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Cleaning Your Home and Keeping It Spotless

Updated on June 17, 2015

Cleaning your home is a good way to keep it attractive and neat. Not everyone enjoys normal housework tasks like dishwashing, vacuuming and dusting, but the hard work will still be paid off by admiring how neat the home will be. House cleaning will certainly be easier and quicker if you get the family to pitch in and work as a team. With that, there are plenty of ways to make your home look spick-and-span for your family and guests.

Want your home to look something like this?  Regular housecleaning can help meet such accomplishment.
Want your home to look something like this? Regular housecleaning can help meet such accomplishment.

Wash dishes

This is something that should be done every day. If you’re able to wash a load of dishes several times a day, or at least after a meal, you’re helping to keep your kitchen neat without all the unnecessary clutter from the dirty dishes. When you wash the dishes (using a dishwasher is fine, too), you’ll want to do so by using a sink that’s filled with warm water and detergent so they can wash the germs away. Scrub the dishes with a good sponge and then rinse with some warm, clean water. Finally, let them sit and dry off before storing them away

Clean windows

Occasionally you’ll need to clean your windows. Dirt from rain or snow might appear on them, probably making it more difficult to see outside. To clean the windows, inside and out, simply use a window cleaner such as Windex. Spray the windows before wiping them with a clean paper towel, removing the dirt and smudges. Another way to clean the windows is by using a squeegee and some soap detergent

A woman cleaning her window.
A woman cleaning her window.

Dust

Dusting is needed because it can get rid of dust, which is especially important for people who have allergies. When you dust, you need to use an old rag or a duster, and then a polish spray. Before you start, get anything out of your way, like picture frames, figurines and books. That way, it’ll be easier to dust and you won’t knock them over. Then spray the dust rag or duster with the polish spray, and in a circular motion, wipe all the surfaces that have been covered with dust. Don’t forget to dust the hard-to-reach places, such as tops of bookshelves and wall corners that have cobwebs.

Vacuum

To regularly vacuum your home, use a vacuum cleaner and its hose that’s been designed to clean closed spaces. Sprinkle an odor eliminator powder onto floors and carpets. Then vacuum the floors, including those underneath the furniture and carpets. Use the hose to suck the dirt near walls, between couch cushions, and around desks. As always, keep things off the floor where people might trip over them.

Using a vacuum cleaner regularly helps minimize dirt and dust.
Using a vacuum cleaner regularly helps minimize dirt and dust.

Mop

For at least once a week, mop all hard floors, especially in the kitchen. Use plenty of clean water and soap so they can remove tough stains and grease. After the floors have been mopped, don’t let anyone walk on them with shoes on until the water dries off.

Do the laundry

Laundry is another chore some people dread doing. It doesn’t have to be done every day; at least on a weekly basis can suffice. But here’s a helpful tip for washing denim clothes. Put them inside-out and use cold water, because the colors will stay longer. After washing and drying your other clothes, iron and fold them before putting them away neatly. Don’t forget to wash bed sheets at least once every two weeks, and the curtains also need to be washed, preferably twice a year.

Donate things you don't need

You can clean your home and have more space by getting rid of things you don’t need any more. They can be books, clothes, toys, games and much more. Store them in boxes or bags and take them to a charity of your choice. Or if you would rather sell items you don’t need, host a yard sale.

One ideal way to reduce clutter at home is to donate unwanted things, such as clothing at this flea market.
One ideal way to reduce clutter at home is to donate unwanted things, such as clothing at this flea market.

Get your family to clean

Of course, you don’t have to do all the housework yourself. Have your family involved in the chores. Someone can take turns by washing dishes for a week. Another person may wish to take responsibility in vacuuming or dusting. Again, this is called teamwork.

Keeping your home clean is important. It can even be safer doing so. As long you pay attention to your household and regularly clean it, it will be enjoyed by yourself, your family and guests.

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