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2012 Tips for Cleaning and Laundry

2012 Tips for Cleaning and Laundry

Get your house into shape with these easy to follow cleaning habits from Carvalho’s Cleaning

2012 Tips for Cleaning and Laundry

It’s time to begin a new year and time to focus on best way to keep your home and clothing neatly organized and stain-free. That’s why we’ve compiled the top 12 cleaning and laundry tips to make your new year as tidy as possible.

2012 Tips for Cleaning and Laundry

1. Keep it green and organized

Avoid the paper or plastic scenario at the supermarket by bringing your own reusable totes for groceries. Store them in your car for last minute shopping trips, and keep your pantry free of plastic or paper bag pile up.

2. A little goes a long way

Don’t overwhelm yourself with a full day of cleaning every week. Instead, dedicate one weekend to a deep clean of your home and then spend 30 minutes a day on maintaining it.

3. Reduce paper clutter and go paperless

A great way to make your home green and cut the clutter is to switch your monthly bills to the paperless email option.

4. Tackle laundry as quickly as possible

Don’t let the dirty clothes pile up and tackle you. Plan ahead and focus on doing laundry before it gets overwhelming. Move unused hangers to your laundry room for a quick wash and fold technique.

5. Start using multipurpose household cleaning supplies

Several household cleaning products can double as laundry booster and stain removers.Keep one in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.

6. Make you laundry room more convenient

Reduce your run around time by adding a trash can, hangers, spot cleaners and scrub brushes.

7. Remove pet hair daily with duct tape

Duct tape makes a perfect pet hair remover and it’s faster than vacuuming. Wrap a paint roller or sponge with duct tape for quick and easy pet hair clean up.

8. Heat your sponge in the microwave first

Grease can quickly build up on your kitchen cabinets. To get rid of the residue, heat a slightly damp sponge or cloth in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds until it’s hot, put on a pair of rubber gloves, spray the cabinets with an all-purpose cleanerand then wipe off the cleaner with the hot sponge.

9. Spot clean spills right away

Don’t let spills settle, or they’ll ruin your fabric. Keep a stain removerhandy in the living room or dining room and apply as soon as possible. Before applying any cleaning solution, first test it on a tiny area to make sure it won’t damage or discolor the item.

10. Upcycle old clothing

Reduce, reuse, upcycle. Instead of throwing away your old clothing, revamp each item by adding lace, a new pattern or different fabric. If all else fails, locate your local charity and donate your clean and gently worn clothing.

11. Don’t keep items just in case

Accumulated items can become unruly over time, so avoid the purge fest during spring cleaning by taking an extra moment to decide if it’s worth keeping that random item just in case.

12. Always add a little elbow grease

Don’t wait until spring for a full home cleaning spree. Start early this year for a more focused, well organized home all year. And remember, a bit of elbow grease will always do the trick.

Many of us will sweep our New Year’s resolutions under the rug before Valentine’s Day saunters by. Turn these simple steps into cleaning habits that will keep your home looking its best all year long!

Do you have any cleaning or laundry resolutions for the new year? Give Carvalho’s Cleaning a call to help you with these 2012 Tips for Cleaning and Laundry!!!

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