12 Tips to Clean Even What We Thought Was Beyond Salvation
While cleaning your place is non-negotiable, streamlining the process can be. Instead of spending hours and hours trying to get everything sparkling clean with the same old products and techniques, it’s time to try something new. Get ready to feel like The Flash and get rid of dirt and odors in record time.
Bright Side has some of the most effective tricks that could change the way you clean every nook and cranny of your home.
1. Clean white surfaces.
Borax and baking soda can be mixed with neutral soap to be used as a detergent. In addition to using it on your clothes, it can be used to clean the floor and neutralize bad odors. To prepare this cleaner, start by grating a bar of soap. Boil it with a little water and add 2 cups of baking soda with 2 cups of borax until you get a homogeneous mixture.
Once the detergent is cold, add water until it reaches the desired consistency, and store it in clean bottles. Before using it, remember to shake it well.
2. Get rid of accumulated tartar.
Kettles allow us to have hot water at any time of the day, but with use, they accumulate scale, no matter how often you wash them. To remove it effectively, you can mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of water, boil the mixture for a couple of minutes, and that’s it. Remember to rinse or wipe the appliance thoroughly with a damp cloth before using it again.
3. Clean the fan without having to disassemble it.
Keeping a fan clean is a real challenge. If you have a model such as the one from the image above, you actually don’t have to disassemble it to clean it. Pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda, a tablespoon of liquid soap, and a cup of vinegar into a spray bottle. Mix well and apply it to the fan. Then place a bag that covers it completely and leave it on for 5 minutes.
All the dirt will stay in the bag and you’ll be able to enjoy a fan that doesn’t spread dust around the house. It’s recommended to clean it once a week so that it doesn’t accumulate dust.
4. Remove scale from showerheads.
A place that we sometimes forget to deep clean is the showerhead. To clean it and leave it looking as good as new, just mix a cup of vinegar with half a cup of water, submerge the showerhead in it, and leave it in the solution for a couple of hours. Then just rinse it thoroughly.
5. Remove unpleasant odors from the washing machine.
After constant use, washing machines can have an unpleasant smell that may even permeate your clothes. To avoid this, pour baking soda with water into the fabric softener dispenser and fill the washer with a large load.
Another option is to use vinegar. Pour 2 cups of it into the washer and run a full cycle with warm water. When it’s done, wipe the inside with a damp cloth to remove any residue, and you’re done.
6. Get rid of unpleasant odors from garbage cans.
Fabric softener can be used for more than just washing your clothes. Some people use it as an air freshener to prevent bad smells coming from the garbage from contaminating the rest of your home. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball in fabric softener and, once it absorbs the liquid, place it in the bottom of the trash can. You can then put a bag in and use the can as normal.
7. Deep clean your kitchen towels and cloths.
In a container, pour in 3 tablespoons of liquid soap, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and a splash of vinegar, then add warm water and mix well. Add the kitchen towels and cloths, soaking them very well and letting them rest for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and soap. This will help you remove the odor and grease faster.
You can also add a cup of baking soda or vinegar to the washing machine and let it sit before finishing the wash cycle, but remember to clean it well before using it with your clothes.
8. Clean your carpets quickly and efficiently.
If the day is too short and you only have time to do a quick cleaning, here’s how to refresh your carpet at home without much effort. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the surface you want to clean and let it sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum as usual to remove odors and dust.
9. Remove stains from mattresses.
If your bed starts to have a stain or 2, don’t worry, they’re commonly caused by sweat, but the best thing to do is to remove them so they don’t get worse over time. If the soap doesn’t work its magic and the stain doesn’t disappear, pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray the stain with it. Use a toothbrush to scrub it in.
Wipe off the excess with a damp cloth and place a thin layer of baking soda on the area. Let it dry for 3 to 5 hours, vacuum the baking soda, and you’re done.
10. Keep pillows white.
It’s normal for pillows to change color over time. To recover the white tone that makes them look so clean, add lemon juice with hydrogen peroxide when washing them. If you need something more powerful, you can use a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar along with your favorite soap.
11. Fight bad odors in the sink.
this is a simple but effective trick. Pour 2 large spoonfuls of baking soda into the sink, then gradually pour in hot water until all the powder is gone. Remember to do this when there are no dishes in there, and repeat it every time the odor tries to return.
12. Clean steel appliances to look as good as new.
Refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, and all stainless steel surfaces may have stains due to daily use. To remove them completely and without damaging your appliance, apply baking soda to the stain and carefully rub it with a damp cloth or sponge. When finished, remove the excess with a damp cloth and you will see how the shine returns.
What cleaning hack did you discover in our article? Which one’s your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments!