Living in a place where my windows are open 24/7/365, I’ve learned to love a Swiffer: one Swiffer pad to pick up the dust and volcanic ash the trade winds blow in and the fur balls that Cory T Cat eject, and then one wet Swiffer pad to clean everything up and disinfect the tiles twice or three times a week. Here are some other simple cleaning tips to keep things tidy with a minimum of fuss:
- Window sills and base boards collect dust, dirt, and ash. Cleaners leave behind a residue that collects more dust, dirt, and ash. Simply use a cleaning cloth with clear water.
- Bleach is a whitening agent, not a disinfectant. Remember the difference.
- If using a dust pan, remember to spray some furniture polish on it occasionally. It helps the dust slide off.
- If you have a loose tile, place a dish towel over it and iron the dish towel on the highest setting. Then add some books on the tile to allow the heated glue to reset.
- Save old tea bags, make tea again, and rub it into your varnished floors for a sweet smelling shine.
- Add a little brown shoe polish into liquid floor wax to bring back the shine in faded hardwood floors.
- Instead of sanding hardwood floors, use varnish remover. The old finish will break up and you can simply squeegee it away.
- When waxing your floors, use several thin layers instead of two heavy ones. Also, don’t wax the entire floor evenly, add more wax to your high traffic areas. This will avoid wax build up in corners, under furniture, etc.
CITE: Feinman, Fast Thrifty Ways to Clean Everything In Your Home