Air Filter Cleaning: If your home temperature is controlled by a central heat/air system, change the filters often to reduce dust in the air. High-quality air filters work best to reduce dust particles in the air throughout your home.
Use an Air Purifier: The purpose of these units are to clean the air by trapping dust particles. They are very effective for individuals with dust allergies.
Use the vacuum twice per week: Always use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particle air filter to trap as much dust and dirt as possible.
Sweep the Floor every few days: Regularly use broom and dustpan to keep the dust out of floors and house. Be more frequent in the areas that hold more dirt like doorways and kitchen floors.
Use microfiber cloths when dusting: All dusting cloths are not created equal. Microfiber all the way!
Mop floors regularly: Wet mopping is an excellent way to remove dust and dirt missed when sweeping.
Regularly wash your bedding: Bedding is a place where dust particles can accumulate. Every time you get in and out of bed, you bring dust with you. The best way to deal with it is to wash bedding frequently.
If you have a busy lifestyle, it's hard sometimes to keep your house clean and tidy on regular basis. All of the sudden in the middle of the week you notice that you haven't dropped your clothes off at the dry cleaners & dirty plates are in the sink.
Here are few of our clever housecleaning weekly maintenance tips which will save you hours on the weekends:
1) Clean your nightstand every morning. Always keep disinfecting wipes by your nightstand and wipe it down whenever you can.
2) Clear out unnecessary pieces of clothing. Always keep a bag in your closet where you can start to separate clothes that you aren't using. You can sort it out once a month to donate or sell.
3) Always re-hang clothing as soon as possible and when you are planning to wear it before laundering. If you have a habit of draping your clothing over your treadmill or any other furniture, you will undoubtedly have a mess on your hands by the time the weekend rolls around. Always keep clean clothes and dirty clothes separated.
4) Keep separate laundry baskets every person in the house. It helps not to mix up clothes from one family member with another.
5) Start washing your clothes as soon as you have enough laundry. Always start washing your clothes as soon as you have enough clothes to do a load. If you leave your clothing unwashed for longer than a week, it will not only take more time to wash them but more time to dry and fold them. Always fold and hang your clothes in the laundry area before putting them away in the closets. Always fold and iron your clothes as soon as you wash them.
6) Dry your shower with a clean cloth after every use. Drying it will keep mold from growing quicker and keeps it looking nice for the next person.
7) Keep a laundry basket in bathroom just for towels.
8) Clean tabletops regularly.
9) As you cook, always clean up after yourself as you go. After meals, never leave the dirty dishes in the sink. Clean the dishes, wipe the counters and sweep the floors, you will be amazed and happy each time you enter your clean kitchen.
10) Develop the habit of wiping down the inside of the microwave oven after each and every use.
A clean house is always a key to better health. Nowadays, everyone is busy in their personal life and they want to do their cleaning as early as possible. Following are a few tips that will actually help you out with cleaning.
Clean your Sink - To eliminate bacteria from your sink, first clean it with a mixture of soap and bleach. If your sink is stainless steel, you can sparkle it by putting few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and polish it. This make it look clean for longer duration.
Wash your windows when the weather is cloudy. Always try to wait for a cloudy day and start on the shady side of the house because straight sun may dry the cleanser before you can wipe it away. Use horizontal swipes on one side and vertical swipes on the other side of the window so that you can easily identify lines and streaks on the correct side, whether it is on the inside of the window or the outside of the window.
**For dusting you should wait for a sunny day because particles will be a lot easier to visualize.
Clean your drawers. Most people have drawers full of clothes and things which they don’t wear or use. Because of that, tabletops are full of things in which they can’t store. So get rid of things which you haven’t use for quite a while.
Dual Mats (Inside and outside of each entrance to your home). You can capture most of the dust and dirt by using this strategy of two mats, one inside and the other one outside but make sure they are not dirty and they should be dry as well.
Clean your Broom. Eliminate the dust and dirt stuck in the bristles of your brooms to prevent the spread of more dust and dirt.
Dirty Drains. To make your drains free flowing, mix 1/4 cup of table salt with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Pour the mixture into the drain. After that, pour 1 cup of heated vinegar down the drain. It will start to bubble. Wait for 15 minutes then run hot tap water for at least 15 to 20 seconds.
Throw unnecessary items out. You should frequently look for magazines, catalogs and things that are creating clutter. You should dispose of items you don't need. Otherwise, they will not only take up space in your home, but also make it look untidy.
Clean your oven. Sprinkle some baking soda in your oven and after that add few drops of white vinegar. Let it bubble for a minute or two, after that wipe away the black grime with a sponge.
You all are going to love this little handy tip for cleaning, disinfecting and reviving your sponges! Line up all of your sponges in the sink and slowly pour some liquid bleach over them! Not only will it brighten them up and make them like new, it will disinfect and clean them like you have never seen before! Afterward, fill the sink up with clean water and dish soap and squeeze out the sponges. Rinse with cool water and voila! You will be Amazed! It's a $$ saver too! Throw away any sponges that have become shreddy or falling apart.
