Keep your Whole House Spotless with our Home Cleaning Hacks
Cleaning your entire home may seem overwhelming, but with our home cleaning hacks for each room of your house, your goal may be closer and easier than it seems!
- You don’t want to use a chemical-based cleaner in your microwave since you use it to prepare food. Instead, microwave a mug full of water for two minutes. This will steam up your microwave and you can use a microfiber cloth to wipe it down afterward.
- Is the inside of your refrigerator giving off an unpleasant odor? While baking soda is the most well-known deodorizer, there are other options: activated charcoal, fresh coffee grounds, and even cotton balls with vanilla extract on them can be used. Just be sure to switch your deodorizer of choice out often enough to control the smell.
- Keep your bathroom well-ventilated to cut down on the moisture that can lead to mold and mildew. Turn on the exhaust fan for at least 30 minutes after a shower or bath, and make sure to open a window when you’re cleaning.
- Clean and unclog your shower head by tying a plastic bag filled with household vinegar around it. Leave it there overnight, then remove it in the morning and run the shower to clean off the remaining vinegar.
- Squeegee your shower and tub after each use. This will help eliminate soap scum.
- Remove dots of toothpaste and hairspray on your bathroom mirror by dabbing them with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.
- Do you suffer from allergies? If so, you’ll want to clean your sheets at least once each week. You can wash them biweekly if you don’t.
- Bed skirts, which pick up dust and all sorts of allergens, are often forgotten. Be sure to wash them once a month.
Your Family Room
- When dusting your framed photos or works of art, you don’t want the cleaner to get behind the glass. In order to avoid this, spray the cleaner onto the cloth, not onto the hanging object.
- Taking something with you every time you leave your family room will help you to cut down on clutter.
Your Living Room
- If something spills onto a rug or your upholstery, remove the liquid quickly to keep the stain from setting. Dab the stain with a microfiber cloth that’s slightly wet, and turn on your ceiling fan to help evaporate the liquid that’s left over once you’re done.
- Spray a sock with furniture polish and put the sock on your hand to clean ceiling fans.
Your Home Office
- Make up a solution of one part rubbing alcohol and one part distilled water and put this in a spray bottle. Use this and a microfiber cloth to clean your computer screen and keyboard. Once again, spray the cloth, not the computer!
- Consider purchasing a paper shredder. This will make decluttering your home office far easier!
Read even more home cleaning hacks from Good Housekeeping here.