During the summer months, most of us don’t want to spend lots of time cleaning the house. Over the years I have learned how how to use shortcuts to keep the house as clean as possible. All it really takes is a little bit of creativity to get things done with the smallest amount of effort. Below are several tips and suggestions to help you get started.
Dust Free Home
It can seem almost impossible to keep your home dust free. However with a little effort you will be able to keep your home looking its best. If you have ceiling fans try to keep them cleaning by removing the dust daily. Using a pillow case, that has been dipped in peroxide will help to easily remove the dust from ceiling fans. You do not need to soak the pillow case, just dip it a bit and then use the open end of the pillow case to remove the dust. Microfiber clothes will also help to remove the dust from other parts of your home quickly, and easily. All it takes is five minutes per room each morning to dust each piece of furniture. You don’t need any fancy sprays to do this easy. Before you start dusting open up all of your windows. After you are done be sure to vacuum your carpets and your furniture to remove any dust that may have fallen on your items.
Baking Soda to freshen up furniture
You can also sprinkle baking soda on some of your furniture and on your bedding as well. Just make sure that you remove all of the baking soda by vacuuming it out well. You will not need a lot of baking soda, just small amounts sprinkled over the furniture. You can allow the baking soda to sit on the furniture for about five minutes before vacuuming it all up.
Quick floor freshening
A quick and easy way to freshen up your floors, is to use a bucket of warm, mixed with a few drops of lemon juice, and a few drops of bleach. This will give your home a clean fresh smell, and will disinfect the floors as well. This process only needs to be done once a week, to keep your home smelling fresh, and feeling clean. It also uses a method that uses the smallest amount of chemicals. You can also make your own Swiffers by using microfiber clothes and soaking them for a few seconds in the mixture. Then squeeze them out well and attach them to your Swiffer mop. When you are done cleaning you can just toss them in the washing machine. Using microfiber cloths is best since this will ensure that they last the longest.
There are plenty of places that are easily overlooked in a home. For example the sides of the cabinets, and the window sills also need to be cleaned. However since these little spaces are not in your direct line of sight, we often forget about them. I have often found it to be a good idea to make a list of these little spaces that need to be cleaned daily. Hang up the list in an area where you can see it so that you can make sure it is actually done. Little reminders always seem to help when it comes to cleaning.