How do I clean my dirty house
Cleaning schedule: this is how the house and apartment stay clean
In everyday life we often get hectic and easily lose track of our household: washing clothes, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming ... Quite a lot to do. Only one thing helps: create a clear cleaning plan! Whether in a flat share or your own home, with the help of our cleaning tips and the checklist you can easily get the housework under control. In addition, we will tell you which cleaning agents and tools you really need.
Tips to make cleaning easier
When, where and how you should clean in order to keep your own four walls clean depends on several factors: How many people live in the household? How many rooms do you have to clean? Who is at home during the day?
Tip 1: remove dirt straight away
In general, you should brush according to your sight or feel. As soon as you discover fresh dirt, it is better to clean it up immediately! In a few minutes you can prevent a major mess with little effort.
This principle does not only apply to annoying splashes of fat on the ceramic hob! If you dry the shower cubicle with a squeegee immediately after showering and clean the faucet, shower head etc. with a microfiber cloth, you do not need to use aggressive descaler later and have to clean the shower cubicle less often. If you clean the toilet every day with a little all-purpose cleaner, you don't need any special cleaning agent. The same goes for dust on the shelves or dirt on the floor: if you notice it, simply wipe it off.
Tip 2: create order before cleaning to save time
It is particularly helpful to put up chairs, decorations and vases in advance. Move coarse objects out of the way so that you can use the feather duster to clean the open areas more quickly. In addition, always have the appropriate solutions and tools available, save time and footpaths. You will find out later how to make cleaning products yourself in order to be environmentally friendly.
Tip 3: Pay attention to the correct sequence
If you clean the living rooms from top to bottom instead of the kitchen and bathroom first, you save valuable work. After all, you will otherwise have to go through the freshly cleaned bathroom to fill in new cleaning water.
You don't need exceptionally strong detergents to whip up the household. Just five simple means are sufficient to get your house or apartment sparkling clean. You are not only doing something good for your wallet, but also for the environment!
Good to know: Anyone who discovers the EU environmental symbol "Euro flower" on the product can be sure that it is an environmentally friendly cleaning agent.
- All-purpose cleaner
You can use a neutral all-purpose cleaner for floors, windows and for waterproof materials (glass, stone, ceramic, lacquered wood). Above all, it fights fats very well.
Application: Dilute the all-purpose cleaner with water according to the instructions. If you have hard water at home, add a little vinegar to the mixture.
- Scouring powder
Scouring powder removes stubborn dirt that sticks to insensitive and scratch-resistant fittings. Caution: If you use the scouring powder at regular intervals, the surfaces can suffer.
Application: Treat the soiled areas with an abrasive.
- Acetic or citric acid cleaners
Acetic acid and citric acid cleaners help against limescale stains in the sink or on the wall and floor tiles as well as urine scale.
Application: Dilute the cleaner with a little water. You can use it to remove urine stone if it is undiluted.
Spirit is a very useful solvent for cleaning windows.
- Washing-up liquid
Basic dish soap is of great help when washing dishes, wiping the countertop, and sinks. It can also be used perfectly for cleaning the windows.
Good to know: washing-up liquid can also replace all-purpose cleaners: both solutions fight greasy substances.
Anyone suffering from allergies should take a close look at the label on the cleaning agents: Fragrances and preservatives should be avoided! Corresponding cleaners can be found under the seal of the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB).
Create cleaning agents independently
Vinegar, soda, baking soda and citric acid can step in for many common cleaners. Splashes of fat and limescale deposits disappear in no time. Fill the finished mixtures into empty cleaning agent containers and label them immediately so that no mix-ups can occur.
- Vinegar / citric acid
Vinegar is used in the bathroom because it dissolves limescale. To do this, mix two cups of white vinegar with one cup of water. Then use the agent to moisten the surfaces and wipe them with a damp cloth. Citric acid can be used for those who cannot tolerate the smell of vinegar. To do this, dissolve 1 ½ tablespoon of citric acid powder in 250 milliliters of water. Alternatively, the calcified shower head can also be immersed in the mixture.
The following materials must not be treated with vinegar: aluminum, marble, seals and silicone joints.
The alkaline cleaner gets on the collar of grease and protein, cleans plastic surfaces and grease splashes on stainless steel. Put two tablespoons of soda in a spray bottle and add water. Put on gloves for the procedure.
- Baking soda
The alkaline cleaner, the soda powder, is mixed 1: 1 with water and distributed on incrustations. Let it steep for several hours, clean with a sponge and finally rinse with water.
