Clean Your Home and Office From Top to Bottom: Keep it Clean Without Spending Too Much
Cleaning every part of your home and office on a regular basis helps you to maintain a comfortable and productive environment in which to spend your work and leisure time. While gathering up all of the supplies that you need in order to do a thorough cleaning job, you may find that commercially prepared cleaning agents purchased at your local grocery store or big box store are expensive and contain many harsh chemicals.
These ingredients are not only harsh on your home’s surfaces, but they can also be dangerous for your body. Breathing in the fumes or getting a splash of a cleaner into your eyes or mouth or on your skin can be dangerous. You can save money by making your own cleaners and pesticides and do so without chemicals.
Cleaning Your Home
One of the basics of home improvement is doing maintenance tasks regularly, by yourself. Begin by cleaning those rooms in which most time is spent. First, remove clutter and return things to their proper places in the house.
You will need basic tools and supplies such as your vacuum cleaner with its extension hose and wand brush, two spray bottles, several clean cotton or microfiber cloths and some homemade cleaners. You can find the cleaner recipes below.
If you choose to use commercially prepared cleaning products, you will need to protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and pants, a face mask, safety glasses or goggles and long gloves while cleaning. A splash of some of the harsh cleaners could cause eye irritation or damage, burns to your throat or skin and breathing problems.
- Start your cleaning with high surfaces. Spray your lemon juice and water mixture onto the ledges and vent openings to remove dust. Use the vacuum to remove dust from the corners of the walls and ceilings.
- Take down the curtains and put them in the washing machine. While the curtains are washing, wash the windows with the vinegar solution and a clean rag. Wipe dry with newsprint.
- Clean and polish wood furniture. Vacuum or sweep and mop the floors with the general purpose cleaner. Re-hang the curtains.
- Kitchens and bathrooms require more intense cleaning for sanitary reasons. Use ventilation fans or open windows while cleaning these rooms. After removing clutter, start with the oven. Remove the metal racks and put a glass or metal dish of soapy water into the bottom of the oven. Set the oven to self-clean. This takes 4 to 6 hours.
- Clean your sink by pouring 1/2 cup baking soda and then 1/2 cup vinegar into the drain. Plug the drain. Allow the mix to bubble for half an hour and then flush with hot water for 5 minutes.
- Use the lemon juice cleaner on your counter tops.
- Wipe down the cabinet and door faces.
- Use the diluted bleach solution to clean the toilets.
Give yourself regular tasks: lean your oven once every 3 months, the sinks once per month and the toilets weekly.
Counters and other surfaces should also be cleaned weekly.
Cleaning Your Office Space
Begin by removing any materials to be shredded, recycled or thrown in the trash. With the aid of a step stool, use a damp microfiber cloth to clean the blades of ceiling fans.
If your office has curtains, launder or dry clean them according to the instructions.
For blinds, a feather duster removes dust that has accumulated on the slats. Use the spray bottle with the vinegar solution to disinfect all non-electronic surfaces, including your desk and light switches.
Use specialty electronics wipes to clean your computer and tablet screens. Canned air can get the dust out of your computer mouse and keyboard. Vacuum or sweep the floor. Do these tasks once each week to keep your office clean and uncluttered.
Eco friendly, Chemical-free, DIY Cleaning Products
You can go green and use DIY cleaners are less harsh on your belongings, cost less and are safer for your body and the environment. They also do not produce fumes that can irritate your lungs. It is best to wear long rubber or latex gloves and a face mask or goggles when making cleaning products.
To make basic DIY cleaners, you will need to have ingredients such as white vinegar, lemon juice, Borax, dish soap or soap flakes, salt, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and water.
- Disinfectant and window cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle.
- Mold remover: Mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup water in a spray bottle.
- Furniture polish: Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice into 1 cup water in a spray bottle.
- Surface stains: Make a paste of 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 water.
These simple recipes can clean almost anything in your home or office. They are quick, low-cost and safe to use anywhere.
Guest blog post submitted by Jeff E. Brown. Jeff is a freelance writer and a self-taught handy man with a knack for lifehacking and DIY projects. Based out of his home office where his two dogs keep him company while he types, Jeff loves writing about home improvement topics, teaching others all the tips and tricks he has learned since he moved out of an apartment and into a house. When he’s not writing, he loves organizing barbecue parties in his garden.
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