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How to Clean a House Efficiently

Updated on April 2, 2014

TIPS

  • Plan before getting started. It helps you save more time and energy.
  • Always have cleaning materials available at home.
  • Assign some household chores among house members.
  • Time management is necessary. Break down the job into manageable tasks. Do the cleaning only at the apportioned time and no over-extending.
  • Gather all your anti-dirt weapons. Put them all in a carryall with handle where you can take it from one room to another.
  • Decorate your house with useful items. Be a minimalist. It will help you save money.

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Anti-dirt Weapons

Here's the basic list of all weapons that can help you to clean your house efficiently.

Who told who that only heroes need weapons?


How to clean..

COBWEBS To remove cobwebs from corners use a vacuum cleaner or long-handled broom.

WALLS Use a mixture of one cup white vinegar (cane vinegar stains walls) and one bucket of water to wipe walls. For faster drying you can turn on the electric fan.

INDOOR PLANTS Wipe dust off from the leaves, then dip a piece of cotton in a mixture of egg white and water, and wipe leaf surface for instantly shiny plants. Or simply take plants outside and wash leaves.

MIRROR & GLASS WINDOWS Simple wiping will do. To erase smudges and fingerprints, apply substitute glass cleaner: dilute a dish washing liquid with water.

AIR CONDITIONER Clean the air-con filter by washing it twice a week in soap and water. Contact an air-con technician once every quarter for cleaning.

ELECTRIC FANS Take apart washable parts of stand fans, desk fans,wall fans or ceiling fans. Wash the grill and blades. Then wipe dry. Electric fans should be clean at least twice a week to avoid inhaling on a dusty wind.

CARPETS AND UPHOLSTERY Whip up a mixture of detergent and water into a thick foam,scoop up the foam using sponge, then wipe the carpet with it. Get another clean damp sponge, wring out excess water, and use this to wipe out the foam for a quick and easy cleanup.

BED Remove the linens then vacuum both sides of the mattress to get rid of colonies of dust mites. Or bring the mattress outside at least once a week for some sunning.

PILLOW CASES How many times do you consider changing pillow cases in a week? Don't you know that pillows should also be kept clean and tidy always. 2 to 3 times a week is required changing pillow case and at least once a week of washing the pillow and sunning.

SHOE RACK To remove dust and molds, clean the shoe rack at least twice a week. Use clean rag and a shoe brush. Cleaning it constantly avoids bad odor and mosquitoes from coming back. Never leave used socks inside your shoes.

KITCHEN CABINETS It should always be clean and tidy. Use wet rag with a small amount of vinegar to wipe the top and some old toothbrush to clean the corners. At least once a week or immediately after cleaning the dishes and wiping sink try to wipe the spill with a clean rag also to avoid having too much work loads on weekend.

SINK Use a toothbrush dipped into fine salt or baking powder to get rid of soap scum. Always inspect the underside of kitchen sink. Make sure the area is always dry and clean to prevent molds and cockroaches from thriving there.

FAUCETS For gleaming faucets, get a piece of aluminum foil dipped in baking soda on the shiny side and apply on chrome fixtures. The foil will turn black. Wipe with clean cloth to reveal the shine. Once a week spray them with chrome cleaner, which acts as water barrier.

TOILET BOWL Clean the toilet bowl and seat covers every day. Follow instructions for toilet bowl cleaner and pour necessary amount into bowl. Focus under the rim, which harbors a lot of germs. Used baking soda or a liquid cleaner to protect the porcelain from scratches. You can place an automatic toilet bowl cleaner in the tank that cleans as you flush, to minimize scrubbing time.

REFRIGERATOR Turn of the switch and take out everything to defrost. Discard leftovers that have become inedible, as well as empty and near empty bottles of condiments. Wrap frozen meats in several layers of newspapers and store in a Styrofoam box to prevent unnecessary thawing. You can boil water in a pan and put the pan inside the freezer. The steam will hasten defrosting. Remove shelves and bins. Wash in warm soapy water. Rinse and drip-dry. Clean the ref and freezer with baking soda and water. Wipe inside and outside the refrigerator with a sponge dipped in warm, soapy water. Rinse and wipe interiors to dry. Return shelves, bins and food. Don't forget to clean under and behind the refrigerator.

COOKING RANGE Remove grills and wash in soapy water. Rinse and drip-dry. Meanwhile, clean stove-top, inside, and exterior walls of oven. Use baking soda to remove cooked-on food spatters. Wash burners in soapy water. Use an old toothbrush to unclog burner holes. If control knobs can be removed, wash these with a brush. Dry thoroughly before returning. clean control panel. Don't forget to move cooking range to clean under and behind it.

