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How to Clean the 20 Most Cumbersome Items in Your House

Updated on July 9, 2014
Beautiful House in Lahaina, West Maui
Beautiful House in Lahaina, West Maui | Source

Cleaning Goes Faster With The Right Tools and Products

Having the right tools and products on hand can make cleaning your house go quickly and smooth. During the season when you can open your doors and windows, you get an opportunity to do some cleaning that you have long neglected or postponed because of weather conditions or the tedious task. I've developed this list of 20 most cumbersome items to clean in your house, and a solution for every one.

Cleaning can be enjoyable when you know the shortcuts. Find out if your item is on the list and start enjoying a more pleasing indoor atmosphere. After a thorough cleaning, your house will begin to feel fresh and new again. Check out the list.

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First 10 Cumbersome Items To Clean

1. Artificial Plant Leaves

2. Base of Toilet

3. Blinds

4. Chandeliers

5. Doorknobs

6. Exhaust Fans

7. Headboard of Bed

8. Kitchen Cabinets

9. Lampshades

10. Pantry

10 Cumbersome Items to Clean

11. Return Vents

12. Shelves - Really Tall

13. Telephone Reciever

14. Television Border

15. Television Screen

16. Top of Chester Drawer

17. Vanity

18. Walls

19. Windows

20. Webs (as in Cobwebs).

Use Green Cleaning Products to Clean Your Home

Cleaning Tools and Products

Most cleaning can be accomplished with three cleaning tools:

Duster. A good duster can clean almost every cumbersome item on the list.

Cloth. Household items that can not be cleaned with a duster can be cleaned with a reusable microfiber cloth.

Cleaning Agents. There are tons of cleaning solutions and agents on the market. Some have been around for decades. Some cleaning products are new and improved. I like the disinfectant wipes for in-between quick cleanings.

Cleaning Dust Is a Joy Using a Good Cloth

Tips to Plan Your House Cleaning Day

1. Choose a day when everyone is away or sleep. Cleaning goes better when no one is disturbing you. Clean with background music, it helps and makes cleaning more enjoyable. Think about the results and reward you are giving yourself by giving it an indoor face-lift. Cleaning your house is the cheapest home improvement investment you can make.

2. Try not to clean on your day off - but that is probably hard to do. If you have to clean on your day off, break up your cleaning to two parts. Do half of your house cleaning one day, then the other half the following day. Reserve time for rest and relaxation.

3. Clean when you energized. Try not to clean when you are tired, you will only get more tired and exhausted.

4. Spot check clean. Make it a point to clean as you go from room-to-room. It can be easy to just let these cumbersome areas go, but the longer you dismiss them the more challenging they become. Blinds are one of the items that accumulates dust very easily, and if allowed to go too long, you won't be able to clean them effectively. - I've had a few blinds like that.

5. Involve you children in the process. Since our little blessings create dirt and mess, they should be invited to join in the cleaning process. Limit their responsibility for safety reasons. Get them their own little duster and cloth, and have them be responsible for their own room at a very young age - Pre-K is appropriate.

Clean Sink, Mirror and Counter Top Organized by Virginia Ballinger Looks Very Inviting.
Clean Sink, Mirror and Counter Top Organized by Virginia Ballinger Looks Very Inviting. | Source

Hire a Cleaning Service

The last resort to keeping your house clean when you don't have time, is to hire a cleaning service or maid. If you can fit the cost of a hiring a cleaning service in your budget, this is a great option.

Perhaps your elderly parent needs help around the house or you aren't well, bringing someone in to do the work for you will solve your problem. You especially need someone to come in to clean if you are sick so that bacteria and germs can't breed in your home.

If hiring someone is not feasible, get some help from your family. Bribe your grandchildren to help you and treat them to something special after they complete the task. Make sure your guest use protective gloves when cleaning the house.

Tips For Cleaning House For My "Work-At-Home" Mates

I have a habit of constantly cleaning on a daily basis because I am in view of alot of my home. But if you incorporate the 3 tips listed, you will be well on your way to a better day.

1. Reserve the most difficult and cumbersome tasks for working with a partner. My husband and I motivate each other when the hard jobs are needed. And for some reason teamwork helps you feel that you are not alone.

2. If you do not have an office, work in an area that takes your mind off cleaning. Work in pleasant surrounding. Work in a well-lit area that is clean and attractive.

3. Plan your work day so that cleaning projects have no room to overtake you. Create a list of writing goals and freelance work you have on a daily basis so the cobwebs won't catch your eye. And just in case you are behind on cleaning, keep some disinfectant cloths near you to do a quick clean.

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As a young girl, my mother taught me to clean the house on Saturdays - the day I was out of school. She trained me well enough to leave me to clean alone, and when she returned the house would be to her liking when she returned.

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  • Treasuresofheaven profile image

    Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

    ComfortB, I know what you mean. Us moms end up doing most of the cleaning, which is why we need the best tools. Thanks for bringing your input.

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    Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

    With all the dirt I've got hanging around the house with me, I sometimes do think of maybe hiring a cleaning service. But hubby wouldn't hear of it. He thinks with two teenagers in the house, why waste the money.

    So, we usually schedule the weekends for most of the cleaning. And, guess who ends up doing most of the cleaning? Moi! lol.

    Every mother out there need a maid. Voted up, useful and interesting!

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    Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    What a helpful hub this is! I'm saving it on my desktop to refer to when I clean. You've provided so much useful information. Cleaning vertical blinds is a job I wish I could delegate to someone else.:) Next year, they will all be replaced. I voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing on HP and twitter. Thank you!

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    Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

    Teaches12345, I like the idea of getting rid of the dust collector - artificial plants. Thanks for the tip!

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    Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

    I threw out most of my artificial plants recently because they were major dust collectors. Great post and should be given to all newlyweds, college students, cleaning services and more!

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    Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

    Good to see you Pamela99, and thanks for commenting. My friend hires a house cleaner sometimes too like you. The house looks extra special when a professional does it, but when we do it ourselves we get the reward of doing it for free. I think house cleaning is an art. -- When you think about strategies, cleaning agents and products you use. Take care, stay well!

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    I think you have made some very good suggestions. I know your list certainly has things on it that I do not enjoy cleaning, but I do like things to be neat abd clean. I have hired a house cleaner a few times, usually near holidays or when I am having health problems. That worked out well about half the time in my case. Useful hub.