A clean home is a happy home, but the process of getting said home clean can be quite daunting. To minimize the overwhelm, we suggest going into cleaning day with a plan of action. Break the chores up, recruit the family, and go about the process methodically and you’ll be rewarded with a sparkling, fresh home you can truly relax in.
Here are our top 6 cleaning tips:
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products – Opting for natural cleaning products or using homemade cleaning products containing baking soda, white vinegar or tea tree oil is better for your family’s health and the environment. Conventional cleaning products containing “hazardous chemicals” come with scary warning labels like “toxic!” and “flammable!” They also contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are associated with health problems relating to damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. To ensure a healthy home and family – play it safe with natural, non-toxic or DIY cleaning products.
- Wash All Linens – Once you’ve stocked your cleaning toolbox with natural products, you’ll want to begin the cleaning process by stripping the sheets and washing all linens. It’s recommended that you wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week or every two weeks. Not washing your bedding regularly can affect your health and wellbeing and contribute to allergies, asthma, acne, etc. Use hot water when washing your sheets – this will help kill germs. Washing your linens first will ensure they’re ready to go back on the beds by the time you’re doing cleaning your home.
- Clear the Clutter – Clear clutter from your desk, countertops, tables and coffee table to make dusting and vacuuming easier. You can also take this time to rid your home of anything you don’t need or use anymore. Keep items you plan to get rid of in a box by your front door and donate or throw away once done.
- Wipe Down & Dust – Start high and work your way down. Begin the cleaning process by dusting ceiling fans, blinds, shelves, and other hard surfaces. Use a microfiber cloth or rag along with a natural dusting spray or DIY concoction containing water, vinegar, olive oil, and essential oil. Clean mirrors and windows at this time as well with a paper towel and a natural glass cleaner. It’s best to start here since dust falls and can be vacuumed up later.
- Clean the Kitchen – When it’s time to tackle the kitchen start by loading up the dishwasher and running it with natural dishwashing soap. Next, clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar. Don’t forget to clean behind and in the refrigerator, microwave, toaster, stove and other appliances. Dust and clear out cabinets and discard of any expired food or condiments. Wipe down stainless steel appliances with a cleaner meant for this specific job – it will leave them looking shiny, new and streak-free. Finally, dunk a sponge in hot water and wipe down cabinets and counters from top to bottom.
- Finish With the Floors – When it comes to the floors, start by vacuuming everything! Don’t forget to vacuum the top of your baseboards, behind the couch and even under the bed. Move furniture if necessary, so you don’t miss a spot. Once all dust and debris is cleared from the floor, get that wood sparkling with a quick mop. You can clean the carpets with a steam cleaner or utilize baking soda or a natural cleaner to remove stains and pet odor.
Finally, it’s time to enjoy your squeaky clean home, feel healthier, less stressed, and be more productive. After all, as they say, a clean home is a happy home!