Cleaning your house may seem like a matter of course, but if you think about it you may not know where to start. How do you really clean a toilet, for example? We make it a streamlined process so that it becomes an easy and satisfying job. Once you are busy you don’t want to stop until your house is in perfect order.
Prepare a plan
Determine how clean you want your house and how much time you have. Then you can set up a cleaning schedule. Be honest with yourself about what you can do, how much time you have and how motivated you are.
- Work from top to bottom if you can. There is no point in vacuuming first and then sweeping crumbs on the floor again from the table, or in dusting slightly at the bottom to sprinkle dust from the top again a little later. If you don’t have that much time, clean up the mess first and then move on to the more serious stuff.
- For the “average” busy person it works better to do a little every day so that it does not pile up, and also to do a day of cleaning a few times a month. How you do it is entirely up to you (except if you have roommates of course).
Always have a list and a plan of action. Know in which rooms you will start and finish when cleaning (often it works best from the back door to the front door). This helps to structure the process so you don’t duplicate things, especially if more people are involved in cleaning.
- Draw up a plan so that you vacuum, sweep and mop all rooms at the same time (so that your water does not get cold), so you do not have to change tasks all the time.
- The list of tasks below can serve as a general checklist, but you do not need to complete them in a specific order.
Try to delegate tasks. If you live with others, cleaning shouldn’t just be your responsibility! You may need to take charge and create a schedule of turns, but it is far better not to have to do it alone.
- Make sure that the tasks are suitable for the age of your housemates; a primary school child can tidy up their own room, teenagers can help clean the garage or bathroom, etc. It should also be fairly distributed; cleaning the toilet is not in proportion to cleaning the dining table.
Cleaning the bathroom
Clean the toilet. Yaks. Cleaning the toilet is one of the worst tasks, so get it done as soon as possible. Put on a pair of rubber gloves (not the same ones you use for washing dishes) to protect your hands from the dirt and bacteria, and scrub the outside of the toilet bowl with hot water. Let the hot water absorb for a moment.
- Then spray toilet cleaner into the pot and under the rim. Leave it on for a minute and then scrub it clean with the toilet brush. Then move on.
- Then proceed with the glasses. Spray a disinfectant spray on it and dry it with kitchen paper or a cloth.
Clean the shower or bath. The shower or bath quickly get dirty. A special shower cleaner and a brush (plus some muscle power) work great. If you do not have a shower cleaner, you can also do fine with detergent, so you can easily remove grease in the tub or on the floor, just like you can remove grease from the dishes. Then continue with an antibacterial all-purpose cleaner such as Dettol.
- If you want your shower to stay clean longer, you can use wax for the car. Don’t use it on the floor, you could slip.  To clean glass, you can dissolve half a cup of ammonia and 8 drops of dish soap in 4 liters of water.
Clean the sink. Most washbasins are made of fairly hard material, but first check whether your cleaning agent is suitable for the surface. Once you know that you can spray it on. Leave it on for a minute to dissolve mold and bacteria, then scrub firmly with a sponge. When it looks fresh and shiny again, rinse it with warm water and dry it with kitchen paper or a cloth.
- If it has stubborn stains, you can polish it with a brush. A hard-bristled brush (which also allows you to clean the shower) is fine.
Clean the glass and mirrors. Many people think that glass cleaner cleans well. But it’s actually meant to make it shine, not clean it. So it is not a substitute for soap, especially if your mirror is very dirty. Here’s how to clean windows and mirrors:
- First wash the glass with a solution of hot water and dish soap with a cloth, sponge and extractor. Then wipe it with a dry, lint-free cloth or kitchen paper.
- If you want to clean your windows in an environmentally friendly way, do it with water and vinegar, dry it with a lint-free cloth and then rub it with a newspaper. No streaks! You have to have muscles, because it takes quite a bit of effort to get the glass clean.
- You can also spray glass cleaner on a wad of kitchen paper and wipe the glass with it. The glass cleaner builds up a layer that makes it easier to remove stains and dust. If you do not use it properly, glass cleaner will cause streaks. You can also use newspaper to wipe the glass after cleaning; the glass will then be streak-free and it is a good way to use your old newspapers.
Cleaning the kitchen
Place the dishes in the dishwasher. A dishwasher will save you a lot of work if you use it properly. It is best to fully load the machine and switch it on immediately after eating.
- It is better to wash large items such as pans by hand, because they often do not fit in the dishwasher.
- Your dishes wear faster in the dishwasher than when you wash them by hand, because the detergent is abrasive; rather wash your beautiful porcelain and delicate wine glasses by hand.
Do the dishes by hand. It is easier to wash your dishes immediately after use; then you don’t have to soak or scrub hard, because food scraps have not dried yet. Simply wet your sponge or dish brush with hot water, spray some dish soap on your dishes and scrub (all sides!) Thoroughly, and then rinse with hot water.
