Effective Cleaning Tips for Parents

A messy home isn’t a healthy or happy place to be, especially for families with young children. If left to fester, dirty items and rooms can attract all sorts of little critters that carry harmful germs and disease that will leave you and your family feeling under the weather on a regular basis.

Cleaning isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time, but it must be done to prevent any unpleasant side effects. Armed with the right tools for the job and a little enthusiasm, you can keep your home cleaner for longer, in a shorter amount of time than you might think possible. Here are some of the simplest ways in which to keep the problem areas of your home spick and span.

De-streak those pesky mirrors

Mirrors are notoriously irritating to clean, often looking far worse once you’ve “cleaned” them due to streaks. But streak-free mirrors are possible, simply by using vinegar and old newspaper. You can use specific mirror cleaning products if you wish, but vinegar will almost always do the trick.

Prevent next day plate scraping

Possibly one of the biggest deterrents to dish washing is the stale, dry food that’s left on dishes from the previous day’s meals. If you don’t own a dishwasher, the chances are high that you’ll leave the plates to pile up, just to avoid scraping any icky bits off.

The best way in which to avoid this stale food issue is to get your family into the habit of scraping and rinsing their plates once they’ve finished eating, making it far more pleasant for the person who’s on dishwashing duty the next day.

Keep the oven clean

If your oven needs a deep clean, don’t dive in head first with whatever will help you scrub through several layers of grime. Instead, work smart, not hard, by spritzing it with oven cleaner and leaving it to soak through the grime overnight. Before you turn your oven on the next day, give it a quick wipe and watch how easily the grease and grime comes off.

Degrease the microwave

The microwave is another appliance that gets dirty often, mostly due to the food volcanoes which it creates when left unattended with our meals. Thankfully, cleaning a microwave is easy. Just fill a cup of water and put it in the microwave on high for a few minutes. The steam created will loosen any splattered food, which you can then easily wipe off. And to prevent any further food eruptions, simply place a paper towel over the bowl or plate to catch any splatters.

Keep Your Pets Clean

Whether you have a cat or a dog, they can both bring in huuge amounts of dirt after a long day of playing outside. One way to prevent this is to clean your pets paws before they come inside the house, and make sure they use the toilet before you lock them in for the night. Pet pee and poop can be extremely difficult to clean up especially if you own carpets. Another way of making sure your pets can use the loo during the night is to have a doggie or a cat door. Make sure you take the adequate precautions though to make sure you don’t lose your cat or dog.

Preserve the toilet’s hygiene

Cleaning the toilet is undoubtedly every homeowner’s least favourite task. But once you get the initial power clean out the way, keeping the toilet clean and hygienic is easy.

First, pour some toilet cleaner in the bowl and let it soak for a while. Add some bleach as well if any stains need to be removed. While the bowl is soaking, clean the rest of the toilet with an antibacterial wipe or spray.

Once you’re done, scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and give everything one final wipe with a dry cloth. Every week, repeat these steps, and you’ll find that, with regular maintenance, the bowl becomes much easier to keep clean and, more importantly, hygienic.

By following and sticking to these simple cleaning tips and routines, your home will become cleaner and healthier, resulting in a much happier you.