Assign age-appropriate chores and responsibilities to any members of the household who are able to help.
Budget realistic amounts of time for cleaning, breaking it up into bite-sized chunks if needed. Kids (especially younger kids) will find it hard to clean for a long stretch of time. Make it more enjoyable for everyone and set a sensible time limit for how long everyone will clean.
Use the room-by-room method for cleaning, tackling only one room at a time per person. Giving each helper a room to take care of is a great way to give kids alone time when they’re stuck inside the house.
If someone is sick and disinfection is needed, always clean first, then disinfect.
You know the drill – have one bag for garbage, one bag for recycling, and a box for donations or to sell. In some cases, you may need another box to take items like hazardous waste to the Eco Station.
Before you start, get all the equipment and cleaning products you’ll need together. If you need help deciding what to put in your cleaning cupboard, check out the ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS.
All-purpose cleaner – can be used on many surfaces. Must be rinsed off.
Bathroom cleaner – gel, spray, or cream – to clean sinks, counters, showers, and tubs.
Disinfectant – only to be used when necessary and as directed.
Microfibre cloths – Microfibre cloths are a great investment to make cleaning easier. They hold onto dust and dirt more than other cloths, break water into very small particles to dry droplet-free, and can be washed out by hand or machine to reuse. Have several for cleaning and one for glass and mirrors.
Soft, light-coloured, lint-free cloths
Toilet bowl brush
Toilet bowl cleaner – slightly acidic to prevent hard water mineral build up.