With spring comes the duty of house cleaning gift-wrapped. Admit it or not, it’s not something one could be rid of and the only cure lies in taking care of that chore thoroughly for once. If you are not sure where to start, we can help you work your way through these tried-and-tested cleaning tips to bring back the refreshed look with sparkle and shine of extra cleanliness to your surroundings.
Ever heard the famous phrase work harder not smarter? Well, we assume yes! It can be the foundation of a successful life but when the topic is about house cleaning, it is recommended to keep doing the same acts, following the same protocols whether these are harder or easier. Just do it in the old way!
The best way is to take things room by room. It is advisable to start from one equipment or corner or tool or one small appliance. Let us walk you through the steps one by one…
Clean Everything from Top to Down
If we talk about everything, we literally mean EVERYTHING that you can look around yourself, placed in any corner of your house. Let it be the refrigerator, microwave, stove, chairs, tables and so much more.
It’s quite simple that whenever you clean from up above, dirt will definitely fall to the bottom. So, if you’re planning to clean your table or any other tool starting from the bottom and then moving up to clean the top, it is going to be a big mistake! If you don’t want to clean the same place twice, one should always start cleaning from the top instead of the bottom. A simple yet practical tactic for house cleaning!
Have a Consistent Cleaning Move
What we exactly mean is…ALWAYS keep following the same movement to clean whenever you are cleaning with simple tap water, any disinfectant, or other cleaning liquid. Repeat the actions in a similar direction. As far as the sequence is concerned, never start cleaning in a circle or circular motion or else dirt will keep getting back to the starting point.
To avoid making a whole mess, clean starting from left and ending to the right or the other option is to move from right to left. Don’t forget to apply the technique of gradual yet continuous left to right and right to the left movement for a clean swipe.
Clean Your Cleaning Equipment
Done with all the house cleaning? Wait! Do not sit to take some rest. First, make sure that you have cleaned and properly washed all of your cleaning tools as well. If you have used mop, clothes, or any sort of scrubs and brushes, WASH!
Leaving the equipment dirty is an absolute careless behavior and can create a new mess.
Become Friends with Baking Soda
To remove stubborn stains during house cleaning, the ideal, or we can say the most feasible approach is to use baking soda. It is most effective for removing all the troublesome tinges on the kitchen slabs or floor. For all stains that don’t budge even after struggling make it easier with a twist of baking soda.
Don’t know how to use baking soda for house cleaning? Well, you need to make a paste by mixing baking soda with lemon or vinegar. You can also add a splash of hot water. As far as the application is concerned, start to apply it over the stain and start scrubbing.
Let the Cleaning Products Soak in Before You Wipe
Want a secret to an easy, no-fuss, and fast house cleaning?
Pour your chosen cleaning liquid over the place and leave it for a minimum of 3-5 minutes, not more. It will help you get done with all the cleaning and scrubbing pretty fast. The same goes for sprays. Whenever you are planning to scrub, spray the chemical all over the stain and let it sit out for the specified time.
Use a Completely Dry Cloth to finish off
Are you at the ending of cleaning and making your home shine brighter? Do not forget to replace your cloth with a new, clean, fresh, and dry cloth. Using the same wet cloth that you have been using for cleaning can make the dirt stick to the place AGAIN.
In the end, when you finish wiping off the excess liquid and want no cleaning, use a dry cloth.
STAIN REMOVAL TIPS
- Use eucalyptus oil for removing gummy residue
- If you have oil stains on cloth, for instance, silk, use cornflour as an ultimate escape. Sprinkle cornflour over the stain and start scrubbing or rubbing with gentle hands. You can use light brushing. Now, try covering the stain by putting in more cornflour. Once completely covered, leave the area for a few hours. Wash!
- Having a blood stain? Not a problem! Apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stained area and put the cloth in the washing machine.
- The stainless-steel appliances used to hold fingerprints that look dirty. But, now you can get rid of these prints by putting a small quantity of baby oil over the spots and wipe them clean. OR you can put some drops of oil on a napkin and clean.
- For marker pen marks over off hard surfaces such as tables, use hair spray
- For making your bathroom shine brighter, get yourself an old, flat Coke or Pepsi. Pour it over the stains and dirty spots as it will dissolve limescale. You can either leave it for a few hours or overnight.
ODOUR REMOVAL TIPS
- To get rid of bizarre bathroom smell, light a match stick and let it burn a couple of seconds
- To make a subtle yet refreshing smell, use essential oils. The best options are lavender and peppermint.
- You can use coffee beans to remove the undesirable odor. Let the beans burn in a saucepan and enjoy!
- Have you been cutting garlic? To remove its strong nasty odor from your hands, rub your hands especially your fingers against stainless steel.
- Wool carpets tend to get indentations from the furniture but you can remove those spaces by placing a small tea towel over the defective area and then start ironing it.
- For squeaky clean glass windows, take 1 Tbsp. cornstarch in 1L lukewarm water. Soak a cloth piece, squeeze to get rid of excessive water. Start wiping down your glass and finish it off with a final wipe of a soft cloth or paper.
- The best practice for cleaning the microwave is to use a solution made of lemon juice and simple tap water. Place it inside the microwave, let it Boil for a maximum of 5 minutes. Once you can start seeing the steam, wipe the stains with a soft cloth.