Three Rules for Simple Cleaning
Cleaning a house from top to bottom can be an intimidating challenge, especially if you have a large family. Here are three tips for making your house sparkling clean with the least amount of effort.
1. Have the Right Supplies
You don't need a cupboard full of cleaning supplies. Just four products will usually clean an entire home. To make eco-friendly household cleaners from supplies you already have, check out Homemade Household Cleaners.
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The dry duster can be as simple as a dry rag, or try one made commercially which "traps" dust. If you have hardwood or tile floors, a dry dust mop is the most efficient way to clean the floor.
Scouring agents have some grit to them. They are used to scrub ceramic bathroom and kitchen fixtures. They can come in powdered form (more abrasive) and liquid form (less abrasive). Do not use scouring agents on stainless steel or fixtures that have been coated with epoxy. Damage could result.
Cleansing agents are simple soap and water, sometimes with an antibacterial agent added. This would include dish soap and spray cleaners for countertops and windows.
Note: You do not need six different cleansing agents! They all contain pretty much the same ingredients. A mix of warm water and a splash of ammonia will clean just about any surface in your house.
Wood polish cleans wood without drying it out. It also coats wood in a protective finish.
2. Make a Cleaning Date
Of course daily cleanings should happen every day. But for a whole house clean-up? Make a date. Put cleaning on the calendar. Try to pick a date when everyone will be home and rested..
You can divide jobs by preference or by picking jobs out of a hat. If someone is just not available to help, set aside a particulary nasty job for her to complete when she gets home. If everyone helps out, the chores will be done in no time.
3. Every One Helps Out
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Make this your new rule: Everyone who lives in the house helps clean it. This exempts no one.
Small children learn quickly, so take advantage of their ability to form good habits now. Have them help out. Good chores for children include washing sliding glass doors (the dirtiest part is always the bottom, where they can reach), returning clutter to its proper place, vacuuming, folding clothes, loading/unloading the dishwasher, and dusting.
|Children will not clean perfectly. But refrain from "re-doing" the children's cleaning job. Let them be proud of their work. If you must, touch up later when the child is not watching..|
Remember, if one person does all the cleaning, then kids never learn how to take responsibility for their own messes. They never learn how to make cleaning a regular part of their lives. The result? Sloppy adults! Make cleaning a learning experience.
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