Are New Year’s resolutions still fresh in your mind? If one of them was to keep your living spaces ultra pristine and hygienic this year, you’re not alone. With more and more people returning to work or school, the two or three years of WFH and remote schooling are rapidly becoming history. It was fine then to walk into a friend’s or relative’s place during the pandemic days and negotiate a messy room. The hosts didn’t need to apologize, just as you didn’t judge. But it’s all changing now. People are becoming more house-proud and aware of the health hazards of dirty environments. Take a look at our handy 15 Tips & Tricks for a Super Clean Home in 2023 and discover easy ways to keep your home looking great and safe for yourself, your family, and your guests.
Are Chore Battles Threatening Your Relationship?
A 2019 survey reports that household chores can seriously strain relationships. A whopping 80% of those surveyed confessed that they had disagreements with their partners about who would do the housework and when and how to do it. Surprised? Or does that sound familiar?
The study also revealed that a large number of Americans get out of chores by making excuses such as ill health. They may also find a way out by deliberately doing a bad job so that they wouldn’t be asked again. In fact, more than 60% of those surveyed report that they have to clean up again after their partner supposedly did the chore. Another favorite ploy was to lie about urgent work-related tasks. While the intention is not to bring gender bias to the results of the survey, the study found that more than a quarter of men were more likely than women to try to get out of doing chores!
Given this scenario, it’s obvious that much of the acrimonious exchanges in a home would be about cleaning. Endless bickering and nasty remarks add up and finally pave the way to the therapy room. When children have to share chores, the debate becomes messier.
The trick is to make household chores a team effort. Once you negotiate as a team, your family, partners, or housemates feel more responsible for the space that you all share. A messy house reflects not just on one person’s image. Those days are long gone when the “lady of the house” was tagged for every lapse in cleanliness or hygiene.
Winning the chores battle is all about making it a win-win situation for everyone. In the bargain, your home looks great and becomes a comfortable and happy space to unwind in after a day’s work.
15 Tips & Tricks for a Super Clean Home in 2023
Assigning chores to all those who share the home is one part of the problem. The other is how to get it done faster, more efficiently, and easily. Here are some of the best-kept secrets of those who have cracked the chore game:
1. Stay Focused: One of the ways to improve efficiency and speed is to focus on one task at a time. Start with one job, such as dusting or vacuuming. Continue with this task throughout the house instead of trying to work on one room at a time. Turn off your phone and concentrate on finishing the work.
2. Have a Schedule: Choose the right time to make it convenient for the person assigned to it.
3. De-Cluttering: Untidy spaces give the impression of being unclean. Pick up the clutter and put things back in their places as you go around the house. If there are things that don’t belong in that room, drop them into large caddies or baskets and replace them later. This gives you a chance to decide whether to keep, throw or donate an item.
4. Fridge Mats: Place washable liners on your fridge shelves. This makes cleaning spills easier and prevents them from crusting on the sides.
5. No Shoe Rule: Make it a rule that no one wears their outdoor shoes inside the house. This takes care of most of the dirt and debris that we bring in our shoes. You can get a set of disposable slippers for guests and request them to follow your rule when they come in.
6. Get The Right Tools: Cleaning equipment need not be expensive. They should be effective. Using an old toothbrush to scrub grout is good enough. Gather all your tools and supplies before you start working so that you don’t have to go back and forth to replenish supplies. Assign the task of keeping supplies stocked to one person.
7. Learn to Multitask: Spray cleaners on toilets, glass, and mirrors, and let them do their job while you make the beds or tidy the bathroom. Load the dishwasher as you cook, and keep your sink free of piled-up dishes.
8. Clean Your Cleaning Appliances: Use vinegar and baking soda to clean your washing machine, microwave, cooktop, and other appliances. This helps to prevent diseases, maintain the machine and prevent breakdowns. It ensures that they’re ready to go the next time you need to use them.
9. Find New Uses: Lint rollers are great for removing pet hair from carpets and upholstery. Pumice stones can be used to scrub limescale and brown rings in toilets.
10. Make Your Own Cleaning Products: You can find most of the ingredients in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. Vinegar and baking soda, lime juice, and borax are some of the heavy-duty cleaners that are readily available. You can make your own furniture polish with beeswax, coconut oil, and grapefruit essential oil, which keeps your woodwork shining, great-smelling, and resistant to pests.
11. Tidy As You Work: Super-smart home-makers clean and put their appliances away as soon as they’re done with them. This saves time and leaves the kitchen uncluttered at the end of your cooking.
12. Do Away With Open Shelving: While this was a great trend a while ago, smart home-makers have figured out that they are just so much hard work. Dusting them and keeping the stuff on them neat and tidy is a challenge. Cover your shelves with cabinetry doors or drawers.
13. Check for New Product Launches: Rubber dishwashing gloves with built-in bristles, steam cleaners, microfiber dusting gloves, mop slippers, multi-bladed blind cleaners, and more amazing innovations keep popping up in the market. Look out for these, and invest in those that seem genuine.
14. Re-cycle and Re-Use: Use old paper bags to line kitchen shelves or the trash bin. Convert an old sheet of laminate into a message board that you can write on with markers. Save old t-shirts to use as cleaning rags.
15. Use Cleaning Tablets: If you have discolored gunk at the bottom of your drinking bottles or coffee mugs, zap it with fizzy, food-safe cleaning tablets that you can get in your supermarket. Cleaning tablets are also available for your washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets. Depending on the instructions, they can be left for an hour or overnight.
Super-clean homes don’t happen by accident. A lot of thought, planning, and creativity is involved in keeping them that way. Use information, new technologies, and good old-fashioned negotiation skills to ensure that your home becomes a haven.