Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts

Weekly chores

There are certain chores around your house that should be done weekly in order to keep germs at bay. Most of these are common sense. Regular upkeep makes life easier in the long run. 

  1. Vacuum carpets and rugs. Prevent the build up of dirt.
  2. Dust with a microfiber cloth.
  3. Wash your bed linens – just think of the oil and dirt on your skin. Besides – nothing feels better than freshly laundered sheets.
  4. Wipe down your stove, microwave and your refrigerator.
  5. Clean your tub and shower.
  6. Disinfect your all the surfaces in your bathroom. Always close the lid on the toilet before flushing. Germs from flushing can fly as far as 6 feet. Disgusting!
  7. Clean remotes, cell phones, keyboards, etc. 
  8. Wipe down door knobs, faucets, handles – all the things you touch regularly. In fact, you may want to do this daily. 
Bathrooms can be a breeding ground for germs. Sanitize all surfaces in your bathroom weekly.

Deeper cleaning

Certain things in your home don’t need weekly attention but you don’t want to ignore them. Tending to these chores on a semi-regular basis is all that is needed. 

  1. Throw your vinyl shower curtain in the washing machine along with a couple of towels. Don’t be afraid to spritz it with a bleach/water mix and let it rinse with shower water.
  2. Pull out furniture from the wall and vacuum underneath and behind. It’s a great time to clean any vents that may be hidden. Then switch to an upholstery tool and vacuum the cushions and crevices.
  3. Remove all bedding and vacuum the top and sides of your mattress. Then you can wipe it down with a damp cloth and use a disinfectant spray like Lysol.
  4. Wash windows on a cloudy day. Although the sunshine is appealing, sunny skies can actually lead to more streaking. Make sure to dust blinds and vacuum drapes. 
  5. Drapes don’t need washing often. Spot clean stains as needed. 
  6. Toss throw pillows and drapes into the dryer and fluff them on the “air” cycle. 
  7. Clean white grout with CLR Bath and Kitchen cleaner. Just spray it on, let it sit, brush and rinse.
  8. Wash reusable grocery bags in the washing machine. Check the label before putting them in a hot dryer.

Do's and don'ts

You’re doing your best to clean your house. Make sure you’re not actually making it dirtier by unknowingly spreading dirt and germs around.

DO:

  1. Clean your vacuum cleaner. A full bag often spreads more dust and dirt than it is collecting.
  2. Clean sponges regularly – just soak them in water and zap them in the microwave on high for one minute.
  3. Remove the lint from your dryer after every use.
  4. Use your exhaust fan when you cook to help prevent grease from spreading.
  5. Set the toilet brush across the seat to air dry instead of dropping it into the container to grow icky germs.

DON’T:

  1. Don’t overload your dishwasher. It prevents the soap and water from getting where it needs to go.
  2. Don’t LEAVE THE LID OPEN WHEN YOU FLUSH
  3. Don’t keep your toothbrush in the dark.
  4. Don’t wash your clothes every single time you wear them – unless they are workout clothes. Over washing leads to fading and wear.
You should wash your bedding weekly. Comforters and pillows don't need to be done but 2 or 3 times a year.

Cool tips you might not know

If you think ketchup is just for your hot dog – you’re wrong. These little known tips are not only interesting, they work.

  1. When cleaning copper pots, use a little ketchup. If you have an extra rough spot to clean, add some salt. 
  2. Use lemon or other citrus in your disposal to keep it fresh. Also, run some ice through your disposal once a month or so to sharpen blades and keep it clean.
  3. Stained clothing? Try and mix of lemon and salt on the stain. It’s harmless. Then rinse the clothing in vinegar and warm water and launder as usual.
  4. Clean your jewelry with a mixture of dish soap and seltzer water. Let it soak for a bit and brush clean.
  5. Got watermarks on furniture where a coaster wasn’t used? Try a mix a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of toothpaste and baking soda. Rub gently until gone.
  6. Clean your stainless appliances using 1 tsp of dish detergent mixed with a quart of warm water. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe in the direction of the grain and dry immediately.
  7. Use the cut side of a lemon to clean cutting boards. Add baking soda or salt for areas that need extra scrubbing.

Take pride in your new home by keeping it clean. Regular attention to chores keeps bigger tasks at bay. And like all things in life, don’t be afraid to take a day off. Sometimes – you just need a day of Netflix bingeing, hanging at the beach or relaxing with friends. The laundry will wait – a little while anyway. 

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