General Home Cleaning

Window Cleaning

Window cleaning is a task that requires minimal cleaning product. It is extremely easy to make a homemade window cleaner at home, which is just as effective as any shop bought product. The aim is to get sparkling and streak-free windows, and if you clean your windows on a weekly or fortnightly basis it will be a quick job and will not take much effort at all.

Clean Windows with Vinegar and Water

Vinegar and water for cleaning windows is a time old method and one that works excellently. Warm water and vinegar washed over the glass, and then buffed up and dried to a shine will leave your windows sparkling clean. Use a lint free cloth such as a microfibre cloth, or even old newspaper or brown paper for buffing the glass.

Clean Windows with Soap and Water

A gentle liquid soap and water solution will cut through grease and dirt on windows no problem, and if you want to help them be streak free then a splash of vinegar to this is a good idea too. As said before, a lint free cloth should be used as a buffer for finishing off drying the windows and getting a smear-free shine.
If you want a fresh scent to your window cleaning solution, then a squeeze of fresh lemon juice is a great option, as lemon is a natural degreaser too.
For cleaning the inside of windows, less effort is needed due to the fact they are not usually very dirty. A spray of glass cleaner and a wipe with a microfibre cloth, or a spray with a homemade vinegar solution is enough to keep them clean and smear free.

Wood Floor Cleaning

It is common these days for the modern home to have wooden floors, if not in one room, then throughout. Hard wood floors should be properly looked after and cleaned appropriately in order for them to stay looking their best, and last the lifetime that they can. By cleaning your hardwood floor properly then you can also prevent damage and certain wear and tear in the future too.

For daily cleaning of wooden floors, a soft brush to sweep up any dust, or a vacuum can be used if preferred. There are also many broom like gadgets with detachable cloths on the bottom which make for quick and easy sweeping when needed. A weekly wipe over with a mild soap solution is likely to be enough to lift surface dirt that has gathered, and keep your flooring clean.

Over time the dirt can build up more and every so often it is sometimes required that you do a deeper clean of the hardwood flooring in your home. Specialist wood cleaning products can be bought easily in the shops, and they are usually diluted as instructed on the label. Use a mop or sponge, and while making sure it is soaked in the wood cleaning solution, always ring it out sufficiently before using it on the floor.

You shouldn’t have water swilling about the floor as it is not good for the wood, as well as there being no need for it to get so wet in order to get clean.

Finally, ensure that you have a doormat both inside and outside of the front door to minimise dirt and debris getting walked into the house. Don’t allow children to use roller skates or scooters on the hardwood floors either as this can cause irreparable dents and scratches. It is well worth looking after your hardwood flooring, as if cleaned and looked after with care, it will stay looking great for a very long time.

Wood Cleaning Tips

Cleaning wood furniture is something that should be done properly, and with appropriate care so to not cause any damage to the surface of the wood. How you care for wood when cleaning will vary depending on the finish of the piece, and so this is something you should be aware of before starting.

Dust your furniture on a regular basis using a soft lint free duster, feather duster, or something equally as gentle. You can damp dust if you prefer this way of dusting furniture and surfaces, and this is the best way to lift the dust rather than pushing it into the air. It is important to keep your wood free of dust because if it is allowed to build up it can cause minor damage to the surface.

If your wooden furniture is coated in plastic and has a hardwearing surface, such as a kitchen table, then a multi purpose cleaner is sufficient for cleaning it. However, most wooden furniture requires specialist care. An expert wooden furniture cleaner or polish designed specifically for your pieces should be bought and used, never just wash with soap and water or use a multi-purpose cleaner on it.

When cleaning hardware such as metal handles or brass knobs, take extra care not to get metal cleaner onto the wood, and if need be remove them in order to clean them. If you have an antique or vintage piece of wooden furniture that has a musty odour, sprinkle some baking soda over the surface and then dust off and this should do the trick.

Specialist waxes, oils, cleaners and polishes are all widely available to purchase when needed, and in between this specialist care a gentle damp dust is the best way to keep wood dust free.

Eco Cleaning

There are many advantages to using Eco-friendly cleaning products, whether they be shop bought or your own homemade non-toxic cleaning products. The main advantage to using eco-friendly cleaning products is obviously that it makes your home an all round more healthy place to live – no breathing in artificial scents from chemical cleaners, no harmful residues from these cleaners sitting on surfaces, no chemicals lingering in the air, and no developing sensitivities and even allergies as a result of using or being exposed to them.

