10 Low-Cost Tips to Make Your Home as Clean as a 5-Star Hotel
Keeping a clean home can be challenging, but few things can compare to the feeling of having a tidy, germ-free place. But there are always a few nooks and crannies that we don’t give the attention they deserve. Cleaning them could change our perception of our home and make it feel even more comfortable, but above all, it will help us care for our health.
At Bright Side, we’ve compiled some tips that can help you keep your home increasingly cleaner and more harmonious.
1. Behind and under the refrigerator
Keeping a clean fridge isn’t just about cleaning the inner part. Pay attention to the rear vent and the coils. Both elements are also essential for the appliance to work well.
Use a cloth to clean all the dust trapped in the vent, which is the part that cools the appliance. For the coils, you can also use a rag or a toothbrush. Do both once or twice a year to prolong the life of your refrigerator.
2. Bath sponge
No matter what material your sponge is made of (it can be natural or synthetic), the ridges often accumulate dead skin, soap scum, and dust. To clean it, soak it in bleach for 5 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly.
3. Laundry basket
The inside of laundry baskets gathers particles released from sweat or dirt from clothes. If you have a plastic hamper, clean it weekly with disinfectant wipes or warm water and baking soda. You can put it directly into the washing machine if it is made of fabric.
4. Shower curtains
Shower curtains get stained with soap and shampoo residue, and they can become moldy because they are in a humid environment. They are easy to clean since all you have to do is put them in the washing machine.
5. Toilet brush
We use the cleaner brush to remove dirt from the toilet, which also makes the toilet cleaner. But what about its handle and the container that holds it? All these parts can get full of bacteria, so cleaning them now and then with disinfectant wipes is also essential.
Sweeping or vacuuming the floor only on the top and sides of carpets and rugs is a bad habit. Do lift them to remove all the dust that gathers there. You will notice how the room feels fresher.
Walls don’t need to have stains on them for you to clean them. Just as you wipe the floor and clean the furniture or the windows with a damp cloth, you can also wipe the walls and remove excess dust or fingerprints. Don’t forget the bottom edges!
Candles accumulate dust that flies through the air and sticks to their surface. They are very easy to clean. You need some old pantyhose or a nylon sock soaked in warm soapy water.
9. Backpack and handbag
The bag or backpack you go out with every day is exposed to all kinds of bacteria and viruses: you leave it on the floor and then possibly grab it with dirty hands. Start by hanging it instead of just leaving it on the floor. But in any case, it’s always a good idea to use disinfectant wipes, a dusting brush, and a little soapy water to clean it thoroughly every now and then.
Hairbrushes accumulate not only hair but also bits of scalp and dust, so it is essential to soak them overnight every two weeks in warm water and baking soda.
What other cleaning tips could you share with our readers?