A down-and-dirty guide to cleaning smarter -- not harder.
Some of you may have inherited the clean-gene from a parent. But even if you grew up learning how to make beds, launder linens, and scrub a good tub, chances are your mom didn't pass on the tricks for cleaning smart.
Cleaning smart entails four key strategies: banishing clutter, using the right tools, multitasking, and maintaining. Master these skills, and you will live in a consistently cleaner environment while devoting a lot less time and effort to achieving it. Join us for a whole new approach to cleaning.
The words "spring cleaning" illustrate one of the central hurdles to keeping a clean house. By associating the chore with a season, it assumes that cleaning is a single, seasonal project to be tackled in one dirty, torturous session. The clever cleaner knows the secret to keeping a consistently clean house (without expending inordinate amounts of time and energy) is to approach the job in small, digestible nuggets.
Every Day: Make beds, do a load of laundry, wash dishes, take out trash, pick up and put away any clothes or items lying around.
Once a Week: Vacuum, shake out area rugs, dust, mop, scrub tubs and sinks, change bed linens.
Once a Month: Vacuum upholstery, clean windows, dust behind and beneath furniture, wipe down baseboards.
Twice a Year: Clean out closets, reassess storage areas, clean gutters, spray down porches, decks, or other outdoor areas.
Few cleaning jobs can begin without the right supplies. The good news is that many of the most reliable supplies also are the cheapest -- things such as bleach, water, baking soda, and cotton rags. On the other hand, when you do have extra pennies, certain cleaning products are worth the splurge. These modern wonders are slowly but surely taking the elbow grease and yuckiness out of even the nastiest cleaning jobs. Your mother would be impressed.