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Home Cleaning Tricks To Save You Time

We all love a clean house—but you don’t want to spend your weekends cleaning! Don’t worry, we have a few methods to make chores easier, more effective and  less time-consuming, so your home can be clean and a tidy and you can have your weekend back.

Start In The Kitchen

Always begin at your stove and countertops. The stove and counters are typically some of the dirtiest parts of the kitchen, so starting with them keeps you from spreading dirt and grease onto already cleaned areas.

Clean and Sanitize your Sink:  Your  kitchen sink has more bacteria than your toilet seat. Use a product labeled as an EPA-registered disinfectant.  If your sink is stainless steel put a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and apply it. This prevents water buildup, which deters mold and keeps the sink looking clean even longer.

Dishwasher Duty: Once a month, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli.

Disinfect Your Garbage Disposal: To get rid of those food odors, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue.

Save Money on Paper Towels: Use microfiber rags instead. When wet, they sanitize and clean floors, counters, glass and tile, and eliminate the need for other cleaning products. They’re reusable (machine-wash, hang to dry) and they are cost effective.

Microwave Your Sponge: We all know that sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it’s too shredded and smelly, get a new one already!

Bathroom 

Get a Cleaner Liner: Mold and mildew like to build up on  shower curtain liners. Throw it in the wash with a few towels, which will help scrub it clean, then hang it back up to dry.

Toilet Time: Grab your toilet brush and get busy. It’s always good to use a mild acid cleaner or bleach and water mix to get your toilet squeaky clean.

Drain Pain: Keep drains free clogs by using a product like Drano or Liquid-Plumr. Make sure potential clogs are gone, then pour boiling water down drains once a week to keep problem-free. Get a strainer for your shower to catch those stray hairs!

Kids Bedtime, Your Clean Time: While the kids are washing up for the night, wipe down the bathtub, toilet and mirror. When they’re finished, quickly wipe the sink and floor.

Sweeping Solutions 101

As a rule of thumb cleaning should always be done top to bottom. That way, any dirt or dust that fall to the floor while you’re working get picked up by that vacuum or broom last.

Broom It: For indoors, choose one with finer bristles to pick up smaller dirt and dust. For outdoor purposes, go for stronger, stiffer bristles.

Sweeper Storage: Try and store brooms with the handle down. It will make them easier to find and protects the bristles.

Bedroom 

Begin with the Bed: When your bed is made, your room always looks neater. The rule in our home is the last one out makes the bed. I usually lose this battle.

De Clutter Your Drawers: Most people have drawers full of clothes they don’t wear, and their dresser then becomes storage space. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in a year and vow to put away your clean laundry each week.

Just the Essentials: Have a “pamper basket” next to your bed with a book, some moisturizer, your phone or something else you like to do in bed. Then keep your clock, a lamp and a box of tissues on your nightstand. Keep it simple.

Know the Hot Spots: Papers, odd toys and other things usually pile up on the dining room table or kitchen counter. Once you’ve got your table cleaned off, file papers or toss them.

Go Corner to Corner: When you’re vacuuming, begin in the farthest corner and work toward the door, using slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. This way you won’t leave any footprints on your newly vacuumed floor.

Its Not a Sprint:  Don’t try to do everything at once after letting it all pile up. If you are consistent and do a little each day, cleaning your home should only take a few minutes per room. Spend a few minutes each day tidying up and when all else fails, call a professional like Scalzo Maintenance!

 

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