8 Simple Cleaning Methods to Make the Biggest Impact in Your Home

Carmel Plan 3 | San Diego | Pardee Homes

It’s a wonderful feeling to come home to a clean and tidy house. But to keep it in tip-top shape, you have to do some regular upkeep. Even a brand-new home by Pardee Homes that is spotless when you move in needs a little TLC periodically. Here are eight simple cleaning methods that will make a big impact in your home.

First things first.
There are small things you can do to make your home look cleaner and tidier instantly, providing the most impact for very little effort or time. The easiest one is to make your bed every day. Do it first thing when you wake up, and you’re already on your way to a neater house and a more productive day.

Brew a cleaner cup.
You probably use your coffee maker every day (maybe multiple times a day!), but do you ever think about cleaning it? It’s a good rule of thumb to clean it about once a month. Run your coffee maker with a few tablespoons of vinegar mixed in with the water, then run it again with just water. Your coffee maker will work better, and your coffee will likely taste better! A win-win to keep your mornings running smoothly.

The natural all-purpose cleaner.
Vinegar is an amazing natural and cost-effective cleaner that can do so much more than just decalcify your coffee maker. It has dozens of uses around your home. A solution of vinegar and water is excellent for unclogging showerheads; cleaning microwaves, dishwashers and windows; and removing carpet stains and water spots from glasses and shower doors.

The power of citrus.
Use half of a lemon or grapefruit and coarse salt to scrub wooden cutting boards, butcher block countertops, bathtubs and copper pots. Sprinkle the salt over the surface, and then use half of the fruit to scour it. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then rinse clean. A very useful cleaner, you can also use lemon juice to clean your garbage disposal, remove rust from silverware, and remove stains and smells from plastic containers.

Keep the dust bunnies at bay.
Work your way from top to bottom when you dust. Start with the surfaces, ceiling fans and vents, then clean your floors. To make your fixtures shine and help prevent new spots from forming, you can polish them with wax paper after you wash them. Similarly, using a car paste wax on your vents after you vacuum them will make dust wipe right off the next time. And for the trim, wipe your clean baseboards with a dryer sheet to keep dust at bay. You can even reuse one that’s been through the dryer.

Outside needs love, too.
Don’t forget the outside of your home. Power wash the exterior of your home, sidewalk and driveway if they need a deep clean. Clear out your gutters of any leaves or debris regularly to ensure they perform effectively. And, if you’re looking to spruce up your backyard, here are some fresh ideas for your outdoor space.

Welcoming you home.
Entryways are the first thing you and your guests see when they enter your home. So, make a more welcoming first impression by vacuuming your door mats and sweeping your front and back patios. It only takes a few minutes and instantly provides a feeling of calm when you get home every day.

Regular maintenance required.
Some things aren’t necessarily cleaning, but do make a big impact in the cleanliness and energy-efficiency of your home – inside and out. It’s important to change your filters, clean large appliances and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors about once a quarter. Check out this home maintenance checklist for a complete list of steps to keep your home operating seamlessly.

Ready to get started? Take out your cleaning supplies and tool kit and prepare to make your home sparkle. Then, sit back, relax and admire your work. When you put the effort in, your home will repay you by running more efficiently.

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