I’m down with the flu again so I’m happy to introduce you to Anna from Ask Anna who has come to my rescue today. Thanks Anna!
Hi! I’m Anna from Ask Anna. I am super excited to be guest posting here today on Org Junkie! I love this blog and I love her title because I’m totally an organizational/cleaning junkie myself.
My blog is all about teaching readers simple solutions to tackling things around the house, whether it be cleaning, organizing, decorating, etc. I’d love for you to come check me out but for now here’s a little something I whipped up for all of you!
It’s so easy to remember to clean all of the large things around our house: the toilets, kitchen, vacuum, mop, windows, etc. Those are all of the obvious things, but what about the small things? What about the tracks in our windows, the spot behind the doors that get dusty and grimy? Well that’s what I’m going to talk to you about today. It’s easy to have a TO DO list of all of the big things that need to get done but how often, and how, do you clean the small things. Here are my thoughts on easy cleaning solutions for the small stuff:
1. Window tracks
This is something that may seem daunting but it’s actually really fast and simple to clean. All you need is a few Q-Tips and a cup of white vinegar. Dip the Q-Tips in the vinegar and use them to clean out the window tracks. Super easy! I recommend cleaning this every 6 month, spring and fall.
2. The floor around the toilet
Have you ever thought about what’s down there? Well let’s just say that there’s a lot of over spray that lands on the floor and it’s pretty gross. If you have dark floors, like I do, then it’s easy to see but if you have light floors you’ll never even notice it… but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. 🙂 This is also a super fast and easy thing to clean. I leave a package of disinfectant wipes in, or near, the bathroom and wipe around the toilet every few days. I usually only need to mop every other week so keeping the wipes handy helps to clean up, and disinfect, the floors more often! This should make you feel much better about walking near your toilet. 🙂
3. Your microwave
We use our microwaves because we always in a hurry but it’s important to stop every once in a while and clean it too. Cleaning your microwave doesn’t have to be a chore, in fact it’s really simple. Fill a bowl with water and then squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into it. Microwave the lemon water on high for 10 minutes and then wipe it out. The steam from the water will loosen the grime in your microwave and the lemon juice will leave it smelling nice and fresh! I recommend doing this every other week, unless you tend to keep your microwave pretty clean, then I would recommend doing it once a month.
4. Your plants
It’s important to clean, not just your artificial, but your real plants too. For artificial plants I put them in the kitchen sink and give them a good spray down. Make sure you let them dry before putting them back, you don’t want any water drips on any wood furniture! For live plants simply take a damp cloth and wipe down each of the leaves removing the dust and making it easier fro the plant to breathe.
5. The grime and your doors
How often do you look behind your doors? I hardly ever do, the only time I even move the doors is usually when I’m vacuuming! Well I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but it’s a great place for dust and grime to collect. I recommend using a disinfectant wipe to really get in there and tackle the dust and grime. I don’t know why but the dust behind my doors is always black (so strange) which is why I use a disinfectant wipe. The wipes seem to cut through the dust easier than a normal cloth would. And while you’re there don’t forget your doors! Dust collects on doors too! I know it’s not part of your normal dusting routine but I recommend wiping your doors down at least every 6 months. You can use disinfectant wipes or Pledge and a cloth, your choice. This is a little more of a tedious task but it’s so worth it.
These are just a few of the little things that are so often forgotten about. It’s important to have a cleaning routine for all of the big things in your house but don’t forget to give some of the not-so-obvious things some cleaning love too. 🙂
Thank your for letting me stop by and visit you all today on Org Junkie! I look forward to seeing you over at Ask Anna!