It’s that time of the year when you’ve got to clean the entire house. According to statistics , 77% of households spring clean annually. But, there is one problem, this much cleaning can take days to finish and the bigger the house, the longer it takes. Cleaning the appliances, dusting, washing, sweeping, it will take forever to get everything done. However, not everyone is a fan of cleaning or has that much time to spare. Yet, there is nothing better than a squeaky-clean home.
To make your life easier, we’ve decided to compile the best cleaning tips that will make the whole process a breeze. Here are our top choices.
1. Collect All the Cleaning Tools In One Place
Whether it’s a bucket, mop, dustpan, or gloves, carrying all the tools with you is the best way to get things done quicker. That way, you won’t have to waste your time searching for the tools you need, everything will be in the bucket you are carrying around with you. Not only does it save time, but it’s also less stressful and energy-draining.
2. Get Rid of All the Unnecessary Clutter
Do not let all the tissues, bags, magazines, or shoes on the floor get in the way of your cleaning. Before you can vacuum or mop the floor, you need to remove everything that is blocking your way.
3. Remove Stubborn Stains From Your Carpet
Washing the entire carpet just because you spilled some wine over it is a waste of time. You can’t just wrap it up and throw it in the washing machine, either. What you can do is try the vinegar technique. For it you will need:
– 2 cups of warm water
– One tablespoon of white vinegar
– One tablespoon of dishwasher liquid
To make the cleaning solution, pour all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix them together. But, do have in mind that you can only use white vinegar to make it work. All the other kinds of vinegar are simply not good with stains.
Now that you have it ready dab the mixture onto the carpet with a clean rag. Use a generous amount to cover the whole stain. With consistent dabbing, the solution will seep into the fibers of the carpet and loosen up the stain. Get another rag and keep dabbing until it’s all dried up.
Now, it’s time to dilute the stain. Take another rag and soak it in water. Then, press the rag onto the stain and keep dabbing. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
4. Make An All-Purpose Cleaner
No need to carry around a bunch of different cleaners when you can make your own multi-purpose cleaner. Simply mix one part water, one part white vinegar, some rosemary sprigs, and lemon rind. Pour everything into a spray bottle, shake it, and let it sit. It’s best to prepare the solution before your spring clean since it will take a couple of days for it to get ready. But, once it is done, you will have a completely natural cleaning solution with a perfect scent.
5. Vacuum Before You Mop
One of the most common mistakes some people make is moping before vacuuming. But that couldn’t be more wrong. If you start mopping a dirty floor, all those crumbs, hairs, and dirt from the floor will get stuck to the wet mop. And instead of a clean floor, the dirt will end up somewhere in the corner of your room.
6. Make Your Stemware Shine
You can’t expect to drink from your wine glass every day and not see any cloudiness. The more you wash and use the stemware, the cloudier it will get. This is what you call a mineral built-up. When we wash any type of stemware with water, the hard-water minerals will get stuck on the surface and make the glass look cloudy. Since you can’t just rinse it, there is a simple trick you can use, white vinegar. Simply soak your favorite stemware in some white vinegar for around 5 minutes and wash it off. Then, wipe it dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
7. Disinfect the Hard Surfaces
All the doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, cabinets, and countertops can get really dirty. Unless you disinfect them properly, you can’t get rid of all the germs and bacteria lingering on the surface. So, either make your own cleaning solution or buy a disinfectant and get down to cleaning. Sanitizing often-used surfaces is the key to avoiding germs.
8. Make Use of Cleaning Wipes
Cleaning wipes may not look useful, but they can come in handy when cleaning desk clutter. You can use them to wipe the keyboard, mouse, shelves, action figures, or anything you might have on the desk. It’s quick, efficient, and gets the job done.
9. Wipe of Crayon Drawings from the Walls
You don’t have to repaint or scrub the wall for ages. There is a simple and quick trick to use, and it works like a charm. Just wet an old rag, cover it with toothpaste, and start scrubbing. The wall will be clean in no-time.
10. Wash the Cleaning Tools
People often neglect their cleaning tools. But, if you want to clean the next time efficiently, you can’t have a dirty mop smudging your entire floor. That’s why it is a good idea to wash these tools so that you will spend less time cleaning them.
Cleaning can be a time-consuming process, but if you know the right tricks, you will always find a way to shorten the burden. These simple tips can help you stay on track. Have you tried any of them before? Share your thoughts in the comments below.