‘Summertime and the livin’ is easy,’ goes the song. Somehow it doesn’t always feel that way when the kids are off school for the long break. That’s all the more reason to stay on top of the household chores.
Even if you don’t have kids, summer brings its own challenges when it comes to keeping the home fresh and tidy. Here are the tips for a clean house that you need during the hottest months of the year.
Prioritize the Daily Chores
It’s normal for a home to have messy areas. That could be piles of unfolded laundry or toys scattered everywhere. Focus on the mess that bothers you most. Keep a weekly schedule so you know what’s going to get done and when.
If you only have time to clean one big mess each day, make the most irritating one your priority. Other ‘must-dos’ should be cleaning messes that attract bugs, such as food waste. You should also focus on slippery spills which could be hazardous.
Share duties with your children each day so they clean along with you. If you make cleaning a family activity, it’ll inspire the kids to pick up after themselves. That’ll take some of the work off you.
If you or a member of your family suffers from allergies, make sure the windows are shut and the air conditioning is on. A cool house reduces humidity. This, in turn, slows the growth of mold which can be toxic for those with allergies.
Wipe out the air vents and start the summer with clean filters in your aircon system. This will help reduce airborne allergens.
In the Kitchen
Higher temperatures can cause your garbage to smell. Make sure you scrub down your kitchen garbage can regularly.
Give all your appliances a thorough clean. That means removing crumbs from the toaster and cleaning the inside of the microwave. Use baking soda and vinegar to keep the dishwasher clean.
In the Bathroom
Keep the bathroom well ventilated by leaving the window open or fan on after showers are taken. This helps reduce humidity and mold. Make sure surfaces are wiped down after use to keep them dry.
Have a check through the shower rack and under the sink. Dispose of anything that’s out of date or empty. Add in plenty of sun protection, calamine lotion and insect repellent as appropriate.
Give the patio area a good clean, along with the outdoor furniture. This will keep pollen to a minimum. Check any special laundering instructions for cushions and give them a wash. Sand down rust on metal furniture and touch up with paint.
Clean the grill and ensure you’ve sufficient propane or charcoal. Disinfect and hose out your outside garbage cans.
Check the outside areas for any infestations of termites, wasps, or ants. Catch a problem early and it will save you money later. Check gutters are free of any debris.
Our Tips for a Clean House
Summer will hopefully mean things stay cleaner as you and your family will be spending less time indoors. Even so, it brings with it its own challenges. Our tips for a clean house in summer will help you stay ahead of the game.
Keep reading our blog for more handy advice such as our top five bathroom cleaning tips.