If you’re like most people, you probably think keeping your home clean and sanitary is a bit of a pain. The word “chore” doesn’t evoke anything positive, after all. Thankfully, there are several ways you can keep your house cleaner while spending less effort. Here are hacks you can try out today.
Use Products That Employ Anti-Microbial Technology
A lot of people these days are rediscovering the importance of keeping their homes sanitized.
While general cleaning can do a lot to knock down the levels of harmful microbes in and around your home, it takes a lot of effort to ensure that everything stays germ-free.
To keep your home free from dangerous pathogens without adding hours to your cleanup routine, you can employ a number of readily-available products.
Several products on the market employ scientifically proven anti-microbial technology to keep the levels of dangerous pathogens in your home low without the need for harsh chemicals.
You can also consider replacing regular bathmats, shower curtains, kitchen towels, and other items with new anti-microbial versions.
Textiles with HeiQ viroblock anti-microbial technology can also actively destroy bacteria and viruses on contact.
Anti-microbial textiles are so effective that they are even used in products like hand protectors and face masks.
Indeed, using a hand protector when grocery shopping, getting cash from an ATM, taking public transportation, or even making a run to the mailbox can effectively reduce the level of harmful outside contaminants that make it to your home.
Consider Not Using Shoes Inside Your House
Apart from being one of the few holdouts in adopting the metric system, America is kind of an anomaly in that most people wear their shoes inside their homes.
In most other countries, shoes are traditionally removed at the front door when entering a home, and most people either go barefoot or wear some kind of indoor footwear inside.
This isn’t just extremely comfortable and much healthier for your feet, it also keeps you from tracking dirt inside.
Within a couple of weeks of leaving your shoes at the front door, you’ll see an improvement in how often you have to vacuum and dust around the house.
Give it a try!
Invest in Quality Doormats
You can massively reduce the amount of dirt that makes it insider your home by placing a large, high-quality doormat just outside your home or immediately after the entrance— the bigger the better.
You’d be surprised at just how much dirt and debris gets trapped in the mats.
With less dirt making it inside, you can effectively reduce the frequency you need to clean your floors.
Decent quality mats are also easily cleaned, and you can typically knock all the dirt out in seconds with a hose or pressure washer.
Keep Clutter to a Bare Minimum
More clutter means more things for the dust to settle in.
More dust means more time wasted dusting that could be spent doing anything else.
If there’s something in your home that you don’t need or haven’t used in the past year, you should consider either selling it, giving it away, or dumping it altogether.
If there are things that you can’t bear to part with, the least you can do is to store them properly where dust couldn’t get to them.
It also helps to avoid just leaving things out in the open, even on storage shelves.
Anything you leave out in the open should be something that you expect to use or clean regularly.
If you have to store a lot of stuff, it can also help to use standardized storage containers, with exteriors that can be easily dusted or wiped down.
If you live in a humid area, avoid using cardboard containers for storage as these can be easily invaded by pests or host destructive mold.
Be Systematic When You Clean
Before you start cleaning, give yourself a minute or two to come up with a game plan.
Taking a couple of minutes to plan out your cleaning projects will not only save you a lot of time, but it can also make cleaning a lot less frustrating.
A good rule of thumb is to clean from “top to bottom,” starting with the ceilings and high shelves, then the walls, and finishing up on the floor.
That ensures that you won’t have to re-vacuum the floor, as what tends to happen when you do the ceilings and high shelves last.
Another great idea is to visualize each space as a grid, then working your way one “square” or section at a time.
This will keep you from missing any spots and can help you work faster than if you just randomly worked on whatever surface you felt like.
Have a Daily and Weekly Cleanup Routine
The more you put them off, the tougher and more demotivating clean-up jobs get.
You’ll be surprised at how little effort it will take to keep things looking spic and span when you start consistently doing them, just a bit at a time.
Perhaps the best way to keep things manageable is to schedule your cleanup times.
Instead of considering cleanup to be a major, one-time project, take at least 10 minutes out of each day to do a quick cleanup.
If there’s a task that needs more than 10 minutes, reserve it for the end of the week.
This will ensure that your home never gets too exhausting or too demotivating to keep clean.
Maintaining a clean and healthy home is a lot easier with these simple but effective hacks.
By following these ideas, you will eventually be rewarded with a cleaner home and much more time to enjoy it.