Clean Your House More Easily - Housekeeping Tips
Edited by Jomalyn Lardizabal, Rebecca M., Graeme, Olivia and 2 others
Everyone loves coming home to a sparkling clean house. While it does require some effort, you can get your house clean more quickly than you might think. Keeping up with regular maintenance is the best way to prevent big, difficult messes, and it will save you hours of hard work.
Benefits of a Clean House
An old adage states that "Home is where the heart Is." A house becomes a home when the people who live in it care for the welfare of each other. In addition to appearance, a dirty home is likely to harbor dirt, debris and bacteria, resulting in possible illness. If you know someone who can't clean their own house because of disabilities, offer to clean for them or get them some assistance. Here are just a few reasons why you should keep your house clean:
- To protect yourself, your loved and visitors ones from illness
- To make daily living more comfortable
- To prevent pests and rodents from inhabiting your home
- To create a sense of peacefulness and order
Cleaning the Dining Room
The dining room doesn't typically require as much cleaning as the kitchen, but there are a few things you should do after each meal or food prep.
- 1Gather all the used dishes, drinking glasses and eating utensils and take them to the kitchen. If possible, assign another member of the household to washing the dishes or filling up the dishwasher.Advertisement
- 2Wipe off the table with a damp cloth to remove any food particles. Wipe the chairs, too, if they're dirty. Follow up with an appropriate furniture cleaner and a dry cloth, if desired.Advertisement
- 3Sweep up any food or debris from the floor with a broom and dust pan or vacuum cleaner. Wipe up any food spills on the floor with all-purpose cleaner or carpet cleaner and a cloth.
Cleaning the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the more challenging rooms to clean in a home, especially if you do a lot of food preparation and cooking. Luckily, there are a few tricks to get your kitchen sparkling in no time.
- 1Fill up the sink with hot, soapy water. Let the dirty dishes, pots and pans soak while you clean up the rest of the kitchen, or rinse them and put them in the dishwasher.Advertisement
- 2Put away any leftover food in its proper place. Wipe down the stove top and counter tops with a damp cloth or sponge. You can also use a disinfectant or all-purpose cleaner. Wipe off any other dirty appliances.
- 3Wash the dishes. Allow them to air dry or dry them with a clean towel before storing them in their proper storage places. Wipe away any excess water from the kitchen sink. Sweep up any food particles or debris from the floor and throw it away with a dust pan. Mop at least once a week.
Cleaning the Bathroom
The bathroom is another more difficult room to clean, but it's not impossible. As mentioned earlier, the bathroom may be the most difficult to clean of all the rooms in your house since it gets frequent traffic. Gather your cleaning supplies, open a window or turn on a fan for ventilation and get started.
- 1Spray down the bath tub, shower walls, sink and toilet with bathroom cleaner. Allow it to sit while you work on picking up any towels or clutter and throwing away any trash.
Cleaning the living room
Cleaning the living or family room is a simple task that even older kids can do. It generally involves dusting and cleaning the floors.
- 1Organize the clutter. Put away books, movies, games, toys, or anything else that's lying around. Gather any blankets or pillows that need washed.
- 2Dust the furniture and appliances. You can use a slightly damp cloth or furniture polish, depending on the furniture type and level of dust. A feather duster or microfiber cloth also works well for minimal dust. Start at the highest points and work your way down.
- 3Vacuum or sweep the floor at least once a week, making sure to sweep under furniture and throw rugs. After sweeping the floor, return all the furniture to its original position. Vacuum the furniture, too, especially if you have pets or kids leaving food crumbs on the couch. If it's a hard floor, mop it at least once a week.
Cleaning the Bedroom
The bedroom is a place of sanctuary, so keeping clean is imperative for proper rest. Luckily, the bedroom is also typically one of the easiest rooms to clean in the house. If you have children, you can teach them how to clean their own rooms with some of these tips.
- 1Clean up the clutter. First, pick up any clutter or items off of the floor and put them in their place. Dirty clothes should go in the hamper, clean clothes folded and put away, toys in a toy basket, etc.
- 2Make the bed. Wash dirty linens once a week.
- 3Dust any furniture or appliances with a slightly damp cloth, feather duster or microfiber cloth.
- Gather all of your cleaning supplies in each room before you get started.
- Assign tasks or rooms to family members.
- Throw dirty clothes in a hamper, and put away clean clothes immediately after doing the laundry.
- If you use something, put it back in its place when you're done with it. This prevents clutter and helps you locate items for future use.
- Clean the baseboards at least once every 6 months. This is often overlooked, but it makes a big difference in the overall appearance of your home.
- Listen to music while you clean. It can help bring up your mood and keep you motivated.