For many, cleaning is the most boring task and the worst punishment in the world. Let’s be honest, many only start cleaning when they realize their whole house is dirty, every room looking like a battlefield. Cleaning can be a quick and simple process if you know a few basic tricks. Here are 11 genius home cleaning tips that will help you take on your household tasks quickly and more easily.
1. Effective ways to clean the dirtiest things in the bathroom
This old shower curtain can look good as new if you scrub all the dirty, yellowed and mouldy zones with an equal part hydrogen peroxide and water mixture. On the other hand, to clean toothbrushes and kill all the germs, soak them in vinegar for one hour. Then, rinse them well with tap water.
Soak sponges you regularly use to clean your bathroom in hot water and vinegar for one hour. Then, wash them well with clean water and dry them.
2. Make the bath sparkle and look good as new
Hydrogen peroxide will help you eliminate lime deposits, calcium stains and yellow stains. Pour some in a spray bottle, spray it on the bath’s surface, wait half an hour, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
You can easily clean your bath’s surface by sprinkling some baking soda all over it, waiting a few minutes and then pouring some vinegar. Then, gently clean the surface with a brush and rinse with warm water.
3. Eliminate limestone in your toilet bowl
All you need to do is open a sugar-free Kool-Aid pack, sprinkle some inside the toilet and leave it for about an hour.
After the Kool-Aid has soaked for about an hour, all you need to do is use a brush, scrub and then flush the toilet. The acid in the powdered drink will help break down stains.
4. Clean in between the tiles
You can eliminate mould, black stains and calcium deposit in narrow zones between tiles with a white paraffin candle. Scrub these zones with the tip of the candle a few times. It will clean and protect your walls from mould and dust.
Pour baking soda in a bowl and use an old toothbrush dipped in water to clean dirty areas between tiles. After cleaning, rinse the area with warm water. The floor or wall will be good as new.
Mix hot water with hydrogen peroxide in a 2 to 1 ratio. Clean the cracks between the tiles with this mixture by using a brush or a sponge.
5. Make tiles shine
Add 15g (0,5 oz) of citric acid to a glass of hot water and clean the tiles with this mixture. Then, clean with water.
Vinegar can clean even the dirtiest of tile walls. Spray the surface with vinegar with a spray bottle, wait 10 minutes and clean with water. Then, wipe the tiles with a soft microfiber cloth. This method will help you clean and disinfect tile walls.
6. Make the washing machine good as new
Don’t forget to clean your washing machine once every three months! Citric acid can eliminate scum and calcium that has accumulated in your washing machine. Pour 60g (2,1 oz) citric acid in the detergent compartment and turn it on for a complete cycle with hot water.
The following simple and effective solution will help you clean the inside of your washing machine.
- 2 cups of vinegar
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup of water
- A sponge
Mix the water and baking soda in a bowl. Pour this mixture in the detergent compartment. Add the vinegar in the washing machine drum. Run it for a normal wash cycle. Once it is finished, wipe all the rubber seals and the door with a sponge. Leave the door open to let the drum dry.
7. Eliminate stovetop oil stains
You can eliminate stovetop oil stains with a plain eraser. In fact, professional cleaning services often use this trick.
You can clean even the oiliest of stovetops by using only lemon juice and lemon slices. Squeeze the lemon, wipe the stovetop with the lemon and wait 15 minutes. Then, wipe it with a humid cloth.
8. Clean the oven without using chemical products
Use vinegar to keep your oven looking good as new. Put a bit of vinegar on the surface with a sponge. Close the door and wait a few hours. Then, wipe the stains with a cloth. Scrub the most intense stains with a brush. Make sure you rinse everything well with water.
Baking powder is an excellent natural cleaner to remove oil and grime stains. Wipe the oven with warm water, sprinkle some of the baking powder and spray some water from a spray bottle. After half an hour, remove any powder clots with a humid cloth and wash the oven with water. This method with especially help remove all oily stains from the glass door.
9. Freshen up your mattress
At least once a season, clean your mattress using only the nozzle made for delicate surfaces of your vacuum cleaner. In fact, it is best to do this every time you change your sheets. To get rid of the obsolete smell on the mattress, sprinkle baking soda on it, wait half an hour, then vacuum it. You can remove new sweat stains with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing liquid in a 2:1 ratio.
10. Remove carpet stains
1 tablespoon of glycerin in a litre of cold water will help remove coffee, cocoa or tea stains. To easily remove beer, wine or liquor stains from the carpet, rub them with a solution of hot water and a little detergent. Then wash it with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 0.5 litres of warm water.
11. Eliminate fabric stains
To remove oil paint stains from fabric, use a mixture of equal parts gasoline, acetone and turpentine.
You can easily remove fresh ink stains from fabric with milk.
The saline solution (1 teaspoon of salt per cup of water) will help you remove any traces of grass on your clothes.
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