How to use your housekeeping skills
The housekeeping process for most homeowners is simple.
The basics of cleaning, drying, and storing food and clothing are the most common tasks you do, but you also need to keep things like a dishwasher and a sink clean.
You also need a way to make sure your household is getting enough fresh water.
The key to good housekeeping is knowing the following:What are the basics of housekeeping?
A common question many of us ask is, “What are my basic housekeeping tasks?”
While many of the basics are covered in the American Home Improvement Association (AHA) checklist, some of the more important ones can be learned from the book Housekeeping for Dummies, available in bookstores and on Amazon.
Housekeeping Basics 1.
Clean your home, yard, and garage.
You’ll want to be diligent about cleaning and drying your home and yard, even if you’re a homebody.
This includes:Keeping your kitchen and bathroom clean: Get rid of old food and cooking utensils and dishes, and clean them up to look clean.
Remove dead and debris from any area where you put food, furniture, or decorations.
Use a dishwashing liquid or soap for dry cleaning.
Do not use soap and water to wash clothes.
Keep the items in their original containers.
If you have a sink, use the sink as a washing machine.
If not, make sure the sink has a built-in detergent.2.
Check for damage: The sooner you can check for damage to items, the better.
If there’s damage, you may want to take it to a professional for treatment or replacement.
If it’s a dry cleaning item, remove it.
The next time you use the item, make it dry clean.3.
Clean out cracks and holes: Cracks and holes are a major problem in many homes.
You’ll want a good way to get rid of them.
Take your time and look for any holes or cracks that may have been left by a leaky drain.
Check your sink for holes or signs of a leak.
If a hole or crack is visible, use a vacuum to get it out.
If the hole is small, use your hands to gently pull it out with the vacuum.4.
Keep your home clean: Keep your house clean by making sure that:You clean all of your cabinets, cabinetsets, closets, and any items that might be a problem.
You check and clean the bathroom, kitchen, and dining room surfaces.
You use the toilet and shower frequently.5.
Remove mold and bacteria: Check for mold and bacterial growth.
It can be hard to see when a mold or bacteria is present, so you should check for any signs of mold or bacterial growth in the house.
For example, if mold is on your walls, cabinets, or counters, check them for growth.
If mold is in your carpet or flooring, remove the item and see if it has growth.6.
Check to make certain your kitchen cabinets are safe: If you are using the kitchen as your home for food preparation, take the time to check your kitchen for mold, bacteria, and food hazards.
If any of these items are present, you can do a mold check.
If you can’t see mold, check your cabinets for cracks, gaps, and other signs of infection.
If they have cracks, the kitchen should be cleaned to remove mold.7.
Clean up after guests: Make sure guests know how to use the kitchen and how to clean it.
Guests need to be aware of where food and household utensil debris is and make sure they don’t accidentally break things.
If your guests are not familiar with kitchen and kitchen equipment, you need to take the responsibility to clean up after them.
Clean your kitchen from spills, cuts, and scrapes.
Wash and sanitize dishes and utenses after each use.8.
Use the dishwasher: Clean your dishwasher with soap and a mild detergent, then rinse it in hot water and let it run for 10 minutes.
Then use the rinse cycle again.
You can also wash dishes in the sink, a dish washer, or a dish-washing machine.
If there are moldy items left in your dishwashing machine, you should wash the machine by hand with soap, water, and a gentle soap and mild detergents.9.
Use your vacuum: Use the vacuum to clean the dishwashing sink, dishes, countertops, and kitchen.
If something is in the drain, you’ll want the sink cleaned to make it safe to use again.10.
Use soap and shampoo for washing dishes: Wash your dishes with a mild shampoo and a soft detergent before washing them.
You may also want to rinse the dishes in a dish washing machine or with a dish soap.11.
Use dishwashing liquids and soap: Wash and rinse dishes with an equal amount of dishwashing and soap