Cleaning and Tips

Author: Kitty Watson (Page 1 of 2)

How To Properly Deep Clean Your Bathtub?

If I have to be completely honest with you – I hate cleaning. I don’t enjoy wasting my little free time scrubbing and wiping my home for hours, however, I am at a point in my life where I know it’s super important and I should accept the fact that no one is going to clean my home for me. This is why I have been trying to find easy and less time-consuming ways to clean – so that I can save time, effort, and energy while still having a spotless living space.

Believe it or not, the solution to my problems is easy – using natural ingredients and allowing them to do all the work for me. Today, I am going to focus on deep cleaning a bathtub and show you how I clean mine easily and effectively!

How To Properly Deep Clean Your Bathtub?

Since this cleaning method I use is suitable for almost all bathtubs no matter the material they are made out of, you can safely use it – the only materials that I do not recommend you apply these ingredients to is acrylic and fiberglass.

Now, start off with rinsing the tub si any hairs and dust can be removed.

Then it’s time to pull out the first ingredient we will use – baking soda. Sprinkle the powder all over your tub then use a scrub brush to clean the tub and scrub out any stains or impurities.

After that, dip a sponge in vinegar and start scrubbing over the baking soda with it. Both ingredients will create a fizzing reaction which is exactly what we need to loosen up and remove any stubborn stains and impurities stuck on your tub.

Then it’s time to rinse everything and check to see whether you are happy with the result. If you notice a few spots and stains still remaining, make sure you repeat the same steps once or twice more until the bathtub is finally spotless!

DIY Recipe For A Soap Scum Remover!

If you have shower doors then removing soap scum is a huge problem you have. If you can’t seem to figure out how to easily get rid of the soap scum then this article is just for you! I will show you how to remove it but not with a fancy commercial product – with a natural DIY soap scum remover I recently came up with! I guarantee you are going to love it because it’s effective, easy to make, and super inexpensive!

Here Is What You Need To Do!

You need to prepare rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, baking soda, borax, your favourite essential oils (but this is optional), a sponge, a spray bottle, and a few paper towels.

Then it’s time to start mixing everything. First, grab all the liquid ingredients. Measure a cup of rubbing alcohol then add a cup of vinegar to the spray bottle. Then add a few drops of your favourite essential oil if you want the soap scum remover to smell nice. I recommend using lavender or tea tree essential oils because they have antibacterial properties and will prevent mold and mildew.

Then it’s time to mix the baking soda and borax. Don’t add them to the liquid ingredients – mix them in a separate container. I add 3 teaspoons of baking soda and a teaspoon of the borax.

And now it’s time to actually start removing the soap scum. Spray the mixture on a sponge then dip it in the baking soda and borax then start scrubbing the shower doors using a circular motion. Spray a bit more of the liquid ingredients as you are scrubbing so you can wet the area.

Once you are happy with the result, rinse the shower doors then definitely make sure you dry them with paper towels so no hard water stains form on the surface you just cleaned.

How To Properly Wash Your Pillows?

Do you want to know about a common cleaning mistake a lot of people make? Not washing their pillows! This is probably one of the biggest mistakes people make. No one really talks about how important this cleaning chore really is!

This really needs to be on top of your priority list and you shouldn’t forget it. The good news is that washing pillows are one of the easiest things you could do – you just need to throw them in your washing machine and launder them. That’s it! Just like that, your pillows will be disinfected and cleaned!

Why Is Washing Your Pillows So Important?

Ever since I was little, my mother used to always tell me that washing pillows are one of the most important cleaning chores out there. She used to wash them once every month – and she still does that to this day! It’s a cleaning chore she doesn’t compromise with and always finds the time to do it. This is why I developed this as a habit – once every month I gather all pillows that are in my bedroom and I wash them.

Why is this so important? Well, just like anything else in your home, your pillows tend to absorb a lot of dirt, dust, and all sorts of other impurities. They also absorb body liquids and… germs. Yes, your pillow is indeed a breeding ground for germs. This can cause a number of different issues like skin irritation, acne, breakouts, eye irritation, etc.

You most likely focus on cleaning your mattress once every few months because it absorbs a lot of impurities. This is exactly what happens with your pillows as well. The only difference is that you place a mattress cover, sheets, and you put on your pajamas when you go to bed – which is why you can easily clean your mattress once or twice a year.

Unfortunately, your pillows get even dirtier than your mattress because the only thing sitting between all the impurities and the pillow is… the pillowcase. On top of that, you don’t put anything on your face or hair when you go to bed – meaning that all those impurities transfer to your skin.

A DIY Recipe For A Natural Stain Remover

If you have kids then dealing with stains is an everyday thing for you, right? But I am here to give you an amazing DIY recipe for a natural stain remover so that you no longer need to worry whether you will be able to remove those stains or not! I have recently discovered this cleaner and it’s amazing. It gets rid of all stains easily and effortlessly – without too much scrubbing or rubbing!

