How to Clean Your New Home Before You Unpack a Single Box
Moving into a new home is an exciting, stressful time. After hours of organizing and packing, you want nothing more than to a walk into a space that’s meticulous, a space that looks, feels, and smells like your own. That being said, cleaning an entire house is a big project to tackle.
To make your life easier, we’ve created a step-by-step cleaning checklist for every part of your home.
Dust, dust, dust!
First and foremost, you will want to get rid of dust. And rather than using a feather duster, which only redistributes the dust back into the air, use a microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths are excellent at removing dust. Also, remember to rinse is regularly.
Floors (Tile, Wood or Vinyl)
The next area you will want to tackle is the floors. Sweep or vacuum to remove any lingering dirt from previous tenants. Ceramic tiles only need warm water, but be sure to use a micro-fiber mop which is much more effective compared to a sponge mop. Hardwood floors are best cleaned with boiling water and teabags (yes, you heard right – tea bags). Tea contains an acid that will make your floors sparkle and shine. Stick strictly to warm water with vinyl floors, but be careful not to use too much water. If too much water seeps into the cracks, it will loosen the glue and cause the corners to curl - which I’m sure you’ll agree is not a good look.
Over time, walls collect a lot of smudges, fingerprints, spills, and the list goes on. The most effective cleaning mixture for getting rid of stains is baking soda and water. Take a clean towel and apply this paste directly to the spot.
- The Fridge: We’re not going to sugar coat it. Between the shelves, drawers, and levels of surfaces, cleaning the refrigerator is a very time-consuming task. The good news is that all you will need is a baking soda and water mix. Baking soda’s natural abrasive qualities help to remove even the most stubborn stains.
- The Stove: This can also be quite a project. Remove any shelves and racks. Fill your sink with hot, soapy water and let them soak. In terms of cleaning tools, use a brush that won’t scratch or leave marks. For a cleaning solution, vinegar and baking soda will get the job done.
- The Sink: Many sink cleaning products on the market are filled with toxic chemicals that damage your pipes. To clear any clogs and eliminate grease, simply pour boiling water down the drain. For more severe clogs, pour a ½ cup baking soda and a ½ cup vinegar along with the boiling water. As an added bonus, vinegar and baking soda will naturally get rid of any lingering smell.
Many people don’t realize that eco-friendly cleaning only requires a few ingredients. These ingredients are not only safer but also much less expensive than most of the leading cleaning products.
Do yourself and the environment a favor by making the decision to clean green!
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