Our lives become ever more busier and we tend to spend less time to take care about the most basic of chores. Here’re a handful of simple, yet clever and efficient tips for cleaning your home the DIY way: Use these speed cleaning hacks wisely and make sure to let us know which one you’ll use!
TIP #1: How to clean the bathroom without too much scrubbing?
Here’s the recipe for a speed cleaning hack that will help you save both elbow grease and time!
What you will need:
Your average refillable sprayer bottle.
Regular all-purpose cleaning detergent.
A piece of damp cloth, paper towel or a few old rags.
Enough hot water.
What to do:
Thoroughly spray all bathroom surfaces – cupboards, worktop areas, the exterior of furnishing present, as well as tiles, your sink, mirrors, glass surfaces (if present) and everything in between.
Leave the hot water on till you fully steam your whole bathroom. Usually, this would take no more than 5 or 10 minutes. I would recommend using the shower head, for it will steam the room way faster than hot water on tap.
Once you’re sure that your bathroom is properly steamed – turn the hot water off and leave the room for 20 minutes. The goal is to give enough time for steam and detergent to mix in.
After you’ve covered step #1, #2 and #3, all you have to do is wipe everything with a piece of damp cloth, paper towel or a regular rag!
Enjoy your clever approach!
Voalla! This speed cleaning hack will help you’ll save both on elbow grease and effort! Of course, for some of the more stubborn stains, you will have to scrub a bit extra, but overall, mixing steam and an all-purpose cleaning detergent is my favourite speed cleaning hack of all!
It is simple, efficient and helps you save on time!
TIP #2: How to prolong the cosy shine of bathroom tiles:
Apply a coat of wax to your tiles. This way you will minimise ceramic tile water marks and improve the overall shine. You could do this once every 4 or 6 months.
TIP #3: Hacks for cleaning the toilet:
Here’s what Dmtry A. Kara, professional cleaning expert at Fantastic Cleaners (London), has to say:
- Use two antacid tablets or a denture tablet plus baking soda directly in your toilet. Give it a good 20, 30 minutes so everything can fully dissolve. Scrub and flush. It’s a good practice to diversify – use a vitamin C tablet instead.
- Use mouthwash to clean your toilet by simply pouring half a cup into your WC. Let it settle in for about 30 minutes. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush, flush it all and you’re all good to go.
- Coca-Cola/Coke is among the best cleaning solutions I can recommend. It can dissolve rust and even blood stains. Incredibly useful for move out cleaning. Sip a can of cola into your toilet and leave it for about an hour. Once again – scrub and flush and you’ve cut scrubbing by a mile!
TIP #4: How to easily clean your shower doors:
- Mix distilled white vinegar and baking soda to a paste.
- Make sure it’s thick enough so you can apply it directly to your door (it has to stick).
- Leave the paste to do its thing for an hour or two and then wipe it off.
- Rinse it properly and dry it up.
Tip #5 Are you missing a squeegee for cleaning windows and glass?
“Try using old papers to polish when done with washing. Newspapers are one of the best when you want to achieve that crystal shine of glass. Just make sure you have enough papers to use and enough elbow grease, because a crystal-clear window will require some decent polishing.” – Andrew Rutherford from Go Cleaners (London).
Tip #6: Try cleaning with boric acid.
This is a great solution for disinfection and deodorising anything washable. Among the advantages of boric acid is the fact you don’t have to dissolve it via hot water (like you have to do with washing soda).
Add 2 teaspoons per 3 litres of water and plus soap meant for hand-wash.
1/4 cup for an upright washer plus regular laundry detergents
1/8 cup for sideloading washers
Doesn’t fade natural dyes like indigo. It is suitable for feather pillows, feather beds, and down jackets without soap so as not to remove the original feather oils. It can be safely used with chlorine bleach or ammonia, fabric softener, water softener, vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol. Hypoallergenic if the other stuff is. Safe for fine lingerie, baby clothes, pet bedding and of course for carpets too..
“I use Boric Acid, plus 1 pint rubbing alcohol plus regular detergent to remove cat urine odor, and skunk spray odour from washables. The trick is to set it on the longest wash with the most rinses using the hottest water that the article can stand.”
How to setup a cleaning plan at home?
First: Start with planning!
The clever way to approach cleaning your home is the organised way. Here’s a simple list for you to follow:
- Write down all the tasks and chores you want to accomplish and then further break those into sub-categories, i.e. cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, hallway, outdoor (if present) and etc. Be realistic about what you can do.
- Clean little by little and on a daily basis. It is baby steps that will help you reach your goal.
- Start with the least desired chores first and try to focus on one task at a time, so cleaning becomes less overwhelming.
- Make sure to cross each and every task you complete. This way you will bring in the motivating sense of accomplishment.
- Declutter your home prior to starting your cleanup.
- Double check if you’re not throwing out important papers or documents.
- Start cleaning top to bottom. Wipe fans and fixtures attached to the ceiling.
- Next, come walls, followed by curtains and blinds. Cleaning all flooring areas should come last.
- Having good music as a background is essential for your mental condition.
- A great idea is to involve your family, meaning children. Gamification and rewards can do wonders with helping cleaning your home!