Organise your space and get rid of clutter.
Wipe away dust with a damp cloth.
If you spill coffee or red wine on fabric, blot it up immediately.
Here is our list of top tasks to focus on so your home is a warm space that invites you to relax after a busy day.
Try and clean as you go when cooking to avoid an overwhelming mess at the end.
Clean up spills straight away.
Organise cabinets and drawers so there are fewer objects on counters making them easier to clear and wipe down.
Thoroughly cleaning the fridge is recommended every 3 to 6 months. To do this, remove the contents and wipe out with soapy water, working from top to bottom. For tips on how to clean your fridge, see this.
Reduce clutter: Getting rid of packaging, gadgets, old clothes and anything that is no longer needed will make rooms look tidier and make it easier to keep them that way.
For thick dust: wipe with a damp microfibre cloth that traps grime and allows you to get rid of it, rather than spreading it around.
Storage: Storage can be limited in flats and cottages. Hooks are a great way for efficiently dealing with coats, bathrobes and shopping bags.
Rubbish: Make sure there are always bin liners and recycling bags available so there is no need for rubbish to accumulate. Putting it outside promptly will prevent odours.
Ironing: An effective hack is putting wrinkled clothes in the tumble dryer on a high heat with a handful of ice cubes for 15 minutes, so the melting ice can steam away creases. For more advice on how to reduce ironing, see this.
Stains: These vary a lot, but in general, a good approach with spills is to blot up any liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel immediately. See this for a guide to removing wine stains from carpet.
Floors: Make cleaning floors easier by buying a powerful, cordless vacuum cleaner that is simple to use and empty.
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Homemade detergent: Make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply this to sinks, grouting, spotty shower doors and any surfaces that need freshening, and wipe with a cloth or paper towel.
Mats: Shake out bath mats in the shower, so you can rinse away any fluff.
Floors: To give tiled floors a lift with minimal effort, spray the vinegar solution on paper towels and wipe the corners of the room, and anywhere where dust or hair gathers.
Shower curtains: Spritz the ends of shower curtains with an all-purpose cleaner weekly to reduce a build-up of limescale or mildew.
Do simple things often, like packing & unpacking the dishwasher, putting shoes and coats away, and putting clothes in a laundry basket and not on the floor.