7 Cleaning Tips & Tricks around the House

By June 28, 2017Tips

Cleaning is not exactly something people like to do. It is time-consuming and very tiring. However, sometimes we make cleaning harder than it should be, as most of the time we are not aware of easier methods.

We also tend to spend a lot of money on different products, not realising that most of the time they can be replaced with low-cost, natural products such as baking soda, white vinegar and salt.

Today we are going to share with you some tips and tricks on how you can make your life easier, and more importantly, how you too can make cleaning a briiz!

1. Use an Old Pillowcase to Dust Ceiling Fans

This might sound crazy, but, we all know the struggles of cleaning ceiling fans. They accumulate so much dust, and cleaning them creates a huge mess. In order to prevent this from happening, keep an old pillowcase just for this task.

Use the pillowcase to collect dust from each blade by sliding it over and slowly drawing the fabric back. This way, all the dust you collect is stored in the pillowcase rather than flying all over the room!

use a pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan

2. Use a Rubber Glove to Pick Up Pet Fur

 

We all love our pets very much, but we also hate picking up their fur from practically everywhere around the house; the floor, the bed, the sofa, the chair etc. But this simple trick can make this chore more quick and efficient.

Put on a pair of rubber gloves and wet them just a little bit until they are damp. Then simply hover your hand over the fur to see the magic happen! Before you know it, all the hair will cling to the glove, leaving your surfaces fur-free!

Use rubber gloves to clean up fur

3. Use a Lemon to Freshen a Cutting-Board 

 

It is extremely important that cutting boards are cleaned thoroughly every time they are used, but simply washing it with soap in the sink will not do to eliminate any stains in the wood or plastic. To get rid of these stains, take a lemon, slice it in half, squeeze it onto the board and rub it all over it. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse. Not only will your board be stain-free, but it will also smell amazing!

use a lemon to freshen your cutting board

4. Clean Glassware with Rice

 

When washing narrow-necked glass vases, it is extremely difficult to reach the bottom to clean. The best thing to do in such situations is to fill the vase halfway with warm water, add a few drops of dish-washing soap, two tablespoons of white vinegar and one cup of uncooked rice. Then, you need to swirl the mixture around for a few minutes. This way, the rice will scrub the sides and bottom of your glassware. After you’re done, remove the rice, rinse the glass, and behold its new shine!

use rice to clean glassware

5. Clean Sponges in the Microwave

 

Sponges get dirty very easily after cleaning and most of us tend to throw them away after only a couple of uses, which is a real waste. So before you throw them out after a couple of uses, try this trick. Place them in the microwave for about a minute and all the microbes will be killed. This will allow you to get the most out of their lifespan!

clean your sponges in the microwave

6. Clean Small Toys in the Washing Machine

 

Toys need to be cleaned regularly to avoid children from being in contact with bacteria and microbes. Whilst most parents wash soft toys often in the washing machine, they sometimes overlook the smaller toys which might seem more problematic to put in a washing machine. While this is to some extent true, you can still find a way around it. And this way is very simple. All you need to do is put these small toys in a laundry bag before putting them into the washing machine.

wash toys in the washing machine

7. Clean your Iron with Salt

 

That’s right! You also need to clean your iron and the best way to do it is by using salt. Put salt on your ironing board and then iron the salt (but keep the steam option off). The way it works is that the dirt on your iron will stick to the salt, so that after it will be much easier to clean!

clean your iron with salt

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