- If you usually soak your dishes anyway, imagine this: a bucket of brown water full of dirt, grease, food debris, millions of bacteria, and anything else that comes off your dirty dishes. Now you know how dirty (and unsanitary) it is to soak your dishes. If you soak a baked oven dish for fifteen minutes, that is of course fine, but it is much better to wash your dirty dishes immediately after use so that you do not have to soak it.
Also dry the dishes. If you don’t dry your dishes, you can get water stains and bacteria on your dishes.  If you wash it by hand, put your dishes in a drainer and let it air dry thoroughly.
- Make sure that your sponge or washing brush is also dry between washes, so that no bacteria can build up there.
Clean the oven and microwave. Another annoying job is cleaning the microwave and oven, especially if you don’t do it often (you’ll forget about them quickly). But it is a job where you see the fastest result; your kitchen smells fresher when you make food, because no leftovers can burn. Here are the details:
- Check if the oven has a self-cleaning setting. That saves you a lot of work. If so, remove the grates and soak them in hot water, turn on the self-cleaning program, then wipe any ashes from the bottom, clean the inside with an all-purpose cleaner and a wet cloth. If your oven does not have a self-cleaning function, take out the grates and soak them, spray oven cleaner in the oven, let it soak in and then clean it with a sponge and brush.
- For the microwave, you can use a bowl of vinegar, lemon and water, dish soap or glass cleaner. Microwave, turn on for a few minutes, then wipe the inside with a cloth. All caked-on residue will then come off easily, making your microwave look like new again.
- You can read how to clean the sink in the bathroom section. A sink is a sink, after all.
Clear the cupboards. Now that you’ve had the hardest time, it’s time to tackle your lockers. It is up to you what you think makes sense. You can think of a system that feels good and is practical.
- Sometimes it is easiest to just take everything out and put it back. Place the bowls with the bowls, the beautiful glasses with the beautiful glasses, the baking items with the baking items; well, you get it. Make sure that the things you use most often are the easiest to grab.
Cleaning the bedroom
Clean up the mess. Again, we start from top to bottom. The first step is to get rid of or organize the little things. So clean up those magazines, clothes, and chocolate wraps by your bed. Then you can really get started. 
- While you’re cleaning the house, bring a trash bag and a laundry bag. Then you can immediately pick it up and put it away without having to walk back and forth.
Make your bed. Of course, making your bed seems like a useless job; you make a mess of it in the evening; but if you do you will see that your room looks and feels much better . It makes cleaning the rest of the room more useful because once you are done it looks fantastic.
- Of course you must first wash your bed linen and then make your bed. That also means your pillowcases and your flannel. Getting into bed at night is great, but it’s even better to get into a clean bed.
Clean up your closet. You should do this every day, but it often gets a bit out of hand. Make a good layout in your mind: where do you put your pants, your shirts, your accessories, your underwear? Then put it neatly type by type, and put the things you wear most on top.
- Consider carefully what things you can do. Chances are, there are a few (if not more) things you don’t like anymore that only take up space. But don’t just throw it out; you can probably give it to the cycle or the army of salvation.
Dust, vacuum or mop, and spray a nice scent into the room. All those boards, nooks and crannies (not to mention the space under and behind your bed) are a paradise for dust and dander. To deal with that you need a duster or hygienic wipes. If everything is dust-free, including the corners of the floor, you can vacuum and / or mop the room.
- Be careful with certain objects, such as lampshades and curtains. You can also blow the dust off with a hair dryer.
- Top it off with a nice air freshener with lemon or lavender scent.
Cleaning the living room
Clean the floor. This depends on the type of floor you have: wood, tiles, linoleum or carpet all require a different method. Which method is suitable for your floor?
- Vacuuming is the most effective way to remove all dust and other loose debris if you have a carpet (and it is even necessary every day if you have pets).
- With a wooden floor or tiles, you can sweep the floor with a dry mop (microfibre cloths work well). You can also use a special parquet brush if you have parquet. This is a non-electrical device with rotating brushes. Both options are less hassle than the vacuum cleaner and also ensure that you do not have to vacuum as often.
Mop the floor. There are new types of mopping devices out there, but nothing works as good as an old-fashioned mop if you want to remove dirt from your floor. In the kitchen, this is especially necessary to remove the grease so that the floor becomes radiantly clean again. If you have textured tiles or a floor, you only get the dirt out of the edges with a mop.
- There are a few types of jokes. A mop with strips of real fabric is easier and lasts longer than a mop with a sponge.  A good mop guarantees one thing: if you put a little force, your floors will be really beautiful. Use hot water and a suitable cleaning agent for your floor (read the labels!).
Control fleas if you have pets. The best anti-flea remedy is your vacuum cleaner. It is also better not to take a carpet if you have pets. Carpet is a breeding ground for fleas (and all sorts of other things). If you have pets, vacuum daily. Then fleas cannot reproduce (because they need dander from animals and people for that).
