Quick and easy house cleaning tips
Sometimes the simplest things are the best, and cheaper than commercial cleaners.
We have put together a quick and easy list of house cleaning tips to help you keep your new home pristine, or as close to new as possible.
Kitchen cloth or sponge
To kill germs on a dirty sponge, microwave it on high for two minutes and let it cool.
Use an absorbent cotton cloth instead of paper towels when cleaning windows, then use a clean and dry cotton towel to buff away any little marks.
To clean marks off pots and pans, fill your pan with water and one cup of vinegar. Simmer on stove and add two tablespoons of bicarb soda. Then simple empty the pan and scrub burn marks.
To disinfect the disposal, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue.
Just like your cooking tools, cupboards can get greasy when you’re making dinner. Add a little dish soap to a spray bottle with warm water to mist away the grime. Then rise with a well wring cloth and dry.
To freshen your microwave and make the inside easier to wipe down by heating a cup of water, a cup of vinegar and a diced lemon in a bowl on high for approx 2 minutes or until the microwaves window is steamy.
After the microwave has filled with steam, let the bowl sit for 15 minutes before you open the door, and clean away any grime with ease using a damp cloth to wipe down the inside.
If your microwave needs further attention and cleaning, use a combination of baking soda and dishwashing liquid to wipe down the inside.
To clean the outside of the microwave, wipe down the front door with your kitchen cleaning solution. And if you own a stainless steel microwave, remove smudges on the outside with a small amount of coconut spray and a paper towel.
Courtesy Michael Dimopoulos, a Thumbtack House Cleaner and the founder of Lazy Susans Cleaning.
At least once a year, you should clean your dishwasher with a thorough cleaning to get rid of grime, build-up, and mould.
Use these steps and homemade cleaning solution from Michael Dimopoulos, a Thumbtack House Cleaner and the founder of Lazy Susans Cleaning, to give your dishwasher a deep clean.
First, remove any dishes, the filter, and any other solid waste from the dishwasher. Wipe down and clean the filter.
In a spray bottle, combine
30% water, and
10 drops of citrus oil
Spray the entire dishwasher with the vinegar solution making sure you cover all the trays, compartments, moveable parts, and walls inside.
Let this mixture sit for 15 minutes, and then wash using a hot cycle.
Once the cycle has finished, cover the bottom of the dishwasher with a generous amount of baking soda and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wash it again on a hot cycle.
If your dishwasher is in need of even more TLC or you notice mould, use hydrogen peroxide to spray down and clean it.
Keep rubbish bins integrated in every room. If there is a place for rubbish, then you’ll be more likely to get rid of things and minimise the clutter.
If your drain moves slower than a tortoise, unclog it by pouring down ½ cup baking soda, then ½ cup vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet cloth, and let sit for five minutes. Uncover and flush with steaming-hot water.
To clean your shower head, pour distilled white vinegar in a plastic baggy and secure it to the shower head with a rubber band. Let it soak for 1 hour. Wipe clean with a wet cloth. Easy fix for a clogged shower head!
Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat into the stone.
Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they'll create are extremely dangerous. Before doing any mixing, read the product labels first.
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