A major component of your home staging efforts would be the general house cleaning and maintenance. It doesn’t really matter whether you are doing the house cleaning yourself, or hiring professional cleaners, the house must be kept clean and orderly 24/7 and for the duration of the staging so your home will always look presentable and at its optimum best to home buyers. Cleaning isn’t just about spotless floors, immaculate windows, and dust-free furniture items. The overall orderliness and cleanliness of the property must be maintained until the home is sold.
Choosing green or eco-friendly home cleaning ingredients and products is the trend these days among homeowners, and you should also consider this option as part of your home staging efforts (that is, if you haven’t switched to green cleaning solutions and ingredients for every day use just yet). There are several advantages to making the switch to green home cleaning solutions, one of which is the considerable savings. Unlike most commercially-produced cleaning products available in store shelves, the greener alternatives can be made from everyday household items you might already have around the home, such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, etc.
Another advantage to changing over to green cleaning products is health-based. Most commercial household cleaners contain chemicals and toxins that have been found to have harmful effects on people’s health. Many of the additives and chemicals also become potential allergens or cause indoor air pollution, and there is the risk of a home visitor having an allergic reaction or discomfort once he or she comes in contact with those chemicals. To be sure that your home is safe, natural and organic cleaning products are the better alternative.
Here are a few homemade green cleaning products you can use:
- Homemade disinfectant – You can make your own homemade disinfectant, and all you will need is 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap, and between 20-30 drops of tea tree oil. This solution can be used to disinfect tables, countertops, desks, staircases, doorknobs, and other surfaces. The homemade disinfectant is a great alternative to bleach (it definitely smells better than bleach as well).
- Baking soda and water – This homemade solution is excellent for removing grime and stains that stick on tiles, porcelain, and other floor types. You can also utilize baking soda and water for cleaning kitchen countertops and sinks, cutting boards, refrigerators, and oven tops.
- Vinegar or lemon juice – Grease streaks, stains, mildew, and other common household stains are very easily obliterated by vinegar or lemon juice. You can spray or douse the lemon juice or vinegar on the stained area and then scrub or brush after letting it sit for a few minutes. Vinegar and lemon juice also work great as window cleaners.