Close your eyes and try to imagine your perfect dream home. Is a tidy home or a messy one? We know that is a stupid question, to begin with. No one dreams of an untidy home.
Cleanliness is the key to a happy, healthy home – but a house doesn’t clean itself. For your own sake, you need to take some time out to clean your humble abode. Since there is no way to completely bar dust and dirt from entering the home, you need to clean your home on a daily basis. On top of that, you need to go for deep cleaning at least once every season.
Now, this sounds tiring and boring. Not with the right tools and products!
If you have the right equipment, cleaning is the easiest and even enjoyable task. Today, we will talk about how you can equip yourself with the cleaning essentials to keep your home clean. Let’s start with the basic.
1. A Vacuum Cleaner
We don’t see any reason why one shouldn’t call it the best invention of the last century. While retro ads show it as a housewife’s best friend, no one can appreciate more than men and women with tough and demanding jobs. It makes cleaning a matter of minutes. Whether you have fully carpeted home or any other flooring, modern machines are designed to suck every bit of dirt from the floor.
You can have the most basic vacuum machine or invest in the smarter ones. The new ones can even soak water and are best for a home with kids and pets. You can also use compact handheld vacuum cleaners on couches, curtains, and mattresses.
2. A Broom and a Mop
These old school tools are irreplaceable. Even if you have the latest vacuum cleaner with a plethora of functions, you can still find yourself in a situation where a broom or a mop is handier. First of all, you don’t need electricity to operate these tools. So, it is a good idea to keep the vacuum aside if you want to save on your utility bills. Secondly, you don’t want to take out the vacuum every time your kid drops a bowl of snacks.
A mop is the best way to instant wipe a spill off the floor. In fact, you should mop your floor at least once every week to get rid of the dirt that is stuck on the surface. A broom or vacuum alone won’t make it budge.
3. Bathroom Brushes
Do you know you can catch many diseases from bacteria lurking in your bathroom?
Since the bathroom gets a lot of splashes all day long, it is one place that requires serious scrubbing every now and then. Make sure you have three brushes to keep your bathroom clean: a bathroom brush for the floor, a toilet brush for the bowl, and a toothbrush for the grout.
It is a good idea to brush your bathroom floor every time you take a shower. If the soapy water stays on the floor for too long, it will become mossy and breed numerous bacteria. The toilet bowl must be cleaned every day, preferably before going to bed. Scrub it with a brush and use an antibacterial toilet cleaner.
An old toothbrush is what you can use to scrub the grime off the grout. If you are scrubbing your floor regularly, you can limit grout cleaning to once a month. Otherwise, it will need a good scrub every week.
4. A Microfiber Duster
While many people swear by their beloved feather duster, they are a thing of past. Most feather dusters just displace dust from one place to another. This kills the purpose of cleaning and can actually promote infections and allergies due to airborne dust particles. Microfiber is every homeowner’s dream come true. This engineered piece of cloth can catch dust particles and hold them in. It requires little to no water and can clean almost any kind of surface.
From wooden furniture to glass and mirrors, microfiber can clean anything. It is also great for cleaning electronic equipment. You can buy it in the form of clothes or a duster.
5. A Lint Roller
The use of a lint roller isn’t limited to your within clothes or formal suit. The lint can form on almost any fabric including your couches, curtains, and bedsheets. Lint attracts dust particles and holds them in. This can make your couch or curtains seem dirtier. You can use a lint roller to get rid of the lint as well as the dust.
We recommend choosing a lint roller with a long handle for better accessibility. The smaller one you use on your clothes would take ages on the couch or curtains.
6. Disinfectants & Chemicals
When wiping or mopping the floor, it is best to mix a high-quality disinfectant in the water. These antibacterial liquids are essential for your home’s hygiene and your family’s health. However, when choosing cleaning chemicals for your home, make sure they aren’t harmful to humans. Some disinfectants are industry grade products, and the fumes are too strong for humans.
Remember that you will need a different product for different surfaces. The one you use for toilet bowl may be too strong for kitchen surfaces. Pick wisely.
7. Insect and Bug Sprays
Your home isn’t completely clean until it is free of pests and bugs. It needs a regular spray of insecticides to keep nuisance at bay. However, it is important to choose products that aren’t harmful to human health. It is best to opt for plant-based variety such as proof bed bug spray. It doesn’t have toxic fumes that are harmful to humans, yet it is extremely effective at its job.
Remember, bugs aren’t just annoying, they can cause various diseases.
You will find hundreds of cleaning supplies in your local mart, but you don’t necessarily need all of them. Make smarter decisions and go for newer and better products that can let you clean your home quickly and safely.