No one loves cleaning the house – if someone tells you they do, then they are lying. However, the experience doesn't have to be miserable. If you are preparing to sell your home or it's just time for a spring clean, then with these tricks of the trade can cut the time in half and save you stress. Who knows, you may have a little fun while your at it.
Clean as you go
So many people often leave the cleaning of the bathroom until the end of the week or they can no longer see the floor. We don't think this is the best idea to be honest – the key is to clean as you go.
Clean the shower straight after you have one because everything will be wet and easier to clean. It is as simple as spraying with the right cleaner, going off and getting dressed, and then coming back to wipe it down. No time for grime to build up, and less stress for you!
It will not only prevent you from having to vacuum every day, but it could prevent the dreaded C-diff. Why is preventing C-diff important? It is a bacteria that basically eats your insides and about half a million people contract it every year. It is often resilient to antibiotics and can be incredibly hard to treat.
Researchers at the University of Houston conducted a study on the threat of contamination of C-diff within the household, and found the highest risk of contamination was from the bottom of shoes. C-diff is just one of the threats to your health that can be dragged into your home unnecessarily, so why not surrender your shoes for the good of you and your family's health.
With every job that must be done, there is an element of fun
Pop in your earphones and listen to music while you clean. A study by Levitin and Colleagues published on CNN talked about the affect of music on your brain and it showed an increased enjoyment level when working/cleaning. Cleaning your home is a physical job that doesn't require too much thought, it just requires repetition and being thorough.
When you listen to music that you enjoy, the nucleus accumbens in your brain is activated. This then releases dopamine into your system and you feel better. Next time you have to clean, make sure music is near by, because clearly it is firing up the brain and making you feel happy for a somewhat boring task.
You don't ever want to use a reusable cloth (for cleaning the toilet) because you may not be able to clean it 100 per cent
The dreaded cleaning of the toilet
It is a misconception that the toilet seat is the most unclean thing in the bathroom, but in fact it is the area behind the toilet. We suggest that to attack this spot just use paper towels – although not in the way you might think.
You will need to roll about three paper towels together in the shape of a cigar. Then soak it in cleaning product, and place it around the base of the toilet where it connects to the floor. Use it like dental floss and work your way up to the top of the bowl, pulling it back and forth. Then by all means throw those paper towels away immediately or set them on fire and run away.
You don't ever want to use a reusable cloth because you may not be able to clean it 100 per cent.
With spring comes cleaning. With selling a house comes cleaning. With all things in life there will be an element of cleaning. Little by little you can make the job a lot easier and more enjoyable.
Look at the other great home living advice from the team at Brad Teal Real Estate. It's important to be in a home that you enjoy, but also making sure that home is clean and doesn't affect your health is key to better living.