Here's a simple idea I use in my cleaning that can be helpful to you if you have a large walk-in shower. To clean the walls properly you need to wash them down after spraying cleaner and scrubbing them. So, how do you do it without getting your shoes all wet? You could do it in your bare feet but that's --kind of gross. A better idea: put two plastic shower caps over your shoes and rinse away! Easy peasy.
As an environmentally-minded house cleaner I prefer solid tools that I can use day after day rather than disposable tools like microfiber duster refills and disposable gloves. But during the pandemic it's also important that I protect my clients by not taking materials from one house to the next. So in the interests of safety I have switched to disposable tools and protective gear where they are more practical for the period of the pandemic.
Here are some tips to help you get in the habit of keeping the mess in your kitchen under control. These come from an article in a helpful blog called Apartment Therapy: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/one-minute-cleaning-habits-36620716?newsletter_slot=1&utm_source=at_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11182019
Here we go:
1. Clean up that spill on the counter or stove-top right away.
2. Put your dishes in the dishwasher or wash them after each meal.
3. Wipe out your sink after you use it.
4. Keep some baking soda in your fridge to absorb the odors.
Understandably, many people right now are seeking to limit having outsiders coming into their homes. This is a smart precaution. But a professional house cleaner who uses proper safeguards not only minimizes the risk but adds protection against the pandemic through the services provided.
First, a house cleaner must wear a mask and practice social distancing. I do this always when I clean. In addition, I have a thorough regimen that minimizes the dirt I bring in from the outside: I always wear disposal gloves, shoe covers, and plastic aprons over my clothes, and I use an assigned vacuum cleaner bag for each home that I clean. I also disinfect all tools that I use in a home before coming to the next home.
A professionally cleaned home is a good defense against the virus. I not only do a thorough cleaning, I disinfect the major touch points in a home (and am trained to do a thorough disinfection if the client wishes it).
Everyone must make their own choice in something like this but I would argue that hiring a conscientious house cleaner gives you a definite advantage against the virus.
Here are a few tips for keeping your toilet bowl clean:
1. A grout brush works better than most toilet brushes because you can get under the rim more effectively. Put some cleanser (I like Bon Ami) on the wetted bristles and brush under the rim. This loosens the dirt. Brush again as you flush to wash the dirt down the toilet. You can use cleanser in the bowl too. It works as well as a toilet bowl cleaner.
2. Use a pumic stone to get mineral stains, like the one that man times rings the bowl at the water line. These things work great and don't scratch. You can find them in hardware stores or the supermarket.
3. When you flush after cleaning (and in general!), close the lid first. This prevents aerosol spray from dispersing through the room.
Is the filter in the vent over your stove greasy and grimy beyond belief? Here's an easy way to get it clean. Remove the vent and put it in a large pot. Fill the pot with water and bring to boil. Slowly add half a cup of baking soda and let it boil off the yukky stuff for about five minutes. Be sure to dump out the greasy water outside or somewhere else not down your kitchen drain! Other nifty tips in this post too:
Here is a list of creative cleaning tips for various items in your home from a cleaning products and advice site in Britain. It includes such tasks as cleaning your blender (a very quick and easy approach), your dishwasher, burnt pans, and a number of others. Enjoy! https://www.thecleaningcollective.co.uk/news/cleaning-tips/20-cleaning-tips-to-make-your-home-sparkle
Here are some routine habits you can adopt to keep your kitchen reasonably clean for much longer:
1. Change your sponges weekly--or better yet, disinfect them with hydrogen pyroxide.https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/cleaning-decluttering/uses-for-hydrogen-peroxide/
2. Wipe off your countertops, bread board, and stovetop after preparing each meal.
3. Spot wipe the fronts of cabinets once a week.
4. Don't let spills go in the fridge. Get them up right away!
Controlling the amount of dirt that is tracked in from the outside can help you maintain hour home's cleanliness. A very simple thing that helps with this is to have a shoe rack and slippers by the front and back doors and have family members slip into them when they come home. This is a good idea particularly in the age of Covid.
Here's a very useful and creative cleaning tip. White bread can be used to clean rough materials like brick of dust and lint. That's better than a paper towel which can leave paper or wet dust when you use it. Also use moist bread to pick up bits of glass when you break something!