Cleaning burns about 180 calories an hour. Compare that with 300 calories an hour for walking at a medium clip.
Those high areas are often overlooked in cleaning. If you're in a mood to really get your home spruced up don't overlook these areas: wiping top of cabinets in the kitchen, wiping top of fridge, vacuuming tops of curtains, dusting up around the upper moulding near the ceilings in older homes.
This is a quick one. Use an all purpose cleaner to clean the outside and inside of all your trash and garbage containers. Put a few drops of an essential oil into the containers when you're done.
When was the last time you dusted your books? This is a good Saturday afternoon project. Be sure to get the tops and the shelf behind the books!
If you have a bathroom that you don't use very much, like in the basement, here's a tip: be sure to flush the toilet at least once a week. Otherwise a ring will form that will eventually degrade the bowl.
When I do a deep cleaning of home that someone is moving out of, there's always the irony that I'm getting their place the best looking it's ever been just when they won't be there to enjoy it anymore! Here is the first in a series of ideas to get your place looking spic and span while you're still there.
Idea #1: Clean the basement. Get those cobwebs in the ceiling beams, dust the utility shelves and the washer and dryer, wash the floor.
Just saw the Rube Goldberg Crazy Contraption Exhibit at the Children's Museum. It is wonderful. One of his machines is a machine to clean the house.
Buy a squeegee and use it after each shower. It takes about five seconds to use. This will reduce mold buildup in grout as well as soap scum build up on surfaces.
In the past few years, cleaning companies have been switching to effective cleaning methods that reduce reliance on chemicals. Using distilled water for floor cleaning is one such method that I've adopted in my cleaning services. Distilled water, like de-ionized water, leaves floors squeaky clean while not leaving any chemical residues.
Here is an excellent article outlining how to keep your mattress clean and in good condition for a healthy, restful sleep. It covers regular, easy maintenance, spot cleaning, getting rid of bedbugs and mites, and more. https://www.sleephelp.org/how-to-clean-a-mattress/