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Clean your entire home in just 10 steps

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Most cleaning experts recommend cleaning a bit at a time throughout your entire home to maintain a clean living space. However, we all know life gets busy. It may be time to spring clean or perhaps your in-laws are coming for the weekend. No matter the reason, you need to get your entire house clean at once.
These creative tips and tutorials help you to clean your house while saving time and money. Putting in a few hours of work will reward you with a clean and healthy home to relax in.
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1. Use a cleaning checklistUsing a cleaning checklist ensures that you remember to do all the necessary steps to thoroughly clean a room, according to this organizational expert. This also allows everyone in the family to participate in the cleaning. They simply mark off the cleaning chore when finished. ​
2. Straighten up first
You can't clean efficiently or effectively if there is stuff everywhere. Straightening up is the one thing that makes a major difference to how clean a room feels. Pop Sugar recommends spending a couple of minutes straightening up before you clean. Do this in every room and you will find you clean much faster.
3. Start a load of laundry
Southern Living recommends starting a load of laundry, keeping your dishes washed, and making your bed every single day. Doing laundry consistently keeps laundry chores from taking over your entire afternoon. Throughout your whole house cleaning session, keep your laundry room busy with washing any clothes that have piled up. At the end of the day, you can clean your laundry room and smile knowing all the laundry is caught up.
4. Eliminate dust
After a room is straightened up, it is ready to dust. Working from the top of the room to the bottom, work to sweep any dust downwards. Look up and pay attention to your light fixtures and ceiling fans. The Spruce points out that many people forget to vacuum their curtains. Don't forget your curtains.
5. Clean the carpet
Once a room is thoroughly dusted, taking the time to allow dust to settle is important. After a few minutes, you can vacuum the room to grab dust and debris from the carpet. My Blahblahblahg recommends using a carpet cleaner at least twice a year to clean your carpet.
6. Make your bed
Making your bed should be a daily habit. It protects the sheets you spend so many hours on at night. It also makes a huge difference in the appearance of the room. From sloppy to nice and neat. Real Simple recommends it as a first step in cleaning a bedroom.
7. Clean the blinds
Blinds are often one of the most overlooked items in a home. They collect dust over time and can be difficult to clean. Creatively Southern has discovered the perfect cleaning method for blinds. She soaks them in the bathtub. See her full tutorial here.
8. Use the miracle solution
The combination of Dawn dishwashing liquid and vinegar create a powerful cleaner for your bathroom. It easily removes soap scum, erases ring around the tub, and helps to prevent hard water stains from building up. Find the recipe and tips here. ​
9. Get a streak-free shine
Using a great glass cleaner on your mirrors and windows will save you a lot of time. No one wants to reclean anything, especially not streaky windows. But you don't have to spend a fortune on commercial glass cleaners. Unsophisticook has developed an effective glass cleaner that uses only four ingredients. Her recipe and tips for use are here.
10. Restore your cabinets
Cabinets get grimy over time from the constant touching. Your hands leave oils on the wood and hardware, attracting dirt and causing a dark film. One Good Thing by Jillee suggests cleaning your cabinets using items from your pantry. Coconut oil, baking soda, and an old toothbrush are all you need to get your cabinets looking new again.
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Now that every room in your house is clean it's time to sit back and relax. Share with your friends and family on Facebook how these tips helped you get a quick and easy clean throughout your entire house!
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