Stay Home Cleaning Projects
Are you looking for stay home cleaning projects you can do while you’re doing your part to flatten the curve? Here in Virginia, the stay home order has been extended through June 10, so we have plenty of time to start a few new projects. In addition to stay home cleaning projects, you can join us on for Free Training Fridays online for more motivation and organization ideas.
Stay Home and Clean Grout
Cleaning grout lines in tiled bathrooms can be an exhausting chore. Commercial grout cleaning products can be expensive and toxic. There are many home remedies that are also effective.
Vinegar is a wonderful non-toxic cleaner. Pour it on the grout, scrub and rinse with water. This can especially attractive for households with young children.
Hydrogen peroxide is also very effective. It can be sprayed or sponged on. Allow it to sit for ten minutes or so, then rinse off. Peroxide can damage some fabrics so be careful when applying it.
Baking soda is another non-toxic solution. Dampen tiles with a wet sponge then sprinkle with baking soda. Let it sit for a few minutes then use a toothbrush to scrub the grout lines.
Bleach solution will kill mildew but should be used ONLY in a very well-ventilated bathroom. Mix up equal parts bleach and water then spray on grout lines. Leave a window cracked open for ventilation along with using the exhaust fan.
Caution: never use ammonia and bleach together as this will cause a very dangerous chemical reaction.
Mildew is the leading cause of dirty looking grout stains. Once you have thoroughly cleaned your grout, using an after shower spray can slow or prevent regrowth. If you have an exhaust fan, use it during and following your shower to remove the moisture-laden air. Mildew needs moisture to grow.
Stay Home and Wash Windows
Do you do windows? Ah yes, that age old question that makes us all cringe. Window cleaning is a chore few of us enjoy. Tackling windows is a big job, even more so if you have children, pets or both.
While it’s often suggested to avoid streaks, using wadded up newspaper or paper towels will actually make it necessary to clean windows more frequently as they create a static charge as you clean. This charge will attract dust and dirt as soon as you finish wiping. Invest in a few simple tools and techniques to give your windows a professional looking cleaning that lasts longer. We recommend this four-step process:
- Mix up a small of amount of dish detergent and warm water clean your windows. The less foam in the mix the better.
- Use a foam window cleaner to scrub, loosen and remove any dirt and grime.
- Use a squeegee to remove the remaining liquid from the glass. Use a reverse S pattern across the glass and stop to wipe the squeegee at end of each stroke. Be sure to use a lint-free cloth.
- Finally dry the window completely with a chamois that will remove any drips without streaking.
Keep in mind that picture windows will require larger tools. For multi-pane windows buy a smaller squeegee or simply cut one down to size.
We know it’s not easy to stay home, but it is making a difference. We are staying focused on the positives, like the 16-year old who is using his flying lessons to deliver much-needed medical supplies to rural areas, or the woman who dresses up every day to entertain the neighborhood (from a distance). And we can’t get enough of the cute baby cub at the Virginia Wildlife Center’s “Critter Cam.”
We’ll get through this together!