A Clean House is a Lucky House – 8 Tips For Creating a Clean – And Fortunate – Home

A clean house is more than just a luxury – it is a necessity. That’s right, a necessity. We need a clean house (office or desk) because of all it offers us: efficiency and relaxation. Efficiency, because a clean house means you can find what you need when you need it. It also means that you will spend less time worrying and frustrated over the mess in your house.

A clean house offers relaxation, because clean houses look better, smell better, and feel better – and that’s what makes you relax. A mess everywhere makes us tense. Even hidden messes worry us. What does it take to have a truly clean house? In a word, discipline. No one likes to hear that word anymore, but it’s true.

A clean house takes work, plain and simple. Ironically, the less a house is cleaned, the more work it takes. Yep, it’s true. If you don’t stay on top of your house, the house will be on top of you — with papers piling up and junk everywhere — not to mention dirt and grime.

Look around. Is your outer experience mirroring the inner experience? What is your house saying about you and your life? Now, how does your luck improve with a clean house? Think about all the “old” and “unsuccessful” energy that you have in your home.

If you’ve got dust bunnies the size of Great Danes, it’s time to get to work. Dirt and dust equal stagnant and stuck. Remember, a rut is just a grave that’s open at both ends. How to get out of your dirty rut? Good old fashioned elbow grease. Here’s a quick guide to cleaning your space to get you out of your dirty rut.

1. Go to the bathroom.

Why? Bathrooms that are dirty are germfests waiting to make you sick. Clean it up and you might just feel better or get through cold and flu season unscathed!

2. Take on the kitchen.

This is where you eat so it should be clean. Nothing attracts bugs faster than a filthy kitchen. Make it a goal to give your kitchen a two-hour once over. Spend two hours in there and really clean — the coils on the fridge, the oven, the floors, ceilings, windows – everything.

3. Head into the bedroom.

When you sleep, you are breathing in everything that’s in the room, i.e., pet dander, dust, mites from the bed, you name it. Make it a point to clean under the bed, vacuum the blinds and wash the curtains and bedspreads and blankets. Then vacuum, yes, vacuum, the mattress and flip. Ahhh….clean. It feels so nice.

4. Create a paper trail.

To the recycling center that is. Haven’t read that magazine? Then you’re not going to, so get rid of it. Conduct your own “paperectomy” and get rid of all that paper that’s just taking up space.

5. Concentrate in the corners.

This is where everything drifts to… the corner of the bedroom, the corners of the ceilings. Corners are a magnet for stacks of papers. On the ceiling, corners attract spider webs. Clear out every corner you have, including closet corners.

6. Go outside.

Rent a pressure washer and wash the house, sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Pressure washers are a house’s best friend. Think of it as an exfoliating scrub for your home. You will love your sparkling house.

7. Head to the top.

Clean off the tops of everything. This includes dressers, tables, counters, refrigerators — anything with a top. It also means dusting the tops of windows,door trim, and tops of baseboards. Dust just loves to hide on the tops of things.

8. Get steamed.

Once a year get your carpets and upholstery STEAM cleaned. Why steam? It’s hot and it’s water so it will clean REALLY well without hurting anything or leaving behind any kind of soapy residue. That’s right, soapy residue.

Many people get their carpets cleaned or use grocery-store carpet cleaner products only to find they need to do it again and again and again because the carpets get dirtier faster and faster and faster.

Hmmmm…. a conspiracy? No. Just soap that stays behind. And soap is sticky, right? Well, then, that’s where all the dirt is coming from: it’s getting stuck in all that soap that is left behind from those cleaners. And while you’re at it, throw away all your soap-based carpet cleaners.

15 Tips & Tricks for a Super Clean Home

We all hate to clean – well, most of us – so it’s no surprise we often look for ways to make it simpler and easier. Thankfully, there are some such ways – here are at least 15!

Whether you constantly clean your home or only need to do it because you’re expecting visitors, these easy tricks can make the process much faster and less painful.

You’ll also save money on a host of useless cleaning products. Without further ado, here are our cheap and easy hacks for a super clean home.

1. Cleaning the blender

Fill the blender with warm water and a drop of dish soap, then turn it on for several seconds and leave it, then rinse it out with warm water. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t use your sponge after that – but remember; practically everything around the house can be cleaned with a sponge.

