Wondering why your house always feels just a little unkempt and what you can do to freshen your living space up a little? You can’t fathom how your mum used to keep everything so tidy and spotless even with a family of 4 wreaking havoc in the house daily. Well, we’ve got a few house cleaning tips for you to turn into habits to help keep your home clean all year long.
Tidy as you go
This is an easy one but it’ll take a bit of practice to form a habit. Basically, if you make a mess, clean it up. Aim to leave the area you’re using as tidy as it was when you first walked in. If you’re making a meal, clean dishes while you’re waiting for it to cook. In the bathroom, wipe up any toothpaste dribbles or stray hairs that fall onto the basin.
And don’t leave your dirty clothes where they land (we know it’s tempting), put them in the washing machine straight away. These quick once-overs will have your house feeling effortlessly clean and make the bigger cleans easier when it comes time to get down to business.
Make time to make the bed
Pack your toys away
You’d tell your kids the same thing, so set a good example by picking up after yourself. This includes clothes, towels, plates, rubbish – everything! Don’t leave anything lying around on the floor or on furniture because that’s how mites, mould and dirt accumulate.
That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy flinging your bra across the room after a long day or binging on pizza in bed, but just be sure to clean up after yourself before you hit the hay.
Feeling uninspired? Having an organised cleaning cupboard with all your potions and gadgets neatly arranged will allow you to see exactly what you have, instead of having to rummage through a forest of spray bottles and cloths. Try some storage containers that fit the space under your sink or mount some onto the inside of the cupboard door for extra handy storage.
Opt for natural cleaners
It might be easier to grab the cheapest cleaning spray from the supermarket shelves and be done with it, but don’t forget about all the chemicals contained in those bottles and what they could be doing to your family’s health. If you’re wanting to be health and environment conscious there are a few different pantry ingredients that only cost a couple dollars and are just as effective!
Stains, grease and rust spots don’t stand a chance against this household item and its gentle abrasiveness. You can erase everything, from stains on your tupperware from that one time you had red sauce in it, to the oil spill in your garage – keep a box of this cooking staple handy for when you need to add a little extra oomph to your cleaning.
This fruit not only smells fantastically fresh but it’s also got some powerful antibacterial and degreasing properties thanks to its acids. It’s not as strong a disinfectant as bleach but it can definitely help remove stains, bleach your clothes in the wash and clean glass (best mixed with vinegar).
Freshen up your fridge, microwave, countertops, tupperware and so much more with this non-toxic pantry item. Vinegar is great at cleaning all kinds of glass as well for a streak-free shine, just mix some lemon in if you’re not a fan of the smell.
Keep cleaning supplies handy
Keeping a spray bottle and a few cleaning cloths in each main area of your home can help motivate you to clean on the go instead of making excuses. Kitchen, bathroom, living room – stash some cleaning supplies in each room so you’re not tempted to leave any mess behind simply because your favourite scented degreaser isn’t within arm’s reach.
Clean from top to bottom
This is an important one and will save you a bunch of time retracing your steps. Always clean your house from top to bottom, meaning you should be doing everything up high (mirror, benchtops, shelves, etc.) before you mop and vacuum your floors. That way, you’re not getting dust and dirt on nice clean floors and having to do the mopping over again.
Invest in a handheld vacuum
This is something you can whip out when you notice crumbs on the carpet or if you need to touch up your vacuum job from a couple days ago before guests arrive. A lightweight, handheld vacuum is an invaluable tool when you’re wanting to keep your home clean effortlessly – just be sure to put it to good use!
Listen to something you love
Lacking some motivation? Try listening to your favourite podcast, audiobook or exercise music while you’re cleaning to increase your productivity and help time fly. You’ll be able to zone out and before you know it then cleaning will be done – multitasking at its finest.
Open a window or two
Nothing says clean and fresh more than a crisp, gentle breeze clearing the stuffiness from your home. Crack open a window or two to allow the fresh air and sunlight in to kill bacteria and germs that are lurking indoors. After all, you and your family spend around 90% of your time in these spaces so this is an essential tip for keeping your family healthy.
It can take as little as just 18 days to form a habit, and with some of the methods above you’re sure to hit that mark easily. Get your cleaning supplies organised and accessible, pop on your favourite podcast and whip out your all natural cleaning products to get your clean on – your home will soon be the envy of all your guests!