15+ Home Cleaning Tips to Make Your Home Shine

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We know that cleaning your home can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple tricks and techniques, you can make the process quick, easy, and even enjoyable.

From organizing your cleaning supplies to using natural cleaning solutions, we have gathered some of the best tips and tricks to help you keep your home sparkling clean.

So, grab your cleaning supplies and get ready to transform your home into a clean and organized space.

Let’s dive in:

1. Make a Cleaning Schedule

This will help you stay on top of things and ensure that your home stays clean and tidy.

  1. Start by making a list of all the cleaning tasks that need to be done in your home. This can include tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and laundry.
  2. Divide these tasks into smaller, manageable chunks. For example, you could assign specific tasks to specific days of the week.
  3. Consider assigning specific tasks to specific days of the week. For example, you could designate Monday as the day to vacuum and mop, Tuesday as the day to do laundry, and so on.
  4. Make sure to include time for deep cleaning tasks such as cleaning the oven and refrigerator, which can be done once a month.
  5. Set reminders for yourself so that you don’t forget to do your scheduled cleaning tasks.
  6. Try to stick to your schedule as much as possible, but be flexible if unexpected events come up.
  7. Involve other family members in the cleaning schedule by assigning specific tasks to them and ensuring that everyone is aware of their responsibilities.
  8. You can adjust your schedule as needed. If you find that certain tasks are taking longer or shorter than you anticipated, make adjustments to ensure that your schedule is manageable and effective.

By breaking down tasks into smaller chunks, assigning specific tasks to specific days of the week, setting reminders, and involving other family members, you can create a manageable and effective cleaning schedule.

2. Start by Decluttering Your Home

Take the time to go through each room and get rid of items that you no longer need or use. This will not only make cleaning easier, but it will also make your home feel more organized and spacious.

  1. Start by sorting out your belongings room by room. Make piles for items you want to keep, toss, or donate.
  2. Be realistic about what you truly need and use. If you haven’t used an item in the past year, it’s likely that you don’t need it.
  3. Consider storage solutions such as under-bed boxes, over-the-door organizers, and shelving units to maximize space.
  4. Don’t forget to declutter and organize closets, drawers, and cabinets as well. This will make it easier to find what you need and keep your home clutter-free.
  5. Once you’ve decluttered, take the time to properly store and organize the items you’ve decided to keep. This will make it easier to find things when you need them and help to keep your home feeling organized and spacious.

3. Use the Right Tools for the Job

Having the right tools for the job can make cleaning quicker and more efficient. Invest in high-quality cleaning supplies. These tools will make cleaning easier and more effective and will help you to keep your home clean and tidy with minimal effort.

Additionally, by investing in eco-friendly, reusable cleaning products, you can reduce waste and save money in the long run.

  1. Microfiber cloths are a great cleaning tool because they are highly absorbent and can pick up and hold dust, dirt, and grime effectively. They can be used to clean surfaces, appliances, and furniture.
  2. A good vacuum cleaner is essential for keeping your floors clean. Look for a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which captures small particles such as dust, dander, and pollen. A cordless vacuum can also be useful for quick clean-ups and for cleaning tight spaces or furniture.
  3. A mop is another useful tool for cleaning floors. Look for a mop with a microfiber head, which can pick up dirt and grime more effectively than traditional cotton mops. A steam mop is also a great option as it sanitizes and cleans at the same time.
  4. Cleaning solutions are also important to have on hand, such as all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners, and kitchen cleaners. Make sure to choose cleaning solutions that are safe for your surfaces and the environment.
  5. A scrub brush or a toothbrush can come in handy for cleaning tough stains or hard-to-reach areas such as grout, ovens, and stovetops.
  6. A toilet brush is an essential tool for cleaning toilets.
  7. A ladder or step stool can be useful for cleaning hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fans, light fixtures, and high shelves.
  8. A bucket and a squeegee are great tools to have on hand for cleaning windows and mirrors.
  9. A cleaning caddy or a cleaning bucket can be useful to store and transport all of your cleaning supplies.
  10. Lastly, consider investing in reusable cleaning products such as microfiber clothes, mop pads, and washable dusters, as they are more eco-friendly and save money in the long run.

