Life@Home – June 2021
Keeping your house clean can feel like a never-ending chore. But with many clever cleaning hacks that use ingredients and tools from around your house, this once tedious task will become effortless. We are sharing our top 10 quick and easy home cleaning tricks that will save your time, energy, and money!
1. Polish Stainless Steel with Olive Oil
Olive oil is a cooking go-to, and it can also help clean your home! Use oil on a soft cloth, rubbing in circular motions, to buff out any dirty stops on stainless steel. This is the perfect hack to make your pots, pans, and appliances look brand new.
2. Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal with Lemons
Garbage disposal do a lot of dirty work and often get missed on regular cleanups. To keep it clean and deodorized, add slices of fresh lemon with hot water to your running garburator. Use this hack for a quick refreshing scent right before guests arrive!
3. Remove Carpet Stains with Clear Alcohol
Carpet stains taking your time, energy, and money to remove can be a task of the past. Instead of using toxic, expensive cleaning solutions opt for clear alcohol. This could be rubbing alcohol, clear vodka, or even white wine! Pour your alcohol of choice onto the stain, then easily blot it away.
4. Baking Soda and Vinegar are the Dream Team for a Clean Bathroom
Baking soda and white vinegar are a staple solution for any cleaner. They can clean almost anything around the house, especially in the bathroom. Using this combination with water can clean your tub, toilet and even unclog drains. Check out this step by step guide on how to unclog your drains with this powerful cleaning solution.
5. Steam Clean Your Microwave
With stuck-on food and strong odors, microwaves can be even the most advanced cleaner’s nightmare. Instead of spending hours scrubbing away splattered food, steam clean your microwave to save you time and effort. Simply microwave a bowl of water in a microwave-safe dish on high for 5 minutes, then easily wipe away softened food with a sponge. Add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil for a fresh scent!
6. Don’t Forget to Sanitize Your Sponge
Your cleaning tools need cleaning too! Sponges can collect a lot of bacteria, so quickly sanitize them by putting your wet sponge in the microwave for 30 seconds. This will remove any bacteria making it good to continue using to clean your dishes and more!
7. Remove Pet Hair with Rubber Gloves
Pet hair seems to stick to everything, and no matter how many times you swept, vacuum, or lint roll there are still leftover hairs from your furry friends. Don’t waste your money on expensive hair-removing tools instead use rubber gloves. Rub down any accumulated hair areas and the elasticity will trap the hair onto your gloves. Then simply run the gloves under running water to dispose of the mess. This cheap trick will save your time, money and a lot of frustration towards your furry companions.
8. Dust Ceiling Fans with a Pillowcase
This hack may sound a little odd at first, but it will quickly become your new favourite cleaning method. Slide your pillowcase over a fan blade then swipe out. The dirt, dust, and grime will fall inside the pillowcase keeping the mess contained while cleaning the fan. Once you finished all the blades shake out the pillowcase outside then wash it. This cleaning trick will save you a lot of time cleaning the fallen debris and leave your home dust-free!
9. Wipe Down Blinds with an Old Sock
Put all your un-paired socks to use! Stuff your hand into an old sock to easily wipe down each blind. For an added clean, dip the sock into an equal part vinegar and water solution, to effortlessly remove any dirt or stains.
10. Clean Your Dishwasher
A dirty dishwasher can’t properly do its job to clean your dishes, so make washing your dishwasher part of your cleaning routine. Use baking soda and vinegar to remove built-up food, grease, and soap scum. Check out this 3-step guide to easily clean your dishwasher.
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