Top 16 Tips and Tricks for Cleaning
Cleaning anything isn’t the really fun but when you have to do it you have to do it. We know how time is precious and that wasting it on cleaning your room or kitchen can cause you stress, and irritation because instead to spend some quality time with friends and family you are busy doing dishes or ironing. We have some interesting tips and tricks for cleaning that would make your cleaning experience fast, fun and more laid back.
#1. Remove furniture indentations
In order to get rid of furniture indentations from pure wool carpet place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the fibers. Do not attempt this with synthetic or a wool/synthetic mix carpet.
#2. Matches against bad smell
Light a match and let it burn a few seconds to remove toilet smells (or other bad smells in the house).
#3. Keep bathroom mirror always clean
To stop bathroom mirrors steaming up, regularly rub a dry bar of soap over the surface and rub in with a clean cloth. You can also use shaving foam.
#4. Make clothes stop slipping from hangers
Stop clothes with thin straps falling off hangers by sticking small felt furniture pads onto the hanger just beyond where the straps sit.
#5. Cleaning oil from clothes
To remove oil from silk clothing, gently rub cornflour into the area and lightly brush off. Cover the oil mark completely with more cornflour and leave to sit for a few hours. Shake clothing free of flour and then hand wash, or use a gentle machine cycle, using soap suitable for delicate clothes.
#6. Get rid of spiders
To keep spiders or any other nasty surprises out of shoes you keep outside, (such as your gardening shoes or work boots), place old stockings over the top of them. Make sure the stockings don’t have holes in them, and if they don’t fit snugly over the top, use an elastic band to secure them.
To make candles last longer, cover with a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 24 hours before lighting.
#8. Get rid of frozen car windows
To keep your car windows ice and frost free when left outside overnight in the wintertime, mix three parts vinegar to one part water, put it in a spray bottle and spray on the windows as needed.
To remove pollen from the stamen of flowers, take a piece of sticky tape about five centimetres long, gently press the sticky side to the pollen mark and lift off. Repeat with clean sticky tape as required.
#10. Made a soap bar
To reuse the bits of soap that are always leftover, combine them with glycerine and some warm water. Pour into a bottle for handmade liquid soap. You will get a whole new soap bar.
#11. Broken Glass
To pick up small fragments of broken glass, press pieces of bread onto the affected area.
#12. Aquarium Water
If you have an aquarium, save the water each time you change it and water your house plants with it. It’s full of nutrients and makes a great fertilizer.
#13. Stop Ants from Entering your Home
To stop ants entering your house, draw a chalk line on the ground where you want them to stop. Even better, you can add some washing powder or salt over the line.
#14. Cleaning Blood
To get blood out of fabrics, use hydrogen peroxide. Apply it directly to the stain and then launder in the washing machine.
#15. Cleaning Body Oil From Clothes
To remove body oil stains from collars and cuffs of colored shirts and blouses, rub hair shampoo directly on the stains. Rinse out the shampoo, then wash the clothes as usual.
#16. Keep your room fresh after vacuuming
Obviously you need to make sure you have a good vacuum cleaner, and you could look at The Electrolux Canister Vacuum Cleaner Review for an idea of the boxes that need to be ticked. Then, to leave a room smelling fresh after you have vacuumed, place a few drops of your favorite essential oil (such as lavender or peppermint) near the vent where the hot air is released. The air warms the oil and blows it into the room. If you haven’t yet incorporated essential oils into your cleaning routine but is something you are considering, you could always check out the Scentsy store, for example, so you can have a look at what oils are available to buy. Once you start using them, you may find that it makes a big difference to the ambience of each room.