The necessary cleaning tools
- Microfiber cloth
Using the fine synthetic fibers, a dry or slightly damp microfiber cloth cleans especially stainless steel and plastic extremely well. The cloth even picks up dust perfectly.
Tip: If you fold the cloth in the middle and then the long sides again, you will get eight partial areas that you can use one after the other for cleaning.
- Sponge cloths, cotton and synthetic cloths
Spongy cloths, cotton cloths and synthetic cloths are true all-rounders: removing dust, wiping out cupboards or cleaning sinks are no problem for you.
Tip: Use a different color for each different room in the house. This means that germs have no chance of being transmitted.
- Chamois leather / cloths
With the help of window cloths, the windows can be polished to get a streak-free result.
Pullers are especially necessary in the shower cubicle to avoid unsightly limescale deposits. Pullers are also used when cleaning windows.
- Sponges and brushes
Older and stubborn dirt is best removed with sponges and brushes.
- Damp mop covers
Do you have extensive floor areas to mop at home? This work is done quickly with damp mop covers.
- Hand Brush
Practical hand brushes belong in every household: With their help, coarse dirt can be swept up in no time and stowed in the garbage.
- vacuum cleaner
Whether vacuum cleaner or robot hoover: you choose a practical helper for cleaning floors and upholstered furniture according to your individual needs.
Tip: You should hang up used cleaning cloths to dry so that the bacteria do not spread. It is better to replace sponges and rags from the kitchen several times a week and to put them in the washing machine at 40 degrees Celsius. Avoid using fabric softener and do not put the rags in the dryer. To be on the safe side, stow sensitive microfiber cloths in a laundry bag.
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Cleaning schedule for a clean and tidy home
Regardless of whether you live as a single, as a couple or as a family, when putting together an individual cleaning plan, you should always consider all residents: Sit down and create a checklist for everyday life in the community. After all, time management is half the battle!
Plan for the whole year right away! The cleaning schedule shows you which tasks occur daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. We also offer the following cleaning plan for free download. It is best to print it out right away and hang it with a magnet on magnetic paint, on a clearly visible pin board or on the refrigerator: an annoying large-scale cleaning or small excuses are definitely a thing of the past!
To be done every day
- make bed
Every day you should ventilate your duvets well and then fold them properly. A bedroom with a made bed looks much cleaner.
- Wash the dishes
After cooking and eating, you put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. If you remove coarse food residues and fat beforehand, you will have to clean the dishwasher less often.
- to clean up
Put toys in storage boxes, put books on the shelf or put worn clothes in the laundry basket: little things that save you a major cleaning later and keep you tidy.
- Ventilate living spaces
Correct ventilation of living spaces is also one of the tasks that arise every day.
- Care for plants
Don't forget your houseplants and remember to water them regularly or at least check them out daily.
To be done every second or third day
You don't have to vacuum every day, but it is necessary at least every third day.
- Clean kitchen surfaces
Use an all-purpose cleaner to clean the work surfaces and then wipe or polish the fittings with a microfiber cloth.
- take out the trash
Once you've completed this task, rinse the trash can every now and then. Some disinfectant protects against bacteria.
- to make the laundry
Washing clothes is also one of the regular household chores.
To be done weekly
- Mop the bathroom and floors
Thanks to all-purpose and vinegar cleaners, this work is a breeze! When cleaning your bathroom, use plenty of clear water on the fittings to make sure that germs will also disappear.
- Wipe the dust
A dry microfiber cloth magically attracts dust.
- Exchange bed linen
Remember to regularly change the bedding and wash the old bedding.
- Sort laundry
Regularly sorting your laundry prevents chaos in your closet
To be done every two weeks
- Vacuum upholstered furniture
To get rid of crumbs and dust on the couch, ideally use a handheld vacuum cleaner or the small attachments of your vacuum cleaner. Depending on the nature of the material, reduce the suction power!
- Clean the washing machine
To clean the washing machine, set it to an empty wash cycle at at least 60 degrees Celsius: Bacteria don't stand a chance!
Good to know: after each wash, leave the door and detergent drawer open so that moisture can be drawn off.
To be done monthly
To be done every two to three months:
To be done every three months
- Clean the oven
To clean an oven, mix baking soda and water. Spread the solution over the affected areas and let it sit well. Finally, wipe off the residue.
- Wipe out kitchen cupboards and cutlery drawers
Crumbs quickly collect in the kitchen cupboards and cutlery drawers. Cleaning is necessary here at least every three months.
To be done every six months:
- Wipe out the wardrobe
- Sort out clothes
- Wash doors
To be done once a year
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