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28 Essential Cleaning Tips Every Adult Should Know *

*This is a collaborative post.

Cleaning and maintaining a house as an adult can be a big challenge This is why today we want to take a look at all the ways that you can clean the house and make sure that it is in perfect condition all year long! Follow these 28 tips and be a cleaning pro in no time…

Don’t Forget the Doormat

The best thing you can get for your house is a washable doormat and it will change your life! 

Combine Tasks

Bleaching the bathroom? Bleach the kitchen as well. Kill two birds with one stone by doing similiar tasks together. 

Skip the Bucket

A mop and bucket feels like the classic in floor care, but a bucket often wets the floor too much. Choose a spray mop instead to make for a simple clean! 

Stock Up

Every few months head to the store and bulk buy your cleanig supplies. It was save money and time trying to find a spray and a sponge when you need it. 

Brush your soap dispenser

Soap dispensers are great but susceptible to becoming dirty. Make sure to keep a brush close by ready to clean it now and again. 

Vacuum the Right Way

We all think of vacuuming by working our way strip by strip over the carpet, but this won’t pick up all of the dirt. Think instead of working horizontally and then vertically to trap those crumbs. 

Define ‘Clean’

Clean doesn’t always mean tidy. Don’t give yourself a hard time if you have cleaned the house but there is still some mess, you are only human! 

Use a pillowcase

Yes really. If you have a ceiling fan, it is a great idea to use a pillowcase to clean off the dust without spreading it all over the room. It will hold the dust inside for a much less stressful clean! 

Create a Cleaning Plan

It can be easy to get lost with cleaning, so make a list of rooms, tasks, and frequency to keep you on track. 

Use Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers can be used for more than dishes. They can be used to rinse dust off mason jars and other items.

DIY Cleaning Solutions

Lemon, baking soda, and vinegar should be cleaning staples in your home and you can use them for a whole myriad of things!

Clean your toilet every day 

The toilet is the most used and most unhygienic part of the house, make sure to give it a wipe with antibacterial wipes each day and a proper clean once a week. 

Skip the Polish

Polish is great for wooden pieces, but it is not necessary for everything. Polish sticks to your items of furniture and as a result can attract more dust and therefore mean you have to clean more often. 


Always start with the kitchen and bathroom. Once you have done this you can focus on high traffic rooms such as the living room, then the bedroom, then any spare rooms. 

Speed Clean

Let’s face it; most of us don’t have enough time to clean. If you don’t have much time, speed things up with antibacterial wipes.

Use a paintbrush 

Have you ever noticed that you cannot quite reach pesky bits of dust in the corner of a room? Well now you can by using a paintbrush to brush it away. 

Disposable dustbin

If you have a lot of crumbs and other debris to clean up quickly, use an aluminium pie plate or platter and throw it away after. 

Garden Gloves as cleaning tools

Wear a pair of garden gloves and use them to pick up dust and other debris in small nooks and crannies in the home. 

Scuff Mark Eraser

You can use a tennis ball to rub off scuff marks from your shoes! It will be much easier and super cheap too. 

Use Sawdust 

When in the house with pets and children there are likely to be spills now and again. As a result it is a good idea for you to invest in some sawdust. Sawdust is a great way to soak up spills in a more eco friendly way and you’ll simply be able to throw this in the garden as natural waste. 

Floor Swiffer for Walls

When thinking about carpet and Devine Rug Care, a steam cleaner is always a great option. Hard Floors can be looked after with a floor swiffer but this isn’t the only use for it! Use your floor swiffer to clean the ceiling and it will make the most of a tool for many uses. 

Baking Soda + Vinegar = The dream team 

Whatever the cleaning task, baking soda and vinegar can be magic. Use this to unclog drains, take stains from the bath and much more. 

Use Tongs to Clean Blinds

If you are unsure how to clean your vertical or horizontal blinds, one easy way to do this is to cut a hole in two sponges, place the sponges on each arm of a pair of tongs, and then use these to wipe the dust and dirt away in no time at all. 

Remove Hard-Water

If you are unfortunate enough to live somewhere with a hard water supply, you’ll know that over time there will be a build-up of dust and debris on the faucets as well as inside basins. To rectify this issue, you can use lemon to wipe off the hard water as the acid will react and dissolve the basic solution. 

Moving heavy furniture without scratches 

When it comes to moving heavy furniture on wooden floors, it is important to avoid scratches. You can do this easily by placing small foam circles underneath the legs of your furniture or even wrapping socks under the legs before moving them for cleaning. 

Remove Pet Hair with Duct Tape

If you have pets you’ll be all too familiar with molting and it is a good idea for you to remve pet hair with duct tape. Duct tape is super cheap and will make it easy to have a hair free home even with a furry friend or two. 

Paint rolling stick 

If you have a lot of lint build up, use a paint rolling stick to get rid of this easily. It is a super cheap option and will allow the house to stay looking perfect all the time. 

Coffee Filters for Dusting

Coffee filters can do more than just make your morning latte nice and smooth. They can also help to keep the home clean and free of dust. When dusting small items such as computers, a coffee filter can provide a close dust that will pick up dust that most other dusters would miss. 


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