- To kill fleas without poison, sprinkle some boric acid on your carpet after vacuuming and let it soak in. You will never have fleas again if you do this. You can buy boric acid online.
Dust your furniture. Tiny invisible dust mites are everywhere, and if you could see you would be dusting 24 hours a day. They are all over your house and can cause allergies.  In addition to dusting, vacuuming and mopping also help.
- To fabricate your furniture, take a damp cloth or duster with which you go over the surfaces. Make circular movements so that you don’t miss any spots and work in a certain direction throughout the room. You may enjoy using a scented furniture spray, such as Pledge.
Scrub wooden furniture. Just like glass cleaner, you don’t clean with wax. First read the labels carefully to make sure you are using the right product.
- Some pieces of furniture can withstand water, so you must first clean them with soap and water. Dry it immediately again.
- Then apply the recommended amount of wax and rub it in as directed. Then dust is less able to adhere to your furniture.
Be careful with all-purpose cleaner. All-purpose cleaner is not safe for everything . Make sure you read the labels carefully so that you know whether it is suitable for the job you had in mind. You don’t want to ruin your beautiful pieces of furniture, do you?
- Never mix cleaning products. That can be very dangerous. Use them one by one and read the directions for use on the label.
Clean up small items and shake the pillows. Now that everything is clean, it is time to tackle the small things. Shake up the pillows, straighten rugs, put everything neatly in the room, like you’re putting your house up for sale. If there are too many items, put some in labeled boxes in a closet or storage; then you know where you left it.
- When you’re done, spray an air freshener around the room and sit down to enjoy your work. What have you forgotten? Lubricate the hinges? Cleaning the walls? Replace light bulbs?
Finish the cleaning
Don’t forget outside. Chores around the house can contribute to a better living environment, but people often ignore this. Cleaning up leaves can keep it from getting moldy. If you do it regularly, you will also be less bothered by insects and your garden will look neater. And your grass grows much better if it has no leaves.
- Do you not have a rake, or do you not feel like doing this heavy work? A leaf blower saves you a lot of time!
- Pruning back plants (hedges, rose bushes, etc.) helps against streaks of water and dirt on the walls of your home.
Do the laundry. That pile of dirty clothes on the floor has to go somewhere. Follow these washing instructions:
- Put your laundry in the washing machine.
- Add detergent and any softener to the drawer.
- Set the washing machine to the correct program and press “Start”.
Dry the wax. How you put your laundry in the washer into the dryer affects how it comes out. When the cycle has finished, shake you were out so the worst wrinkles are out, and put them over until the dryer. This way you won’t be bothered by wrinkled clothes and your clothes will dry faster.
- It also helps if you take the laundry out of the dryer when it is still warm. And it feels so nice, such a pile of warm clothes
Walk through the house and see if you still need to do something. Although this was quite a long list, it was still not too bad. Other tasks may include:
- Take out garbage bags
- Cleaning the kitchen table
- Change your bed
- Clean the walls
- Clean the refrigerator
- Clean the inside of the refrigerator with baking soda to get rid of bad odors.
- Many people swear by a wad of newspapers to clean glasses with glass cleaner.
- Do not put your dishwashing sponge or brush near the dishes when it is drying. It contains a lot of bacteria. If you have a dishwasher, you can also wash your sponge or dish brush occasionally. Replace sponges regularly. Rinse them with hot water and wring them out well. Sterilize your sponge by putting it in the microwave. Make sure your sponge is damp before you put it in the microwave! Otherwise he may catch fire. It doesn’t have to be dripping wet; moist is fine.
- If your friends want to help you, time will go much faster, you will have someone to chat with while you clean.
- Use loose socks as a duster, which will save you a lot of money. You can also use old T-shirts as a cleaning cloth.
- Start cleaning the living room, because people who visit will see it first.
- Washing powder is very versatile, because you can also use it to clean your oven or the bathroom, because it scours less than scouring powder and it smells good.
- Take a shopping cart with you when you clean, you can take all your supplies with you.
- Don’t worry about the mess. Take your time. Make sure the house is quiet and peaceful.
- Leave baking soda in your rugs or carpet for 15 minutes. Then bad odors go out. Don’t forget to vacuum afterwards.
- Some cleaning products are NOT safe for your skin, linoleum floors, wooden floors, surfaces, and other things. This cannot be emphasized enough, READ THE LABELS. It only takes a second, but will save you hundreds of dollars in case of a mistake. If you have read the labels and are still unsure, test it in an inconspicuous area first.
- Make sure your sponge is damp before you microwave it. Also, be careful when handling the sponge after it comes out of the microwave, because the sponge can be very hot!
- DO NOT MIX detergents! By doing this you can get a very dangerous chemical reaction. Use them one by one and follow the warnings on the label.