4. Use Natural Cleaning Solutions

Many household cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment. These natural alternatives are not only better for your health and the environment, but they can also be less expensive and more versatile than chemical-based cleaning products.

  1. White vinegar is a natural and effective cleaner that can be used to clean and disinfect surfaces, appliances, and floors. Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water in a spray bottle and use it to clean surfaces and remove stains.
  2. Baking soda is a natural abrasive that can be used to clean and deodorize surfaces. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste and use it to scrub sinks, bathtubs, and kitchen counters. It can also be used to clean ovens, refrigerators, and other appliances.
  3. Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and can be used to clean and deodorize surfaces. Mix lemon juice with water and use it to clean countertops, floors, and appliances. Lemon juice can also be used to remove stains and remove odor on cutting boards.
  4. Essential oils such as tea tree, lavender, and lemon have natural cleaning properties and can be added to your cleaning solutions to enhance their cleaning power and add a fresh scent to your home.
  5. Castile soap is a versatile, plant-based soap that can be used to clean almost everything in your home, from dishes to laundry to floors.
  6. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural alternative to bleach, it can be used to clean and disinfect surfaces, it can also be used to whiten clothes and remove stains.
  7. Cornstarch can be used as a natural alternative to furniture polish. Mix cornstarch with a little lemon juice to create a paste and use it to polish wood furniture.
  8. Lastly, avoid using chemical-based air fresheners, instead, try using natural alternatives like scented candles, potpourri, or essential oils.

5. Use a Checklist

Create a list of cleaning tasks that need to be completed in each room. This will help you stay organized and ensure that you don’t forget any important tasks.

  1. Start by making a list of all the cleaning tasks that need to be done in each room of your home. This can include tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, mopping, laundry, and cleaning specific appliances and fixtures.
  2. Divide your list into smaller tasks, breaking them down by room or area. For example, you could create a separate list for the living room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
  3. Prioritize your tasks by listing them in order of importance. For example, cleaning the kitchen should be a higher priority than cleaning the guest room.
  4. Keep your checklist in a visible location, such as on the refrigerator or in a planner, so that you can refer to it easily.
  5. Use a check-off system, such as a checkmark or a color-coding system, to track which tasks have been completed and which ones still need to be done.
  6. Review and update your checklist regularly. For example, you may want to add new tasks as you discover them or remove tasks that are no longer necessary.
  7. Consider using a digital tool like a cleaning app to help you stay organized, set reminders, and keep track of your progress.
  8. Finally, involve other family members in the cleaning process by assigning specific tasks to them and ensuring that everyone is aware of their responsibilities.

By breaking down tasks by room or area, prioritizing them, and keeping your checklist in a visible location, you can easily refer to it and stay on top of your cleaning tasks.

6. Microwave Cloths and Sponges

Microwaving wet cloths and sponges for 30 seconds can help remove bacteria and make them more sterile for cleaning. If you don’t have a microwave, you can also put them in the washing machine or dishwasher.

It is important to clean and replace your cleaning tools regularly to prevent the build-up of bacteria.

7. Disinfect Countertops 

To disinfect countertops and other hard surfaces, you can make a simple solution by mixing one-fourth to a half cup of white or apple cider vinegar with a cup of water.

Wipe down the surfaces with the solution, paying particular attention to frequently touched areas such as doorknobs, light switches, and telephones.

Allow the solution to sit on the surfaces for a few minutes before wiping them dry. It’s important to note that vinegar should not be used on stone surfaces like granite and marble as it can etch the surface.

8. Re-season Rusty Cast Iron

First use a scrub sponge to remove any rust from the skillet. Clean the skillet with a mild dish soap and rinse it well, then dry it thoroughly. Next, coat the inside and outside of the skillet with vegetable oil.

Place the skillet upside down in the oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it bake for one hour.

Once done, let the skillet cool down and remove any excess grease with a paper towel. Repeat the process as needed to maintain the skillet’s seasoning. Keep in mind that cast iron should be seasoned regularly to keep it rust-free and preserve its non-stick properties.

9. Improve Shower Pressure

Unclog the shower head. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a plastic bag. Secure the bag around the shower head, immersing the holes in the solution and fastening it with a twist tie.

