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Tired of spending hours and hours each week cleaning your home? These 7 tips below should help you trim your housecleaning time so you can go and do something you really want to do.
Below is the list of things I did during our home renovations to set our home up to be as self-cleaning as possible and many of them can be implemented even if you have no plans of renovating your home.
7 Ways To Create A Self-Cleaning Home
1. Black appliances show the least amount of dirt
I think the appliance salesman was a bit shocked when the first words out of my mouth after meeting him were “I don’t like to clean, so sell me whatever shows dirt the least”. He was right, black hides a multitude of sticky finger sins.
Cleaning tip: I find it super handy to keep a bottle of all purpose cleaner on the kitchen counter at all times to clean up the occasional smudges that do show on the black appliances while I am in the kitchen keeping an eye on dinner.
2. Purchase good quality entryway floor mats
I bought a thick channeled style floor mat for both front and back doors, that catch a lot of the dirt off our shoes before it gets on my floors.
Cleaning tip: Here is an example of the type of mats I am talking about. I also recommend placing a smaller doormat made for aggressively wiping large amounts of mud off work boots outside your door if you have either a hubby who works outdoors or little children who love to play in the mud.
3 Have a no shoe policy
Most outside dirt is tracked in the house by shoes, if you take them off at the door you eliminate this problem.
Cleaning tip: To avoid having a pile up of shoes at the front door place a simple good quality plastic laundry bin beside the door to collect shoes. Or purchase a boot tray and teach family members to place their shoes on it.
4. Use bins without lids
I prefer to use bins without lids to store things instead of bins with lids or drawers as much as possible. Kids love simple and it is easier for them to toss than pull out and place things in and then shut.
Cleaning tip: I find plastic bins are the easiest to clean.These ones are some of our favorites. Wicker baskets and material baskets with wire frames although pretty can get dusty and it is hard to get the dust out of the cracks. With plastic bins, I simply empty them out, wipe them down with a damp cloth, and then wipe dry.
Cleaning tip: You can use simple dollar store labels and a pen to label things but if you really get into the labeling you might want to invest in a labeler like we did. We have an older style Dynamo labeler similar to this one that we really like.
6. Leave no room for dust
I had my husband put kitchen cabinets up to the ceiling so I wouldn’t have dust collecting on the top of my cabinets.
Cleaning tip: Obviously remodeling the kitchen just so you can avoid dust on top of the cabinets might not be an option for your family. Instead, you can line the top of your cabinets with a contact shelf paper that comes in a variety of colors that you can cut just a little narrower than your cabinet tops. This is will make the area much easier to wipe off.
7. Hard floor surfaces
It is a lot easier to wipe a spill off laminate flooring than to blot it out of the carpet. Badly stained area rugs are easier to replace than badly stained wall to wall carpeting.
Cleaning tip: In our house, we use a Mr. Clean wet/dry microfiber mop with a reusable head and a spray bottle of a mix of half vinegar and half water to spot mop the floor whenever we see a spot. This is a very inexpensive alternative to Swiffer wet jet.
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