Keeping your house properly clean is not easy work. That’s why most people hate it: cleaning takes a lot of effort, time, and patience. And the worst of all, it has to be done regularly. Now that we think about it, isn’t it fascinating how quickly a house gets dirty? Most of us are not fortunate enough to be able to afford a maid. So we have to do it ourselves. Since that’s the case, it is worth improving our cleaning skills and getting acquainted with a few cleaning hacks that can save us both a lot of time and our sanity.
With the right tools and cleaning products, cleaning your entire house can become a tolerable task even for those who strongly hate it. Here are some cleaning tips that will hopefully speed up your deep cleaning process. After all, it feels great to enjoy the comfort of your home when it is properly cleaned.
Read on for some good tips!
1. How to clean the dishwasher
If you think that the interior of your dishwasher doesn’t need to be cleaned up every now and then, think again. After some time, the food residues start to build-up, which can lead to two problems: a disgusting smell and damages to the dishwasher itself. Fortunately, this appliance is very easy to clean. Get everything out of the dishwasher (including the accessories) Sprinkle one cup of baking soda all over the bottom of your dishwasher Wait a few hours – ideally, you should let it sit overnight Use vinegar instead of cleaning detergent and set the dishwasher to the hottest cycle available while empty It’s done! Your dishwasher is now as good as new and smelling much better
2. How to clean the oven
Cleaning the oven is a real nightmare. Over time and through its usage, dirt builds up and seeps into the oven, so it takes a lot of effort and rubbing to get it clean. Or does it? Here’s an amazing life hack that will make this task a piece of cake! Empty the oven (including the racks, pizza stone, and any other accessories) Make a baking soda paste by mixing half a cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water Spread the paste in the interior of the oven (wear gloves) and let it sit overnight Clean the racks and accessories Use a dishcloth to wipe out the baking soda paste Spray vinegar where there is still baking soda Wipe everything
3. How to clean windows
Depending on the size of your windows, this can be one of the most demanding tasks in the list. The good news is that it is a relatively simple process and only needs to be done a couple of times a year. Use a brush or vacuum cleaner to remove visible dirt and dust Spritz a generous amount of a specialized cleaning solution for windows Use a microfiber cloth to clean the windows and absorb the excess liquid Pro tip: clean your windows on a cloudy day so that the heat does not dry out the cleaning liquid right away, leaving streak marks.
4. How to clean the floor
YOu should sweep and vacuum your floors at least three times a week and mop them once a week. That’s a lot of work. You should also know that different types of floors require different tools, floor detergents, and techniques. Pick a mop based on your floor type (strip mops for a highly textured floor and sponge mops for smooth floors) Pick a cleaning product specifically designed for your floor type Start by vacuuming the area Fill a cleaning bucket with hot water and add the recommended amount of detergent Submerge the mop in the water, wring it, and start mopping the floor Make sure you apply more pressure in sticky spots Rinse the entire area Let the floor dry properly before walking on it.
5. How to clean wood furniture
Most furniture is made of wood. It is a durable, resistant, and relatively inexpensive material that also happens to be very easy to clean. All you need is a microfiber cloth to wipe down the dust. That’s it. On dirty and sticky spots, you can also use a tiny bit of soap, just make sure you apply it to a small and discrete area of the furniture to check if the soap removes the finish. However, sometimes wood furniture gets a few white spots that don’t go away as easily. To remove white marks from wood, simply make a baking soda paste like we have taught you previously (check tip number 2) and use it to rub the dirty spot in a circular motion gently. Be extremely careful as it can damage the wood finish!
6. How to clean the walls
You don’t have to clean the walls very frequently. Once a year is enough, and you can use soapy water. But sometimes the walls can get stained with dirt or fingerprints, or your children may find it a good idea to start drawing on them. To remove all these things from walls, all you need is dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, warm water, and a microfiber cloth. Pour one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into a small bucket filled with warm water Add ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar Let the solution sit on the stain for 10 minutes before cleaning it with the microfiber cloth Once again, remember to test this solution on an inconspicuous area of the wall to make sure it won’t lift the paintwork.
7. How to clean sofas
This is a tough one. There are several types of materials used in sofas, which means they have to be washed differently. For that reason, if you want to perform a deep cleaning of your couch to remove stains such as ink stains, coffee stains, or simply grease stains. You should look on the internet for the best way to do it, given its specific fabric – leather, polyester, nylon, olefin, etc. However, surface cleaning can be done in a very simple way. Use a bristle brush to release the dirt (be careful not to damage the fabric) Vacuum the sofa to remove large particles and dust (remove the cushions if possible and try to reach the bottom at the edges) Use a cloth to wipe down the hard surfaces such as the armrests and lower part of the sofa