Make a weekly cleaning plan to clean for each room, set a time limit for each chore, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Clear the clutter in the room first. The floor catches all the dust, so vacuum the floor last before moving to the next room. Common household products, including baking soda, vinegar, lemons and hydrogen peroxide, can replace harsh chemicals, sanitize, freshen drains and even remove pet stains.
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 wiping down bathroom mirrors, tub and floors when the kids get their evening baths. Use a damp paper towel to collect loose hairs from the dry bathroom counter and floor. 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.