Quick Tips for Cleaning House

Tips and tricks to get your home clean quickly and easily.
Family Features
April 30, 2012
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Now is the time to spring clean your home. It’s time to get rid of the dust, dirt and allergens that have accumulated in your house over the winter months. Use these tips to get your home organized and clean. 

Gather your arsenal. Save time and hassle by organizing the items you’ll need – rubber gloves, scrub brushes, multipurpose cleansers, etc. – into one bucket with a handle.

Cover the basics. Make sure to dust, disinfect and clean all surfaces, especially those areas that get the most use. Sanitize telephones, remote controls, door knobs and counter tops. Take down and launder curtains, and wipe down window blinds using a damp sponge.

Tackle the kitchen. Focus on the key areas. Using a solution of half water, half white distilled vinegar, wipe down the plastic and glass components of the refrigerator. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and clean counter tops, stainless steel sinks, the oven range, and the inside of your microwave. To remove soap buildup in your dishwasher, pour a cup of white vinegar in an empty machine and run through the cycle.

Clean early and often. If areas of your house are forgotten for weeks at a time, dirt, dust and allergens can build up quickly. Kids and pets add even more mess. By cleaning daily, you free up your weekends for quality time with your family. Juggling a busy schedule is a challenge, so use the moments between other tasks and activities to clean as you go.

Don’t forget to look high and low. Dirt and dust don’t only settle on the ground. To reach the tops of bookshelves and ceiling corners, use a high-powered vacuum, such as the Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright vacuum with a 12-foot premium stretch hose that allows for optimal cleaning reach. For hard-to-reach areas, such as behind the couch and refrigerator, and along baseboards, use the on-board vacuum attachments.

Check behind the lines. When cleaning carpets, flooring and baseboards, move furniture out of the way. If you’re looking to refresh a room, try placing key pieces of furniture in new spots. To get rid of the carpet indentations left behind by heavy furniture, place ice cubes an inch or so apart within the indentations and allow them to melt. The carpet fibers will absorb the moisture and begin to take form.

Fight allergies. Remove dust and pet hair with the Dirt Devil UpKeep Turbo. This new cyclonic upright vacuum cleaner is easy to maneuver and features a HEPA filtration system.








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