Home is where the heart is. But it’s hard to set your soul down in an untidy, unkempt, and dirty house!
Human beings seek cleanliness. On a primitive/instinctual level, we try to keep ourselves and our environment as clean as possible. However, having a messy place will leave you feeling uncomfortable and out of place in your own living space.
Now, there could be many reasons behind your humble abode ending up looking like a dusty, greasy dumpsite for garbage. But let’s not judge. Perhaps a few tips could help you begin the cleaning process and see it through to the end. Not only will these tips give you a guideline on how to start, but little tidbits of information that might help make the process a lot easier. So, here are five tips you might want to consider to sweep your house clean.
First and foremost, get rid of pests
If your house has been a dirty mess for a while, you might have a pest problem on your hands. Rats and cockroaches can do more harm to your home’s structure and belongings than you could ever imagine. Moreover, certain parts of the house are considerably more susceptible to an infestation than others. For instance, the attic is one of the most common places for pests to reside since it is often the least frequented spot.
So, if you have a party of unwanted guests happening in the topmost room of your house, arrange for an attic cleanup immediately. A team of professionals can deal with potentially dangerous pests a lot better than you can. You never know what’s lurking up there. Venomous spiders, centipedes, and even bats could cause serious harm to you if you aren’t careful.
Holistic cleaning > one room
People often think that cleaning the room you spend the most time in is more practical than wasting time and energy on spaces you don’t utilize often. But that’s just wrong, and you are lazy! Sure it’s always a good idea to break down a tremendous job such as cleaning into smaller, more manageable tasks. But stopping in one room and not doing the rest of the house is flawed logic.
The entire point is to clean the house so that it’s comfortable and you are at peace in your environment. You will not find that if you walk out of the main living space and discover that the rest of the house is a cluttered mess, dirty, and dusty. It defeats the entire purpose of the home cleaning routine. Therefore, clean the whole house one room at a time and don’t stop till you’ve cleaned every nook and cranny.
Avoid using too many chemicals
We understand that you might want to use the most potent detergents and degreasers to make quick work of a messy situation. But before deciding to employ such chemicals, consider the damage they can cause to your home and health. And also to the environment.
Not only do corrosive chemicals loosen seals and caulk, but they can damage your pipes more than you realize. Moreover, using strong detergents around the base of your toilet can loosen the plaster and cause a messy leak. Plus, these chemicals are bad for the environment. After all, all water runs off into larger natural water bodies. You could unknowingly add to the chemical waste that is polluting our precious blue planet.
So, instead of opting for such hazardous stuff, whip a home remedy that works wonders. A concoction of lemons, vinegar, and baking soda does a fantastic job at cleaning most surfaces and materials and can also unclog your drains. It’s safe, less damaging, and also less expensive on your wallet.
If you are thinking about mopping the floors, sweep them first and then mop at the end. Get yourself a nice broom with open bristles or vacuum, and clean the whole house for surface-level dust. After that, use a damp (not soaking wet) mop and run it over your floors. If you run a wet mop over a dusty floor, you will end up with a mixture of dirty water and gritty dirt running throughout the house. You will have to go over the same spot over and over to clean the place, and you will probably still end up leaving streaks all over the place. Talk about a colossal waste of time!
It’s essential to do things efficiently. No one wants to create more work for themselves unnecessarily. Not only does it take more time and effort, but it’ll create an aversion to cleaning, and that’s something you don’t want.
Clean all cleaning paraphernalia before use
Well, duh- you do not want to be using a dirty rag to dust an already dirty tabletop! By indulging in such ineptness, you are achieving nothing and probably creating more of a mess. Also, using a dirty mop is one of the worst things you can do for your floors. Once the streaks are in and have dried, they are tough to get rid of. It would be best to clean your equipment after using it and then once again before you start another cleaning ritual.
Cleaning your home is vital for a healthy lifestyle, especially when there’s a pandemic in full swing. This article mentioned a few tips to help you get the job done right. Start by hunting pests in your home and calling professional pest control to ensure their removal from your property. Clean one room at a time, and don’t procrastinate on rooms you seldom use. Be an environmentally responsible citizen and opt for potent yet non-toxic alternatives when choosing cleaning chemicals. Dust first and mop last. Also, always use clean cleaning equipment to avoid adding to the mess. Simple, no? Now get to work!