6 Cleaning Hacks To Make Your Life Easier
January is a great month to get yourself into a new cleaning routine for the year ahead. Whether you tend to give your space a weekly deep clean or a daily quick blitz, here’s a list of 6 cleaning hacks that’ll help you to cut your time down, making those dreaded jobs easier to complete.
Deep Clean the Shower
Something you may not have considered before is deep cleaning your shower head. Lime scale build up can often leave our showers with an unappealing appearance and affect the water flow and pressure of your shower. To descale and clean your shower head take a plastic bag and fill it half with white vinegar. Tie it to the shower head and leave it overnight to help get rid of any stains, limescale and dirt.
Steam Your Microwave
With the amount of food that goes in and out of our microwaves, we can be all guilty of not cleaning our microwaves enough. To remove all of the splatters, smears and food messes that have been left over in your microwave we suggest following these steps:
Into a microwaveable cup add hot water, lemon juice and white vinegar. Set your microwave to 5-10 minutes depending on how powerful your microwave is. The steamy environment in your microwave will help to loosen the stubborn marks allowing you to easily wipe the inside surface with a wet sponge to remove any food stains and splatters.
Use Your Cupboard Ingredients
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get professional results from cleaning. As we’ve already found how useful white vinegar can be when it comes to home cleaning there are in fact plenty of other natural ingredients you can find in your cupboard that’ll also be just as effective and give you amazing results to cleaning.
Here’s a few handy examples and what they’re used for:
Rubbing Alcohol – Removes nail polish and tough stains from carpets
Baking Soda – Unclogs drains and restores burnt stainless steal cookware
Lemon – All-purpose kitchen cleaner for removing stains and freshening worktops
Salt – Great for cleaning pans and metals
Toothpaste – Removes coffee rings and crayon marks
Nail Polish Remover – Cleans keyboards and removes ink stains
Coffee – Scrub delicate pots and pans with coffee grounds to remove grime and scratches as an alternative option to using steel wool
Grapefruit – A natural cleaner for bathtubs, toilets and sinks
Make Your Mattress Look Brand New
Cleaning your mattress probably isn’t at the top of your to do list but the amount of time we spend in our beds, it makes sense to spend a few minutes each month cleaning it.
To refresh your mattress simply hoover it from top to bottom to remove any dirt, hairs and other bits that may be laying on the top layer. Next, sprinkle baking soda and add a few drops of natural flavoured oil over the mattress and leave it to for 1-2 hours to absorb any bacteria, bad smells and marks on the mattress.
After 2 hours have passed, hoover over the mattress again to suck up all the baking soda and leave your mattress looking, and feeling new and refreshed!
Detox Your Bins
Whether it’s overfilled waste, split bin bags or dirty food spills, your bin can become a bacterial hotspot when it’s not cleaned regularly. To give your bin a monthly detox, grab a pair of rubber gloves, soapy water and cleaning brush and scrub away the germs before rinsing and wiping down with disinfectant spray and anti-bacterial wipes.
To absorb odours and moisture, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda at the bottom of your bin after every clean before replacing the bin bag. Keep on top of your bin cleaning regime every week to keep your kitchen germ and smell free. Use recycling and composting bins to minimise wasted rubbish and prevent your bin from filling up too quickly.
Clean up Silverware
Over time cutlery can become stained and dull, but no matter how tarnished your old silverware has become this handy hack will get it back to how it used to be.
In a saucepan line the base with a sheet of aluminium foil then add water, one teaspoon of bicarbonate and a teaspoon of salt and bring to the boil. Place cutlery in the saucepan and leave for 3-5 minutes before allowing to cool, rinsing, then polishing with a soft cloth to reveal the sparkle and shine.
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