House cleaning is a task that does not have to take a lot of time to be effective. In fact, it is possible to keep your entire home clean by doing some essential chores that take less than an hour. When you do them on a regular basis, your home stays clean, fresh, and inviting for your friends, family, and other visitors.
Here are five house cleaning tips you can complete in less than an hour to keep your home clean and fresh:
Remember The Baseboards
It is really easy to forget about the pieces of decorative trim where your flooring meets your walls. Those baseboards take a lot of abuse throughout the day and can accumulate a lot of dirt and debris. It’s an easy fix with the brush attachment of your vacuum. Just vacuum the baseboards lightly, then wipe them down with a mixture of warm water and a light amount of vinegar. Wiping them down with dryer sheets afterwards will also help to keep them clean and free of dust for a longer time.
Vacuum Your Window Treatments
Your window treatments collect a lot of dust throughout the day, and that can accumulate greatly over time. Fortunately, many new vacuums now come with attachments that let you vacuum your window treatments without damaging them. Whether you have blinds or curtains, a simple vacuum with the right attachment can eliminate much of the dust that winds up in your home with ease.
Refresh Your Mattresses
Humans spend an average of 3,000 hours a year sleeping, so keeping your mattresses clean are of utmost importance. Simply strip the linens, vacuum each mattress, and sprinkle some baking soda mixed with essential oil on top. Let it sit for an hour, and you can just vacuum the baking soda mixture when you are done with your other house cleaning chores. Come back to a fresh and clean mattress.
Cleaning The Microwave
The microwave is a great tool for making life simple as well as keeping you and your family fed. Yet, it seldom gets the level of cleaning that it deserves. To keep it clean and sanitary, put a few drops of vinegar in a cup of water with a couple teaspoons of lemon juice and vanilla extract. Then, heat up that mixture for a minute on high and let it stand for about 10 minutes, while you go about your other chores. This lets the steam soak into any food residue, and you just have to wipe it clean afterwards.
Ensure Clean Laundry
Your washing machine gets used a lot, and you might have noticed it start to smell like mold or mildew after a while. This is especially true if you keep your washer in a closet or similar location that is dark most of the time. To stop mold and mildew from taking over your washer and making your clothes less than their best, pour some white vinegar into the detergent chamber. If your washer is particularly bad, you can also consider pouring some bleach into the detergent chamber and running a wash cycle on hot to give it a thorough clean.
When you know how to clean a house quickly and effectively, you can maintain a very comfortable and clean home without wasting your time. Your family, friends, and other visitors will appreciate the clean and sanitary surroundings too.
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