One of the hardest and most time-consuming house tasks is cleaning. However, it’s also one of the most essential house chores. The more regular our cleanups are, the better your home will look. And a clean home is a healthy and functional one. One of the reasons why people postpone cleaning is the lack of time and energy for it. Here are ten useful tips that will ensure a sparkling clean house with minimum effort which wouldn’t take all of your free time.
Create a house cleaning schedule: The first rule and the best one is simply having a checklist of tasks and a clear schedule. Only one member of the family shouldn’t clean the whole house. Everyone can do a little something for the house every other day.
Examine each room before you start: Make sure you know which the hidden spots in each room are. These will be the trouble spots that require the most attention. Always start with cleaning these and proceed with the easier areas.
Keep cleaning supplies together: It’s a great way to save time and energy. Store your cleaning detergents and tools in a bucket that you can carry with you around the house.
Use more natural cleaning products: Whenever you feel that all you do is run to the shop for cleaning supplies and spend a lot of money on them, try to find green recipes that you can use at home. Products such as vinegar and baking soda do wonders for multiple surfaces, types of stains and problematic areas.
Declutter your home: You cannot clean effectively if your home is messy all the time. The first step to a cleaner home is simply taking the time to remove all the clutter. This should be done on a regular basis – pick a day of the week or a time of the day dedicated to tidying up the house. All of these items that lie around are the ones attracting dust like magnets.
Listen to upbeat music while cleaning: Play some lively music and you will immediately notice a change in your mood and attitude. It will help time pass quicker and you will certainly enjoy yourself more.
Don’t get distracted: One of the things that sabotage cleaning is getting distracted by the TV, the phone, the computer and the people around you. Don’t stop until you’ve finished with everything planned. Focus and you will manage much quicker than usual.
Include the family: Make sure each member of the family is responsible for the mess they create and takes an active part in the cleaning schedule.
Hire professionals: Some areas at home are harder to clean and require proper techniques and tools. Hire professionals for the carpets, upholstery, curtains, garage and basement.
Utilize these useful cleaning tips and you will see that this chore doesn’t have to be a burden.
Bio: This article has been created by Cindy Davis. She is very passionate about house cleaning and organizing. You may find some useful tips and advises for your own household, by visiting: http://www.cleaningservicescleaners.co.uk/office-cleaners/KT10-commercial-cleaners-esher.html
Thoroughly clean can and dry — Paint or decoupage the outside of can with a unique design — Seal with polyurethane — You will need a (minimum size of) 18 inch galvanized bolt (about 2.50 at a hardware store) with a washer and nut. Puncture hole in bottom of can and push the bolt through from the inside of can until head in at the bottom. Under the can on the bolt add a washer and then secure the nut tightly. The longer bolt you use the better. You can also polyurethane the entire can, nut, washer and bolt once done to give a nice shiny presentation and to help prevent rust.
Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake
1 cup Coca Cola (real thing, not diet)
1/2 cup oil
1 stick butter
3 Tablespoon cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick butter
3 Tablespoon cocoa
6 Tablesppon of cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
In a saucepan, mix Coca Cola, oil, butter and cocoa and bring to a boil. In another bowl, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Pour the boiling Cola mixture over the flour mixture and beat well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, soda and vanilla and beat well. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees or 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pan. Cool for about 10 minutes before frosting.
Frosting: In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk. Heat until the butter melts. Beat in the remaining ingredients and spread on the cake while it’s still warm. Enjoy!
It happens every time….. you get unwanted and uninvited guests….. well, I can’t help you with them. BUT, I can help save drinks at your next outdoor party with this great idea. Its also very cheap so that is also a bonus. Have printed cupcake cups stashed all around for your guests to top their drink off with to prevent bugs from slipping into their drinks. You can go ahead and poke a hole through the middle of the bottom so your guests can easily slip them over their straw (you can use a small dowel or sharpened pencil). This also gives you an area to write each persons name on the top around the straw so people don’t lose their drinks and have to get another and waste your money by wasting drinks…. especially at a children’s party. Thank me later…..
Shaving cream can be used as a spot cleaner on carpets, upholstery and even clothing. If you are not sure whether your upholstery can be cleaned with water, check first in an inconspicuous area.
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Need a nice-smelling house but don’t feel like baking cookies? Try simmering a pot of spices on the stove. Add several cloves and a teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin-pie spice to a few cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or so. Your house will have a delicious scent — good enough to eat!
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If you have several items of clothing with grease stains on them, add a can of cola to the wash water. It can ease out grease stains.
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Clean out a stained coffee decanter by filling it with hot water and adding a denture tablet. Let it sit overnight, and the stains should come right off in the morning.
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Make a spray of equal parts liquid fabric softener and water. Mist the air daily to relieve static buildup during the fall and winter, when the air is very dry.
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To get streaks off of freshly cleaned windows, give them a final swipe with plain newspaper (not magazines or glossy pages).
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For troublesome-to-open jars of pickles, jam, etc., use a pair of standard dish washing gloves. They provide a sturdy grip, especially if your hands are the least bit damp.
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Use cotton swabs to touch up painting jobs. They are small enough to get into tight spaces, and the best part is that they are disposable.