General Cleaning Tips
Spot clean what needs to be done.
Keep cleaning supplies in a tote to carry supplies together.
Keep bathroom supplies in the bathroom and kitchen supplies in the kitchen etc.
Use a routine to clean. When you clean go from top to bottom in the room and work from the right to left in a circle until you are back at the start. Start at the same place every time so you don’t miss anything.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Stick to a system of working right to left, top to bottom, and start with the top of the refrigerator (the most often-missed surface). Use a stainless steel cleaner for the stainless steel appliances and then buff them. They will look great.
Water, mild detergent and a sponge is all you need to clean a microwave oven.
Unplug and pull the refrigerator/freezer out three to four times a year to clean underneath. Vacuum the front of the motor and coils to remove dust monthly. Your refrigerator will work better and last longer.
Small cotton balls with a few drops of vanilla on it will eliminate odors in the freezer and refrigerator. Read this “Kitchen Cleaning Guide” for a more indepth kitchen cleaning tips.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Before cleaning, use a dry tissue to pick up loose hairs in the tubs and sink. Use glass cleaner on the tile walls and ceramic fixtures to clean and shine.
Carpet Cleaning Tips
A small whiskbroom will help you clean the carpet edges around each room and in corners. Can’t find the source of pet odor on your carpet or furniture? Darken the room and then aim a backlight: the source will glow.
If you spill either red or white wine on the carpet, believe it or not, use salt! Pour salt over the spill. All the wine will soak into the salt and then vacuum the salt. If the stain remains, mix 1/2 tsp. of dishwashing soap with 8oz. of vinegar water. Apply small amount and blot it up.
Always remember to use a very dry mop when you mop hardwood floors. Mop with a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar to bucket of water.
Upholstery Cleaning Tips
A lint remover with tape strips is a great way to remove loose hair, dirt and particles from the fabric on your sofa and chairs. It puts less pressure on the upholstery than a regular lint brush, pulling dirt away rather than pushing into the fabric weave.
Window & Mirrors
Clean your windows and mirrors on a monthly basis. It prevents build up from occurring. Use vinegar with a little alcohol on windows, ammonia may ruin your mirrors over time, and it won’t streak.
Dejunk: Managing clutter takes too much time. Divide as much as you can into three piles: junk, charity and Twilight Zone. Get rid of the first two now, and store the third until you decide whether to keep it.
Remove temptation: If you pile clutter on a table near a door, get rid of the table. Then you are more likely to put things where they belong.
Go to the mat: Use only one entry door into your home. Put an Astroturf mat on the outside and a sturdy nylon mat inside. It’s amazing how much dirt they catch.
Defy dust: Change furnace filter and replace vacuum bags monthly. Do not miss vents when you dust.
Use the right tools: Cotton diapers are great for most jobs. Pet hair comes off upholstery fast with a slightly damp sponge. Wear cloth gloves to clean and wipe those mini blinds by hand.