What Ingredietns You Need?

There are a lot of recipes for stain removers out there that contain vinegar, however, I must admit I am not a huge fan of using vinegar because of the smell. Yes, it gets the job done but there are a lot of other ingredients out there that are amazing in removing stains and do not have that horrible scent.

Instead of vinegar, I use hydrogen peroxide.

Another ingredient that is very important is lemon juice. It’s acidic just like vinegar but it has an amazing smell!

And last but not least, I add a few drops of my favourite essential oil – lavender. Of course, you can use any essential oil out there.

How To Use This Cleaner?

After you have prepared everything, you should mix it in a spray bottle (I use 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide, the juice of half a lemon, and 5 drops of the essential oil).

I spray some of the mixture on the stained area and let it sit for 20-30 minutes so it has time to lift off the stains. Sometimes I grab an old toothbrush and scrub the affected area as well.

Next, I rinse the area and check whether the stain is removed. If it remains then repeat the same steps until you get rid of it.

Once the stains are gone, throw the clothing item in your washing machine and wash as usual!

6 Monthly Cleaning Chores You Shouldn’t Neglect!

There are a lot of cleaning chores that you need to perform each month and I am sure you do only half of the things on this list. I used to neglect them as well but I realized the importance of maintaining everything in my home clean.

So here is everything you need to do once a month to ensure a spotless home!

Clean The Washing Machine

Have you ever cleaned your washing machine? I know that you might think it sounds crazy – doesn’t the washing machine clean itself… well, no. You need to do that!

But don’t worry – it’s not hard at all. In fact, it’s one of the easiest cleaning chores ever. All you need to do is pour a cup of vinegar where you normally put the laundry detergent and run an empty hot cycle.

Clean The Blinds

If you have blinds instead of curtains then you need to wipe them with a cloth once a month. That way you will remove build-up dust and dirt.

Clean Your Dishwasher

Once a month you need to remove the filter of your dishwasher and wash it. That way you will ensure all food particles which are trapped in it are removed.

Another thing you need to do is place a cup of vinegar in the dishwasher and turn a hot empty cycle. Similar to the washing machine, this chore is so easy yet important for the performance and lifespan of your appliance!

Vacuum Any Upholstery

Your upholstery traps do much dirt and dust which is why you need to regularly take care of them. I recommend sprinkling baking soda on the upholstery then letting it sit for 20 minutes. The powder will absorb any bad smells and impurities.

Then simply vacuum the upholstered furniture to remove the powder and any excess crumbs, dirt, dust, etc.

Clean The Windows

Don’t bother cleaning the exterior each month but do focus on the interior! Simply use a glass cleaner and clean the interior of all windows each month.

Trust me – it will make a huge difference in the appearance and feel of your home.

Clean Your Microwave

Another appliance you need to clean every month. Scrub the interior and exterior in order to remove any build-up, greasy stains, burnt food, etc.

Learn how to get rid of salad dressing stains!

I love eating salads that have a lot of salad dressing but, unfortunately, sometimes I get it all over my clothes. The other day I even spilled some on my carpet which almost gave me a heart attack because it is my favourite carpet.

However, despite this I was quick with cleaning the affected area and now there is no sight of staining.

How to remove salad dressing stains from clothes?

Evenn if your instincts tell you to wipe or rub the stain with a napkin – DON’T! It will make everything much worse because you will push the dressing deeper into the fibers.

Grab a cloth and blot the stain so that you can absorb the oil first. If the dressing is creamy grab a spoon and lift off the excess instead.

Continue with sprinkling the stain either with baby powder, baking soda, or cornstarch. This will make sure that any grease/ oil is absorbed which will make the cleaning easier.

After 15 minutes remove the powder by brushing it off.

Then you need to treat the stain with your laundry detergent. Pour some directly on the stain, rub the fabric with your fingers for a while and then let it sit for 15 minutes. Continue with rinsing the laundry detergent and throwing the clothing item in the washing machine.

How to remove salad dressing stains from a carpet/ upholstery?

Grab a spoon as soon as you spill the salad dressing and remove as much as possible. Then sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch all over the affected area in order to absorb the oil/ grease and leave it for 15 minutes.

Continue with vacuuming the powder.

Then mix two cups of hot water with a tablespoon of liquid soap and a tablespoon of household ammonia. Dip a sponge in the mixture and blot the stain. Once you are done blot the area with a cloth in order to remove the mixture.

The last step is “rinsing” the stain so that the soapy water is completely removed. You can do that by dipping a clean cloth in water and blotting the area.

How to clean your washing machine?

How often do you clean the appliances in your home that help you do your chores? I know your answer is going to be “very rarely”. But you should aim to change this. The habit of cleaning appliances in your home will be really beneficial for you because that way their lifespan will be long and their performance will be better. To be honest, this is the only way to avoid damage.

