Monday, March 16, 2015

How to clean different items and surfaces in your home

One of the hardest tasks of a homeowner is keeping your house pristine. Washing and wiping, sweeping and scrubbing – the list of tasks is endless. While we cannot avoid doing these chores, we can however make the clean-up time shorter and more efficient. When it comes to stubborn stains and greasy build-up and more, here are valuable tips to address them all. 

1. Stove grease – After slaving away in the kitchen preparing your family’s meals, you’ll find the kitchen far from spic and span. Remove the greasy gunk that settles onto the stove and on the wall with oil. It may sound unconventional and downright counterproductive, but it does work. Add a few drops of mineral oil onto a rag and then work it through the gunk. Watch the grease slide off. For a fresh, clean scent, go over the entire area afterwards with a general all-purpose cleaner. 

2. Window blinds – After a few months, your once perfectly white window blinds will start to yellow and show some dirt build-up. Wear a sock on your hand like a glove. Then dip it into a mixture of water and vinegar. Wipe clean each slat of the blinds. You can go over them a second time with water and a mixture of fabric softener of dishwashing soap for that clean scent. 

3. Stubborn stains on the carpet – Whether it’s a mess made by the kids or your pets, you can clean these unsightly stains with a little bit of water and vinegar. For oil stains in particular, clean it up by first dusting cornstarch or baking soda over the spill. Once the cornstarch has soaked up the oil (give it 10 minutes to settle), vacuum the entire area. Then work directly on the stain with a mixture of water, alcohol and a clean dishwashing liquid. With a dampened, clean sponge, carefully remove the stain. 

4. Dirty microwave – No one likes cleaning the gunk from a microwave, but fortunately, there’s an easy way to get rid of the bacteria and the foul orders. Fill a microwaveable bowl with ¾ water, and then squeeze half a lemon into the water. Throw in the lemon rind as well. Then microwave for 5 minutes. Give it a few minutes after the timer has gone off to let the bowl cool. Then wipe off all the gunk with a dampened rag. 

5. Icky showerheads – Instead of wasting an hour or so scrubbing out the icky gunk from the tiny holes of the showerhead, cut down time by putting vinegar in a small plastic bag and tying it around the showerhead. Leave the bag overnight to allow the fumes from the vinegar to soften and breakdown the gunk. The next day, just turn on the showerhead to remove the build-up. If there are still bits left, use a dampened brush to remove them. 


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