Cleaning Home With Minimum Efforts By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

Cleaning home with minimum effortsOne 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.Cleaning home with minimum efforts2

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

Gingerbread Cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • MAPLE FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in water and molasses. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and allspice; add to the creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes and pipe a gingerbread man on the top or top it with a cookie gingerbread man. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutella Banana Nut Bread

Banana Bread Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons Nutella

Method

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour and mix stirring in Nutella. More or less Nutella can be used and small adjustments to cooking times may need to be made. This amount of Nutella makes the bread darker and and gives the bread the aroma and slight taste of Nutella. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour 15minutes (done when a fork can be pressed down through middle and no batter substance sticks to the fork. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Yield: Makes one loaf.

Gingerbread Cookies

3/4 cup firmly packed C&H° Golden
or Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1/4 cup molasses
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flout
2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon each: allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets.

Beat Sugar and Water in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and molasses. Stir together remainng ingridients in medium bowl. Gradually add to sugar mixture until well blended. Refrigerate dough I hour or until easy to handle.
On well-floured surface, roll out half of dough at a time to ‘/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 8- 1 0 minutes. Cool on rack. Decorate with sugar icing as desired. Makes about 24 (5-inch) cookies.
Icing: Combine 3/4 cup plus I tablespoon Powdered Sugar, I tablespoon milk, and food coloring as desired.