Everyone knows that spilling red wine on anything can be a real headache! The same goes with blood stains on fabric - it's almost impossible to remove the stains. Until now! This little handy little tip will remove red wine or blood from fabric and it's cheap, simple and easy! Simply mix a little hydrogen peroxide and dish washing liquid together and apply to the affected area. The oxygenation of the hydrogen peroxide lifts the stain from the area while the detergent has the cleaning power. For stubborn stains, blot up and repeat until the stains are gone. Thanks to one of our readers Christopher Fucci for this handy tip!
Pet Urine is the WORST! Once a pet has urinated on your wood floor or on bedding it can be a real headache and a very stinky problem. The most important thing you want to remember about pet urine is that you should never use ammonia to clean pet urine. Bleach is the best cleaner. However, it is not always possible to use bleach on certain surfaces such as wood floors. So here we will talk about different alternatives for cleaning pet urine from various surfaces.
If a pet has urinated in your bed, remove all bedding and run through the washing machine using a detergent and color-safe bleach. For the mattress, prepare a bucket of hot water with a small amount of laundry detergent and color-safe bleach and a large hand towel. Use the hand towel as a rag to wet and scrub the mattress with the detergent and bleach solution, this will remove pet urine and smells instantly. Don't be afraid to really wet the mattress and scrub the affected area. Take a dry towel and blot the mattress rigorously to soak up excess water. Apply a fan to the mattress to dry. Once the mattress has dried, Lysol Anti-Bacterial Spray will give the mattress a fresh clean scent and disinfect the mattress.
If a pet has urinated on a wood floor you may not want to use bleach to clean it up. We have found that this product Clorox Pet Urine Remover has worked very well for us when cleaning tough stains and odors from pets on wood flooring. There are many products out there but we have not found that any work as good as the Clorox Pet Urine Remover. In extreme cases where regular cleaning does not work, floors may be re-sanded and treated to remove the stains and smells.
Overall pet urine can be cleaned efficiently with bleach and hot soapy water.
Sometimes our pets have accidents, please remember not to blow your top when you have found that your pet has had an accident. It's abusive to hit or yell at your pet for having an accident. Remember to love your pet and make corrections to behavior the right way because your pet depends on only you for everything, You are his/her life!
We hope you have found this information useful. We hope you check back regularly to read up on our house cleaning tips.
Sometimes we take for granted which is common knowledge for most people when it comes to house cleaning. However, when it comes to do-it-yourself cleaning, there are some definite rules to follow to avoid household hazards. The most important point we can make to you our readers is that you should never ever mix bleach with ammonia. Mixing bleach with ammonia generates a toxic chloramine vapor which is very harmful. Remember when using bleach, do not use ammonia and vice versa. Ever!
Drains tend to slow up when they are used a lot. They can get gunked up with hair and soap residue, so before you go out and buy drain cleaners, try this do-it-yourself trick. Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain and then chase it with a half cup of vinegar. Cover the drain to prevent fumes from being released into the air. Wait for approximately 5-10 and then flush with hot water. If the clog is tough to remove you may have to repeat the above process 1 or 2 more times.
Nobody really likes to clean their own home, that's why they call us! But, sometimes you just need to keep up your space in between cleanings. This is the best way to keep your place neat without spending too much time worrying about it and too much time doing it! Each day, or every other day, tidy up for 1 hour. This way you will not become overwhelmed and you can keep up day to day. If you don't have a whole hour to spare, then just do 1/2 hour. If you have pets you really should vaccuum every day if you can. Just run the sweeper around because pet hair builds up and releases allergens into the air and nobody wants that. Sometimes the best thing to do is just not to stress about it and make a plan to do just a little bit each day. You will be so surprised at how much cleaner and more comfortable your home will be. If you think it's just too much for you to handle then just ask our experts how you should schedule your cleanings and maybe schedule one extra cleaning a month. Sometimes it's all you need! All the little things you do each day add up so don't stress, tidy as you go.
We know keeping your bedroom tidy can be a challenge when you have lots of clothing and have a tendency to just drop clothes on the floor or drape them over your treadmill that you now use as a coat rack. There are some very simple things you can do to get hold of your clothing that's hanging out of your drawers and spilling out of your closet or hamper!
After you've washed your clothes and they are fresh out of the dryer, immediately place all shirts, jackets, dresses and skirts on hangers to hang in your closet. Portable clothing racks next to the dryer are very useful to get clothing on hangers quickly. Always have more hangers than you think you will need as a rule. Fold all jeans, slacks, socks and underwear to go into drawers or on shelves. Keeping all of the pants folded and in drawers/on shelves accomplishes two things: First, pants are easier to find and look through when folded in drawers or on shelves. Secondly, it frees up space in your closet to hang more. Its easiest to hang up pajamas too! Hang up everything you can and you will never have a problem finding your clothing and it keeps everything off of the floor which is the goal. When you get undressed, your clothing should either be tossed into the hamper or back on another hanger.
Next, make space in the closet for a hamper/basket to hold dirty clothes. This way, when you come home after a busy day all you will need to do is put the dirty clothes in the basket and reach for fresh clothes to wear. Keeping all clothing on hangers is the easiest way to keep them off of the floor and off of your treadmill!