Tips for men to “clean up” their love lives – and homes

Is your bachelor pad starting to accumulate piles? Photo courtesy of Grap via Wikimedia Commons

Dude, if your place smells – a good clean is way overdue. A clean home is a healthy home, but we at The Maids know some guys need a little extra boost. And a new love interest wanting to check out your place is a powerful incentive.

Cleaning up the place is doubly important if your date has allergies or allergy-induced asthma. With about one in six U.S. residents in this category, you really can’t afford to take the chance on that planned romantic dinner or movie night.

A few simple steps will put you and your place in the best light:

  • Air it out. Open all of the windows and air out the place for at least 30 minutes. Do this preferably when the pollen count is low.

  • Toss it. Throw away all newspaper stacks because they are breeding grounds for bugs. Some bugs, like cockroaches, can be strong allergens.

  • Remove it. If your shower washable curtain liner has mildew on it, take it down and wash it in the washing machine according to the label’s instructions.

  • If you’re losing it. Use a square of toilet paper to quickly collect loose hairs on the bathroom floor. If time permits, vacuum the floor for best results.

  • Scour it. Clean in, on and around the toilet with a disinfectant. Use an old toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach crevices and toilet seat hinges.

  • Wipe it. Wipe off kitchen counters using an all-purpose cleaner. Crumbs and spilled food attract bugs and rodents. A sloppy kitchen is not sexy.

  • Wash it. Get dirty dishes out of the sink. Put dishes in the dishwasher or hand wash them.

  • Trash it. Throw out any unidentifiable food items in the refrigerator. Thoroughly wash out your refrigerator with soap and water and then rinse with vinegar and water. The vinegar rinse helps inhibit mold growth.

  • Pick it up. Use a laundry basket to pick up clothes and other items and store them in a closet.

  • Dust it. Dust mites are one of the most common allergy aggravators – get rid of them by dusting and vacuuming thoroughly, from top to bottom.

  • Shut it. Don’t forget to put down the toilet seat. Not an allergen, just a turn off!

We don’t mean to nag, but consider this: A 2011 survey by the American Cleaning Institute, formerly the Soap and Detergent Association, found men are more highly motivated to clean when their home starts to smell, they are told to clean or someone comments about their home’s lack of cleanliness.

Try not to wait until then, for your sake as well as your friends and family. Or just call us.

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