Hello friends! Today I am sharing just a quick post with tips for keeping your busy home clean and disinfected by tackling some of the most dreaded chores. Over the past couple of weeks I have been deep cleaning, purging and decluttering and I have to say it has been a huge success and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. With the holidays coming, it’s a great time to get your home really clean before dragging out all of the decor. Some of the really dirty jobs like cleaning the oven, carpets and windows can be done now so you have more time to decorate and celebrate with friends and family in the weeks ahead. Here are some tips and links to some blog resources you may find helpful.
If you have kids and pets, it can be a little harder to keep on top of things but with a little planning the cleaning battle can be won! 38% of American households have 3 or more children, according to the Pew Research Center.
On top of this, 68% of households across the U.S. are sharing their homes with an array of pets, including cats and dogs. The two combined typically results in lots of household mess, scuffs, and dirt. But for hygiene purposes, it’s essential that you keep on top of the biggest cleaning jobs in your home and tackle them early before it becomes overwhelming.
Keeping your carpets fresh
The average carpet contains 200,000 organisms per square inch, making it crucial that you take action to keep them clean. Ideally, you should vacuum once per week to keep your home tidy and hygienic. You can get young children involved in vacuuming by buying them a play vacuum so that they can mimic you while you work, whereas older children can vacuum in return for an allowance or extra screen time. When you’ve got little feet and paws constantly running across your flooring, you need to regularly deep clean your carpets, too.
Potty accidents caused by pets should be treated, as they stain carpets and create unpleasant odors. A carpet cleaner can also be used when your pets run across your carpet with muddy paws or when your kids spill food and drink. As these cleaners penetrate deeply, your carpets will be wet for a small period of time, so it’s best to complete this task when your kids and pets are out for the day or are having fun elsewhere in your home.
A healthy oven
Despite the high temperature in your oven, food debris and grease encourages bacteria growth. Plus, scientists have found that oven handles have more bacteria on them than a toilet seat. As your oven is used on a daily basis, make the effort to disinfect the handle of your oven with a clean cloth once per day to keep microorganisms at bay.
The inside of your oven should also be cleaned out on a monthly basis. Shelves should be placed in a bag with oven cleaner and left to soak before being scrubbed, while the main oven needs to be scrubbed with oven cleaner and a wire brush. To ensure you get the job done each month, select a memorable date, such as the 1st of the month, and make it ‘oven clean day’.
Spic and Span windows
Almost 40% of Americans say that cleaning their windows is their least preferred chore. Yet, it’s important you keep them clean inside and out because it’s common for mold to grow on and around windows. If there’s no mold present, you can get your kids involved in the cleaning of ground floor windows. Simply give them a bucket of soapy water and a sponge and let them scrub away. If there is mold, you’ll need to treat it with an anti-bacterial spray and water before letting your kids loose on the windows. Be sure to wear a mask and gloves if cleaning mold. If it is black and you have any suspicions of black mold, contact a professional mold removal company.
As a member of a busy household, it’s all too easy to forgo big cleaning jobs. However, as these items typically contain thousands of harmful bacteria, you should always make time to get these jobs done. And, best of all, your children can pitch in with many of these tasks, too.
Best of luck getting your home clean and organized before the holiday rush. Now I am off to purging more basement clutter!
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