When it comes to cleaning your home, it’s easy to feel that you’re fighting a losing battle. There are a lot of surfaces and nooks that needs to be cleaned, attracting all sorts of mess and dirt.
According to Maid Sailors, a Cleaning Service in NYC, “You need to learn how to work smarter, not harder. By knowing a handful of cleaning tips, you’ll save a lot of time and money in the process.”
Now, let’s take a look at the ten cleaning hacks that will make your house shine in no time:
1. Clean your blender with soap
Cleaning a blender is no easy chore. It requires that you stick your hands near those sharp blades. Alternatively, you can take it apart, and scrub the pitcher.
If you hate doing messy jobs (or don’t want to take the blender pitcher apart,), there’s an efficient method of cleaning it.
All you need is a bit of hot water, and soap. Then, fill the blender with hot water, a drop of soap, and turn it on. Afterward, rinse it with warm water, and you’re done!
2. Make the sink fixtures shine with wax paper
Do you clean your faucet, turn away your attention from it for quite some time, but before you know it, it’s spotty once again? To keep your sink shiny for an extended period, try rubbing it with wax paper.
Note that water spots can quickly gather on faucets. Wax papers have a bit of texture to it so it’s easy to polish those water spots. It repels water on the sink as well.
3. Clean out your coffee maker with some vinegar
Give your coffee maker a bit of cleaning to make those daily cups taste great. Chances are, your machine tends to accumulate calcium deposits (and bacteria) because of continuous use.
To combat all of these, pour four cups of white vinegar into your coffee maker. Then, using an empty filter, brew the solution. Wait it out for approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Afterward, discard the solution, and rinse the permanent filter.
To remove the remaining solution, repeat the process using pure water. Empty the water, and run the machine one last time with another batch of pure water.
4. Keep your washer smelling fresh with vinegar of baking soda
While a lot of tutorials recommends using bleach to clean your washing machine, do you know that they’re toxic cleaners?
To keep your washer smelling fresh, you can use natural ingredients such as vinegar or baking soda instead.
Vinegar will kill all the molds and mildew, and it’s natural acidy will dissolve lime deposits and other residues in your wash tub. Meanwhile, baking soda helps deodorize and cleans soap scum.
5. Skip the traditional mop
Traditional mops tend to accumulate all sorts of bacteria that aren’t cleaned by chemicals alone. An excellent alternative is a microfiber mop since it makes your home cleaner and less contaminated.
Microfiber dusters usually have single-use pads that are ideal if you want to have a cleaner home.
6. Sweep your baseboards with a dryer sheet
Baseboards tend to accumulate a thick layer of dust. To make them stay clean much longer, clean them with dryer sheets.
A dryer sheet will coat a baseboard as you simultaneously wipe it down. It still does its job even after you’ve finished cleaning by preventing dust from collecting. As a result, it’s easier for you to make a quick sweep on the floor, without getting down on your knees to clean.
7. Freshen up your mattress with baking soda
While you wash beddings regularly, you can’t throw out mattresses on a washing machine. Fortunately, you can still clean and freshen it up using a baking soda.
You need to clean your mattress to avoid dust mites, dead skin cells, and so on. To remove those stains, try spraying it with vinegar and sprinkle it with baking soda on the top.
Then place a towel on the area, and let it sit for a couple of hours. Afterward, take out your vacuum for a final clean.
8. Un-scratch your plates with baking soda
After using those white dishes for quite some time, you’ll gradually see gray scuff marks that are appearing in those once-pristine plates. Instead of buying new ones, use baking soda instead as it does a decent job of clearing off those marks.
Just sprinkle it over the surface of the dish, add a few drops of water to make a paste and gently rub it with a damp dishcloth. After spreading the paste, let it sit for a minute or two and voila! You have brand-new looking plates.
9. Clean blinds with a vacuum
Blinds are excellent in keeping a room in your house cool, blocking out the light, and giving you a sense of privacy. However, they can also accumulate a lot of dirt, dust, and even pet hair.
So, dust off those blinds by holding the bottom with one hand. Then wipe them with a microfiber cloth starting from the top, and gradually making your way down.
Finish cleaning by using a vacuum with soft dusting brush attachment. Set it to low-suction setting to remove the remaining dust.
10. For a streak-free shine, use newspapers
Do you want to give your windows and other glass surfaces a streak-free shine? For the best clean, use a newspaper. Newspapers usually work best since the papers are more porous than paper towels, and absorbs enough liquid without becoming too oversaturated.
Moreover, it’s also grittier than an average paper towel, so it’s more efficient in picking up and removing dirt.
Start cleaning by using a newspaper with a bit of dish soap to wipe off all dirt and spots. Afterward, clean it vertically and then horizontally until all the liquid is gone. The result? Streak-free surfaces!
To Wrap it Up
Whether you’re regularly cleaning your home, or tidying things up because you’re expecting guests, knowing these quick and easy hacks will make your cleaning routine a lot easier.
About the Author
Jacky Xu is the Chief Operating Officer for MaidSailors.com, the # 1 cleaning services in NYC. Maid Sailors take pride in providing unparalleled cleaning services at affordable prices. Maid Sailors help transform your house into a home.