Keeping the house clean and tidy is no easy feat, especially when you live with kids and a large family. Fortunately, professional cleaners are not shy to share their house cleaning secrets. For a sparkling mess-free home, here are 7 tested tips even professionals use that you should try out:

Leave Shoes By The Door

When you go outside, whatever dirt you step on can travel home with you through your shoes and wreak havoc on your floor and carpet. This may require you to vacuum more regularly which is time-consuming. Avoid the unnecessary mess simply by taking your shoes off when you enter the house. Set up the shoe storage by the door and use house slippers while inside.

Use Parchment Paper to Keep Refrigerator Shelves Clean

No matter how hard and often you scrub refrigerator shelves, chances are they’re going to get dirty in a few hours. It’s just inevitable. Plates with leftover meals, jars of jam and sauces, drinks, and other food items tend to spill. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to clean them up. Place parchment paper on the shelves before putting anything inside the refrigerator. Then when they become too messy, grab a fresh set and replace the old ones.

Clean Microwave with Steam

The microwave is an overlooked kitchen appliance during spring cleaning. However, if you look closely, you may notice grime and food particles have built up inside. Not only are they icky and potential contaminants, but the leftover food can also harden and be difficult to scrub off. But if you heat up a mug/cup full of water for a minute or two, the steam it produces can soften the dirt up. This would allow you to have an easier time wiping them away.

Wipe Away Dust with Microfiber Cloths

While a feather duster is a popular cleaning tool because it looks nice and has the word “dust” in it, this is not an effective tool at all. Feather dusters usually just move the dirt and dust around. They’re also difficult to clean. If you want a more thorough cleaning to really achieve the ultimate cleanliness, go for microfiber cloths instead because they pick up dirt faster and they’re easier to wash.

Vacuum Your Mattress

Besides changing your sheets regularly, it’s also important to clean your mattress every now and then by running a vacuum over it. That’s because dust, dirt, and dead skin cells tend to accumulate on your bed and in between the air pockets of your mattress.

Refresh the House with Lemon

Lemon is a powerful smelling fruit that’s not only healthy but also a good homemade cleaner. You can use a slice of lemon to sanitize the garbage disposal simply by throwing it in there. Alternatively, you can lemon slices to get rid of grimes from your pan. Because it’s highly acidic, it’s able to soften up food build up for an easier rinse.

Sanitize Your Dish Sponge

After regular use for cleaning dozens of dirty dishes, kitchen sponges tend to pick up a lot of bacteria and leftovers. And if they themselves are unclean, then they’re likely to contaminate dishes instead of cleaning them. So, practice sanitizing your sponge by popping it in the microwave for a few seconds or rinsing it through the dishwasher.

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