THERMOS To remove hard water deposit stains inside thermoses and coffee pots, pour pure white vinegar inside just above the water stain, boil in one cycle, leave overnight then clean as usual.

CURTAINS and SEAT COVERS Put them to laundry and sunning at least once a week.

SMALL PLASTIC TOYS Wash them in soapy water. Rinse and allow to air dry or drip-dry.

NONWASHABLE TOYS For those battery operated toys, do a surface shampoo. Add a little water to about a teaspoon of detergent and work up a lather. Dip an old toothbrush into the lather and use this to shampoo the surface of the toy. To rinse, dip the brush in water and use it to brush out the lather and the dirt along with it.

STUFFED TOYS Keep them contained inside plastic bins to avoid dust collecting. Don't cover them with transparent plastic bags, which can suffocate little children.You can also sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda on stuffed toys, work the powder through the toy and then bring outside to shake out the powder.

DRINKING CUPS & PLATES For cleaning coffee and tea stains on cups,cut a lemon in two dip one half on baking soda and apply on cup and plate stains.

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for sharing these useful tips. Really useful for housewives like me. I don't wash the toilet bowls everyday. 2 days once. I sweep and mop the floor everyday. Air cond and fan- i leave that to hubby to clean them. Can't reach them. Hubby clean them 3-4 months once. So you can imagine the dust accumulated inside. When the fan dust drops on the floor that looks similar to centipede, i clean the fans with broom. Voted up

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hello peachpurple! Thank you for being my first commenter. I really appreciate you stopping by reading and commenting. I can't imagine a house without concern housewives.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a pretty good list on how to clean efficiently! I like the term "anti-dirt weapons".

      I also like that you added a couple of links. I have been using some homemade cleaning products, and I look forward to seeing Healthmom's hub on it.

      Thanks for sharing this information with us. This should be a popular topic!

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      Xeng 3 years ago from Philippines

      Wow. Now I won't get scolded for leaving my room as messy as it is all the time. Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely use the white vinegar on my walls.They've almost gone from off white to beige. lol. Not that I'm proud or anything. :P Voted up and sharing. :)

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Your tips are very useful. This is a really comprehensive list. Thank you for sharing it.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Kathryn, cleaning sometimes can be very boring. Its like a battle you need to face on daily basis. You have to exert an effort to win it everyday. That is why I used the term 'weapons'. We're like soldiers and our enemy are those germs that used to exist without notice. Just a little imagination and you'll feel better after the battle. lol.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hello xmags! I know what you mean. I have five kids and my wall became our green board. Well I'm proud of it, you know why.. after school year-end they got an award 'best in handwriting and best in drawing'.hehe.lol.

      Oh, you've changed your profile pic. I haven't notice it was you Xeng. Thanks for taking time to read, voting and sharing.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi there, Janet! Hey, precious you've changed your profile pic, too! Nice to see you in colored. Thank you, you're my lucky gem. I'm waiting for your next hub.

      I just visit your profile and Congatulations, you almost hit 100 hubscore!

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      Xeng 3 years ago from Philippines

      yes, i did. I also drew stuff on my wall. :)) the elders used to get mad at me when i was younger but now they just don't care anymore. it's my wall after all. :P

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments, agapsikap! I'm working on my next hub right now! Yes, it's almost 100 but it may drop again. Let's see.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Xeng, thanks for coming back. Sorry it took me so long. I see you're still single. Keeping my house out of mess and efficiently cleaning keeps me from moving constantly. And my kids, they're simply wonderful and so active that I never run out of work.haha.lol.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Janet, will just be right here waiting for the next hub.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, this is a great reference list for organized house cleaning! I like the natural solvents you use for cleaning and the reminder to be a minimalist in house décor. My husband is always saying we need to be more minimalist. : ) Very useful--voted up and shared.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Efficient cleaning sounds the best with your helpful ideas so helpful and informative

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      Abdus Salam 3 years ago from Bangladesh

      Useful article. voted, thanks for sharing...

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi,Vespa! Most of us do buy stuff that doesn't last long enough, without even thinking how much money we could save from not actually having them at all.

      I appreciate your visit here on my site. Thank you so much for voting up and sharing. Thank you for reading and taking time to comment.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi, DDE! Thanks for reading and commenting. I am pleased by your presence. Thank you.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi, vertualit! Thanks for dropping by and reading. I appreciate it, and thank you for voting it up.

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      Sonya 3 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you for great tips good hub!

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, theryanpride for reading. I appreciate it.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Wonderful topic and good illustration. Thank you for sharing your knowledge here which is helpful to all.

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      Maggie Crooks 3 years ago

      "anti-dirt weapons" I like that. Thanks for the good tips. A really good list.

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