly find them when needed.
  2. Be more efficient through repetitionClean your home in the same way, every time, creating routines that you can easily remember and follow.
  1. Dust firstDusting first ensures that all particles falling from higher surfaces will be cleaned up at later stages in your cleaning routine.
  2. Vacuum lastVacuuming last ensures that all those nasty dust particles that have not been picked up from wiping down surfaces still get cleaned up.

 

APPLY THESE SIMPLE TACTICS AND START CLEANING FASTER TODAY!

THE EASY WAY TO CLEAN FAN BLADES

Wrap a pillow case around a fan blade and gently wipe away the dust. If done correctly, all of the dust will get captured inside the pillow case and prevent any messy cleanup later.

EFFORTLESSLY CLEAN WINDOW BLINDS WITH AN OLD SOCK

Put your hand in an old sock and wet the outside with equal parts water and vinegar. Then, wipe the dust away in between the blinds. You’ll clean 2 surfaces at once! Go go efficiency!

Q-TIPS ARE YOUR SPOT-DUSTING SECRET WEAPON

Wet the end of a Q-tip with vinegar and dust all of those hard to reach nooks and crannies. These are perfect for window tracks!

CLEAN LAMPSHADES WITH A LINT ROLLER

Run a lint roller over your lamp shades to collect dust, hair, and other nasty not-so-good-looking particles.

BUTTER KNIFE YOUR AIR VENTS

But not with butter! Wrap a damp towel around a butter knife and then run it through your air vents. You’ll be amazed and how easily it picks up dust!

BASEBOARD CLEANING MAGIC

Run a used dryer sheet along your baseboards to clean up dust. Plus, you get the added bonus that the anti-static properties of the dryer sheet may transfer to the baseboards and literally repel dust.

CLEAN TOILET BOWL STAINS WITH COCA-COLA

Pour coca-cola into a toilet bowl and let it sit for an hour. The acid in the drink will break down stains and make it easier to clean.

CLEAN YOUR SHOWERHEAD WITH VINEGAR

Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, wrap it around your shower head and secure it with a rubber band. Let it soak for 1 hour. The vinegar will break down any hard water deposits in the spout and increase water flow.


KITCHEN

STEAM CLEAN YOUR MICROWAVE WITH EASE

Fill a bowl with water and microwave it for 2 or 3 minutes. The steam will loosen food particles and you’ll be able to wipe them away with ease.

EFFORTLESSLY CLEAN BURN-STAINED PANS

Fill the bottom of a burn-stained pan with water, and then add a cup of vinegar. Bring contents to a simmer, take the pan off heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir well. Empty the pan and scrub lightly. You’ll be amazed out how easily the burn stains come out!

SANITIZE A DISGUSTING SPONGE IN 2 MINUTES

Microwave a wet sponge for 2 minutes to kill 99% of nasty germs.

BLEND YOUR BLENDER CLEAN IN SECONDS

Fill a blender with warm water and a drop of dish soap. Blend for a few seconds. Dump, rinse with clean water and enjoy.

ACCIDENTS AROUND THE HOUSE

PICK UP GLASS WITH WHITE BREAD

Lightly dab broken shards of glass with white bread. The glass will stick to its surface and pick up with ease. Be careful not to press too hard! You don’t want to cut yourself.

A NEW WAY TO CLEAN UP VOMIT

Combine baking soda and warm water into a paste. Spread the paste onto the vomit and let it sit and dry overnight. In the morning, get out your favorite vacuum and clean it up.

 

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