What are the worst housekeeping, cleaning-wise, offenses? When you go to someone’s house and go OMG?

I have about half an hour to clean before company will be here. It needs a good general cleaning – It’s not bad but since I can’t get everything perfect in a half-hour, what would you focus on if you were me? I guess load the dishwasher and then do the bathroom……

What are the things that most gross you out?

I always notice smell first thing…so get rid of anything that could smell bad and maybe light a candle or open a window if its not too cold where you are.

Anything that is dirty in a manner congruent with unsanitary should be cleaned: ie dirty dishes, stained toilet bowl, toothpasty bathroom sink or overflowing trash cans.

Then focus on whatever room you will be doing the brunt of your entertaining in, by removing all clutter, possible allergens (cat hair on upholstery) or anything that would make your guests feel claustrophobic in that room. For instance, you probably dont need your treadmill in front of the couch or your bike leaning on your dining room table kind of stuff.

As long as it smells good and doesnt remind me of a frat house….I can forgive most other things though. :)

7 Responses to “What are the worst housekeeping, cleaning-wise, offenses? When you go to someone’s house and go OMG?”

  1. Jenny K Says:

    dirty bathrooms are the worst! dirty bath floor and sink, no clean towel to dry your hands, no soap to wash hands! dirty stinky cat litter box! light a candle.
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  2. 5150 Says:

    A clean bathroom is totally important. If it looks like a service station potty, that’s gross. Take the trash out in the kitchen and bathroom.
    If you’re feeding people make sure the kitchen surfaces don’t look like they might make people sick.

    A clean place to sit is also very important.
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  3. Dr. Frog, Flying High Again Says:

    Fowl smells and stuff on the floor. I’m fairly forgiving and can over look alot. But, I don’t do stink and I can’t stand tripping on stuff.
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  4. Dena Says:

    Yes, do the bathrooms first and get the bulk of the mess out of kitchen and livingroom. Spray deoderizer as well or light a scented candle while you work. Now, since you also asked what is the worse housekeeping offense, I’d have to say cat or dog turds on the floor/on carpet from a pet or "goes" inside the house. We actually went to a lady’s house who had cats and a large dog living in the home whom she did not let outside to use the potty. It was beyond gross…cat hair on everything, couches, etc. We stood in the foyer and left soon after.
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  5. DM Says:

    Definately the bathroom.
    Litter boxes- I find them offensive at the best of times.
    Stash the dishes.
    Pick up clutter- newspapers, books, toys, magazines.
    Open a couple of windows and get some fresh air in.

    Don’t "spray" anything…it’s too obvious.
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  6. Bozema Says:

    Dirty bathrooms are nasty and so is dirty clothing on the floor. Dirty kitchens are also bad. I don’t mind a few dishes in the sink, but countertops and stoves should be tidy.

    The biggest gross-out is dog or cat pee or poop (or a dirty litter box).
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  7. Brat Àla Mode Says:

    I always notice smell first thing…so get rid of anything that could smell bad and maybe light a candle or open a window if its not too cold where you are.

    Anything that is dirty in a manner congruent with unsanitary should be cleaned: ie dirty dishes, stained toilet bowl, toothpasty bathroom sink or overflowing trash cans.

    Then focus on whatever room you will be doing the brunt of your entertaining in, by removing all clutter, possible allergens (cat hair on upholstery) or anything that would make your guests feel claustrophobic in that room. For instance, you probably dont need your treadmill in front of the couch or your bike leaning on your dining room table kind of stuff.

    As long as it smells good and doesnt remind me of a frat house….I can forgive most other things though. :)
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