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Isolation doesn’t mean you have to sit in and be bored all day every day. And Mrs Hinch isn’t the only one with some cleaning tips, not that we want to steal her crown.

We’ve put together some top tips for keeping your house clean while you’re at home. Not only will this help to prevent spreading the Coronavirus, it will also help you to keep on top of housework if the whole family needs to be at home for a long period of time. Also, recent research has shown that people with clean and tidy houses tend to be happier and healthier.

Here are 8 ways to keep on top of your domestic cleaning:

1. Clear away any clutter

Before doing any cleaning it’s good to get organised and clear away the clutter. Make sure you are ruthless and chuck away or donate what you don’t need but put away things you still want to keep. This way when you start dusting or polishing, you won’t get distracted with putting things away or organising your things.

2. Pick one job and do the whole house

Don’t just do one room at a time. It’s more efficient if you pick one task and do the whole house. For example, hoovering the whole house, or dusting the whole house. This makes you feel more productive rather than feeling like you’re in a never-ending cycle of cleaning.

3. Have a caddy to carry all your cleaning products as you go around the house

This is your basket of cleaning products that you can carry easily around the house so you won’t have to waste time looking for the right things when you’re cleaning. They can stay in your basket ready for your next clean as well. Your caddy should include; clothes, polish, air fresheners, dusters and any other cleaning products you need.

4. Disinfecting

Currently it is very important to disinfect areas that are touched frequently. Grab a cloth and your favourite smelling disinfectant and wipe down all hard surfaces. Here’s some of places that people often forget; door handles, light switches, banisters, remote controls, telephones and other appliances that are touched frequently. It is of course also important to wipe down surfaces such as coffee tables, kitchen work tops and trays.

5. Tubs, toilets and sinks

Spray your kitchen sink with your favourite cleaning product and scrub in if needed, then leave to work its magic. This is one of the best ways to clean grout by letting the product do the work. While waiting go to your bathroom and spray the tub, sink and toilet in there.

After this go back to the kitchen and rinse your sink down, while the dirt gets dissolved in the bathroom. Don’t forget to use bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to unclog your plug holes, then pour hot water to clear away. This will help them to stop smelling.

Finally go back to your bathroom and scrub and wash away your cleaning products. Don’t forget to have a window open or good air circulation if you’re using products that are strong smelling. Aways do your toilet last when cleaning your bathroom and use different cloths.

6. Got more time? Get stuck in

If you’ve got more time on your hands, then get stuck into the jobs that you hardly ever get around to doing. For example; cleaning windows, cleaning the oven and microwave, cleaning the blinds, dusting the skirting boards and cleaning out the washing machine drawer.

7. Don’t forget that your cleaning tools need cleaning

This doesn’t need to happen after every time you clean but does need doing every now and then. This can be washing the cloths you’ve been using or cleaning out the hoover to make sure it carries on working correctly. If you carry on using dirty tools like mops or cloths, then the effort you put into cleaning can become pointless.

8. Lastly, make cleaning a team effort

In these times, more than ever, it is important to make cleaning a group activity. This can help with isolation, feeling less lonely and takes the burden off one person doing all the cleaning. It can help to make cleaning more efficient and get done quickly.

And when all the cleaning is done settle down with a tub of ice cream or your favourite chocolate and relax knowing your house is spotless.