Monday, February 1, 2010

How-To: Clean Out Your Laundry

Whilst your laundry is probably the home of your cleaning products, don't forget that your laundry also needs to be cleaned itself, and naturally that includes an occasional declutter. Follow these steps to declutter your laundry:

  1. Go through your cleaning products and work out whether you really use everything. Don't hang onto something just because you think that one day when you move out and need to clean your place to get the bond back, you may need to use it.
  2. When disposing of old chemicals, check the label for disposal instructions. Some councils offer special pick-up or drop-off services for chemicals that can't go into general household waste collections.
  3. Try to minimise the number of cleaning products you use: if you use a different product (or multiple products) for everything, the number of bottles will add up and take up a lot of space. Try to have products that have multiple uses. I also recommend investigating green cleaning methods, which often uses common household products (such as white vinegar and bicarb soda) for cleaning. Here's a handy factsheet.
  4. I find that storing all of my most commonly used cleaning products and cloths in a single bucket (or other container) that can be taken out when it's time for cleaning very handy.
  5. Finally, if you have items out on display, rather than in a cupboard, there's a variety of pretty containers for powder and pegs, plus enamel buckets, available today to beautify your laundry. It may be the smallest room in the house, but it doesn't have to also be the most neglected.

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