Can you guess what is the most exasperating thing after a hectic day at work or school? It is coming back to a messy and chaotic house where finding a clean pair of underwear is a chore in itself. There is no doubt that an immaculately clean house represents a mind at peace. However, in all honesty, cleaning is a highly time-consuming activity that is not only tedious but also very frustrating.
We understand that everyone looks forward to having a clean home that makes them feel good about life at large. However, when you don’t even get seven hours a week to relax after subtracting sleeping hours, cleaning becomes a challenge to be achieved. More of a race against one’s self.
Since we strive hard to serve you with the best of content, here are 8 smart cleaning tips. If you too feel a little obsessive in keeping your home clean or belong to the category of clean freaks, then this article is precisely what you need.
#1. Declutter your space
Are you an online student struggling with your productivity due to the chaos in your bedroom? Then we would like to tell you that you are not alone. The easiest way to clear your room is to declutter. Get rid of all the things that you do not use.
Try the Mary Kondo method to get rid of old trinkets that you have held on for too long and gradually start the stacking of dresser drawers and changing of sheets. This may seem the most ordinary of things, but when the cleaning wizards enter your brain, they may make you forget your very own bedroom. Remember to start with smooth corners so that you don’t get tired too quickly.
#2. Naturally clear dirt off cabinets
Gunky cabinets are quite often the most disdainful sights in the entire house. They not only look unpleasant but also sour your mood when things go awry in the kitchen.
Here is a simple trick to naturally remove dirt from the cabinet surface. Take two parts of baking soda and combine it with one part vegetable oil. Mix the ingredients with a spoon. With the help of a used toothbrush, old sponge, or even your hand, apply the concoction on to the cabinet doors. The effectiveness of this trick would surprise you. Through this method, you can restore the original beauty of your beautiful, old cabinets.
#3. Cleaning of Grates and toaster ovens
The biggest pet peeve of our baker friends is dirty stovetops. Regardless of your culinary expertise, grills full of old food and generic layer upon layer of filth on stovetops is unsightly and unsanitary as well. To avoid getting food poisoning from your kitchen, we suggest you soak the stovetop in ammonia overnight and wake up to flawlessly cleaned stovetops.
You will have to wipe up the residue but imagine, how much would you save on manicure expenses if you could avoid scrubbing stoves like an eighteenth-century scullery servant.
You can clean up toaster ovens in a similar way. All you need is a little cream of tartar, a sponge and a little water. Make a solution of both the ingredients and apply it to the toaster oven. Leave it on for a bit and wipe away with a sponge. And voila! There you have a stunningly new toaster oven.
#4. Spotless kitchen sink
You can get spotless faucets, Farmhouse sinks, and handles by using mere and mild soapy solutions. Make use of an old toothbrush to get into the hard to reach spots. For more stubborn spots, dip a cloth in vinegar and rub it on the stains. Thoroughly rinse the surfaces after you are done with the scrubbing and remember to wipe them dry. These methods are also applicable to the washroom.
#5. Show some love to the kitchen table
There is a critical spot in the kitchen that is most often overlooked during the deep cleaning. If you guessed this spot to be the kitchen table then indeed you are correct! The kitchen table needs to be decluttered often and vacuumed at least once every week. Make use of your favorite cleaning solution to wipe the surface post-vacuum and Ta-Da! You are done with the table!
#6. Spotless blinds
Don’t have a vacuum cleaner that is compatible with cleaning blinds? No need to worry because you can DIY too. You will need an old clean cloth, some water, and vinegar. Mix the liquids in a bucket and dip the fabric in the pungent-smelling solution. Start wiping down individual slats with the wet towel and use another cloth to dry the blinds. This is an easy way to make use of old materials from home. Tattered socks and threadbare tee shirts are ideal for this activity.
#7. Non-messy way to clean fans
If you want to make use of your old and stained pillowcases, then fan cleaning is the best for you! We have all been a prey of dusty messes around the house when someone goes on a cleaning spree.
You can avoid creating a sea of sand around your living room or bedroom by using this simple method. Turn the fans off and let them cool. Make a solution of distilled vinegar and water, dip a clean yet useless pillowcase in the solution and cover it on each blade of the fan. When you rub the edge while getting the case off, your fan will look as good as new!
#8. Restore the color of the tile grout and crevices
The pesky stains on tile grout could annoy many people. However, cleaning it off is so simple that it might have never crossed your mind! Get three-quarters of baking soda and one-quarter of bleach to make a dense paste. Take an old toothbrush to rub the mixture on dirty tiles. Let it sit for ten minutes and rinse! You can thank us later for the astonishing results.
Get a cheap electronic toothbrush for cleaning bathroom crevices. The hard to reach areas will become a lot more accessible by using a rapidly vibrating tool from your cleaning arsenal.
A general rule of thumb is to get the entire house bugproof. Invest your time and energy in a little research to find the best solution to control pests at home.
Don’t burden yourself with cleaning all the walls and ceilings at once. Try to take things at a leisurely pace to keep yourself at ease. We hope that you feel ready to clean up your home and make it as welcoming as possible.