If you are looking to clean up your home and just don’t know where to start or what to use, here is a handy list of surfaces, supplies, and cleaning methods for the most common household areas.
Cleaning Acrylic or Laminated Surfaces:
Although a simple dusting just calls for a clean, damp cloth – a dirty surface needs just a little bit more.
- Fill a gallon bucket with warm water
- Add 1 teaspoon mild dish washing liquid, like Ivory
- Dip a clean rag in the solution and wipe down surface.
- When you have finished cleaning, use cool water to rinse with another clean rag, then wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Using a dry cloth to dust is not recommended as this will just rub as much of the dust into the surface as you’re dusting up. Never use abrasive cleaners, this will scratch laminate and acrylic.
Household cleaners such as Windex and 409 should not be used as these can dull the surface of your acrylic or plastic piece. Quite a few manufacturer’s recommend Novus cleaning supplies.
Cleaning Glass Surfaces:
This recipe will work for most glass products found in the home such as tabletops, decorations, and mirrors.
- 1 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
This cleaning method will evaporate quickly for a streak free shine.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Surfaces:
Here’s a quick tip for removing fingerprints and grease.
- Mild liquid dishwashing detergent
- Wipe the surface with the grain
- Rinse with warm water
- Dry with a soft cloth
How to Clean a LCD TV or Computer Screen:
These days most of us now have multiple computers or laptops, the parents have one and the kids have one or one for each of them. So why spend a lot for a commercial cleaning product when you can use something you probably already have in the house and it works just as well.
All you need is a little rubbing alcohol and a clean microfiber cloth.
- Place a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the cloth and gently wipe down the screen using a small amount of pressure.
- To get the edges and corners of the screen, use a foam swab and rubbing alcohol (cotton swabs will leave strands of cotton behind).
- Dry with a either a dry section of the cloth you just used or a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
These screens are fragile and can scratch so don’t use a rough cloth for cleaning. This can also be used on LCD TV screens.
Freshen Up The Surface of Your Carpets:
Freshen the carpets and the house up with one of these carpet fresheners. Before you vacuum, sprinkle a light layer on the carpet then vacuum.
Powdered Carpet Freshener Using Essential Oil:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 4 – 5 drops essential oil
Powdered Carpet Freshener Using Spice:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon powdered spice
Pour baking soda into a mixing bowl. Add the essential oil of your choice or the spice of your choice then mix with baking soda and fluff. When using essential oil, thoroughly mix and fluff until there are no lumps remaining. Put the mixture in a shaker jar.
Cleaning Hard Floor Surfaces:
Hard floor surfaces are beautiful, easy-to-clean, and can last for years if cared for properly.
Using Vinegar on Floors:
NOTE: Never use vinegar on marble surfaces as this can permanently damage the surface.
With the exception of marble a vinegar cleaning solution will clean your hard floor surfaces in no time. Use a wet mop and apply to floors and let dry.
- 1 cups vinegar
- 1 gallon warm water
Do not allow water to pool on floor. We use a nifty tool called a sh-mop to quickly towel dry floors. Drying the floor stops water spots from forming and picks up a surprising amount of dirt that remains on the floor.
Use Murphy’s Oil Soap to Clean Marble:
The best way to clean and shine your marble is to use a little Murphy’s Soap. That’s right – just add a few drops to 1 gallon of warm water and clean with a mop. Wipe dry with a clean cloth or towel or the sh-mop I mentioned above.
To keep your marble looking great for years, only use PH neutral cleaning solutions. Don’t use abrasives, alkaline (bleach and ammonia are two), or acidic (vinegar) cleaners. These will all etch and damage marble permanently. Clean up spills immediately.
Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Deodorizing Surfaces with Bleach:
Bleach can be used to clean, disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize just about any surface. Read manuals and know your surfaces as bleach can cause damage to some surfaces. It should not be used without diluting in water. Bleach is also a harsh chemical that should be used with care and kept out of reach of children. Ammonia and bleach should never be combined – it will create harmful fumes.
Cleaning your home requires the proper tools to get it done. Here is a list of some supplies you may find yourself needing.
- Bucket or tote
- Cleaning rags and sponges
- Microfiber cloths
When you know what cleaners you need to get the job done it’s a lot easier. These products just scratch the surface of what is available for cleaning products, but it is a good start to get you going and ready to clean.