A New Year is the perfect time to banish some of your old, untidy ways and start afresh by keeping your home sparkling clean. Sure, this can be easier said than done, especially if you’ve got kids running around or a busy work schedule, but there are things you can do to keep the dust levels down – so check out these handy tips.
1. Stock up on cleaning supplies
First things first, make sure you’ve all the products necessary to keep your home in tip-top shape. Companies like Brosch Direct sell a range of useful supplies including latex gloves, oven cleaners, bin liners, bleach and a whole range of cleaning essentials, so it’s well worth stocking up on everything you might need. Moreover, you can even save money on shop-bought items by cutting up old cotton t-shirts to make dust rags or making your own all-purpose cleaner by combining one tablespoon of ammonia, one tablespoon of clear washing up liquid and to cups of water.
2. Take the natural approach
Unfortunately, many cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that can cause allergies and respiratory problems. So, if you’ve got eczema, psoriasis or any other condition which can be worsened by branded cleaning products, why not take the natural approach? Believe it or not, many store cupboard items can be used to keep your home spic and span. Lemon juice, for example, is a natural disinfectant whereas baking soda is ideal for eliminating odours and can be combined with pure white vinegar to clear drains. Similarly, olive oil is an effective furniture polish and salt can be used as an abrasive to scrub pots and pans.
3. Have a cleaning schedule
If you live alone, of course it’s down to you to keep your place sparkling. But, if you share a property, it’s good to share chores and specific cleaning tasks so that one person isn’t lumbered with all the work. Even young kids can be given specific responsibilities such as loading the dishwasher, hoovering or wiping surfaces and the best way to keep everyone organised is to draw up a cleaning schedule. This will inform individuals what they need to do on a certain day and will leave no room for excuses.
4. Have a good de-clutter
A cluttered house is hard to keep clean, so if you’re tripping over things left, right and centre and can’t remember the last time you saw the living room floor – a good sort out might be necessary. Instead of just throwing anything you don’t want/need into the bin, try to recycle where you can or take unwanted goods to a charity or second hand shop – you could even donate to families you know will appreciate your belongings. Alternatively, set up an account on eBay or similar sales sites and try to make some money from your items.
5. Think about storage solutions
Cleaning is one thing, but keeping your property looking good throughout the year is another. Thankfully there are many clever storage solutions available these days which will help you to stay neat and organised in every room. From sofas with space underneath each chair, to desks with hidden compartments, you won’t be short of choice so it’s definitely worth investing in such kinds of furniture if you want a clean, tidy home.
There are many things you can do to keep your home clean in 2016, so give the above tips a go.