dust http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12257/all en-US Company Coming? 10 Areas to Clean to Make It Count http://www.wisebread.com/company-coming-10-areas-to-clean-to-make-it-count <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/company-coming-10-areas-to-clean-to-make-it-count" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cleaning-4237229-small.jpg" alt="cleaning" title="cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I do not need a sparkling house. What I need, and what I think the average person wants, is to not be embarrassed if someone drops by. I realize that I have set a low bar here. If we have the same mindset, you are probably also wondering where you should spend your time cleaning to make it count.</p> <p>Fortunately, several Wise Bread writers share the same house-cleaning goals. After reading their posts and taking an informal poll of some friends, I came up with a good plan of action and road tested it. Here's all you need to do to keep your home presentable. (See also: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-one-month-guide-to-spring-cleaning">Your One Month Guide to Spring Cleaning</a>)</p> <h2>1. Declutter</h2> <p>Andrea Karim explains why it's important to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/jettison-the-junk-why-clutter-clouds-your-mind-and-saps-your-energy">manage the clutter in your life</a>: clutter clouds the mind and saps our energy. An empty laundry basket is great for this &mdash; load it up, and then go empty it. I probably could have used a wheelbarrow. My mother used to have a quote about this process: &ldquo;A place for everything, and everything in its place.&rdquo; If I could force myself to declutter once a day, I am sure it wouldn&rsquo;t be so overwhelming under the pressure of an arriving visitor.</p> <h2>2. Stow Your Cleaning Products in a Plastic Tote</h2> <p>Cleaning will go a lot faster if you have everything close by, from cleaning products to wipes, trash bags, and vacuum bags. I noticed I had been putting some cleaning products in the kitchen and some in the closet with no particular rhyme or reason. It&rsquo;s so nice not to run back and forth.</p> <h2>3. Clean Top-Down</h2> <p>Start with the cobwebs, then move to the dust, and then your floors. If you do that in the wrong order, you&rsquo;ll make yourself crazy recleaning.</p> <h2>4. Multi-Task in the Bathroom</h2> <p>I know that sounds odd, but bathroom products need time to soak in and work before you wipe them down. I like to spray the shower with an anti-mildew cleaner, squirt toilet cleaner into the toilet, and then wipe down the mirrors, windows, and counters. Then I go back and clean the shower and the toilet after the chemicals have done the hard work for me. If you prefer not to use harsh chemicals, check out Nora Dunn&rsquo;s post about <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">all-purpose vinegar</a>. If visitors are on the way, make sure you empty the trash can and put out fresh towels and fresh soap.</p> <h2>5. Make Your Bed</h2> <p>If it takes you more than five minutes to make your bed, you probably have too many throw pillows (guilty!). If the tangle of sheets and blankets is too much to deal with on a daily basis, check out duvets.</p> <h2>6. Put Away the Dishes</h2> <p>A good rhythm is to run the dishwasher after dinner and then empty it in the morning. If you do dishes by hand, wash at night, and empty the drainer in the morning. Change your kitchen sponge and towels frequently and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">keep your dishwasher clean inside and out</a>.</p> <h2>7. Don&rsquo;t Forget the Stove</h2> <p>Cooking is messy, and no matter what type of stovetop you have, it gets grimy. I have a small commercial range with burners that get bad build-up. I fill my sink with Dawn and hot water, gently set the burners in to soak, and then attack the surface of the stove. Be sure you check your stove manufacturer&rsquo;s manual to see what products they recommend. The stove knobs may also need your attention, and if you have stainless steel like I do, it will need to be wiped down.</p> <h2>8. Clean Your Counters</h2> <p>Hopefully your decluttering rounds included the kitchen. If so, the counters can be quickly wiped down.</p> <h2>9. Sweep or Vacuum</h2> <p>If you decide to vacuum, is the bag fresh? If it&rsquo;s not, the house will smell musty. If you write the date on the bag when you change it, you&rsquo;ll have a good idea of how long it has been since you last emptied it.</p> <h2>10. Make Your Decorative Items Decorative</h2> <p>Blankets and throw pillows don&rsquo;t look very HGTV-esque if they are strewn about randomly. Take a minute to fluff, fold, and arrange.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your place prepped for visitors?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/company-coming-10-areas-to-clean-to-make-it-count">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-maximize-desk-space">11 Smart Ways to Maximize Desk Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-a-mindfulness-journal-can-fix-your-life">7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-ways-to-organize-old-photos">12 Smart Ways to Organize Old Photos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization clean company dust sweep vacuum Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:24:33 +0000 Marla Walters 971474 at http://www.wisebread.com Control Your Allergies with Regular Cleaning http://www.wisebread.com/control-your-allergies-with-regular-cleaning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/control-your-allergies-with-regular-cleaning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000012931195XSmall.