The secret is to assign cleaning products of a particular color to each room in the house, depending on how much dirt and grime has built up and the nature of the task at hand. Anyone who has tried it never goes back as the results are nothing short of spectacular. How? By always using the same color of bucket, mop, cloth and sponge in the given area, bacteria cannot travel from one surface to another and cause infection. Think about it. You really don’t want to use the sponge cloth you used for the toilet on the kitchen counter where you prepare food. It’s also not the best idea to clean the living room floor with the same mop you used on the terrace or in the bathroom.
For each area, assign a certain color for the cleaning products! In addition to being highly effective, this technique borrowed from the pros has other advantages, too. Every member of the family, even the smallest, can learn the art of cleaning, especially as the colors not only determine the place to be cleaned, but also the amount of dirt. Red products, for example, might be assigned to the favorite place for germs to hide, the toilet bowl and the surrounding area, while blue is reserved exclusively for the windows and mirrors. Putting this method to work makes cleaning a whole lot simpler. We no longer need to keep an eye on what we used where, items don’t need to be stored separately any more and family arguments about which cleaning products to use for a particular task are a thing of the past. A single color is worth a thousand words – this has never been truer than when it comes to color-coded cleaning.
There’s nothing else for it than to do a walk-through of the house and decide on the colors. It goes without saying that none of these rules are set in stone. The table below shows the most popular color combinations, so it’s worth a look for inspiration.
Yellow – cleaning of surfaces that pose less of a hygiene risk, such as the washbasin in the bathroom
Blue – glass surfaces, such as mirrors and windows
Green – surfaces where food is prepared, such as the kitchen counter
Red – high-risk surfaces for contamination such as the toilet bowl or bidet
Pro tip: Hang the chart up in your holiday home or AirBnB flat, where the colorful icons will allow even international visitors to keep things spotlessly clean.