How to tackle deep cleaning tasks around the house
You know it needs to be done, but you don’t want it. It’s been on the to-do list for far too long. You can try to ignore it, dodge it, or even hide it. It’s your sworn enemy of clutter – your least favorite cleaning task – and you dread having to deal with it.
Not all cleanings are equal
While some people enjoy cleaning more than others, everyone can agree that not all cleaning tasks are created equal. In fact, 88% of American adults have a least favorite cleaning task, according to a new survey from the makers of the CLR (pronounced “clear”) home cleaning brand. When asked to compare their least favorite cleaning task to a person, 33% of Americans said it was like a hustler. When asked to choose between activities, almost half (43%) would rather go to the dentist than take on their least favorite cleaning task.
Cleaning during quarantine
Given the extra time people are spending at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, messes are more common and can quickly become inconvenient. Cleaning frequency has increased for most Americans in recent months, but Americans are, understandably, split on their level of cleaning productivity during this time: 53% tackled a cleaning task they avoided for years during the pandemic and 42% avoided at least one cleaning task during the pandemic.
Tips for conquering an enemy of disorder
Whether it’s soap scum, mildew, rust, stinks, stains or spills, it’s time to show your nemesis you mean business. Follow these tips to get the job done right:
Set a date. It’s easy to keep avoiding the tasks you hate, so set a time when you plan to focus on cleaning and be specific. For example, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, you finally give the boot to that lime and calcium buildup on the shower door. Put on cleaning clothes, play motivating music, and focus on getting the job done once and for all.
Stock up on enough necessities like sponges, scrubbers, and rags before heading out on a cleanup mission. Having the right supplies for the specific job simplifies tasks. Use cleaning formulations appropriate for your task, such as the CLR range which offers products designed to remove dirt in areas from home, kitchen and bathroom to patio, garage and beyond.
Follow instructions and use safer products. Always follow directions on any product to ensure you get the results you want without making the mess worse or damaging the items. Use products that clean effectively without the unnecessary use of harsh chemicals. Look for products approved by the EPA Safer Choice program, which means they are recognized as a safer alternative to traditional cleaning options that rely on the use of harsh chemicals to be effective, such as bleach.
Rally the Troops Whether it’s a big mess that requires multiple pairs of hands or a tough mess that requires a few people to strategize, help can make a big difference. Even if you have to focus on the enemy of clutter while other people take care of regular chores, it can get things done through teamwork. Get your partner, spouse, kids or roommates in on the action. (BPT)