Eco cleaning is not only better for your home and health, but it is better for the planet too. By choosing to clean your home with non-toxic cleaning products you are preventing harmful chemicals from getting into the water supply, and our oceans, as well as the fact you are boycotting the harsh manufacturing process these can harm the environment with too.

When it comes to eco cleaning your home, there is nothing that you can’t do. Use eco-friendly and natural cleaning products for day to day multi-purpose cleaning of surfaces, floors, dish washing and laundry, More specialist cleaning such as bathroom, toilet cleaning, oven cleaning and so on can also be done successfully either using natural cleaning products, or homemade cleaning solutions. These alternatives to harsh chemical cleaners are safe to use, cost less over time, are unlikely to cause reactions and work just as well, if not better, than harmful commercial counterparts.

Make the switch to cleaning your home with environmentally friendly and natural cleaners and you will be able to breath easy when using them, you will no longer need to worry about harmful skin reactions in cases of coming into direct contact with them, and you and your family can live safe in the knowledge that there are no chemical residues lurking around in your home.

Allergy Sufferers

Keeping your home clean and free of dust of a must for allergy sufferers, and those who share a home with them too. However, due to the fact that many allergy sufferers can actually have their symptoms triggered by irritants in certain cleaning products, it is a good idea to use more natural and non-toxic cleaning products in your home.

Symptoms of an allergy sufferer can include sneezing, wheezing, eyes watering, itchy eyes and ears, runny nose, congestion, skin rashes and dermatitis. These allergies are often triggered by dust, and even the act of cleaning itself can cause the sufferer to get symptoms. It is best for the person who gets bad allergies not to be the one who does sweeping, dusting, and so on as the disturbance of dust in this way can be a trigger for symptoms. The bed should also be free of dust at all times, the bedding shaken out and washed regularly, and the mattress vacuumed.

Cleaning should be just a part of allergy management as medications and other factors. Eco-friendly and natural cleaning products should be used wherever possible, however you should be aware that even natural substances can trigger allergic reactions too depending on the sufferer.

It is advisable to avoid cleaning the home with cleaning products that contains harsh chemicals as these have the potential of irritation – whether the allergy sufferer is the person who is doing the cleaning or not, it is best to avoid certain chemicals such as formaldehyde, ammonia, sodium lauryl sulphate, and sodium hypochlorite, as residues can easily be left behind.

Of course, homemade natural cleaners are a good choice for cleaning the home, keeping it both clean and healthy – vinegar is a great all round cleaner, baking soda can be used to clean carpets and fabrics and remove odours, and citrus fruits or cinnamon are beautiful when used as room fragrance. While you can never eliminate every allergen from your home, keeping it free from dust, mold, and synthetic chemicals will certainly help ease the pains of someone suffering from these types of allergies.

Pet Owners

There are certain aspects of cleaning the home that pet owners will find themselves having to do more often than those who don’t have pets. Managing cat and dog hair will be the main one. Pet owners will know that animal hair can get everywhere; on carpets, furniture, clothing. Grooming your pet regularly will help deal with this problem, however pet hair is just one thing that is likely not going anywhere if you have a pet. The best way to stay on top of pet hair in the home is to vacuum as often as needed, on full suction, or it you have hard flooring then a sweeper that will collect the debris is good.

Pet smells can be another thing that can make your home feel less clean than you would like. This is often caused by pet bedding, however it is not always practical to wash it on a regular basis. A good non-toxic way to help eliminate pet odours is to sprinkle the bedding with baking soda, leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then vacuum the cushion or bed thoroughly. This really works and is a cheap product you can keep in the kitchen for many purposes – in fact, baking soda can also be used as a dry shampoo on dogs too.

Finally, even the most well trained dogs can from time to time have toilet accidents indoors, and the sooner you deal with this the better. Do not let urine sit as it can alter the dye in the carpet. The best way to treat these kinds of pet stains is to mop up the moisture with a cloth, and then clean with a sponge and a solution of warm water and biological washing powder/liquid. This will eliminate not only the bacteria and smell from a human nose, but it will also prevent the dog from smelling it in the future, which can encourage them to do it again.