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To make your home feel truly clean, you’ll need to get on your knees and scrub your floors, tiles, and trims. However, regardless of how clean your home actually is, there are some small things you can do to create a home that at least feels cleaner.
Minor tweaks, like switching to a new bath mat or shower curtain, can trick you and your guests into believing that your house is spotless.
The way your home smells can make a huge difference on how others perceive its cleanliness. If you smoke, have pets, or have a moldy basement, you’ll stop noticing these smells, but your guests won’t.
Adding an air purifier to your home or an essential oil diffuser will leave your home feeling fresh, but the air purifier will actually remove airborne toxins and smells.
For a less permanent solution, try air fresheners like Febreze, or try burning incense. Both products have the ability to latch onto fabric to mask and remove persistent smells.
Open space tricks our minds into thinking that the room is clean, and for the most part, removing clutter will actually improve the cleanliness of your house.
However, an organized room doesn’t guarantee to your guest that you’ve vacuumed the floor, dusted the furniture, or washed the windows! With all that open space, though, you can start getting into every nook and cranny.
To tidy up your countertops, tables, and shelves, add a shallow tray that can corral bottles, spices, condiments, or other cooking tools. Only add what you need to living room tables.
Were you one of those kids that cleaned their messy room by hiding your toys under the bed? Then it’s time to find your inner child! Never underestimate the power baskets have on making your home look cleaner than it is.
Anything that’s lying around or out of place can be put inside a closable container or bin. Large items, like blankets, can be tucked away in your closet.
Start your day off right by making your bed as soon as you wake up in the morning. Making your bed doesn’t require any dusting, decluttering, or any real cleaning; just 2 minutes of your time.
Think about how nice it will feel to come home after a long day to see a neatly made bed that looks clean and inviting. To get into this habit, place a “bed-making” checklist above your bed.
Bed making is a bit of an art. The more pillows you have, the fancier your bed will look, so think about purchasing a few extra cushions of varying sizes to dress up your sheets.
Your bath mat and shower curtains see their fair share of wear through their lifetime. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to clean bath mats because of the rubber backing that’s used to keep them from sliding around.
You can upgrade your soggy mat by purchasing one made of bamboo, wood, or microfibre, as they’re more sanitary and easier to keep clean.
As for your shower curtain, you may need to throw this out if it isn’t made of cotton. Replace your plastic curtain with one that uses a washable material, so you can use it longer.
Sometimes a clean house can still seem dirty if the couch looks to be a complete mess. The most used furniture items in the house will often wear out the fastest or be overlooked because of its utility. When your pillows are crumpled up in the corner, or your throw blanket is slowly moving onto the floor, take a few seconds to arrange and tidy up your couch accessories.