National Cleaning Week – Shortcuts for Keeping Your Parent’s Home Clean, Healthy, and Fresh


Home Care in Lowell MI: National Cleaning Week – Shortcuts for Keeping Your Parent’s Home Clean, Healthy, and Fresh

Being a family caregiver means that you always have a long to-do list to accomplish each day and may feel as though you do not have the time to complete them all. This means that you are always looking for ways that you can streamline your efforts to make sure that they get the results that they want, but you can also complete your to-do list as efficiently and effectively as possible. Taking cleaning shortcuts is one of the best ways that you can do this. These shortcuts enable you to keep your parent’s home fresh, clean, and healthy without taking all of your time, energy, and effort each day.


Use these shortcuts to keep your parent’s home clean, healthy, and fresh:

  • Multitask with fabric softener sheets. Dryer sheets are not just for tossing into the dryer to make your parent’s clothing softer. They are also fantastic for freshening as well as for making washing baked-on dishes easier. Try tucking sheets into drawers or closets, and placing one on the bottom of the trashcan for a fresher home. Once a sheet has been used in a load of laundry, place in the bottom of heavily baked-on pots and pans, cover with water, and allow to soak for an hour before using them to scrub off the residue, then wash as usual.
  • Divide laundry as you go. Take steps, and time, out of doing the laundry by encouraging your parent to dividing the loads before they even go into the laundry room. Invest in multiple hampers or baskets so that your parent gave put their clothing in the right one depending on color or fabric as soon as they take it off.
  • Wipe surfaces throughout the day. Deep cleaning or trying to handle large messes is much more difficult than tackling small messes at a time. Make it a point to wipe surfaces such as counters, tables, and sinks throughout the day as needed, and then before bed so that big messes do not develop.


If you have been looking for ways to improve your parent’s quality of life and enhance their later years, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. Whether your senior needs extensive care and assistance, or would simply benefit from extra companionship and diversification of care and social engagement, an in-home senior care services provider can be exactly what they need. By creating a highly personalized approach to care, support, assistance, and encouragement, this care provider can help your loved one manage their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in the way that is right for them, while also helping them to pursue an active, engaged, fulfilling, and independent quality of life. When it comes to helping them keep their home fresh, clean, and healthy, this care provider can help your parent come up with a routine, choose cleaning techniques that work for your parent’s home and abilities, and helping them to modify cleaning tasks so that your parent can enjoy a clean, healthy home and get the sense of accomplishment of knowing that they are taking proper care of their home. Even if your senior does not need extensive care and assistance in other areas of their lives, having this support can help your parent manage these basic tasks with greater confidence, and so that they can save time, energy, and effort for things that they want to do outside of the home.


If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Lowell, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.


About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.