How to Keep Your House Clean Without the Weekend Work
So, you think you can clean?
Most people seem to intuitively know how to keep a clean house, maybe they were taught as a child, perhaps there good at reading labels; some people just seem to "know how" some of us need help. Heres a few tips to keep your house work up to date and your weekends free.
Before you start to complain about that pile of washing in the laundry think of your grandmother. If she was lucky she had a 2-kilo twin tub, she still had to transfer from the washing tub to the spinning tub, peg on the line and hope for an afternoon breeze.
A far cry from the 8 kilo automated washing/drying machines we have today. Keep positive and your housecleaning will seem less of a chore.
Try to get into the habit of "seasonal cleaning" You've heard the term " spring clean" if you can get your head around summer, winter and autumn cleaning your house will always be spick and span and those jobs which you dread will seem much smaller.
Remember those old sitcoms when the housewife wore an apron? Imagine how useful those pockets were, if you cant imagine yourself in a apron at least make sure you have a plastic bag handy to get rid of those little rubbish items.
Whenever you vacuum your lounge room floor include all the rugs in the house, if you have no rugs include the lounge room furniture or bed mattresses, you already have the vacuum out so make it work hard.
Some items around the home can make even the cleanest house look dusty. Pay special attention to dust collectors, use a hairdryer to dust fiddly items such as dried flowers and your vacuum for bric-a-brac.
If you are concerned about small items being sucked into the vacuum cover the end with an old nylon stocking. (This is a particularly good tip if you're vacuuming the budgie cage). Louvred doors and carved or cane furniture can be easily dusted with a small paintbrush.
You can freshen bedspreads and blankets between washes by placing them in the dryer with a hand towel that's been soaked in a solution of water and liquid fabric softener then wrung nearly try, tumble on a cool setting for about 20 minutes for a great result.
Sponges, plastic scrubbers and dish mops can be kept clean and fresh by occasionally loading them into the top rack of you dishwasher.
Remember a job shared is a job halved, if you need it, ask for help.