Cleaning can be very time consuming. Aside from that, most people just don’t want to do it. However, there are many quick and easy cleaning tasks that can (and should) be done to keep your home well maintained. These tasks may still not be enjoyable, but they are necessary for the upkeep of your home.
Here are a few 10 minute cleaning tasks to begin your quick and easy home maintenance.
- Refrigerator – Unplug and use a vacuum or brush to clean the coils underneath or on the backside of the fridge. Remove and clean the drawers, then throw away expired and spoiled food. Clean the doors and shelves with a solution consisting of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of water. Finally, with ONLY a damp sponge, clean the sealing rubber gasket surrounding the door.
- Freezer – For freezers separate from the refrigerator, unplug first. Vacuum and dust the coils. Sort through the food, placing the in-date items in buckets or coolers with ice. Use the same cleaning solution for the fridge on all surfaces in the freezer. Then, clean the sealing rubber gasket with a damp sponge. Scrape ice buildup with a plastic spatula and place the ice in a bowl or bucket. Use a towel to remove the water.
- Drains – To avoid clogging, it is important to clean your drains. Concoct a solution consisting of ½ cup baking soda and ¼ cup table salt, then pour it down the drain. Pour 1 cup of hot vinegar immediately after and let stand for 15 minutes. Rinse with hot tap water for 15-30 seconds. This is very effective on drains rarely used.
- Air Ducts – It is important to maintain the cleanliness of your air conditioning and furnace filter. If you’re able to remove it, take out the filter and follow the manufacturers cleaning instructions. Be careful not to bend any exposed coils or dust radiators. Carefully clean the outside of the unit with a damp cloth and check for any leaks.
- Pet Items – For pet beds, go outside and give them a good shaking out before putting them in the washing machine. Have ONLY the pet bed in the machine. Set it on the highest water level and do a second rinse, then put it in the dryer to fluff it. Do NOT use fabric softener! For water bowls, pour hot vinegar in them if there is hard-water buildup, then rinse well. Scrub food bowls with a brush or salted sponge, rinse well, and dry.
Just by doing these few tasks, you will see a great improvement in the cleanliness of your home. The easiness of these tasks should be great motivation for you to perform them. If you have questions or need assistance with your home cleaning, give us a call at Great White Cleaning!