Published on January 2nd, 2020
What were your New Year’s resolutions for 2020?
While travel, saving money and exercising more may be on the list, we’ve got some cleaning resolutions for a healthier home that we promise will be much easier to stick to.
We’ve put together these tips from some of our favourite articles from last year.
Get ready to have your cleanest house ever in 2020.
I Will Use Natural Products More
Natural cleaning products were a big deal in 2019. While the market has become saturated with products jumping on the ‘natural’ bandwagon, our research shows that there are really only three household items you need to tick this resolution off. They’re cheap, they’re effective and they’re probably already in your kitchen cupboard.
Image source (vinegar): myproductivebackyard
Lemons – Place a couple of slices at the bottom of your garbage bin to freshen it up, leave half a lemon in your fridge at all times to keep odours out or boil a couple of slices in your kettle to give its insides a good descale.
Bi-Carb Soda – A personal favourite, this one can be sprinkled on stinky carpets to absorb the smell, before you vacuum it all up. It’s a mild alkaline that can break down grime and do a multitude of jobs around the home.
Vinegar – Vinegar is my bathroom’s best friend. Just the other day, I soaked my grimy grout lines in my 1:1 white vinegar and water mixture (for my corners or vertical lines, I saturated paper towel in the mixture and moulded it into the grout), left it for 30 minutes and wiped it down. It made an amazing difference!
I Will Keep Pests Out of My Home Without Pesticides
Household pests can be tough to get rid of particularly at this time of the year. Here are a few things you can do to repel or remove some of your home’s biggest pests.
To keep ants out of the house, make a mix of Borax and Icing Sugar and put it in bottle lids at the entryways to your home. Keep pets and small children away from the mix. It works because the ants mistake the Borax for the sweet substance, which eventually kills them.
Cockroaches can be tricky to get rid of – it takes patience and perseverance! You can follow the above method for ants but preventative methods can stop the problem from getting worse or starting in the first place. Keep your kitchen clean, seal up any cracks where the roaches may be getting in, and combine essential oils with water in a spray bottle and spray at entry points.
Naturally repel mosquitoes using some of these tips, including bringing certain plants into your outdoor areas, buying some citronella candles and using essential oils throughout your home.
I Will Look After the Environment
There is no denying that we are all becoming increasingly aware of the need to look after our environment better. It can feel like a difficult task to take on but you can make some small changes to help you do your bit.
Image source (beeswax wraps): earthhero
To limit your use of plastic, invest in beeswax wraps to use instead of clingwrap, buy yourself a keep cup so you aren’t using excessive takeaway cups for your daily coffee and start using glassware instead of Tupperware.
Invest in either biodegradable or recyclable baby wipes and makeup wipes Ensure you’re recycling your coffee pods or better still, buy decomposable pods.
Ensure you’re recycling your coffee pods or better still, buy decomposable pods.
I Will Get Organised
Marie Kondo was a big deal last year. We recommend using her methods on your cleaning supplies – you’ll be blown away by how many products you actually need to keep a clean home.
If you have a bit of time off over January, take the time to show some of your most used appliances a little love. They’ll be much more hygienic and perform much better for you if you maintain them every couple of months. A couple of suggestions? After Christmas, your fridge will definitely need a clean out, while the humid conditions of summer means your washing machine will definitely benefit from a good cleaning.
I Will Outsource My Cleaning
Keeping a clean home shouldn’t be left on one person’s shoulders. Turn over a new leaf this year by sharing the load with others.
If you have older kids at home, get them involved in the cleaning. We’ve got a great guide on where to begin.
We’re outsourcing everything these days so why not the house cleaning? Hiring a house cleaner could free up your time, so you can spend your weekends with your loved ones rather than scrubbing the bathroom. Here’s some questions you should ask yourself first.
If you don’t want to outsource but just want to clean your house a little smarter, we have some insider knowledge on cleaning your house like a professional, as well as some pointers on what cleaning products you should be avoiding.
I Will Make My Home Healthier
This year, we blogged about Sick Building Syndrome, which links certain hazards in our homes to a decline in human health: this includes mould, a cluttered environment, chemical over-use in cleaning products and poor indoor air quality.
Have someone at home with asthma or allergies? It may be worth checking out our article about what could be causing respiratory reactions in your home, and how you can treat those triggers.
They say prevention is better than cure, so we also found 7 healthy home habits you should be practising.
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