There’s no doubt about the fact that cleaning is a pretty tedious task. The endless hours of scrubbing and cleaning, which often seem to have little effect, can be tiring and frustrating. However, we feel that cleaning is tedious only when you rely just on hard work and nothing more. By working smart, you’ll be able to reduce the effort and time that it takes for you to clean your home. But the question here is – how do you work smart?
In this article, we’re going to list some of the best cleaning hacks that will make home cleaning a piece of cake and will help you work smart, thus reducing the amount of effort needed. To know the tips we have in mind, keep on reading.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar for bathtub stains
Baking soda and vinegar is a pairing like none other. This deadly combo is a godsend for house cleaning as it can efficiently take out tough stains in almost all places, especially in bathrooms. If your sink or bathtub has been looking stained and yellow, applying baking soda and vinegar will help give it the brand-new, sparkling effect again. Here’s how to do it: Firstly, mix equal parts of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water to create a liquid mixture. Then, apply that substance to all stained areas. Let the mixture sit for a while, and then using a scrubber, scrub the remnants off.
Clean up a smelly microwave with a lemon
Microwaves are an essential appliance in all our homes and they’re in use day-in and day-out. As a result of such continued usage, it can get dirty and smelly inside. But you can clean it pretty easily and within a few minutes. All you need to do is take a glass or a tumbler (that is microwave-safe of course) and fill it partly with water. Then, add in either a few drops of lemon oil or half a lemon. Put the glass into the microwave and heat it for anywhere between 5 – 15 minutes. The hot steam should loosen up the food that is stuck on the interiors and make wiping it off much easier, and the lemon will get rid of the built-up stink.
Shine-up a mirror with shaving cream
One of the worst things about having a mirror is that they tend to get dirty pretty easily, especially bathroom mirrors. Water stains and collected dust on the surface of the mirror can ruin its utility and the beauty of your room. However, cleaning it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to sit and scrub for hours till it shines. All you need is a couple of minutes of your day, a bottle of shaving cream, and a squeegee or wiper. Spread the shaving cream all over the mirror. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then with the help of a wiper or squeegee, wipe the shaving cream off in smooth downward strokes. Once you’re done, your mirror will look shiny and brand-new.
Get rid of stains with olive oil
Many people tend to use olive oil on their bodies for a smooth and shiny effect. But guess what? You can do the same with your stoves, appliances, and fittings as well. Not only does olive oil give that extra shine, but it’s also a great way to take off any debris that may be stuck, such as in the case of a stove. However, don’t use a full bottle of olive oil. Just take a spare rag and put a few drops of olive oil on it, and use it to scrub or wipe down surfaces. Olive oil works as a fantastic cleaner, and it can be a great alternative if you don’t have your run-of-the-mill cleaning items at home. But it is important not to overdo it and apply too much of it, as it may end up corroding your belongings and even cause dirt and debris to stick to it.
Remove carpet stains with vodka
So you’ve spilled curry or red wine on your carpet and can’t seem to get it out? Trust me, we’ve been there. Watching a pristine carpet get sullied by substances can be pretty disheartening, and the dry cleaning bill that comes later can be even worse. However, you can get rid of small stains right at home with the help of Vodka. Firstly, blot the spill or stain carefully and take off as much excess product as possible. Then, pour any kind of clear alcohol on it, although vodka tends to work best. All you have to do now is let it sit for a while and using a damp cloth, wipe the alcohol off. The stain should now be history.