Cleaning may seem boring and like an awful lot of effort, but it is also firmly in the top ten list of things that all twenty-somethings must do. Cleaning is essential and not just for, well, keeping things clean but for also keeping your mind shiny and clutter-free. Cleaning is totally therapeutic and if you know that your home is clean then you’re going to be much happier and less stressed. Guaranteed.
We don’t all have time to scrub the floors every day, so it’s important to make cleaning quick and efficient. This easy routine requires only a few simple items that you can buy in any grocery store and will leave your house looking fine and probably a bit better for your health as well.
What you’ll need:
- Something to clean the floor with. If you have carpet, a good vacuum every now and then will make your carpets look fresher.
- For every-day use, floor cleaners like Swiffers are cheap and easy ways to pick up hair and dust all over the house.
Top Tip: Dry dusting cloths don’t just have to be used with their floor cleaning counterparts. They’re also useful for wiping TV and laptop screens, as they won’t stain or scratch. You can also keep one in your car as a quick way to get dust off your steering wheel/radio. Warning: dusting your dashboard while in traffic does become addictive.
- Something to wipe with. Make sure you have a range of cloths to clean with, from soft dusting cloths for furniture to J-cloths that you can use for the bathroom/kitchen. These are all widely available and inexpensive. Keep old t-shirts and tea towels too. They’re always handy.
- Something to clean the whole house with. A multi-purpose furniture polish like Pledge is your No.1 essential item. Spray a little onto a soft dusting cloth and use to clean your surfaces like window ledges, desk tops and bookcases. It requires little moving around and it doesn’t leave behind any residue, so no need to re-wipe. Simple.
- Something to make things shine. Sprays are great for getting dust off flat surfaces, but they’re not so good at removing stains, particularly from paintwork. Keep something like Mr Clean in the house that you can mix with a little water and use safely on paintwork as well as the shower/bathtub and kitchen sink. It really is a great all rounder, and because you dilute it, a little goes an awfully long way.
Top Tip: Giving your skirting boards a scrub every now and then is unbelievably satisfying. It makes white paint pop again.
- Something for a quick fix. Anti-bacterial wipes are the quickest and easiest fix to any cleaning problem, and they’re getting more advanced every day. Cleaning wipes are particularly handy in the bathroom on days when you can’t be bothered to scrub the toilet and they kill 99.9% of bacteria.
Of course, you might want to add to your cleaning product collection as you go, but don’t be fooled by the thousands of different products on the market. These are all you need to properly disinfect your home and keep the dust at bay. These products are ready-to-use so there’s no need to mess around putting things into buckets and wiping and drying surfaces. If you can, try and clean your house once a week or clean as you go. A good general rule is, if you’ve got the duster out, do as much as you can instead of just one room. You’ll thank yourself later.