Everything starts at home, right? Good values, proper conduct, education, and even health - they all begin inside the house. As a parent, you'd want to ensure that all the right things begin at your home so that when your children go out into the world, they'd know how to handle life more effectively. You also want to see to it that they are in the pink of health, so that they are well protected against all sorts of diseases.
To turn that goal into a reality, it is imperative to keep your house clean. As you know, germs and bacteria thrive in places that are filthy. These microorganisms are notorious for bringing various kinds of ailments, which you wouldn't want your family to be inflicted with.
Here are some excellent techniques on how to keep your home spic and span.
Do Regular Spot Cleaning
Every day when you get time off work, it would be a good idea to do spot cleaning around the house. Sweep the floor, dust off the furniture, wipe dirty surfaces, vacuum the carpet - those little things actually contribute much when you get to the next part.
Do General Cleaning Once a Week
At the end of the week, it's time for some general cleaning. This is when you clean up hard-to-reach surfaces such as under the bed, at the back of the closet, and so on. When you've done spot cleaning during the week, general cleaning should take you less than an hour.
It is also important that you sanitize the surfaces around the house, particularly if you have toddlers crawling around. Use a mild antibacterial solution that doesn't contain harmful chemicals. Better yet, make your own so that you don't put your family at risk. To make your own cleaning solution, mix a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of bleaching soda in five cups of water. You may also add a few drops of soap to make the solution soapy.
Get Rid of the Clutter
Home pests love clutter. Bed bugs in particular love hiding in cluttered items at day and they come out at night to feed on your blood when you're already asleep. Organize clutter in your home by dividing items into "donate", "sell", "throw", "organize" and "store" categories. Those in the donate category are items that you no longer want to use but can be of good use for other people. Examples are old clothes and furniture. Those in the sell department are usable items that can be sold at a profit that you no longer need like that expensive shirt you bought but have never used even once. Throw into the recycle bin those that cannot be sold, donated or used. Those that you still want to keep should either be stored (in the attic or storeroom) or organized and kept somewhere accessible.
Throw the Garbage
Apart from the clutter, home pests also love filth. Make it a point to throw garbage in the proper designated area before the day ends. This is so that it won't attract rats and cockroaches. To get rid of the foul smell of garbage, place a bottle of old coffee beans near the garbage can.
With these techniques, keeping your home clean is a cinch. Always remember, a clean home is a healthy home.