Cleaning the house when returning from vacation
Holidays over? It’s time to go back to your home nest.
To better enjoy the transition phase between the return and the resumption of ordinary activities, it is good to dedicate yourself to house cleaningbut without getting too stressed.
The password is organization.
Planning allows, on the one hand, not to leave out anything and on the other not to feel overwhelmed, nullifying the benefits of the break just passed.
It is important that all environments, both internal and external, are tidy, clean and comfortable to prepare you adequately for the start of the new season.
Doing it in the very first days, when you are not yet struggling with work and the daily routine, will make this transition less traumatic for all members of the family, from adults to children; the ideal is to divide the various tasks.
Not sure where to start?
Don’t panic: here is our guide with many tips and tricks that will allow you to optimize time and energy.
House cleaning where to start
Whether you’ve been away for a few days, weeks or even months (lucky you), the first thing to do when you come home at the end of the holidays is to throw open doors and windows.
Walls, furniture and surfaces need to get some air after being in the dark, with shutters and shutters down.
But not only that: the recirculation of the air allows you to eliminate the unpleasant smells closed that tend to form, as well as prevent the formation of mold, humidity and domestic pollution that can be harmful to those who live in those environments.
So take advantage of the still warm and sunny days of late summer to create a pleasant and healthy microclimate even indoors.
If you don’t usually do this, remember to open the windows every morning when you wake up.
It takes five minutes to say goodbye to dust, bacteria, bad smells and carbon dioxide derived from the night’s rest. Your health will thank you!
Clean the suitcase and travel accessories
Before starting the house cleaning, unpack your bagsseparate the clean clothes from the dirty ones and start washing the latter.
Don’t leave your suitcases lying around. Put them back in their place, however, only after cleaning them well.
Here are some practical suggestions:
- vacuum the inside to remove even the small grains of sand;
- clean the inside, the wheels and the handle with a soft microfibre cloth soaked in warm water and Marseille soap;
- add a few drops of scented essence to eliminate bad smells;
- the cleaning of the external part depends on the type of material, check the instructions provided by the manufacturer to avoid damaging them;
- rinse with clean water to remove any soap residue;
- leave your suitcases open to dry in the sun;
- store them by covering them with a suitcase cover or plastic bag.
Before storing them, remember to properly clean other items and travel accessories such as cooler bag, beach bag, inflatables, flip-flops or rubber beach slippers, costumes, sarongs and cover-ups, sunglasses.
Take the opportunity to get rid of what you don’t use by selling it or donating it to charity.
Organize what you decide to keep in the best possible way. Here are all the tips for a wardrobe in order.
Cleaning in the house, change the sheets
Did you cover the bed with a cloth? Just take it off and you are ready to go to sleep. If not, the change of sheets it is a must.
During your absence, the dust has settled on the fabrics; changing them becomes important for a comfortable and healthy rest, especially if you suffer from allergies.
For the same reason, vacuum curtains, carpets and sofas.
In the following days, more calmly, arrange to wash them in the washing machine or take them to the dry cleaners.
Has the dust made the curtains gray?
Soak them with water, two tablespoons of Marseille soap, two of baking soda and the juice of half a lemon; they will be as good as new!
Alternatively, a wash at 30 ° in the washing machine and drying in the open air allow to obtain clean and fragrant textiles, optimizing the costs in the bill and the impact on the environment.
Also take advantage of it for clean shutters and windows.
Use a damp cloth to remove the dust accumulated on the shutters; if necessary, apply protective beeswax or repaint.
For bright glass, on the other hand, wipe them with a damp cloth with a solution of water and vinegar, still damp, dry them with newspaper; the result will be assured.
Cleaning the house from top to bottom after vacation
As with textiles, once you return from vacation, vacuum each room to remove dust and mites.
In the following days, based on the time available, plan the cleaning of the various rooms more accurately, remembering to proceed from top to bottom.
Start witheliminate cobwebs from the corners of beams and ceilings, around doors, windows and sills, behind and under furniture, in baseboards.
Take care of the walls. Rub them gently with a rough sponge, moistened with warm water and Marseille soap, to say goodbye to dust and small scratches.
Alternatively, late summer is a great time to repaint.
Then move on to dust the furniture with a microfiber cloth.
Wash and sanitize the floors with the most suitable detergent based on the type of surface, buying ready-made detergents or preparing them yourself.
To clean and make a natural shine wood floorFor example, fill a bucket with three liters of cold water, add a spoonful of baking soda and a few flakes of Marseille soap. Mix everything well and it will be ready to use.
Cleaning the bathroom and kitchen
Pay attention to the cleaning of the bathroom and kitchen. Have you been gone for more than two weeks?
Open all the taps; usually, in the pipes, rust and dirt accumulate which will go away making the water run for a few seconds.
If unpleasant odors from pipes and siphons persist, use specific cleaning products for pipes or home remedies such as baking soda with hot water and vinegar.
Throw away old cosmetics, drugs and expired foods.
If you have forgotten open pasta or biscuits before going on vacation, it is likely that leftovers have formed inside them food mothscommonly called butterflies.
You just have to throw the open food and clean the shelves with water and detergent.
Clean and disinfect all surfaces and the inside of appliances, in particular the refrigerator.
If you have emptied, defrosted and unplugged it before leaving, clean the shelves with water and bicarbonate to eliminate bad smells or the presence of any mold; dry it well, reactivate it and insert the various foods.
Also sanitize the floors properly.
If there are insects (ants, cockroaches), apply a specific product on all possible accesses from the outside (cracks in the wall, French windows) and along the baseboards.
How to clean outdoor environments
Balconies, terraces and gardens: the external areas of the house were those most exposed to the elements; rain and wind could have dirty the surface or transported it leaf residues or plant soil.
First, remove these with the help of a leaf vacuum or with a shovel and broom, paying attention to the drains.
Remove the first layer of dirt with plain water; then use a floor cleaner or vinegar if you prefer a natural solution.
Rinse and let dry.
Then wash the balustrades.
If they are made of wrought iron, use water and ammonia; also wipe with a cloth soaked in oil to prevent them from rusting. If they are made of marble, soap and water are sufficient.
Caring for plants after the holidays
Even with due care, the plants will have felt your absence, especially if it is prolonged; it’s time to rehydrate them.
Here’s how to do it:
- soak the plants completely for about half an hour in a tub or basin full of water;
- drain the excess water and place them back in the saucers;
- remove the dry leaves and the long and thin twigs to let them breathe;
- clean the leaves with a cloth moistened in a solution of water and two tablespoons of milk;
- check that they have not been infested with parasitic insects (aphids and scale insects);
- gradually expose the plants to the sun.
Now, you just have to enjoy your clean and fragrant home, perhaps reviewing your vacation photos and deciding which ones to print to create an ad hoc corner, along with travel souvenirs.
Restarting ordinary activities will thus be sweeter. Have a good return!
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