Best Cleaning Tips for the Home

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Some of the best cleaning tips for the home are really practical stuff you don’t even think about. All it really requires is a bit or organisation and some creativity.

Actually, there’s no big secret to keeping an impeccable home. You just need to do a little bit every day.

Don’t wait until spring to degunk and degrime your home. These tried-and-tested tips will get your pots, pans, linens, floors, appliances, and, well, pretty much everything clean and shining,  one proven tip at a time.

Clear the dishes from the sink

Never go to bed with dishes in the sink. Wash what needs washing and clear the way for the new day.

Sanitise your phone

This sounds gross, but it is true. Your cell might harbour more germs than toilet seat. When last did you clean it? Zap germs by wiping with an alcohol wipe, and while you are busy with the wipe, give your TV remote and computer mouse the same treatment.

Rethink the linen cupboard

Tackle an overflowing storage spot by adding an over-the-door rack for extra towels. Shelf dividers stop folded washcloths from toppling over.

Keep up, don’t catch up

One of my grandmother’s most famous snippets of house cleaning advice was “Keep up, don’t catch up”. In other words, do a little bit every day to keep your house clean. It is so much easier than letting it all pile up for one big cleaning session.

Restore your shower pressure

Unclog your shower head by mixing equal parts white vinegar and water and pouring it into a plastic bag. Tie the bag around the shower head to immerse the holes in the solution and secure with a twist tie. Let soak up to an hour, then remove and wipe away the loosened deposits.

Freshen the shower curtain

And while you are busy with the shower, why don’t you do something about the mould spots on the shower curtains?  Throw plastic or vinyl curtains in the washing machine with a little detergent.  (Add two to three bath towels so that the cleaning is thorough) then hang it to dry.

Get rid of doggy smells

Deodorize the soft, cushy places around your house, including the dog bed, by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuuming it up.

Get stains out of a cutting board or mat

Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to remove food stains and smells. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle it with salt or baking soda first. Read all about keeping your cutting boards and mats clean.

Clean up garden/patio furniture

Wait for a sunny day and drag your outdoor furniture on to the lawn or paved area. Add a squirt of dish detergent to a bowl of warm water, and use it to wipe down your outdoor tables and chairs. Then, rinse clean with the garden hose.

Make your microwave sparkle

Make caked-on grime easier to wipe off by heating a cup of water, several tablespoons of vinegar, and a chopped-up lemon on high until the microwave’s window is steamy. Let the bowl sit for 5 minutes before you open the door, and wipe the inside clean with ease.

You can also lace a handful of soaking wet paper towels inside and run it on high power for up to five minutes. The steam from the towels will soften and loosen caked-on grime. Once the towels cool down, you can use them to wipe the interior clean.

To remove cooked on spills from the floor or turntable of your microwave, make a paste by combining two parts baking soda to one part water. Apply it to the hardened mess and let it sit for about five minutes

Other stuff in the dishwasher

Load up everything other than dishes in your home that could do with a good clean and can go in the dishwasher like some plastic toys, toothbrush holders, bath toys and pet bowls

Make a mirror gleam

Mirrors attract dust, dirt scratches and fingerprints.  There are many ways, some quite unusual to clean mirrors.

Warm water and vinegar is a good remedy. Combine 250 millilitres (one cup) of white vinegar with one litre (quart) of warm water and rub on the mirror with a soft cloth. Use crumpled newspaper to wipe the mixture away in slow circles.

Since coffee filters are lint-free, you can swap them out for paper towels to give mirrors a no-streak shine.

Keep mirrors clean without leaving streaks by wiping them with cool, strong black tea, then drying them off with a chamois cloth.

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