When it comes to your washing machine you probably think that it is self-cleaning and you do not need to do anything to maintain it but, unfortunately, you are wrong. There is a lot of soap residue, dirt, germs, hard water deposits, and other impurities that is covering your washing machine and you are the one that needs to remove them!

So how to clean a washing machine?

– Read the user manual

Before you start cleaning your washing machine you definitely need to read the user manual because different appliances require different types of cleaning.

– Clean the drawer

After you are done reading you can start cleaning the drawer that you place detergent and fabric softner. Use soapy warm water. This step is recommended to be done once a month!

– Clear the filter (if your washing machine has one)

Coins and other small objects can easily get stuck in the filter of your washing machine so if yours has one you need to check it and remove any items that are stuck there!

– Check the hose

Check the hose for any holes – it’s a very important step because if any holes are present then they can cause flooding.

– Run the appliance on the hottest setting

This is the best way to ensure all of the germs in your washing machine are completely removed. Put two cups of vinegar where you put the detergent in and run the empty washing machine on the hottest setting.

– Clean the drum

There might be some dirt left on the drum so in order to remove it completely you can scrub it with some rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth.

– Clean the exterior of the washing machine

The last step in cleaning your washing machine should always be taking care of the exterior. Again, you can use soapy water to do so!

How to remove grease with just baby oil?

Lately, I have been debating which cleaning technique is the best when it comes to removing grease stubborn stains on different kitchen appliances and I have come to one conclusion – it’s something that is least expected. Baby oil is doing an amazing job in cleaning my microwave, oven, fridge, and just about any other kitchen appliance, I have problems with greasy stains.

Believe me, I have tried so many different methods – from using commercial cleaners to just about any natural ingredient that is used for cleaning like vinegar, baking soda, etc. I promise you baby oil will take care of your problems.

You normally would try cleaning grease with hot water and soap but let me tell you – it takes a lot of effort and time. Personally, I don’t like wasting time and baby oil helps me clean everything quickly and easily.

Just grab a paper towel

Simply grab a paper towel, pour some baby oil on it, and start wiping the surface you want to clean. Of course, you need to apply some pressure to the greasy stains but in comparison to cleaning with soapy water, it is very easy.

Trust me, not only will your kitchen appliances be spotless and free of any stains but they will be shiny – like you just purchased them.

Want your home to always be clean? Here are some easy steps to follow every day

What if there are some easy cleaning tips you can follow every day and you will automatically achieve a clean and organized home. It’s important what you do on daily basis and how you take care of your home and the cleanliness because if you spend a lot of time once a week in deep cleaning and the other days you are extremely messy you will never live in a clean home for more than a day.

These following activities will make a huge difference in the cleanliness of your home cutting down in half the time you spend cleaning.

– ALWAYS clean your dishes

Never leave dirty dishes in the sink. Whenever you use them to make sure to clean them right after.

– Don’t be messy

Put back everything you use in its original place. For example, if you are in a hurry in the morning and never throw your clothes all over your bedroom and then come home to a huge mess at the end of the day. You will most likely be too tired and will stack the clothes in one place. That way you will create a huge mess.

Instead, be mindful of what you use and where you place it.

– Always make your bed

Wake up a couple of minutes earlier than usual just so you can spend them in making your bed. We all want to come home to a nicely done bed and you are definitely not doing yourself a favor when you leave it messy.

How can you easily stop wasting food and save some money

Wasting food happens often. Way too often, if you ask me. Food waste is such a terrible thing but unfortunately, it happens in every household. Are you guilty of throwing food away? Maybe you will start explaining yourself – ‘‘it was expired what am I supposed to do with it?’’

Let me try and help you change some habits of yours that will both help you quit wasting and throwing food as well as save money.

– Get creative with leftovers and turn them into something new

What does that mean? Leftovers can lose their taste and become the last thing in your fridge that you want to touch. In those cases make sure you get creative and turn them into a brand new meal. Let me give you an example. You have chicken and you have some leftovers that aren’t that tasty anymore. Add the chicken into a salad or a taco. Maybe chop some vegetables and make veggies and chicken. I think you get what I mean. You really can get very creative and never have to deal with leftovers anymore.

– Freeze leftovers

Another thing that you can do with leftovers is to freeze them. That way they won’t go bad and you will easily have a meal prepared and ready.

– Be careful when you are cooking

I bet that everyone reading is guilty of this. When you are cooking and preparing all of the ingredients you tend to wash and cut more than you actually need. Why do we do that? We think to ourselves – ‘‘I will just use it the next time I am cooking and I won’t have to chop again.’’ You think you are saving a ton of energy by doing this but at the end of the day you never use these chopped up things and you end up throwing them away.

You need to use vegetables immediately otherwise they will start to go bad and you will throw them away.

– Make a list when you are going shopping

When you are going grocery shopping make sure you make a list of everything you need. Do not go without a shopping list. You will end up buying unnecessary things that you will just put in your fridge and forget about. Then after some time you will pick it up, see that it has expired and just throw it away. What’s the point? Make your shopping organized.

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