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What are some tips for cleaning a house?

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Tips for cleaning houses include making a plan for cleaning before beginning, keeping cleaning supplies organized, and cleaning in the most efficient manner to avoid wasting time. Keep a house clean more easily by completing tasks before they become large and unmanageable. For example, wash the dishes immediately after each meal instead of waiting until the pile of dirty dishes is very large.

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Prioritize the most essential jobs and do those first before taking care of tasks that are less important. Clean from top to bottom for maximum efficiency. Dust surfaces and walls, wash windows, and wipe counters before sweeping, vacuuming or mopping floors to avoid getting dirt on a freshly cleaned floor and having to re-clean it.

Keep commonly used cleaning supplies in a bucket or other container, and carry the container around the house when moving from room to room. This saves time by making multiple trips to find a required cleaning supply unnecessary.

Take care of little tasks daily by wiping the bathroom counter quickly each morning or sweeping the kitchen floor after washing the dinner dishes. This keeps messes from having the opportunity to grow. Most people can find small blocks of time to dedicate to cleaning, so this tip helps people with busy schedules.

In the kitchen, start cleaning to the right of the range, and work around the room so that the range is the last item to clean. First, drop the burner-control knobs and drip pans into a pan of warm, soapy water to soak. Drop a cut-up lemon, ice and salt into the garbage disposal to clean and freshen it. Some housekeepers recommend using vinegar to make the ice cubes.

To remove a pet stain, spritz the spot with vinegar, and sprinkle on some baking soda. Vacuum the spot after it dries. A quarter cup of white vinegar in the final rinse cycle stops static cling and softens fabrics. Dampen a soft cleaning cloth with a mixture of equal amounts of distilled water and white vinegar to wipe down electronics and LCD screens.

Some chores mix well with daily activities, such as use a sink-full of hot, soapy water to soak cooking utensils while preparing meals, and they will be ready to wash when the meal is finished.

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