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Chances are, you’ve dreamed of a way to make your house self-cleaning. Maybe you grew up watching the Jetsons, or maybe you looked at your self-cleaning oven and wondered why the rest of your house can’t take care of itself–minus the extreme heat, of course.
Here’s some good news, with these 13 tips you can have a house that’s practically self-cleaning, or at least one that does a much better job staying tidy.
13 Ways To Make Your House Self-Cleaning (Almost)
1. Use doormats
Think it’s hard keeping the contents of your home dust-free? Imagine what it would be like dusting all of the cans in a grocery store or the goods in a shop! Commercial buildings use large, unavoidable floor mats at their entrances for that reason and so should you. Keep welcome mats on both sides of your home’s exterior doors and shake or sweep them regularly to reduce up to 80% of the dust in your home.
2. Switch to HEPA air filters
Your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can be an excellent ally in cleaning your home if you use the right filter. Cheap, disposable filters do nothing to catch pollen or fine dust motes, but an HEPA-grade filter will eliminate all of these plus pet dander and smoke particles. Change it regularly or buy a washable one and you’ll be cleaning your home’s air every time the system runs.
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4. Eat only at the table
If you have kids you know they make messes everywhere they go and, in fairness, some adults do, too. Arm them with something crumbly, sticky, or drippy, and you’re just asking for trouble. Chocolate-covered fingerprints on the doorknob, anyone? Crushed Cheerios in the sofa cushions? Adopting a rule that all meals and snacks must be eaten at the table — maybe with an exception for popcorn on Family Movie Night — will reduce the number of messes you need to clean. It reduces the risk of household pests like cockroaches and mice, too!
5. Follow these design trends
The Midcentury Modern and Farmhouse decorating styles are still going strong and with good reason. Both feature clean, simple looks without a lot of layered of accessories and knickknacks. The result? Dusting your home is as easy as running a microfiber cloth over horizontal surfaces every few days while more intensive dusting only needs to be done every couple of weeks.
6. Wear dust-catching slippers (and no shoes in the house)
Hard floors make eliminating dust easier if you sweep or vacuum regularly. In between, you can reduce dirt and debris by adopting a rule banning shoes in the house. To keep your feet warm and comfy, put on some microfiber dusting slippers and keep a bucket of clean ones at the door for guests to wear, too. You’ll pick up dust and pet hair with each step and keep your floors looking good all the time. At the end of the day shake your slippers outside or toss them in the laundry hamper.
7. Put your dishwasher to work scrubbing
Let your dishwasher do the work of cleaning bathroom vanity accessories, glass light fixtures, and other waterproof knickknacks. Just pop them in the top rack while you’re running a load and make sure to turn off the heat for the drying cycle. Once the dishwasher’s done, all you need to do is give them a quick swipe with a dry cloth.
8. Line refrigerator shelves with paper
Scrubbing spills or wiping away crumbs on refrigerator shelves is a thing of the past when you line them with plastic wrap or cling film. Choose a clear one so you can easily see the contents of your fridge and cut each piece to size then press it in place. Next time someone makes a mess you just gather up the soiled plastic and lay down a fresh piece, no scrubbing required.
9. Use body wash (not soap) in the shower
Soap scum is nasty stuff that makes your shower tiles look awful and breeds bacteria, too. Since soap scum is the product of hard water interacting with the fatty solids in bar soap, you can keep it from forming by switching to liquid body wash. You’ll still want to give those tiles a good scrub once you’ve made the switch, but after that you won’t have to worry about new scum growing.
10. Microwave your kitchen sponge daily
Sponges get nasty. Microwaves get nasty. A quick way to clean both is by washing your kitchen sponge with soap and water then popping it, dripping wet, into your microwave. Run the microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes then let the sponge sit and release steam. Once it’s cool, grab a paper towel and wipe loosened grime from the microwave walls and return your disinfected sponge to its place.
11. Use dryer sheets to dust
Next time you’re doing the laundry don’t throw away your used dryer sheet. Use it to dust, instead. Even after use, a dryer sheet has enough texture to grab and hold onto dust. It also has enough surfactants left on it to leave behind a light, invisible layer of dust-repelling stuff. Try using one on your home’s baseboards, and they’ll stay clean twice as long!
12. Brush pets outside daily
Dogs and cats can make a house feel like home, but the hair they shed can make that home look dirty even when it’s not. Giving your pets a quick daily outdoor brushing can significantly reduce the amount of hair and dander floating in your home’s air. They’ll love the attention and fresh air, too!
13. Wipe up spills right away
Whether you splashed coffee on the counter while pouring your first cup or dripped foundation on the bathroom vanity while getting ready, don’t leave the mess to sit. When treated early enough most spills can be cleaned with plain water but, if ignored, may require tougher cleaning solutions and more effort. By managing messes as they’re made you’ll keep your home looking clean even when you haven’t actually cleaned it, and that’s almost as good as having a self-cleaning house!
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