Clever Cleaning Tricks for Your Home
We all want a clean home, but sometimes it seems like there’s just not enough time to clean everything regularly. Here are some amazing clever hacks that will cut your cleaning time in half, and let you get your house ready for guests.
1. CLEAN YOUR DISHWASHER WITH VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA.
cleaning service You probably have everything you need to clean your dishwasher in your kitchen. Set a cup of white vinegar on your dishwasher’s upper rack, then sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Next run dishwasher through the hot water cycle. The combination of these cleaning agents will combine to make a powerful grease-busting solution and it’ll also blast away any stale smells too.
2. CLEAN NATURALLY AND QUICKLY WITH LEMONS.
Lemons are a powerful cleaning agent. Tackle caked-on food in the microwave with lemon halves and a ½ cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl, then drop the halves into the water, putting the bowl in the microwave. Set the microwave for 3 minutes, and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, while the steam inside goes to work. Now you can wipe the gunk away easily. Finally, take another lemon, sprinkle your cutting board with salt, and scrub it with the lemon to disinfect it naturally.
3. SCRUB BLINDS WITH A DISCARDED SOCK, VINEGAR AND WATER.
Cleaning blinds is tedious work. However, you can use vinegar and water to clean blinds thoroughly in just a few minutes. Take equal parts of both vinegar and water, combining the two in a bowl. Next, get a sock to wear on your hand — this will make it easy to go over the blinds. Dip your sock in the mixture, and then run the sock over the slats to quickly remove dust. Periodically re-dip the sock and squeeze to remove the dust and dirt.
4. REMOVE BATHTUB RINGS WITH EASE.
Bathtub rings can make any bathroom look unsightly, but you can make that tub sparkling white again. For an enamel bathtub, make a paste of 2 parts baking soda and 1 part hydrogen peroxide, letting the paste sit on the tub for 30 minutes. Scrub and rinse, and the rings should disappear. If you have a porcelain bathtub, let 3 cups of white vinegar sit in a tub full of hot water for several hours, then drain. The stains should come off easily.
5. REMOVE STUBBORN PET HAIR WITH A RUBBER GLOVE.
We love our pets, but their hair is another story, especially when it’s all over the house. Clean up pet hair from upholstery by wearing a damp rubber glove then running over the surface. Rinse the hair off from the glove and repeat when necessary. For the baseboards, take a dryer sheet, and go along the length of the baseboard, letting the dryer sheet attract all kinds of hair. For carpets, take a window squeegee and go over carpet to pull out pet hair.
6. SCRUB AWAY STAINS WITH TOOTHPASTE.
Toothpaste has multiple uses for cleaning. Use toothpaste to clean piano keys, rubbing the keys a bit with toothpaste and a toothbrush, then gently wipe them clean with a damp cloth. Toothpaste is also great for chrome fixtures and is less abrasive than most cleaners on the market. Take non-gel toothpaste and rub it on fixtures, then polish with a dry cloth. You can do the same to remove scuffs on linoleum floors and scrub away build-up in in the bathroom sink too.
7. CLEAN HARD-TO-REACH SPOTS WITH CANNED AIR.
Dust and dirt can build up in a hard-to-reach spots, such as exhaust fans. If you want to remove that dust quickly, grab a canister of canned air to blow away the dust. Be sure you regularly remove the cover of the exhaust fan to make sure that you get rid of the non-visible dust on the other side; your fan will be much more efficient when clean.
8. REMOVE SMELLS FROM UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE WITH BAKING SODA.
Pets, food and people can leave gross smells on upholstered furniture. Fix the problem quickly with baking soda. Spread baking soda on the furniture, let it sit overnight, then vacuum. The baking soda will absorb the odors and leave your furniture smelling clean and fresh.
9. SCRUB UP PATIO FURNITURE WITH DISH SOAP.
Dish soap attacks grease and grime on your dishes, but it’s also great for patio furniture. Squirt a bit in a bowl of warm water, then go over your chairs and tables, wiping them down with the solution to remove dust and bugs. Rinse well with water, and let them dry in the sun. Most manufacturers actually recommend regularly washing your furniture, but check the tags for any special instructions, just in case.
10. WIPE AWAY DUSTY FANS WITH AN OLD PILLOWCASE.
Keep dust contained while cleaning a ceiling fan by using an old pillowcase. Use the pillowcase to wipe the blades one at a time, and watch the dust fly into the pillowcase. You can follow up the process by using a gentle clean on the blades, if you like, to make sure all of the dust has been removed.
11. REMOVE BUILD-UP FROM A SHOWERHEAD WITH VINEGAR AND WATER.
If your shower head is looking grungy, or is spraying in multiple directions, then you probably need to give it a good scrub. Don’t grab the scrub brush though; instead get a plastic bag, a rubber band, and some vinegar. Make a mixture of vinegar and water then pour it into the bag. Wrap the bag around the shower head and let it soak in the solution for at least 30 minutes while the vinegar removes the debris. Once it’s set long enough, remove the bag and rinse the shower head, and it should spray as good as new.
12. SCRUB UP OVEN RACKS WITH DRYER SHEETS AND DISH SOAP.
Banish stubborn stains and odors from your oven racks by using dryer sheets. Take a bit of dish soap and squirt it on a wet dryer sheet. Let the dryer sheets soak on the oven racks overnight to really break up the residue. The next day, wipe them clean and rinse — everything should come off with ease.
13. REMOVE GREASE FROM CABINETS WITH VEGETABLE OIL AND BAKING SODA.
As we cook, grease builds up on our cabinet doors, making them look streaky and gross. You can grab a bottle of vegetable oil, a clean old toothbrush and baking soda. Use a mixture of 1 part vegetable oil and 2 parts of baking soda, then dip the toothbrush into the solution to gently scrub away the grease off wooden cabinet doors.
14. CLEAN DIRTY WINDOW TRACKS WITH BAKING SODA, VINEGAR AND DISH SOAP.
Do you have dingy and dirty window tracks? Refresh them by combining 1 part baking soda, 1 part vinegar, and 1 part dish soap into a mixture. Dip a rag or toothbrush in the mixture then wipe clean for bright and clean window sills. You can use q-tips for the tight spaces, depending on the make and model of your window.
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