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How To Be a Good Housekeeper
Find ways to reuse items in your home
for cleaning purposes. Try cutting up towels or clothing into cleaning rags.
These can be hemmed on a sewing machine and washed in the washing machine to
reduce the need for disposable cloths.
Many times manufacturer's will send out
free samples of new and innovative products.
Line drying your clothes has many
benefits that can save money. Eliminating the dryer cuts down on utility
costs needed for its operation, but also prevents added cooling costs for
Check out the government's
recommendations for energy efficient appliances1.
Following the manufacturer's
recommendations makes sure that no expensive mistakes occur as the result of
use. Many people overuse cleaning products to try to get done more quickly,
with the only result being a hiked up cleaning budget. The directions give
you an idea of how much is needed to get a cleaning job done.
For many cleaning jobs alternative
cleansers1 may work wonders without emptying your checking account.
Planning a cleaning budget can help
prevent impulse buying. To really get a feel for what your budget needs to
be, track your spending on cleaning products over the course of a few
months. Sit down and analyze where the money was spent. Determine what items
were really not needed and which ones cannot be done without. Figure out how
long your products are lasting. Use the information to create a budget for
your family's cleaning needs.
Go in with a few friends or family
members and purchase a nice steam cleaner together. Work out a plan for
everyone to have access to it for routine maintenance, and the occasional
Look before you buy. A dry-clean only,
no iron blouse may look great on you but is it worth the added cost of the
dry cleaners or home dry-cleaning products. You probably can't stay away
from all special care items, but reducing them in your home can reduce your
You may be able to reduce the number of
visits by a paid housekeeper by delegating chores and creating a cleaning
schedule that fits with your family's lifestyle.
Find the best deals on the products you
can't live without. Check out store circulars. Shop at discount warehouses.
If you have the space consider buying in bulk.
Having a doormat directly inside and
outside each entrance can reduce the amount of dirt being tracked on your
Go barefoot and give your floors a
break. While some people post a sign on the door asking guests to remove
their shoes, many guests will voluntarily take them off when they see a
selection of the family's footwear lined up in the entryway. Even if you
keep only family and close friends shoeless you'll save a lot of wear and
tear on floor cleaning costs.
Taking good care of your tools keeps
them going longer. Make sure to do routine inspections of vacuum cleaners,
dishwashers, garbage disposals, washing machines, and dryers. Keep brushes,
dustpans, brooms, mops, and sponges clean and ready to be used. Don't forget
to clean out filters, belts, bags and other accessories for your cleaning
Putting orange or lemon peels down the
garbage disposal leaves a fresh scent in your drain.
Find a Review
Before you buy into the latest cleaning
craze, find out if it really works. Talk with friends and family members who
may have used the product already.
Fill a saucepan half full of water
cinnamon sticks, orange peels, and some cloves. Simmer on the stovetop,
adding water as the mixture reduces. It will fill your home with a great
Mix 4 tablespoons of a ultra liquid
fabric softener with water in a new plastic spray bottle. You can use
scented fabric softener or try unscented with a few drops of your favorite
essential oils. Mix well and test in an inconspicuous spot first. This can
be used like the commercial fabric fresheners. Test to be sure of fabric
Lemon juice can be especially effective
on white clothing when left in sunlight. The juice acts to bleach out the
stains, but will also bleach out color.
This will not only save you money on
washing the dishes, but also give you more time to enjoy after dinner.
Use maintenance as a weapon against
tough jobs that will require more effort and tools. Setting up a cleaning
schedule will help you build maintenance of chores into your daily life.
Letting jobs go too long will only take more time and money at a later point
Check out the library to preview the
newest books and magazines to help your housekeeping needs. Some books or
magazines may turn into favorites, making them a candidate for purchase.
Source: Sheffield School of Interior Design.
Courtesy: Sarah Aguirre