Do you feel like there’s always a corner of your home that needs to be cleaned, no matter how often you tidy around the house? Even worse: if you are rather busy and unable to spare enough time in a day to maintain the premises on a regular basis, once you get down to business – the cleaning mission seems almost impossible.
Taking both cases into consideration, we have decided to make a list of best cleaning hacks that will help you save, not only time, but money as well, since you can forget about spending large amounts on expensive (and sometimes even ineffective) cleaning products.
Thorough Cleaning of the Kitchen Appliances
Appliances and containers you keep around your kitchen are usually the most difficult to clean, and what’s worse – they are always full of bacteria.
Because of their shape, corners of the blender are difficult to reach and clean thoroughly. That’s why once a month, you should fill it with warm water and add a drop of dish soap. Turn the blender on for a few seconds, rinse it out with warm water, and it will be spotless.
The most common source of bad kitchen smell; from time to time, cut up a lemon, run a few smaller slices through garbage disposal and you are bound to sense the difference instantly. Thanks to this little trick, you don’t have to spend money on expensive products and artificial sink refreshers full of toxic chemicals.
Whether you have one in the kitchen or bathroom, air vents are always full of dust and dirt. Not only do these block the air from getting out, they also let that dust into the room, causing indoor air pollution. Don’t worry, you don’t have to hire a professional, you can clean it yourself, and only maybe once a month.
First, try using a soft vacuum brush tool, but if that does not prove efficient, soak a rag with any cleaning product you have in your home and wrap it around a butter knife. This way you’ll easily clean all corners, even the ones that are a bit deeper in the wall.
Cleaning a Sponge using Microwave
Remember Monica who dreamed of having a small vacuum cleaner she could use to clean her bigger vacuum cleaner? At the time, she might have sounded a bit silly, but the fact is, things we use for cleaning do pick up a lot of bacteria, sponges especially. Throwing them after only one use is far from cost-efficient, and so we recommend putting it in the microwave and setting the 30-second timer to kill all bacteria. Bear in mind that you have to wait a minute or two before touching it, since it will be really hot.
Microwave Thorough Cleanse
Now that you’ve used microwave go clean the pile of different sponges it is time to give your microwave a proper disinfection! One of the simplest, yet most effective, methods is to halve a couple of lemons, submerge them into a water filled dish, place it into the microwave and turn it on. The key is not just to wait until the water has boiled but to also leave it rest a couple of minutes after that in order for steam to melt the layers of dirt! Now, you can effortlessly wipe your microwave and release it from all the accumulated food leftovers and dirt.
Backing Soda for Your Furniture
Stains on your furniture are inevitable, and unless they are made from leather, stains are quite challenging to get rid of. In these cases, we recommend baking soda that will not only clean the fabric, but will also get rid of any lingering smell. Brush off the surface of the couch and sprinkle baking soda on the area that needs cleaning. After about 20 to 30 minutes, vacuum it with the brush attachment and your couch will look as good as new.
Getting Rid of Pet Hair
Those who have little furry friends running around their home understand how their hair can sometimes stick to furniture and carpets, and cannot be simply vacuumed. Once a month, sweep the carpets with the rubber squeegee, or if you don’t own one, you can put on a dish washing glove and run over the carpet with your hand.
Breathe New Shine Into Leather Furniture
Leather sofas and other comfortable pieces of furniture are a great visual asset, however they require additional care. If your favorite leather couch is suffering dryness and cracks it is time to give it a makeover! Try this proven recipe: combine ¼ cup olive oil with ¼ cup white vinegar and gently rub the leather surface using a paper towel dipped in this mixture.
Removing Spots from Stainless Steel Appliances
No matter how hard you try, there are always fingertips on your stainless steel appliances. According to the office cleaning Sydney-based service, for a clean shine you’ll need a microfiber or a soft cloth, and a bit of rubbing alcohol. For spotless effect, all you are required to do once in a month (or even two) is add two drops of olive oil, and the results will amaze you.
Getting Rid of Shower Scum
Once you decide to set aside the time to clean your bathroom, it usually means devoting one entire day to it. The best time and money saving advice is to combine a dish soap and vinegar in a dish wand. Once you get down to scrubbing, opt for either an old sponge or a toothbrush, since these are not only the most effective, but the easiest to operate with.
The Bottom Line
We hope the above tips and tricks help you in the future to save both money and time, as you can forget about purchasing numerous cleaning products and spending days cleaning your home. With our advice – you won’t have to clean more than once a month, and you will be able to do it with products and ingredients you already have in your house.
Do you have any great cleaning hacks you’d like to share?