Allow it to sit for up to an hour, then take it off and wipe away any loosened debris.

10. Clean Shower Curtains

Eliminate mold on plastic or vinyl shower curtains by washing them in the machine with detergent. Add a couple of bath towels to increase cleaning agitation. Hang it to dry or put it in the dryer on low heat or fluff only.

To maintain freshness, stretch the curtain out after every shower to allow moisture to evaporate.

11. Lift Stains

Remove tough wine stains from carpet by first blotting up as much wine as possible, using absorbent cloths if necessary. Next, saturate the stain with a product such as Wine Away, allowing it to sit for up to five minutes.

Blot the area again until the stain is completely removed.

12. Wipe Out Wall Doodles

Eliminate wall scribbles made by children by using a lightly dampened sponge with baking soda to gently scrub the area.

13. Elimate Pet Odors

The best way to eliminate pet odors in your home is to keep up with regular cleaning and grooming of your pets. This includes regular baths, brushing and clipping their nails, and regular cleaning of their living areas.

Additionally, you can use a pet odor neutralizer specifically designed to break down and remove pet odors. You can also try the baking soda method I described earlier.

Another good way to combat pet odor is to open windows and door to increase ventilation, and use an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Regular vacuuming and cleaning of carpets and upholstery is also important to remove pet hair and dander that can hold onto odors.

14. Make Masty Towels Fresh

Remove musty odor from towels by first taking them outside, brushing off any visible mildew spores, and leaving them to sun-dry for about three hours.

Next, pre-soak the towels in a solution of bleach and water (ensure it’s safe for the specific type of towel by checking the care tag) before machine washing them.

15. Freshen Up Microwave

Clean caked-on grime in your microwave by heating a cup of water, a few tablespoons of vinegar, and a chopped-up lemon on high power until the microwave’s window becomes steamy. Leave the bowl inside for 5 minutes before opening the door, this will make it much easier to wipe the inside clean.

16. Stay Organized

Keep your cleaning supplies in a central location, such as a closet or pantry. This will make it easy for you to grab what you need when it’s time to clean.

  1. Designate a specific area in your home to store all of your cleaning supplies. This could be a closet, cabinet, or pantry.
  2. Use clear storage containers to store your cleaning supplies. This will make it easy to see what you have on hand and will help you to stay organized.
  3. Keep your cleaning supplies organized by grouping like items together. For example, you could keep all of your cleaning solutions in one container, and all of your scrub brushes in another.
  4. Consider using a cleaning caddy or a cleaning bucket to store and transport your cleaning supplies. This will make it easy to carry everything you need from room to room.
  5. Keep your cleaning supplies in an easily accessible location. This will make it easy for you to grab what you need when it’s time to clean.
  6. Keep in mind to keep cleaning supplies out of reach of children and pets to avoid accidents.
  7. Review your cleaning supplies regularly and restock anything that’s running low or expired.

17. Don’t Forget About the Little Things

Take the time to clean and organize small items such as jewelry, coins, and keys.

  1. Start by going through small items such as jewelry, coins, and keys room by room and sorting through them to see what you need to keep and what can be discarded.
  2. Use small storage solutions such as jewelry boxes, coin trays, and key holders to organize these items.
  3. Make use of drawer organizers or small storage containers to separate and store small items such as jewelry and coins.
  4. Label small storage containers or drawers, so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
  5. Consider using a small tray or dish to hold items such as keys, coins, and small jewelry items. This will keep them together in one place and make it easy to find what you need.
  6. Keep small items such as jewelry in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box or a locked cabinet, to protect them from theft or damage.
  7. Don’t forget to clean small items such as jewelry, coins, and keys regularly, they can accumulate dirt and grime just like larger items.
  8. Involve other family members in the cleaning and organization process by assigning specific tasks to them and ensuring that everyone is aware of their responsibilities.

It’s A Wrap!

In conclusion, Cleaning your home can be a daunting task, but with the right approach and tools, it can be made much more manageable. By decluttering, creating a cleaning schedule, using the right tools, tackling high-traffic areas, using natural cleaning solutions, staying organized, and asking for help when needed, you can keep your home clean and tidy with minimal effort.

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