Cleaning your house doesn’t have to be a tedious task. These tips should help make life easier especially for busy homeowners.
1. Always use clean cloths and sponges.
Cleaning a house using dirty cloths is counter-productive. Make sure your tools are clean especially cloths and sponges by microwaving them for half a minute to kill any bacteria. You can also put your sponge in the dishwasher, and cleaning cloths in the washing machine.
2. Use vinegar and newspaper to clean your glass windows and mirrors.
Using cloth to clean mirrors tend to leave lint, smudges and streaks. Use newspaper instead since it has soft fibers that make it non-abrasive. Instead of using commercially available cleaning solutions which may be toxic, vinegar is a great alternative. It is also better for the environment.
3. Clean your coffee pot with denture cleaning tablets.
Denture cleaning tablets which contain effervescent and antibacterial properties are great for cleaning coffee or teapot. Just by soaking it in water and mimicking the cleaning motion of brushing teeth, it can remove stains even in the most hard to reach areas.
4. Use vinegar, baking soda and a plastic bag to clean faucets and shower heads.
You can get rid of unwanted buildup, limescale and grime from your showers and faucets by filling up a sandwich bag with vinegar and baking soda. Put the showerhead and/or faucet inside the bag and secure with a rubber band. Let it soak for 2 hours. Put back the showerhead/faucet and let the water run for a few seconds.
5. Use dryer sheets for cleaning baseboards.
Get a dryer sheet and run it along your baseboards to remove dust and help your room smell nice and clean. You can do the same for your mirrors, window blinds, and light fixtures.
6. Remove hair in your carpet using a squeegee.
Pet hair can be difficult to remove from your carpet even when you vacuum regularly. Use our bathroom squeegee instead.
7. Use baking soda to clean your couch.
Baking soda is very absorbent and can remove odors and dirt from your couch. First you’ll need to brush your couch to remove debris. Then sprinkle some baking soda and leave it for 20-30 minutes. After this, just vacuum the couch.
8. Use salt and grapefruit to remove sink and bath tub stains.
Grapefruit is just as effective as lemon in removing stubborn stains. Slice a piece of grapefruit and sprinkle with salt. Use the salted side of the fruit to scrub your tub or sink.
9. Use your dishwasher to clean plastics, ceramics, toys, and others.
If you have ceramics, glass or plastics you can wash them in your dishwasher. Same can be done for toy Legos, toothbrush holders, etc. If you’re planning to put in some small items just put them inside a dishwasher safe container so they don’t damage your washer.
10. Use white bread to remove greasy fingerprints from walls.
Instead of throwing out stale bread, use it to remove unwanted fingerprint stains from wallpapers or walls. Gluten is great at absorbing stains and even dirt. Just dab with a piece of sliced bread (don’t rub).
11. Use lemon oil to remove grease from your oven.
Lemon oil is a wonderful degreaser and can remove stubborn grease stains. Just mix a cup of water, a cup of vinegar, and several drops of lemon oil. Spray the mixture onto your stovetop and oven. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wipe.
Deep-cleaning your house, removing stubborn stains, and getting rid of dirt in hard-to-reach areas are definitely not our favorite chores. Hopefully these tips can help you do these things much easier instead of having to spend a ton of money on cleaning products. You may also want to invest in cleaning services like Merry Maids every few months or so to ensure that your home is thoroughly clean.