Do you often wonder how other people keep their houses so spotless? Are you on a quest to keep your house clean, and make sure it stays that way?
Well, this is easier said than done. But with a consistent routine and some smart hacks, it’s not impossible.
A clean house is a great mood booster, and is necessary for a healthy life. It’s also the ultimate proof of being an adult, and tells people you have your life together. However, if you’re someone who hates household chores, and you get away with just doing the basics, you’ll need to amp up your game.
So, keep reading to find out how you can keep your house spick and span, with the least amount of effort!
1. Get Some Doormats
If you want to see a drastic change in the state of your house, use the power of doormats! A good old mat at the front door not only keeps the dirt away, but it also adds a nice, homely feel.
A bunch of colorful mats in front of every door might have seemed useless in your childhood, but your mom knew what she was doing. Keeping mats for doors that lead outside gets rid of 80% of the dust from your floors.
In fact, it’s even better if you can get a few more for indoors as well. Why else do you think shopping malls and commercial buildings have those huge floor mats when you enter?
Just make sure to give everyone the memo, and tell them to wipe their feet properly before they come inside.
2. Declutter as Much as You Can
Clutter is the gateway to a messy and dirty house. So if you are someone with lots of furniture, tons of decorative items or even just a desk overflowing with stationary and paper – it’s time to make a change.
Unless you’ve got loads of time at hand, you’ll want to make the process of cleaning as fast as possible. And the best way to do this is to declutter. Try to minimize the amount of things you own, and keep only what is necessary.
For example, do you really need to keep all your childhood action figures out in the open? The more things you have on display, the more space for dust to settle. This not only looks untidy, but it also ruins the beautiful memorabilia. So keep as much as you can stored away out of sight.
3. Mop Your Floors Regularly
Sweeping is an essential part of your cleaning routine, but it doesn’t get rid of all the germs or buildup from the floor. This is especially true if you have pets that like to walk around with muddy paws.
So, if you really want your house looking spotless and squeaky clean, it’s time to whip out a mop to clean the floors. Now, you could use water alone, but to make it more sanitary it’s best to use another cleaner. While there are plenty of store-bought solutions, you can also just DIY your own using vinegar and water.
It’s best to mop the high traffic areas of your house like the kitchen and living room daily. This will get rid of any dust, debris or food particles, and keep your floors looking spick and span. Otherwise, mopping the whole house once a week will do.
4. Vacuum Your Curtains
Curtains can be a nightmare to clean, which is why people often leave them for those once a year deep cleaning sessions. But window sills are the most common place for dust to settle, with curtains bearing the brunt.
For people like myself who have allergies, this accumulating dust is a really big problem. However, I’ve found a solution that has made life a lot easier. All you have to do is invest in a handheld vacuum cleaner, to keep your curtains dust free.
You can even reach the very top if you have attachments, or even just use a stool. Make sure you’re giving your curtains a once over with the vacuum cleaner, at least once a week, for best results.
5. Sinks Need to Be Cleaned Too
With your sink being exposed to all that soap and water, you’d think it would be clean enough on its own. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. The sink is usually crawling with bacteria and germs – whether in the bathroom or the kitchen.
Simply add some dishwashing liquid to some warm water, and get scrubbing every week. This will get rid of rust and food deposits, which would otherwise buildup and make your sink look dirty.
If you want to take it a step further, and make your sink shinier than everyone else’s, spray a 50/50 vinegar and water mix all over the sink, including a faucet. Let it sit for a minute and then wipe it dry with a microfiber cloth.
6. Pay Attention to the Dishwasher
Dishwashers are probably the most used machine in our households. And with the hustle and bustle of cleaning plates and mugs everyday, there’s bound to be gunk and food particles stuck in there.
So, to make sure your dishes are sparkling and sanitary, it’s important to keep the dishwasher clean. The easiest way to do this is simply by placing a cup of vinegar in the empty dishwasher and turning on a normal cycle.
This will get rid of any food debris and keep your dishwasher smelling fresh. Also, make sure to take out the gunk from the removable dishwasher trap once in a while. And give those rubber seals a wipe while you’re at it, too.
A clean house is the key to a calm mind and a healthy and productive life. Think I’m exaggerating? Well, why don’t you give it a try!
Get started on a daily cleaning routine and try to get organized. You’ll see for yourself how much more productive your day goes. Not to mention the satisfaction you’ll feel from spotless and sparkly floors.
A clean house is also super important for hygiene and health. You’d be surprised at how a little extra dusting and cleaning can make all the difference for your allergies and breathing problems.