A thorough cleaning is not a woman’s favourite way to spend her free time. Therefore, the shorter and smoother it is, the better. Here are ten clever tips for a clean home.
To clean the blender without much effort, you must first fill it with water and drop 1-2 drops of dish detergent. Then turn on the blender for a few seconds until the water turns. Finally, pour out the old liquid, rinse and dry.
If you want to remove dark stains from the tub without spending hours rubbing it, you must pass it with a grapefruit cut in half and a little salt. In addition, this way, your bathroom will smell like citrus fruits.
To remove the accumulated limescale on the bottom of the kettle, pour water into it, and add two tsp. of vinegar, and wait until the liquid boils. Then rinse.
Used tea bags to clean glass surfaces and dishes from residual grease stains.
You will clean the joints in the bathroom without any problem with water and alcohol, or vodka. After spraying the tiles with the prepared “detergent”, wait about 10 minutes. During this time, the alcohol will break down the dried soap and dirt. Then rinse. Remember that this method not only cleans but also disinfects the bathroom.
The dried glue, caused by half-peeled labels on jars and new dishes, will be removed without much rubbing if you pass the place with nail polish remover.
Burnt pots will shine again if you sprinkle the bottom with baking soda, sprinkle some water on top and wait about 3 hours until the home cleaner breaks down the sticky residue.
To protect the curtain in the bathroom from mould, you need to soak it in a solution of salt and water before hanging it. If you decide to wash it, put it in the washing machine with a few towels and add 4-5 drops of lemon juice into the washing powder.
The windows of the shower cabin will not look dirty and with drops of water if once a month you pass them with a towel on which you have dropped a few drops of essential oil of lemon. That will make the water easier to wash off without drying the glass.
The creaking door will no longer make ugly noises if you lubricate its hinges with vaseline. Pencil graphite has the same effect.
How to deal with house dust?
House dust is the enemy of many housewives. Sometimes more than regular home cleaning is needed to deal with its presence. Here are some tips to help keep house dust out of your home.
- Clean with a slightly damp cloth – this way, the dust sticks to the fabric and does not spread in the air. Household wet wipes also work.
- Always open the windows while cleaning. Fresh air must enter the room to displace house dust. If air currents occur, there is a risk of household dust spreading to other rooms.
- When cleaning, remember to dust decorative pillows, blankets, and bedspreads, as home textiles collect the most household dust. Regularly changing bed linen also helps to deal with the problem.
- Clean the vacuum cleaner bag every three uses. That prevents household dust from spreading through the air the next time you use the appliance.
- Most housewives wrongly think laminate flooring attracts more house dust than carpet or rug. The truth is that the dust accumulates no matter what the flooring is. The difference is that parquet cleaning is faster and easier, as contaminated areas are visible, while with carpets, household dust seeps into the fabric and requires special care.
- Keep the child’s plush toys in a unique basket or box, as their material attracts house dust.
- Maintaining higher humidity in the room means less static electricity, which is a prerequisite for reducing the amount of house dust on furniture and appliances.
Remember that the amount of house dust also depends on the location of your home. If you are on a busy street in a big city, house dust at home is inevitable.
Keep in mind these things when doing seasonal cleaning:
- Act consistently. Do not clean two rooms simultaneously because it wastes more energy. When you focus on just one room, you save time and effort.
- Clean the wardrobe. In this case, we are not just talking about removing clothes that no longer suit you or you are tired of. After removing everything from the closet/wardrobe, thoroughly clean the corners, which often become a “home” of various microbes and pests.
- Wash the curtains. Some housewives try to save effort by washing only the windows without removing the curtains. But dusty curtains will only endanger clean windows. Remove the curtains and wipe the windows while washing. Stretch the curtains as soon as the washing machine finishes not to wrinkle and save on ironing.
- Clean the carpets. Studies show that regular vacuuming eliminates 80% of carpet dirt. For the remaining 20%, you need to take extra care. If you do not intend to wash the carpets, wipe them with a wet towel to pick hair and refresh the colour.
- Pay attention to the locker in the bathroom. Expired cosmetics are often collected there. Throw away everything you haven’t used in months and aren’t sure if it’s still durable. It is better to buy a new product than to get a rash.
- Clean the refrigerator. After thawing, clean with a cotton cloth, paying particular attention to the corners where the mould collects. To smell nice, sprinkle cotton with vanilla and place it in the refrigerator.
- In winter, people usually place the furniture closer to each other to create a feeling of warmth and cosiness. But when spring comes, you can make some adjustments to make the room look more spacious.
Most women do not imagine that cleaning the home can provide them with cleanliness and a slim figure.
A team of experts in the UK has calculated how many calories burn in various household activities, which can be a more effective means of losing weight than strict diets.
Sweeping the floor with a broom for an hour burns 153 calories. Washing it with a rag burns 187 calories in just 30 minutes. Rubbing the bathroom and toilet for 15 minutes helps you burn another 90 calories. A bonus is sculpting the biceps, which women can form during regular cleaning.
The effectiveness of cleaning depends on the size of the home. An average of 30 minutes of cleaning burns 119 calories. Washing the windows inside and out melts 167 calories in half an hour. Arranging your wardrobe will delight you with 85 calories less and perfectly folded clothes.
Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s grab the rags!