cleaning

The dreaded part of entertaining at home is always the clean up afterwards.  Some people choose to attack it right after the last guests leave soaking, scrubbing and vacuuming until the wee hours of the night.  Others leave everything until the next morning.  I usually split doing big things like dishes, vacuuming and soaking at night, and then putting everything away in the morning.  On the topic of cleaning in general, I am only two months into living in my condo and have been exploring different methods, processes and manners of cleaning the unit.  It’s funny, because I’ve noticed on certain tasks, I find myself googling how to clean things properly with no clue how to approach the task.   Seeing that you don’t take a course in cleaning the house at school, I am on the hunt for good, reliable information to guide me through the cleaning tasks of the domestic realm.  For those of you like me who struggle how to get your sink clean, your mirrors streak free, what type of products you can use on wood floors and how often you should be cleaning period, I found a great check list on blog Hip Hostsess that came from magazine Real Simple that may be of interest. 

Cleaning To-Do List

Every Day
Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher (30 seconds).
Wipe down the stove top (one minute).
Wipe down the counters (one minute).
Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor (two minutes).

Every Week
Mop the floor (five minutes).
Wipe the cabinets, backsplashes, and appliances (10 minutes).
Wash the dish rack (four minutes).
Wipe the switch plates and phone (one minute).
Wipe the inside of the garbage can (one minute).

Every Season
Empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator (30 minutes).
Empty and clean the insides of the utensil drawers (15 minutes).
Scrub down the cupboard exteriors (30 minutes).
Clean the stove-hood filter (10 minutes).
Perform “Shiny Sink 101” (below)

Shiny Sink 101
1. Fill sink to the rim with very hot water; add one cup regular bleach. Soak for one hour.
2. Drain and rinse thoroughly.
3. Scrub with Ajax, Bon Ami, or baking soda.
4. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
5. Shine with Windex or another glass-cleaning spray. Dry thoroughly.

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One Response to “cleaning”

  1. littlecurio says:

    I have a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar, and it is fantastic! To wipe down benches is so easy now, and on tough spots on the stove or anywhere else, just spray some on and leave for a minute and the white vinegar eats away at the grease to make it easy to remove. It’s completely environmentally friendly and the cheapest cleaning product ever! I use it for nearly everything 🙂

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