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6 Simple Cleaning Resolutions for 2020

6 Simple Cleaning Resolutions for 2020

Were you one of the thousands of people who made a New Year’s Resolution for 2020? For many of us, our best laid plans may have already fallen by the wayside.

Shedding some pounds, travel or getting your finances in order may be on your list, but what about creating a healthier home?

This list uses snippets of information from some of our most popular articles from last year.

Your house is going to shine in 2020!

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I Will Consider the Environment

The environment needs to be protected. While it can be a tough task knowing where to begin, small changes can definitely make a difference.

Image source (beeswax wraps): earthhero

It’s also a great idea to start using biodegradable or recyclable baby and makeup wipes.

Buy yourself a keep cup for your daily coffee hit and if you’re drinking coffee at home, be sure to recycle your pods or if you can, buy decomposable pods.

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I Will Outsource My Cleaning

In the busyness of life, keeping the house clean can be tough – and time consuming. Have you ever thought about outsourcing or even getting the family a bit more involved in the cleaning?

If the kids are a little older, use this guide to help out where they can.

We’ve started outsourcing everything, so why not the chores? Hiring a house cleaner will mean you will get a bit more time back to enjoy your weekends. Here are five questions you may need to ask first.

If you don’t want to outsource and just want to get a little smarter about how you’re cleaning your house, here is how the professionals do it and what cleaning products to steer clear of.

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I Will Use More Natural Cleaners

Visit your local supermarket’s cleaning product aisle and you’ll see that many products are jumping on the ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ bandwagon.

You can avoid that aisle altogether and use just three household items to tick off most of your chores around the home.

Image source (vinegar): myproductivebackyard

Vinegar – This is my favourite bathroom cleaning product and can make neat work of your grimy grout lines. Create a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar and liberally spray onto your grout. Leave it for 30 minutes and scrub. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes!

Lemons – Not only are they delicious on your salad, they work as a great cleaner that can freshen up some of the smelliest areas of your home. Boil a couple of slices in the kettle to descale it effectively, leave half a lemon in the fridge to keep odours away or place a couple of slices in the bottom of your garbage bin to freshen it up.

Bi-Carb Soda – Sprinkle Bi-Carb Soda on smelly carpets to absorb any smells before you vacuum. Bi-Carb is a mild alkaline and is great for a variety of jobs around the home.

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I Will Remove House Pests Without Pesticides

This time of year, pests are everywhere. They can be hard to get rid of but there are a few things that you can do.

Keep ants out of the house using a mix of Borax and Icing Sugar. Place it in bottle lids at the entryways to your home. Make sure you keep kids and pets away from the mix, which ants mistake for the sweet stuff and it eventually poisons them.

You can repel pesky mosquitoes with these tips, which includes bringing certain plant varieties into your outdoors, using essential oils in your home and purchasing some citronella candles.

Cockroaches are stubborn and take a lot of perseverance to tackle. You could follow the ant method, but we recommend preventative measures. Ensure you keep a hygienic kitchen, seal up cracks where the roaches are sneaking in and combine essential oils and water in a spray bottle and spray at all entryways.

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I Will Be More Organised

The world was introduced to Marie Kondo and her organising ways last year. Look at what you can do with your cleaning supplies cupboard using her methods.

If you have any time off in January, it might be a good time to give your appliance a much-needed clean. Not only will they perform better, they’ll be more hygienic. Our thoughts? Your fridge has likely gotten a workout during the Christmas period so start with it first.

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I Will Make My Home Healthier

One of our articles this year focused on Sick Building Syndrome, that links poor human health to having an unhealthy home environment. Things like mould, clutter and excess chemicals in cleaning products could be causing health problems for you and your family.

If there is someone at home with asthma or allergies, there may be something at home that could be exacerbating symptoms. There may be something in our article you haven’t yet thought of.

Like the idea of making you home healthier in general? Here are 7 healthy home habits you should be practising.

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