“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

You’ve probably heard that quote, right? Almost everyone starts their day with a cleaning to-do list. It’s the ambitious list that tells us whether we are making the best of our time or not. For some, it’s the “not”, as lists often go unticked! It’s not just about the jobs that we do, but the time we use and how productive we are in that time. It always sounds like a good idea to mop the floors in the house until it comes down to it and we’re just too exhausted to try.

There are certain things that you need to clean every day, though, and try as we might in all areas of housekeeping, if we don’t clean these particular things we are risking extra germs, illness and a feeling of disgust in our own houses. Let’s avoid these, shall we? Instead, you need to make a to-do list and include these five things that you must clean every day – and stick to it!

Do the Dishes

It may be tempting to let the dishes pile up after every meal – even if you’re tired. Skipping this chore can make your house smell bad, attract flies and make the whole place look untidy. Not only that, you’re making work for yourself by not washing the dishes. It just moves onto the list for the next day and you end up with twice the work. Instead of waiting until you’ve used every dish and piece of cutlery, clean as you go – it makes a huge difference and it only takes a few minutes.

Wipe Your Countertops

It’s really easy to leave splatters when cooking, or spilling when in a hurry. Save yourself the trouble of scrubbing and wipe as you notice the splatters. They’ll be far easier to clean when they’re newly splashed. It’s so much better to wake up to a clean kitchen than one that could be covered in sticky hand prints. Don’t forget the stovetop, either, you can also get help from a cleaning company to get it cleaned perfectly, you need to know how to do it yourself for the times you can’t.

Take Out The Trash

Overflowing garbage cans only make the kitchen look gross – plus, it stinks! If you are cooking every day, get the food waste out of the house and into the outdoor bins. It’ll rot or fester in the house otherwise, and

Shampoo Your Carpets

Spills, stains, pawprints and mud? It’s all a recipe for disaster when you have carpets in your home. Don’t wait for the stain to dry into the carpet before you start thinking about treatment. The longer you wait, the less likely you can remove the stain – except for mud. That one needs to dry first before you start removing the mud and getting rid of the stain. Shampooing carpets regularly can help, but you need to put it on the list!

It’s Shower Cleaning Time!

The thirty seconds you’ll take to squeegee the shower walls may seem insignificant, but it can save you a world of trouble with mildew and damp. That one cleaning job could save you a lot of money!

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