How often should we clean at home?

All of us will agree that it is a very pleasant, but also a very rare feeling to come home after a hard-working day and to find it shining with cleanliness, tidy and cozy. If you want to keep your house in a good condition all of the time, you should invest a lot of time and effort. So, in this article, we have given you some ideas, which may help you spend your time rationally and organize better the whole cleaning in order to make it easier and quicker process.

First of all, it is good to be aware that cleaning is divided into three types – daily, weekly and seasonally. The first type is the easiest, but also the one that we often ignore. If we spend ten minutes cleaning every day, there will be no need to spend the whole weekend at home with the vacuum cleaner.

No matter what kind of cleaning it is, it should begin with ventilation. After that, soft furniture and carpets should be carefully cleaned. Then, we should wipe the dust and beat all covers, sheets, pillows and blankets. This should be done regularly, in order to avoid the accumulation of dust in bed, which is very unhealthy. Finally, we should wipe and clean the floor and return the pieces of furniture in their places.

Weekly cleaning is recommended to be done in the following way: first of all, we should clean the upholstered furnishing and the carpets. Then, we should wipe the radiators, doors and moldings, door handles, using a damp cloth. Next, dust can be slept and the indoor plants washed. Finally, the floor should be wiped.

Seasonal cleaning is done four times a year, with the beginning of a new season. Here, it is necessary to remove all the items of the shelves and drawers, in order to clean them carefully, using a damp cloth again. Items should be ventilated and put back in their places.

Containers, vases and small objects are washed with warm water and detergent and then dried. Books are cleaned with a dry cloth or vacuum cleaning. Bed linen is aired and mattresses and upholstered furniture are cleaned. Carvings, picture frames are wiped with a dry cloth. Carpets and rugs should be washed. Ceiling and walls should be cleaned with a brush. Then, don’t forget to clean the windows. According to feng shui philosophy, they are the eyes of every home and should be always clean and shiny. Complete with washing the floor.


Refrigerator cleaning tips

Why is it so important to take care of your refrigerator regularly? The refrigerator in our home has a very important role-to keep the food safe. In order to prevent the appearance of bacteria there and to improve the hygiene, it should be kept always clean and fresh.

Spills should be wiped up immediately- this could be done, using hot, soapy water. The mixture of baking soda and water is extremely useful when cleaning the shelves. In this way, we will avoid the unpleasant smell of detergent in the refrigerator. Detergents with strong chemicals shouldn’t interact with food. By using only natural products, you can sort the products on the shelves immediately after cleaning.

Remember that it is also important to get rid of the things, which are no longer eatable. So, our advice is to throw away the perishable foods at least once a week. By doing this, you will keep your fridge safe from nasty smelling, full of germs foods.

There is one more thing you could do in order to eliminate bad odors. Put an opened box of baking soda on one of the shelves. This will contribute to the freshness inside the fridge.

In case you have forgotten spoiled food inside, there is an easy trick you can do immediately. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and scrub the shelves with the mixture. It may be repeated. Vinegar is very useful as it provides acid, which destroys mildew.

Don’t forget the exterior. You can clean it with a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent. Remember that a condenser coil should be cleaned as well several times a year. This could be done with a brush or vacuum cleaner.



Tips for shiny windows

We all know how unpleasant feeling is trying to look through the window and seeing only a glass covered with dust, dirt and dried gutter water. Depending on the area you live in, the glass color can vary from light gray to solid black. If not properly cleaned on regular bases, the dirty windows may ruin the whole performance of your property.

Cleaning companies handle dirt on the glass much faster than any housewife and the number of your windows doesn’t scare them. The use of proper window cleaning tools and utensils, results in a better cleaning compared to home methods, such as rubbing windows with newspaper or a wet rag, using common household window cleaners.

But, if you decide not to call the company, here we offer some tips that we hope will make your work easier. However, some available household chemicals such as ammonia, vinegar (light acid), and dish detergent may be just as effective as commercial window cleaning products, which often contain these things as ingredients.

You shouldn’t be a professional cleaner in order to achieve remarkable results. You should just follow few simple rules and for example avoid wiping the window chaotically. Instead you should wipe first the whole length of the window with vertical moves and afterwards repeat the same on the width, with horizontal movements. You may use an extension in order to reach the higher and hard accessible parts and to cover the full window area. If some scratchy marks occur on the glass, you are able to apply tooth paste, which will successfully remove it. It is recommendable the windows to be washed on a sunny day, as the good sunlight will allow you note more properly areas that you have happened to miss while wiping. You only need to pre-spray the glass with the cleaning solution and wipe straight after in order to avoid the detergent to get dried by the sun. You can use a small brush in order to reach the corners of the window frame. You may hardly believe it, but the best results in polishing the clean glass would give a good wipe over with a piece of newspaper sheet. Another little secret the experienced housewife would share with you in order to make the well cleaned windows shine, is to rub it with some sort of an eraser, that removes chalk marks from blackboards. Polish windows to a sparkling shine with crumpled newspaper. Remember that window cleaners pose a threat to woodwork. Don’t let them drip on the windowsill, where they can harm the paint.