The battle against dust can never be won as it is in the air at all times, but that is no excuse to give up. The knowledge that household dust consists mostly of flakes of dead skin, moulds, insect parts and egg cases, hairs and flakes of cat saliva can turn even the most resolute slob into a devoted duster. Take as much pride in your cloths drawer as your knicker drawer: keep it well stocked and frequently laundered.
Arm yourself with clean cotton dusters and a leather duster for the less accessible areas or delicate objects.
Start at the top and work down so that dislodged dust and dirt falls down onto un-dusted areas.
Use the duster lightly as dust contains particles that can scratch and damage surfaces if you rub too hard.
Shake out dusters frequently otherwise you are just moving the dust around rather than getting rid of it.
To prevent dust flying around and settling back on the things you’ve just dusted, slightly dampen the duster with water.
Have a slightly damp cloth handy for removing surface dirt and marks, such as rings from cups and glasses.
Use a vacuum cleaner or hand-held dustbuster for corners and upholstery.
Finish the dusting programme with a thorough vacuuming.
To conclude this section, here are seven tried and tested tips for effective clutter clearing:
- 1) Discover Your Most Effective Clutter Clearing Time of Day
Most people find they have favourite time:s of day for clutter clearing. Mine is in the morning. Some people like to clutter clear through the night. Discover when you are at your most decisive and do your clearing then. Continue Reading →
Like learning anything else in the world, clutter clearing is a skill that you can develop. You can think of yourself as needing to build your clutter clearing ‘muscle’. The more of it you do, the more proficient you become and the easier it gets, but when you first begin you can feel like a clutter-clearing weakling. Continue Reading →
If you work from home or have a desk you use at home, this next section is for you. The first step is to do one simple sum: calculate the percentage area of naked desk you can actually see. Don’t cheat and tidy your desk before you do this. Just leave it exactly as it is to get an honest appraisal of your situation.
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Let’s start with a few guidelines for laundry work.
1. Sort the clothes, and wash whites together. By following this simple rule you can avoid the dingy look white clothes can get when they pick up the dye — even in microscopic amounts — from darker clothing.
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The following recipe will clean and revive these surfaces beautifully.
Substitute lemon juice for white vinegar if you wish, and use sweet orange or lemon essential oil for a delightful citrus fragrance.
• 1 tablespoon borax
• 2 cups very hot water
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar
• 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
• 10 drops essential oil of your choice
Dissolve the borax in the water, and then add the other ingredients. Use a spray bottle to apply the cleaner to laminated and plastic surfaces. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.