House Cleaning Tips for your home

Embrace a cleaner, happier lifestyle with these house cleaning tips. They include time saving hacks for every area in your home, including kitchens and bathrooms.

Taking the time to clean every part of your home might seem like a lot, but it’s so rewarding. Start small, with any of these home cleaning tips, and gradually, you’ll get your home cleaning plan on auto pilot.

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When it comes to cleaning your home, the good news is there is no need to get expensive cleaning supplies; most if not all of the cleaners you need can be made from simple ingredients you probably already have, like vinegar and baking soda.

Cleaning may not be fun to do but once finished can be incredibly satisfying. Seeing floors that are free of crumbs or bathroom mirrors that have zero toothpaste splashes are enough to make any busy mom smile.

These tips today will give you a few shortcuts you can start to incorporate into you weekly routine starting today.

How often should you clean your home? 

Regularly cleaning your home is important to maintain a healthy and pleasant living space. Every area doesn’t need daily attention, but setting a cleaning schedule that covers all spots over time helps prevent germs, dust that can aggravate allergies, and clutter from building up. 

Focusing on high-traffic areas like kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms is a smart approach since these areas see the most activity and can get dirty quickly. 

Kitchens may need daily pickups and weekly deep cleans, especially surfaces and floors. 

Bathrooms need daily wipe downs to keep germs and messes from taking over.

Bedrooms need regular cleaning, such as dusting and vacuuming, maybe every week.

Other places in your home that you don’t use as much can be cleaned less often. It all depends on how dirty and cluttered they get.

Try to clean based on how much you use each room. This way, your home stays neat and healthy without too much work.

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1. Toaster or Toaster Oven

Cleaning a toaster oven is relatively easy, but it does require a bit of effort. Let’s break it down. First, unplug and let it cool down.

Next, remove the crumb tray, throw away any loose crumbs, and wash it with soap and water to remove stuck-on food. 

You can also get rid of the stubborn messes inside with a paste made from baking soda and water. Be sure to rinse and dry when finished cleaning.

Finally, clean the exterior of the toaster or the glass door of the toaster oven with a damp cloth and polish with a microfiber cloth for a nice shine.

2. Closet

With a simple and effective game plan, cleaning a closet in just 15 minutes is possible.

Break the task into clear steps, such as putting things away, wiping down surfaces, and finishing by cleaning the floor.

a woman working through clothes on a closet floor
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If you discover repairs that require more time during your quick clean, it’s best to note them down and schedule a specific time to address them separately.

This way, you can stick to your schedule and ensure that these repairs receive the attention they need without rushing.

3. Microwave

Clean your microwave oven using natural cleaning solutions is the best way to keep this busy appliance free of messes.

Ingredients like vinegar, lemon, and baking soda are known for their cleaning properties and work perfectly in a microwave. Here’s how it works.

Put lemon slices, vinegar, and water into a microwave safe container. Place the container in the microwave and heat it up for a few minutes. Once done, let it sit a few minutes longer.

This makes steam that softens stuck-on food, so you can easily wipe it clean.

4. Wood Furniture

Did you know that cleaning wood furniture the wrong way can damage it?

This is because wood is a natural material that can react badly to harsh chemicals, excessive water, or abrasive cleaning tools.

The wrong methods can strip the wood of its natural oils, leading to drying, cracking, or even warping.

Fortunately, you can effectively clean your wood furniture using two simple natural ingredients: olive oil and vinegar. Add both ingredients to a jar and gently shake to mix.

With a soft cloth wipe the furniture with the mixture. This will remove any dust and polish at the same time.

5. Dishwasher

Like the microwave or toaster oven, the dishwasher needs cleaning, too and many times we tend to overlook this task.

Good news, regular cleaning can involve natural ingredients and doesn’t usually require special tools.

If you’re looking for natural cleaning solutions, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda is the way to go to dissolve grime and freshen up the dishwasher’s interior.

Here’s how it works. First remove any dirt or food from the bottom of the dishwasher or trap.

Next, place a bowl or cup of white vinegar into the dishwasher and set to run on the hottest setting. The vinegar will loosen any dirt and deodorize as well.

6. Fridge

Cleaning your fridge might feel like a big job because you have to sort through everything inside.

But if you take it step by step, it’s pretty manageable. First, empty the fridge to assess and sort the contents. 

Next, remove and clean the shelves and bins with a baking soda paste. Once cleaned, dry everything off.

Then, organize the containers as you put them back in the fridge. Don’t forget to maintain a consistent cleaning schedule to prevent messes from becoming overwhelming.

7. Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets often get greasy and dirty from cooking vapors, spills, and touching them with dirty hands. 

These residues can attract dust and become sticky over time. While it might seem tough to clean, using natural cleaning solutions can be effective.

