Summertime is a time for enjoyment and relaxation in the summer sun. However, if you want a clean and fresh home during the summer months, we’ve gathered together some quick and easy tips. So, if you hate dust and mites buildup, musty smell, and the general need to air everything, set aside one or two days to take freshen up your house.
Aside from the daily cleaning routine, this article summarizes 10 best home care tips to keep your home clean and fresh during the summer.
Keep Your Home Clean & Fresh with These 10 Summer Cleaning Tips
1 • Equipment & Materials
First, assemble your cleaning equipment and materials. Of course, this may involve a trip to the store to buy the things you need in preparation for the big activity.
Next, check your cupboards for your cleaning supplies and fill in what is missing. Do this in advance of your Summer cleaning to ensure you don’t have to stop in the middle of a project to run to the store.
The cleaning materials you purchase depend on the design of your home. For instance, if you have hardwood floors, you’ll want to keep supplies on hand to maintain them. The same goes with your carpeting, upholstery, kitchen and bathroom, etc.
List down the things you need for each room of the house. Remember to buy protective gloves for protection from strong chemicals. Gloves also protect your hands from accidental burns and scratches. Of course, remember to buy “green” cleaning products whenever possible to avoid harsh chemicals and the resulting toxicity in your home.
Not all gloves are created equal. Some gloves are appropriate for certain things due to what they’re made of. There are only certain types that can fully protect your hands from burns, scratches, and irritation when handling chemicals. It’s best to get medical-grade, multipurpose gloves because they don’t easily tear as you work or as your hands come in contact with cleaning agents, keeping your hands away from possible injuries.
2 • Logical Planning
Thoughtful planning can help and prevent repetition of cleaning tasks, so plan your strategies in advance to spend the least amount of time so that you can get on to living, relaxing, and enjoying your home.
For example, if you wipe tables and countertops before sweeping floors, you will see dust that flies in the air when you sweep and you will have to wipe again. If you sweep the floor first, you don’t have to wipe tables and countertops again. Keep simple things like this in mind when planning your house cleaning day.
3 • Dealing with Dust
Sweep the floor daily or use a robot vacuum cleaner. Wipe the dust off the knickknacks, picture frames, window sills, desks, counters, tables, appliances, and furniture.
The dust floating around the house may cause allergic reactions. In fact, allergens often harm people with weak immune systems. If this is the case, use a vacuum cleaner with an allergen filter or reach out to house cleaning services to help with the dust in your home.
4 • Decluttering
The cluttered things in the corners or all over the house leaves everyone with a feeling of discomfort. That’s not what anyone wants from their home. So, instead, keep everything tidy and in its proper place and remove things that are no longer in regular use.
5 • Bedroom Relaxation
You will notice that when you enter your bedroom relaxation and a feeling of freshness comes naturally when when you make your bed and arrange your pillows comfortably.
So, go ahead and make it a habit to make your bed when you wake up in the morning. Also, remember to wash your bedding at least twice a month. This will help keep your room smelling fresh.
6 • Bathroom Cleanliness
Your bathroom also needs to be squeaky clean.
- Toilets: Use a toilet bleach cleaner or toilet cleaning strips that automatically clean the toilet. Bleaches will disinfect the toilet and can be used in other areas of the bathroom.
- Wall tiles and floor tiles: The bathroom is the most humid place in the house. This is where mold and mildew grow easily. Frequent washing and cleaning is a requirement of this space. Grout cleaner, as well as mildew and mold removers also help.
7 • Roof Maintenance
When checking your roof, you might find leaves stuck on the gutter and downspout that are preventing the rain water from draining. It’s very important to clean and maintain your roof regularly and throughout the seasons for a healthy home that is warm and free from leaks and roof damage.
8 • Kitchen Freshness
You also need to keep your kitchen clean and fresh at all times for a healthy experience for your family.
- Sink and Faucet: Check for drips from worn-out washers and leaks on and below the sink. Also, pour vinegar and baking soda down your drains to remove odors.
- Stove and Oven: Use a kitchen cleaner that removes stubborn grease and grime.
- Trash Bin: Leaving open trash sitting in your kitchen produces bad smells and is generally considered bad chi. Try using a metal trash can with a lid instead of an open bin to avoid unpleasant odors and of course, take the trash out regularly!
9 • Laundry Area Organization
During the summertime, we all perspire a lot. Leaving clothes in the laundry bin over time can give the room an unpleasant smell. Launder your clothes when the bin gets full to avoid accumulation of odors.
For best results, use a laundry detergent that with a fabric freshener combination to give your clothes that fresh smell. Choose your favorite detergent with the fragrance that you like.
Also, remember to clean the lint from the washer and dryer exhausts. Then, check electrical cords for frayed sections. Next, check water lines for leaks and cracks in old sealants. Finally, clean out rusted hinges, legs, and corners.
10 • More Hands • Less Work
All these activities need manpower. For less work, delegate each section of the house to family members. Clearly assign each person to a particular responsibility.
Cleaning house is an activity that does not have to be dull. You may, for instance, turn it into a competition. Set different categories such as the fastest, the cleanest, or the most creative. Then, give a reward for each category.
You may also offer a general group reward. Here are a few fun suggestions for rewards:
- If the entire house is clean in three hours, the treat might be a barbecue and pool dinner.
- If the entire house is clean in four hours, the prize is a tub of ice cream and backyard movies.
- If the entire house is clean in five hours, the treat is a grilled chicken and pizza dinner.
In this way, cleaning becomes fun for everybody.
To ensure that your home is always clean and fresh, it is not enough that you do this once a year. In fact, at least once a month, you should do the 10 excellent tips in this article to keep your home fresh and clean all year round.
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