Wednesday, July 31, 2013

30 Easy Cleaning Tips Part Two: Sweeping Solutions

According to Women's Day Magazine, "cleaning should always be done top to bottom. That way any crumbs or dust that fall to the floor while you're working get picked up last. And believe it or not, there's a right way to sweep.

14. Pick the Right Broom: Sounds simple enough. When sweeping indoors, choose a broom that has finer bristles since you are more than likely sweeping up patches of smaller dirt particles. For outdoor jobs, go for strong, stiff bristles. 

15. Get Swept Away: Believe it or not, there is a right way to hold a broom. Imagine for a moment you are canoeing. Hold the broom like a canoe paddle, with one hand placed on top of the handle and the other towards the middle. Andrea suggests,"sweep from the outside in so that you don't miss any spots, and move the dirt into the center of the room, where it will be easier to pick up."

16. Super Storage: While it's your first inclination, avoid placing broom back into the closet with the bristles on the floor. Store broom with the handle down.

17. Banish Dust Bunnies: It's all about design when it comes to choosing an effective dustpan. Go for the dustpan that has a rubber edge so you banish those annoying lines of dirt that often get left behind.

You can also trap dirt with your Clean Spin 360 Spin Mop and accessory attachments. We recommend the Microfiber Dusting Mop Replacement Head.  Need help cleaning hard-to-reach areas? This Dusting Mop Replacement Head lets you easily dust walls, high corners, ceilings, and around baseboards. Simply attach to your Spin Mop, and you're ready to go!

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Bedroom Secrets:

18. Start with the Bed: While your bedroom may not be completely clean, a bed that is made, makes it look that way! Instead of throwing your covers off to the side in a "am-I-late-panic", gently roll covers off you, and you are half-way there! As you head to the shower, finish the job.

19. Address Your Drawers: It is probably one of the worst parts of doing laundry; putting your clean clothes away. While it might not be your favorite thing to do, it ensures that your home stays tidy. Get rid of any clothes that you haven't worn, or better yet, donate them to Goodwill.

20. Keep Just the Essentials: No need for clutter in your bedroom. One of the cleaning experts at Women's Day Magazine suggests: "Have a pamper basket next to your bed with a book, some moisturizer, your knitting or something else you like to do in bed. Then keep your clock, a lamp and a box of tissues on your nightstand. That's it. "

Conquer Laundry:

21. Stave off Static: "Since fabric softener and dryer sheets can strip towels of their absorbency, add 1/4 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle or throw two (new, clean) tennis balls into your dryer to get rid of static electricity, soften fabrics and eliminate the need for dryer sheets."

22. Switch on the Cold: Save money and the environment by washing your clothing in cold water.


23. Time It: Do you know that many chores take about only ten minutes? Change your state of mind and cleaning can go by quickly.

24. Multitask: Probably my preferred method of cleaning! Why not fold laundry while watching television? Or talk on the phone while picking up general messes around the house such as stray magazines, books, shoes, etc.?

25. Know the Hot Spots: You know that pile of miscellaneous "stuff" on your dining room table, kitchen table, or kitchen counters? Attack those piles before they become impossible to sort through.

26. Go Corner to Corner: There is an art to vacuuming. "Begin in the furthest corner and work toward the door using slow, repetitive, front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence."

27. Velcro Away Clutter: Get rid of stray wires and cords from gaming controls! Velcro them to the console!

28. Make a Lost-and-Found: Stray game pieces? Puzzle pieces? Screws? Buttons? Make a box for these items!

29. Do Quick Rescues: Got 5 minutes? Scan each room for things that are out of place or do a quick sweep to ensure that the room is clean and presentable.

30. Stop Clutter at the Front Door: Why not "mount a plastic or cloth shoe rack inside your front entry closet door, and use it to stash all kinds of living room and family room miscellany- toys, hats, gloves, magazines."

30 Quick, Easy, Cleaning Tips


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