House cleaning is a daunting task that must be done. Even if you have better things to do with your time, cleaning should be an important part of your routine. Because if you don’t want your home to turn into a disaster, you shouldn’t put off housework.
Good thing you can make cleaning tasks easier by following these tips.
1 – Appliances
You use your appliances every single day but often neglect to clean them. They should undergo thorough cleaning once in a while to remove spills, grime and any residue. But before you attempt to clean any of your appliances, make sure to unplug it first.
The easiest way to clean this appliance is to microwave a safe container that has water. Wait until it boils then let it rest for a few minutes. After the steam loosens the filth, wipe with clean cloth. Add a slice of lemon in the water for extra effect and a fresh aroma.
The space at the back of your fridge gathers gunk, dust and other dirt particles. To facilitate proper cleaning, take note of the following.
- Pull out the refrigerator and vacuum any dirt you find under or beneath it. Make sure to also mop the floor to remove stains that have been there for a long time.
- Replace loose gaskets and check your refrigerator manual for replacement parts. With a tighter seal, you can save energy and enjoy a cooler fridge.
- Wipe the refrigerator gaskets with warm and soapy water. Rinse then dry.
- Use soapy water or vinegar solutions to clean the internal and external parts of your fridge. Whenever there are spills, make sure to wipe them down before they become harder to clean.
If you love cooking, your stovetop may be an area with quite a bit of filth. Here’s how you can clean it up to make it look brand new.
- Vacuum crumbs or dirt between the counter and stove top.
- Fill your sink with hot and soapy water. Soak the knobs, burners and hood vents for a few hours then scrub. Repeat the process if there are still filth left.
- Replace metal drip plates with stains if they’re beyond the aid of steel wool.
Pull and wash the crumb catcher of your toaster. Shake the machine gently over the sink to remove any food residue.
Make sure that you dry your toaster thoroughly before plugging it back.
2 – Walls
Your walls need cleaning too. But since your house consists mostly of walls, this can be quite a strenuous task. Here’s a simple way to clean your walls to avoid putting it off any longer.
- Prepare a good microfiber duster or mop and an all-purpose cleaning spray.
- Pull furniture and items away from the wall you’ll be cleaning. Spray the entire wall with an all-purpose cleaner and then wipe it clean using a microfiber mop. Start from the top then work your way down.
3 – Air Vents and Ducts
When cleaning air vents and ducts, it’s more efficient to do them at the same time.
- Remove vent covers and soak them in hot water in your bathtub. Add a squirt of grease-cutting detergent. Leave them for a few hours while you move to cleaning the ducts.
- Use an attachment on your vacuum to clean the dirt and dust from the air ducts.
- Take out the vent covers from the tub and lay them out to dry. If any covers still have grime, wipe them off using a microfiber cloth.
- As a final step, spray your air vents and ducts with a dusting spray to prevent dust and dirt build-up.
4 – Blinds
Most people hate cleaning the blinds because it’s such a time-consuming task. Depending on how dirty your blinds are, a good dusting spray is great for removing dust from the surface layer.
Also, make use of a good dusting tool (tall enough to clean the top and bottom) to cut your cleaning time in half.
What you’ll usually find on blinds is dust build-up. Dust and water can create quite a mess. It’s best to start dry when cleaning your blinds.
- Open the blinds and run your dusting tool along them from the top to bottom. Make sure that you start from the top so that you can remove dust falls as you work your way to the bottom.
- After dusting all the way down, use a vacuum cleaner attachment to clean dust falls.
5 – Carpets
A half-hearted vacuuming of your carpet isn’t impactful. It may make your carpet look spic and span temporarily but it won’t completely remove the dirt.
Here’s how you can make use of baking soda to ease the cleaning process your carpet.
- Sprinkle baking soda generously over your carpet.
- Leave the baking soda powder overnight or at least 30 minutes. This allows the powder to work by consuming carpet odors and softening stains.
- Once done, use a vacuum to remove the baking soda.
Cleaning is an important chore that you shouldn’t take lightly. The health and safety of your family rely on how you keep your house clean and tidy. If you don’t have the time to do deep cleaning yourself, you can always let a cleaning service to do the work for you.
Remember, any daunting cleaning task can become easy with the right cleaning tools and enough patience.