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Suffering constantly from allergies can make any person frustrated and not feeling 100%. Not only do you feel bad, you can also spend a small fortune on doctor visits and allergy medications. Instead of prolonging your suffering, you can engage in regular home maintenance that can help prevent allergy attacks stemming from your <a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/candles-and-indoor-pollution">indoor environment</a>.</p> <p>Here is a room-by-room cleaning plan that can help you control your exposure to allergens. Make sure you perform these tasks regularly and wear a mask to protect yourself during the cleaning process.</p> <h2>In the Kitchen</h2> <ul> <li>Keep counters, stovetops, and floors free of excess water, food crumbs, and grease.</li> <li>Clean the outside and inside of the refrigerator once a month.</li> <li>Wash and dry dishes soon after using them.</li> <li>Keep the space under your sink uncluttered and dry.</li> <li>Don't keep brown paper bags in cabinets or other areas because they are a magnet for roaches who like to hide in them.</li> <li>Empty your trash cans daily and clean the cans with disinfectant once a month.</li> </ul> <h2>In the Living Room</h2> <ul> <li>Vacuum once a week (more often if you have indoor pets).</li> <li>Clean dust off the blinds, lights, and fans once a month.</li> <li>Steam clean the carpets and furniture once a year.</li> <li>If you have a fireplace, keep it clean and store wood outside to prevent mold.</li> </ul> <h2>In the Bedroom</h2> <ul> <li>Wash your sheets each week in hot water.</li> <li>Wash other bedding in hot water every two months.</li> <li>Dust the furniture and vacuum the floor weekly.</li> <li>Vacuum your mattress and box spring every six months. Use an anti-allergen mattress cover to prevent allergens and make for easier cleaning and maintenance.</li> <li>Don't let your pets hang out or sleep in your bedroom.</li> </ul> <h2>In the Bathroom</h2> <ul> <li>Clean the bathroom surfaces each week to remove soap scum and mildew.</li> <li>Keep your floors and counters free of water.</li> <li>Install an exhaust fan or open windows during a shower to reduce the levels of humidity.</li> <li>Wash bath mats and towels often. Do not let wet towels lay around.</li> </ul> <h2>Other Considerations</h2> <ul> <li>Remove carpeting and select hardwood or linoleum flooring.</li> <li>Seal cracks around the foundations, windows, and cabinets to keep roaches and other insects out.</li> <li>Wash ceilings, walls, and draperies every few months.</li> <li>Keep your home free of clutter.</li> <li>Service your air and heating ducts and change filters as recommended by the manufacturer.</li> <li>Invest in a bag-less vacuum cleaner developed to combat allergens.</li> </ul> <p>More than 50 million people suffer from indoor allergens. You can help prevent the suffering of your family or of your own. <a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/are-we-too-clean">Spring cleaning</a> once a year is not enough to beat back the allergens but you can keep up with things by performing the above-mentioned regularly. It may take a little extra housecleaning work but the benefits of reducing your allergies or avoiding allergic attacks at all will be worth it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a post by Tisha Tolar from our sister blog, <a href="http://www.healthytheory.com">Healthy Theory</a>. Visit Healthy Theory for more health tips and news.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/beat-bad-breath">Beat Bad Breath</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/too-much-exercise-too-much-of-a-good-thing">Too Much Exercise = Too Much of a Good Thing?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/tips-for-eating-healthy-while-on-vacation">Tips for Eating Healthy while on Vacation</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/tips-to-curb-food-cravings">Tips to Curb Food Cravings</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-theory">Healthy Theory</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/control-your-allergies-with-regular-cleaning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-treatments-for-year-round-allergies">7 Cheap Treatments for Year-Round Allergies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spring-into-cleaning-now">Spring into Cleaning Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-uses-for-honey">7 Unexpected Uses for Honey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-top-ways-to-care-for-your-allergies-without-damaging-the-budget">8 top ways to care for your allergies without damaging the budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/women-pay-more-for-health-care-heres-how-to-pay-less">Women Pay More for Health Care — Here&#039;s How to Pay Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Allergies dust mildew mold spring cleaning Sat, 19 Jun 2010 17:00:04 +0000 Healthy Theory 141056 at http://www.wisebread.com