Cleaning for Seniors - Accessible Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy
As accessibility changes, it may be difficult for Seniors to stay on top of the chores. Cleaning is an activity that as we age, may get more difficult for people with limited movement. As the years pass, one way to ensure that you are able to stick to your cleaning routine, is to keep it simple! Little adjustments to your old routine can put less strain on you, making cleaning more accessible for seniors and much easier to stay on top of.
1. Use Mops and Brooms for Hard to Reach Places
Bending and stretching can get trickier as we age. Anything with a long handle is really helpful as your extended arm. A broom, for example, is great for sweeping floors, but can also be used as a duster. Wrap a microfibre cloth around the end and secure it with an elastic to reach on top of furniture, and clean your baseboards and walls. The extended handle will make those hard to reach places more accessible. The same theory can be applied to your mop! Use your mop to clean your tub and shower walls with ease.
2. Keep your Toilets Fresh for Longer
Toilets can be tedious because in order to keep them fresh, they need to be cleaned often. However, if you keep your water tank fresh, it will help to keep your bowl cleaner for longer. Simply fill a mason jar with white vinegar and pop a few holes in the lid. Place the mason jar in your toilet tank to keep your toilet fresh for weeks.
3. Use Countertop Bins and Labels
Use bins and labels to store dry goods and cans on your kitchen countertops. Storing food in hard to reach places could put more strain on your back and have you bending and stretching unnecessarily. Instead, try storing food in stackable bins on your counter top for easy access.
4. Clean your Microwave Naturally
Scrubbing off stuck-on messes can be more arm work than it needs to be. Loosening stuck on food first will make cleaning the inside of your microwave much easier to do. Simply fill a microwaveable dish with water and a few slices of lemon, or some lemon juice. Let it steam up in the microwave for a minute and wipe off!
5. Ditch the Chemicals - Use Vinegar
Many household products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate our skin, eyes and lungs. Luckily, vinegar is an amazing alternative that has chemical-like powers to clean just about everything in your home. The best part? It’s half the price of cleaning products! Simply dilute cleaning vinegar with water at a 1:2 ratio in a spray bottle. Vinegar can be used to clean:
- Showers and tubs
6. Get Shiny Windows - Without the Harsh Chemicals
There is an easy and natural way to clean your windows to leave them streak-free without any harsh chemicals. Simply wet a microfiber cloth and wipe down your windows, then use a dry microfibre to shine. Use an extension tool for those hard to reach areas.
7. Make Oven Cleaning Easier
Most oven racks are too large to fit in the sink. Simply fill your bathtub with warm water and a squeeze of dish soap and allow them to soak for an hour. Once the grease and dirt has loosened use dryer sheets to wipe down the racks and the shower head to rinse the racks. You can then spray your tub down with diluted vinegar, wipe with a mop and rinse to clean out your bathtub.
8. A Trick for Cleaning Blinds
When left untouched, blinds can certainly build up dust and grime. They’re tacky surfaces are perfect for attracting dust particles that live in your home and affect your air quality. One easy way to clean them is to elastic band an old pair of socks around tongs (yes the utensils) and press each blind between the socks and wipe. It’s a great way to ensure you don’t miss a spot and you are also cleaning both sides of the blinds.
Ask for Help!
We are a team of trained professionals who help seniors every week keep their homes tidy. Whether it’s once a month, or regular cleaning services, our teams are trained to tackle every inch of your home so you can rest easy in a clean environment. Let us help you maintain your home, keep it bacteria free, and have you breathing the freshest quality of air.
Contact us today to book a service! We look forward to helping you keep your home tidy!