Try mixing baking soda and water, or for tougher grease, a solution of dish soap and warm water. 

Use this mixture to gently scrub away dirt and grime. For a more thorough cleaning, you can use a paste made from baking soda and vinegar.

Apply the paste with a sponge, scrub the cabinets thoroughly, and then wash it off with water.

8. Pantry

When cleaning the pantry, don’t forget to discard expired food and thoroughly wipe down the shelves. 

Clean off dust, crumbs, and potential spills to prevent pests and keep your food storage area hygienic.

Remove all items, then use a natural cleaner like vinegar and water solution to wipe down all surfaces. Let the shelves dry before putting items back.

9. Gas Stove

Wondering how to remove burnt food and stains from your gas stove? You don’t need expensive products to get it clean.

Mix hot water and vinegar, soak a microfiber cloth in this mixture, and then use it to wipe down your glass stove top. Let it sit for a few minutes.

Next, rinse the cloth with clean water and wipe the stove top again to remove any leftover vinegar.

A flat scraper can help you remove the remaining messes, including severely burnt food.

10. Toilets

Believe it or not, a dirty toilet can be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using natural solutions.

Pouring clear cleaning solution from a glass measuring cup into a toilet bowl
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To make a homemade cleaning powder, mix together baking soda, borax, and salt. Feel free to add a few drops of essential oil for scent.

Sprinkle this powder around the toilet bowl and let it sit for about 15 minutes before scrubbing it with a toilet brush and flushing it.

Afterward, it’s time to disinfect. Choose either hydrogen peroxide or vinegar. Do not mix them together.

Just apply your chosen disinfectant directly to the toilet bowl, let it sit for 30 minutes to kill germs, and then flush.

11. Air Ducts

Air ducts in a home are part of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, found within walls, ceilings, and floors.

man on an orange ladder removing a vent cover from the ceiling
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They’re crucial for circulating air throughout your home, making sure you stay comfy. 

While many people hire professionals for a thorough cleaning, doing it yourself for regular maintenance is possible. DIY cleaning can be effective, too.

Just remove and clean vent covers, vacuum inside the ducts to remove dust, and use a brush for any stubborn areas.

12. Farmhouse Sink

A farmhouse sink is quite different from the usual kitchen sink. It’s cozy look makes your kitchen feel a bit like a country house.

These sinks also need a bit of extra care.

Usually, wiping down any debris with mild dish soap does the trick.

But for tougher stains, you can sprinkle Bar Keeper’s Friend on the sink and scrub with a damp cloth until the stains are gone, then rinse well.

Planning a deeper clean? Close the drain and fill the sink with warm water, bleach, and dish soap.

Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then drain and rinse. This routine keeps your sink sparkling and should be done at least every two weeks or as needed.

13. Air Fryer

A dirty air fryer can mess with your cooking.

These remnants can also affect the taste of your meals. When cleaning your air fryer, start by letting it cool.

Then, remove and shake off crumbs from the basket or shelves. Use a wipe to clean the inside, focusing on removing any buildup.

After wiping, rinse the areas you cleaned with a damp cloth. This process will keep your air fryer in top shape for your next use.

14. Floor

Different floor types require different cleaning methods.

Laminate floors should be cleaned with a damp mop to avoid water damage, while tougher surfaces like concrete can handle slop mopping.

As for cleaning solutions, Lysol or Fabuloso are usually safe for most floors.

Just dilute the cleaner with water. Then, start mopping from one corner of the room and work your way towards the exit to avoid walking on the cleaned areas.

Make sure to frequently rinse the mop in clean water and change the mop water when it gets dirty to keep from spreading the dirt around.

15. Shark Lift-Away Vacuum

Like any vacuum, a Shark Lift-Away vacuum requires regular maintenance, such as emptying the canister and cleaning filters, but no special care beyond what’s typical for high-performance vacuums.

Here’s what the routine should look like.

Empty the dirt canister and wash it with water, letting it air dry completely.

The filters, if washable, should be cleaned under running water until the water runs clear and left to dry fully before reuse.

For the roller, remove any tangled hair and wash it as well.

Wipe down the vacuum’s interior and base with a damp cloth, taking care not to wet any electrical components.

Also, remember to clean the front filter and any non-electrical attachments by washing and drying them thoroughly.

Ready to start cleaning? It’s time to gather good cleaning supplies!

High-quality tools are often more durable, effective at picking up dirt and debris, and can make cleaning easier and more efficient. 

For example, a good vacuum cleaner can better remove dust from carpets and floors, while a high-quality mop can clean floors more thoroughly without leaving streaks.

It’s a balance between cost and effectiveness, but even a few key high-quality tools can significantly improve your cleaning routine.

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