Many small, separate units combine together to make a house. For example, a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a garage. The maintenance and cleaning requirements for each of these units are different as well. Read on to discover some of the most commonly used cleaning hacks and tips for different areas of your home, using the right cleaning products.
Of the whole house, bathrooms are the most ideal place for mold growth. That means you often see mold growth in the shower or tub areas due to soapy water and soap scum. Mold can settle into any cracks it finds, both large and small.
To deep clean moldy areas in your house, use a gel-based cleaning product. Pour the cleaning product gel onto the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a sponge to wipe away what’s left of the mold and with any luck, your once moldy space will be as good as new after that deep clean with the proper bathroom cleaner.
Hard water is water that contains more minerals than normal. Yellow water stains in your sink, especially around the faucet, are most likely caused by hard water. To get rid of these yellow sink stains, make a cleaning solution using 2 parts Epsom salt, 1 part baking soda, and about ½ part dish soap.
Apply the homemade cleaner mixture onto the hard water stains and scrub with a cleaning tool or toilet brush. However, be aware that these sink stains may not come out immediately. Similarly, a buildup of gunk around the drain can be hard to look at and even harder to clean. Try blocking the sink and filling it with an inch of hot clean water. Add in denture tablets and wait for the warm water to turn clear. Drain the sink and rinse with clean water. Once all of the gunk has been removed, be sure to use a proper bathroom cleaner on a regular basis to avoid buildup from resurfacing.
When a wet glass is placed on a wooden table, it almost always leaves behind a mark. Getting into the habit of using a coaster is wonderful, but in the short-term, just use normal toothpaste and apply it to the stain. Rub the toothpaste in with a small cleaning rag or microfiber cloth until the stain disappears. Viola! The water stain is gone. Who knew, right?
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
Although you’ve probably never given much attention to your dishwasher’s air vents, both above and below, they’re still probably quite dirty. When the dishwasher runs, a lot of dust and dirt gets trapped between the vents. This can have a compromising effect on the overall performance of your dishwasher.
To remedy this issue, use the simple cleaning hack of a screwdriver and remove the vents. Check the material of the vents, they should be either plastic or metal. Make sure the vents are not damaged and put them back into the dishwasher. However, this time in the place of dirty dishes. Let the dishwasher run an entire cycle without any soap. Alternatively, you can wash the vents by hand. Either way, you’ll definitely want to add this to your deep cleaning house checklist.
Cleaning Your Microwave
Microwaves can start to look dirty almost the same day you clean them. Food splatters on the sides of the microwave, food splatters on the door. To clean a microwave and make it look as good as new, mix together water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, and place the bowl in the microwave for 5 minutes on high.
Allow the bowl to sit in the microwave for 15 minutes. During this time, the steam from the hot water will combine with the vinegar to make any food residue soften. Then you can use a soft cleaning rag or paper towel to clean up the microwave tray and remove any gunk from the side walls. To keep your microwave spik and span on a regular basis, using a disinfectant spray can also help keep your microwave spotless and with greater ease. All you have to do is spray and wipe!
Cleaning Your Glass-Top Stove
Keeping a spotless glass-top stove is a challenge. Not only are stains just as stubborn on glass tops as metal ones, but you also can’t use harsh materials when trying to clean it, or you’ll risk scratching the surface. Using a gentle glass cleaner will come in handy when it comes to removing stains from fragile surfaces.
Using a trusty all purpose cleaner can work its magic, as well. Pour the liquid onto the stove and add some peroxide to the mix. Then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let the mixture sit for a while, and then start scrubbing the stove using a gentle dish brush. Once the grime is scrubbed away, use a soft dishcloth to wipe the surface clean and allow the beauty of the glass to shine through once more.
Cleaning Your Carpet
Carpeting can get so much dirt and debris inside, it’s not funny. Not to mention absorbing liquids and spills. To remove an oil-based stain from your carpet, try sprinkling some baking soda over the top of the stain and letting it soak up the excess moisture.
Then mix together dish soap, vinegar, and some warm water. Use an absorbent microfiber cloth to apply the mixture to any stains and then clean up what’s left behind on the carpet.
Keeping your home clean and in tip-top shape can be as simple as focusing on one room each week. Use these home cleaning hacks to get you started and then be consistent. Your home will sparkle like new in no time!
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