- 12 years ago
Great tips everyone!
Great tips everyone!
My cleaning routine includes:
It took years to learn these rules, but my life is so much less stressful now.
I actually don’t have any tips -FI and I hate cleaning, so our house is usually cluttered all the time and we fight over who cleans. But I just wanted to let anyone know who uses a Swiffer wetjet and owns pets – DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!! THere is a chemical in the cleaner that is the same ingredient in antifreeze and it will kill your pets. They walk on the floor then lick their paws and injest the chemicals. I know of 4 peoples’ pets dying because of this.
Just wanted to let everyone know that. I can’t wait to get my steam mop for our house!
Niki – I should learn my techniques from you. Fiance and I a;ready decided when we get our own place (we currently live with his dad) that we will put it into our budget to have a cleaning lady come every other week to do the stuff we hate doing.
I actually don’t like Swiffer for other reasons, but here is what Snopes says (bc this got me worried!):
I think it’s always a good idea to keep the dogs outside while cleaning, though, or we sometimes just baby gate them into the other part of the house.
We’ve got a pretty small kitchen, so that gets cleaned regularly… everything else however…. we’ll just say I’m not a domestic diva. 🙂 In general, I do one aspect at a time. I clean (vacuum / mop) all the floors at one time. Another time I’ll dust anything I can get my swiffer on. Laundry gets done in major loads etc.
Not very well? 🙂
I hate to clean, so I’m going to read this whole thread for some tips! Keep them coming!
haha cheese I can symathyse… I usually clean top-to-bottom while the Mr cleans bottom-to-top at the same time, hoping that we meet on the stairs! This usually happens when we get to ‘I can’t take the clutter any more’ mode… otherwise it’s the bare minimum of washing dishes (while wishing we had room for a dish-washer) and vacuuming just regularly enough to avoid the dust-bunnys building up!
(gosh that makes me sound like we live in a pig-sty! I’m sure it’s not quite that bad though… organized chaos is how I like to refer to it!)
We live in a 400 SF apartment so you’d think cleaning is a breeze. Wrong! It’s always a chore. I always thought of myself as a bit of a clean freak, but definitely not as much as some of the PPs. I typically do a whole cleaning every 2-3 weeks. Really, the cleaning is not so bad. It’s the clutter I find hard to keep up with!
I usually start by stripping the bed and getting the laundry started. Then I move on to the bathroom and move from toilet to shower to sink to floor. I don’t have a particular reason for the order just that I’ve been doing it that way since it became my chore when I was about 8 or 10.
Next I move to the kitchen. Clean out the fridge, wipe it down, toss the trash, empty recycling, and wipe down all surfaces. Once a month I take apart the stove and clean the inner trays. Lastly, I do the floors.
Finally, I dust all the surfaces in the living room and bedroom then follow with the vacuum. Once every couple of months I go over the wooden furniture with a natural beeswax polish called Uncle Vans or something.
Anyone have any recommendations for green cleaning products or homemade recipes for some? I’m trying to make the switch.
Well I must admit I am a bit of a clean freak
My fiance and I have been living together for 2 years now and I make sure we clean on an every other weekend schedule (mop,vaccume,dusting, bathrooms, everything!)
But just keep in mind that if you keep up with things on a weekly basis like vaccuming things whenever you see the need so that when you finally have to do a “deep clean” its not god awful! We generally do things on Thursday/Friday nights if we dont have any plans so we have our weekends completely free!
With us working together most times it only takes a little less than an hour!
I invite people over for dinner. Then I have to clean the house.
I try to keep our house picked up but about once a month I do a really good cleaning. I usually take a week and do a room or 2 per day. If I dont split it up I get tired of cleaning and stop and it never gets done. This is my last free week before classes start so I did the living room yesterday, and today I am working on the kitchen(taking a break). I shampoo the carpets and steam clean the furniture, move all the small appliances and clean the counters, take everything out of cabnits and go through it all. It amazes me at the crap we keep….
my hubby works on Saturday afternoon so I get to a lot of organizing then. He is in charge of the floors, and I pretty much do the rest. I’m the picker upper and he’s the cleaner, though. He is off on Mondays and does all of that usually (i have to leave him a note). It’s nic eto get it all done at once and not feel like I’m always cleaning a little at a time.
Hahahaha, This post is GREAT!
The Hubby2be and I are quick to throw things in convenient places and forget about it right after. We have areas of the house that have become a “Catch-All” and therefore the places I have to pay the most attention to in order to keep it clean.
My favorite day to clean is Saturday and so I wake up bright and early, start the coffee pot and BLAST the stereo. I have to have all the windows open to get as much light and fresh air as possible.
I start my first load of laundry while the coffee is going, all the while having the dish washer running if need be. Then its to the rooms one by one to dust. Then to vaccuum. (loads of laundry in between). Bathrooms and the sheets always seem to be last for some reason. I normally mop the kitchen early on so that it dries while everything else is getting cleaned. Voila! Sparkly clean by 10am. 🙂
It really helps to keep it up during the week like wiping off counters and putting little things away that may normally cause clutter.
And just a tip… I’m a Target junky and also madly in love with the Method line of cleaning products! LOVE LOVE LOVE! They have easy to use cleaners that are non-toxic and smell great.
@ Ferris Wheel – that’s what we do in dire circumstances… if its in need of a really good clean, I invite my Mum! 😉
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