May 11, 2022

10 smart home cleaning tips

Keep these tips in your back pocket to make hard work a little easier.

One of the main benefits of living in a state of containment is that my home is cleaner than ever. With an empty calendar and no competing priorities, Saturday mornings have become household time. Strangely, I started to take advantage of it. Maybe it’s because I don’t feel rushed or rushed in other areas of my life so I can give him the time he needs without feeling like I’m missing out on other activities. Or maybe it’s because all five of my family are stuck in this house 24/7 and weekly deep cleaning is one thing that makes it more manageable!

Either way, I now look forward to my Saturday mornings, with the music playing and coffee brewing, and even spend time during the week browsing cleaning websites for little ‘ “fun” tips that make work easier. I suspect a lot of you are in a similar boat right now, which is why I’d like to share my latest batch of cleaning tips below. They come from a variety of sources including Clean My Space, Good Housekeeping, The Kitchn, and Apartment Therapy, as well as my own findings. Please share one of your favorite cleaning tips in the comments below.

1. Clean the shower while you are there.

Cleaning a shower is a boring task, but you can almost eliminate it by doing a quick scrub during a shower. Melissa Maker quotes a Clean My Space follower, who says, “I hate cleaning my shower, so what I do is I have a dish wand, one with handles that you can fill with soap.” and I fill it with dish soap and vinegar. . Every day I wash the wall or the tub while I’m at it. It’s super easy, super fast, super cheap and my daughter loves doing it too. “You can also wait until you finish showering, then take a squeegee to wipe down the walls and use a rag to blot the moisture along the bottom.

2. Brighten up the dirt.

Think about how you move your face to get the perfect angle for taking a photo. Cleaning is similar; you have to look at the surfaces from different angles to see the dust and dirt on them. Take a flashlight and shine it in corners, under furniture, and on surfaces to make sure you do a thorough job. Clean My Space reader Samantha advises:

“Turn on a flashlight and put it on the floor, the darker the room the better, while you sweep or vacuum your hard floors. You have to move around the room several times. dust speck or strand of hair will be highlighted and / or have a shadow that you can’t miss. “

3. Turn the rugs over for a thorough cleaning.

Most of us vacuum one side of a carpet and call it clean, but if you want to make sure a carpet is really clean, vacuum it a second time and then flip it again. on the right side and start over. You can also sprinkle on baking soda and let sit overnight to deodorize, then vacuum several times to remove all traces of baking soda and built up gunk.

4. Open the windows while you clean.

Even in the middle of winter, I have a habit of opening the window at least an inch to let in cool air while cleaning, and obviously more when it’s warmer. The introduction of fresh air immediately makes a musty and musty room smell fresh and clean. It also serves a practical purpose, helping to remove indoor contaminants (and virus particles) from the air.

5. Use pliers to clean the blinds.

Shades are boring to clean, so here’s one way to make it easier for you. Wrap the ends of a set of pliers in small rags and tie them with a rubber band. Now grab a slat of the blind with the pliers and move along it. The rags will clean up and down simultaneously.

6. Open those blinds.

Pull the blinds up to let in light, as there is evidence that UV rays can damage most microorganisms and viruses. The Huffington Post quotes Mark Fretz, a professor at the College of Design at the University of Oregon and co-author of a guide to making interior spaces as inhospitable as possible to germs: “We have evidence in the literature that sunlight can inactivate influenza viruses and other viruses. . It is also good for your psychological well-being. ”

7. Make a pile on your bed.

If you are cleaning your bedroom, place all clothes, pillows, and other items on top of your bed, so that when you go to bed you have no choice but to tidy everything up before bed. I’m doing this too to stay the course. If I’m busy dusting, vacuuming, and mopping, I don’t want to be distracted by folding and storing clothes, but I need them on the floor to do a good job.

8. Use toothpaste as a cleanser.

Did you know that toothpaste can remove marker or pencil marks created by over-enthusiastic children in their artistic endeavors? According to Good Housekeeping, toothpaste works wonders on marker stains on wood surfaces and walls. While you’re at it, the toothpaste can be used to polish bathroom fixtures, shine silverware and jewelry, scrub edges of sneakers and scuffs on leather, and clean piano keys.

9. Use lemon and salt to clean the wood.

The combination of salt and lemon can remove build-up on butcher’s style counters and wooden cutting boards. Good Housekeeping suggests, “Just sprinkle [table salt] on light marks, then rub with the cut side of half a lemon. Let sit overnight, then rinse with water. A similar technique can be used to clean a dirty grill: heat it up, dip half a lemon in salt and rub to remove the buildup.

10. Use your dishwasher creatively.

Dishwashers aren’t just for washing dishes. Melissa Maker says you can wash a lot of heat-resistant things in it, like children’s plastic toys, baseball caps, shoes, tools, switch covers, vent covers, and more. I have read articles on kitchen sponges, silicone oven mitts, light fixtures, desk accessories, fan exhaust covers, hair brushes and makeup brushes that go through all the cycles of the dishwasher successfully. I would suggest, however, not to wash the dishes at the same time and separate the non-food loads.