I have been cleaning houses for several years. I have worked in a pet boarding facility, and an assisted living facility. Between babies, pets, and old people, I’ve cleaned it all.
What are my secret weapons for housecleaning?
Tips for frugal house cleaning:
Water. Water. Water. Bring water. Drink water. Drink more water.
Start cleaning at the top and work your way down. Dirt has to obey the laws of gravity the same as the rest of us.
Put used dryer sheets under trash bags to help fight odors. Or – first wipe your (non-LCD) tv screen down with it to cut static electricity, thus cutting dust. Or – stick one in your vacuum bag.
Spray your rag with your left hand and wipe with your right. It saves time.
The only surface spraying your rag doesn’t work best on is mirrors, it’s just easier to spray the mirror. Wipe with a rag, then wipe in the other direction. Then wipe with a paper towel in both directions and your mirror should be dry and streak free.
I try to do like things at once, once I have the bottle for cleaning something in my hand I go around that floor and do it all.
I always clean out the toaster drawer and the lint trap, these are both fire hazards and need to be done anyways.
You can throw sponges as well as rags in the washer. Just don’t dry anything that is plastic.
I save bottles from bought cleaners to refill with my own recipe.
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