Winter cleaning is all about not wasting time and money on the general house cleaning that you do. You need to be particularly smart this season, as you will need both – time for relaxing in your warm home, and money for all the activities and, let’s face it, the presents that have to be paid for come the Christmas holidays. The house does need cleaning, but you do not have to overwork yourself as there are simpler ways to handle it all. And here are some tips that will help you in that direction.
Start cleaning your floors
The best part about the winter messes is that they mostly involve things being wet. Anyone who enters your home brings in snow, which melts and makes a wet mess that needs to get dry first. Sure, you have to disinfect your floors using cleaning products every now and then, but the job is more difficult in winter. Prepare a lot of cleaning agents and cloths, or think about investing in dry steam cleaning services.
Mud is the number two problem during winter. If you have a child, you already know that – they go out, run around and then come in, unrelentingly stepping on everything that is not the doormat where they should take off their shoes. And what they leave behind is a series of mystery clues in the form of muddy footprints. Learn how to deal with mud and you will have solved half of your winter cleaning problems.
Use Homemade House Cleaners
No need to stock up with expensive cleaning supplies! When most of your dirt troubles are mud related, you will hardly need any special cleaners. What you need is a good home recipe for dealing with messes. You know the standard troops in this army: baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, hydrogen peroxide, and, in severe cases, bleach. You already have those lined up somewhere in the cupboard, so when the occasion calls, simply take them out and put them to work in one of the million all-purpose cleaners recipes out there.
Clean as You Go
A good way to save time on house cleaning is to never procrastinate. When a mess is made, take care of it. Done cooking? Do the dishes that you won’t be using. Never leave a mess behind and then you will not have to spend time dealing with it. This will save you quite the efforts in the long run.
Never clean on your own if you don’t live alone. Divide the household cleaning chores and make sure that all family members take part in the process. This is the best way to save time; if all family members contribute to the completion of the task, the overall time spent in home cleaning will be kept to a minimum.
Make use of these tips and have the cleanest home this winter. Save money and time and enjoy the winter season knowing that you did not spent most of the time bent over in the kitchen, scrubbing the floor like an Oliver Twist character.