Many of us cannot afford to hire a cleaning service for our homes or businesses. However, we all want to live and work in clean environments. With a little time and elbow grease, you can clean your home or business like a pro, without the expense.
1.Invest in quality cleaning supplies. Don’t just pick up any mop, broom or brush from your local store. Do your research and choose quality supplies that will last. There are dozens of materials used to make mops, brooms and brushes. Figure out what surfaces you will be cleaning and do your research. Spending a little money up front to invest in quality supplies will save you money in the long term because those supplies will not need to be replaced as frequently.
2. Clear the clutter. The easiest way to make your home or business look cleaner without too much work is to get rid of the clutter. Check out these three tips to clear the clutter.
3. Start at the top. Always clean from the top to the bottom. Start by dusting ceiling fans, high cabinets, shelves and the tops of your refrigerator and other high equipment. Save the floors for the end so any dust or dirt that falls from higher surfaces will get cleaned up.
4. Clean your appliances:
- Microwave: To easily clean your microwave, place a (microwave safe) bowl filled with 2 cups of water and 2 tbl. Lemon juice and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Let it sit then scrub with a sponge or cleaning rag. The steam from the water will help loosen stains and the lemon juice will sanitize and reduce odors.
- Oven: For homes: Heat your oven at 200° for 15 minutes. Let cool slightly to avoid burns. Make a paste of baking soda, vinegar and salt to scrub stains and stuck on food. Rinse using water and rags/sponges. Restaurants: Use an approved cleaning solution and follow your company procedures to ensure you’re meeting safety and health standards.
- Refrigerator: Use an approved cleaning solution if you’re a restaurant or the solution of your choice for your home. Spray it on the shelves, walls, doors and handles and let sit for several minutes before wiping it off. Check out our 10 tips for cleaning your refrigerator for a more detailed list.
5. Don’t forget the sink. Make sure to clean your kitchen sink. Sinks are made in various materials which can be damaged by using the wrong cleaning supplies and solutions. Check the labels for any cleaning tools and solutions you buy to make sure they’re safe for your surface.
6. Make your bathroom sparkle. Apply disinfectant to all surfaces including your sinks, counters, toilets and light switches. Let it sit for several minutes. Use a bowl brush to scrub the inside of your toilet bowl. Make sure to clean and disinfect areas around your toilet as well to get rid of any odors. Scrub away any soap scum in your tub and use a disinfectant on the shower walls.
7. Clean your floors last. As mentioned in tip three, you want to do your floors last. That way, if anything falls from a higher surface, you won’t have to clean multiple times.