HELPFUL AND UNUSUAL CLEANING TIPS

Aug 5th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Senior women (and men who clean) are on the constant look-out for cleaning tips that make that task easier.  We’ve collated some here that readers might find helpful:

  • Keep your cleaning supplies handy; all our supplies, including microfiber rags, are in one caddy that’s easy to carry around the house.
  • Boost your detergent cleaning power with 1/2 cup baking soda in the washer for each load; soak your sponges in baking soda and water to keep them fresh.
  • Use paper towels between fine china pieces for protection against chips or buy a couple yards of felt and cut pieces to fit your delicate tableware.

  • Furniture polish does more than protect furniture.  Use it on squeaky hinges and on shower walls and doors to prevent soap scum and mineral deposits from collecting; simply spray and wipe/buff with a dry cloth.
  • Reduce clutter.  Dispose of things sitting around that you don’t use and don’t want/need to look at.  Use shelves and plastic bins to store ‘things’.  Have a place for everything and put it back when you are finished using it.  We’ve all heard this since we were children, but the magic of it is that is really works.
  • Get help if you need it.  Ask others living in the house to do their fair share of housecleaning.  If no one wants to do it, hire someone to come in and help clean.  That doesn’t mean a huge bill to have the house cleaned.  You can just ask an outsider to help do what you cannot or don’t want to, like clean the floors or wash the windows.
  • Finally, share cleaning jobs with friends.  For example, if you are a whiz at dusting and have a friend who can still lift mattresses to change sheets, you go do her/his dusting and he/she comes to your home to change your sheets.  Barter agreements for cleaning are a great way to get it all done without having to do it all yourself.

 



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