10 Housecleaning Tips and Tricks (That Are Almost Magic)

While you can clean your house yourself, sometimes it’s best to just relax and let the professionals do the work. When you engage services such as Maggy Maid or Maid Green, you’re getting excellent service at a reasonable price.

However, you may still want to clean your house yourself, even if you do this occasionally. But there are some issues where you might find yourself out of your depth. Before you call for the pros again, perhaps these tips can help.

Here are some tips on issues that you may not know (yet) how to deal with:

1.Stained Cutting Board

This is one problem that you don’t usually have professional maid service deal with, so it’s great that you can handle this yourself.

You can remove food stains from your cutting board (as well as funky smells) simply by running the cut side of a lemon over the cutting board.

If the stains are too tough, try sprinkling the cutting board with either baking soda or some salt first, before you run the lemon over it.

2.Scratchy Towels

Your towels may seem clean, but they may have become significantly scratchier over time. That’s likely due to the mineral buildup resulting from the hard water you use when you take a shower.

But you can lift these mineral deposits from the towels yourself. Get some extremely hot water (preferably fresh from boiling) and add some ammonia to it. Use this mixture to wash the towels.

3.Slow Drain

Maid service doesn’t usually deal with this, but getting a plumber won’t be necessary. If your drain is beginning to clog, you can handle it.

Start by pouring half a cup of baking soda down that drain. Follow that up with half a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet cloth, since the effects can be rather unpleasant. Wait for about 5 minutes as the baking soda and vinegar work their wonders, and then finish things off by flushing the drain with really hot water.

4.Funky Pet Smells

If you have pets, you may have gotten so used to the smells that you no longer notice them. But your visitors will, especially when your dogs and cats like to nap on the couches and other soft and cushy areas around your home. They’ll smell not quite nice.

You can get rid of the unpleasant smells by sprinkling some baking soda over these areas. Wait for 15 minutes, then you can vacuum up. The baking soda basically absorbs the smells, so use these for all your pets’ favorite hangout places.

5.Wall Doodles

Seeing the doodles of your kids on your walls may have you immediately call for professional maid service. But before you do, maybe you can wipe them out on your own. Dampen a sponge and then sprinkle some bit of baking soda on it, and then use this to lightly scrub off the doodles. This will probably work on painted walls.

6.Marker Stains on Wood

What if your kids doodled on your wooden floors, walls, or cabinets? What if they used markers? It’s not the end of the world, if that’s the case.

The quick solution is actually something you don’t have to order online. Just use toothpaste to erase those marker stains from the wood.

7.Dirty Combs and Hairbrushes

Aside from your own hair, these hairbrushes and combs can ger really dirty with accumulated buildup of dust, dirt, and shed skin. But you can clean these implements all by yourself. Just use warm water with a few drops of gentle shampoo or dish soap. When the solution gets sudsy, you can get started.

8.Stuffed Animals

These things can get dirty over time, and that can be problematic with your kids hugging and kissing these stuffed animals. You should give these stuffed animals regular baths in the washing machine, maybe once every 1 or 2 weeks.

In between those regular baths, use a lint-roller to give these stuffed animals a quick once-over.

9.Garbage Disposal

It’s not surprising if the garbage disposal eventually smells, right? Dealing with the bad smell isn’t really a problem, though. Just run a few lemon rinds through the garbage disposal. Follow that up with some cold water, and you’re good to go.

10.Funky Sneakers

When your sneakers get a bit smelly (as they generally do), don’t just tolerate it. Instead, deal with it after every time you wear the sneakers.

All you have to do is to sprinkle some of that versatile baking soda inside the shoes. And while you’re at it, sprinkle some baking soda into your gym, bag as well. Let the baking soda stay there, and then just tap it out when you’re going to wear those sneakers again.

 

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