Of course, now you need to clean the sponge itself because it can hold on to a lot of bacteria, especially after it’s been in the sink for a long time. To clean it easily, put it in the microwave for half a minute to get rid of the bacteria (and make sure you wait a few minutes before taking it out because it’s hot).

2. Use dryer sheets

Even after they’ve been used, dryer sheets are magic. You can use them to buff water spots from mirrors and shower doors, wipe baseboards clean, and clean kitchen fixtures. We recommend adding a little vinegar to get rid of hard water spots – they can work miracles for fixtures like kitchen faucets.

3. How to clean air vents

If you’ve neglected them, your air vents are probably full of dirt and dust. This sends dust into the rooms and keeps the filthy air from escaping. First, use a soft vacuum brush tool to try to get rid of the dust.

If that doesn’t work, soak a rag with any detergent you have around the house and wrap it around a butter knife. This will get the vents squeaky clean.

4. Clean blinds with vinegar

There’s a reason our grandmas always had vinegar and baking soda around the house. Vinegar has a wide array of applications, from cleaning hard water spots, as mentioned above, to cleaning blinds.

Your blinds can get dirty and dusty easily, so here’s a quick fix – combine equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl and get a cloth to put over your hand. This is important because the vinegar can damage the skin. Dip the cloth in the mix and then run it over each slat of the blinds to remove any dirt or dust.

5. How to clean your shower in a jiffy

You can also clean the shower using vinegar – after all, you don’t want to spend all day in the bathroom. Just fill a dish wand with half dish soap and half vinegar and start scrubbing. You can also use a toothbrush or sponge for this, with the same solution.

6. Use baking soda for cleaner fabrics

A cup of baking soda will do wonders – you won’t believe how dazzlingly white your clothes will get. Just put it in the washing machine before you do laundry and add a little bit of salt to remove fabric stains.

7. Clean your couch fast

You can also use baking soda to clean your couch. It helps get rid of any lingering smells and stains on all kinds of fabric. First dust the couch off, then sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean.

After about 15 minutes, vacuum the baking soda using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.

8. How to clean stainless steel

Stainless steel appliances are always getting stained. To make them shine, get a soft cloth and some rubbing alcohol.

Alternatively, you can use dish soap and water to clean the surface and rub in some olive oil (a few drops will do) to make the steel shine. Baby or mineral oil on a second cloth works too.

9. How to clean your computer safely

Never use acetone, ethanol, ammonia, toluene, or methyl chloride in the vicinity of your computer. Also, avoid harsh chemicals and paper products and don’t spray anything directly on the screen.

The best way to clean your computer? Dab a bit of white vinegar on a microfiber cloth and scrub the keyboard thoroughly. Then, clean dirtier areas with a cotton swab soaked in vinegar.

Take a microfiber cloth and wipe gently in a circular motion to clean your screen. If needed, apply a mixture of vinegar and water, gently.

10. Pesky grease stains

Mix rubbing alcohol and salt in a ratio of 4:1 to clean grease stains from carpets or other surfaces. Simply rub the mixture into the stain and let the surface dry. If needed, vacuum up any remaining salt.

11. Use tape to clean up dust, dirt and crumbs

A strong adhesive tape will pick up crumbs, dust, and dirt anywhere in the house – fabrics, lamp shades, you name it.

12. Clean sneakers with toothpaste

Use toothpaste and an old toothbrush to get the white parts of your shoes looking like new again – this really works great! I always get asked if I just bought a new pair.

13. Cleaning burnt dishes

we know how annoying burnt pans and pots can be. Again, baking soda and vinegar come to the rescue. Fill the burnt dish with water and a cup of white vinegar, boil the mixture, then add two tablespoons of baking soda. Wait for it to cool, then just wipe the burnt stuff out.

14. Use a dry rag or broom to sweep baseboards

If you haven’t cleaned the baseboards in a while, sweep off the dust using a broom or dry rag, and then vacuum the area. Remove any leftover dirt or dust using a wet cloth or sock.

15. The best way to clean wooden floorboards

You can clean wooden floorboards using a sponge and a bucket of water with a little bit of dishwashing liquid. Use a wet rag to remove any leftover soap residue when you’re done washing.

Conclusion

One last tip – use a sponge to get spots off tiles after you’ve vacuumed them. Alternatively, you can get a bucket of water, a rag and some light detergent, and start scrubbing.

Make sure you wash the rag out and change the water now and then. If not, you’re just pushing more dirt around. Use a toothbrush to get really tough spots out.