Everyone wants to enjoy a clean home, but to keep it always tidy and spotless is definitely not easy.
You can use cleaning products from the market, but remember that they are not safe for you and your family as they are full of chemicals. That is why you need to know some simple but very efficient cleaning tips that can help you a lot without putting your health in danger.
Here are 10 home cleaning hacks that you need to know:
1. White vinegar
White vinegar is perfect for cleaning hard-water stains that usually occur on ceramic or glass surfaces due to water’s high amount of mineral deposits. These stains are most prevalent in kitchens and bathrooms.
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Hard-water stains also appear on electric kettles. They not only ruin their appearance but also slow down their normal function.
You can get rid of these mineral deposits with the use of white vinegar. It is very efficient also in cleaning kitchen counters and wooden floors due to its acetic acid content.
Here is how to clean the electric kettle:
Fill it with distilled water and white vinegar in equal amounts. Leave it for one hour. Then boil the water and vinegar solution. Let it stay for another half an hour and then discard the solution. If the stains are stubborn, repeat this procedure a couple of times. Finally, to remove the sharp smell of vinegar, boil some water in the electric kettle a couple of times.
2. Water and lemon juice
Putting of microwave cleaning is a very often practice. Nobody likes cleaning the crusty and gross burnt-on food. But there is a way to make your microwave become like new again. You only need some lemon and the rest is easy.
Make a juice from one or two lemons and add it to a bowl filled with water. Put it in the microwave and heat it for 5 minutes on high power. Then, turn off the microwave and leave the bowl for 5 minutes without opening the door. Then, open the door and wipe the microwave with a cloth. You are done.
3. Baking soda
Baking soda can do wonders for your sink in the kitchen. It is very difficult to keep it always sparkly clean, no matter how much you scrub it. But, baking soda will remove hard-water stains and grease marks from the sink without having to scratch it.
Here is the procedure:
- Quickly wash the kitchen sink.
- Sprinkle baking soda on it.
- Wait for 10 minutes.
- Scrub the sink, and make sure you do it in the direction of the steel.
- Rinse with water.
- Buff it with a paper towel and a little bit of olive oil.
4. Mineral oil
Kitchen oil stains are difficult to clean. However, mineral oil can help you get rid of them. Fill a bowl with some mineral oil and dip a paper towel. To scrub off the sticky substance, wipe the surface with the towel. If the gunk is stubborn, then sprinkle some baking soda and continue scrubbing. In the end, clean the surface with another towel.
Leaving a little mineral oil on the surface will keep it shiny and prevent future sticky stains.
Car headlights become foggy and dusty over time. Keeping them clean is very important because if they are dirty the visibility is reduced, especially on foggy and rainy nights.
To make your headlights look new again, clean them with white toothpaste. It works great as an abrasive plastic polish that helps remove the cloudiness.
- First, take a dusting cloth to clean the headlights.
- Then, spray some water on them.
- Put some toothpaste on a soft toothbrush.
- Rub it all over the headlights.
- Finally, clean them with a wet towel.
6. Black tea
Marks from water can make bathroom mirrors look like a mess. You don’t need to buy special cleaners for glass to keep them clean. You only need old newspaper, lint-free cloth, and black tea, and you will clean the mirrors quickly and easily. Black tea dissolves grease and dirt.
- Prepare 2 or 3 cups of strong black tea and let it stay for about one hour.
- Then, put it into a spray bottle.
- Spray it onto a lint-free cloth and clean the mirrors with it.
- To remove water spots, use pieces of the newspaper at the end.
7. Baking soda and vinegar
From time to time, you need to clean clogged drains. Usually, we clean it with plumbers. But, you can do it yourself using baking soda and vinegar. The task is very simple and easy:
- First, boil some water and pour it on the drain.
- Then, add a half cup of baking soda.
- Next, add one cup of white vinegar and a fizzing action will happen that will remove the grime and gunk from the drain.
- Wait for 15 minutes and flush hot water down the drain.
Avoid throwing solids, kitchen oils, and food waste in the drain to prevent future clogs.
Soap and oils that we use for taking a bath leave a nasty mark in the bathtub. If you use chemical products to clean your bathtub it can cause irritations to your skin. That is why it is preferable to clean it naturally, and grapefruit and salt are a great way to do it. While salt works as a scrubber, grapefruit has acidic properties that will remove the grease.
- Cut the grapefruit in half.
- On one half of the grapefruit, sprinkle some salt.
- Scrub the bathtub with it, moving from the inside out.
- Rinse with water at the end.
Everyday kitchen tools and rods in the bathroom can become rusted with time. You can easily clean them using aluminum foil. It will not scratch the metal surface but will remove the rust easily.
- First, clean the rusted surface with soapy water.
- Fill a bowl with warm water and add one teaspoon of salt. Then, put a piece of aluminum foil into the saltwater.
- Rub the rusty surface with the aluminum foil moving back and forth. Whenever the foil gets dry, dip it into the water.
- Finally, clean with a towel and put a little olive oil on the surface.
When you are cooking or frying something, your pan will be greasy, and cleaning it is something that nobody enjoys. Lemon can save your time as its acidic properties will help you get rid of grease very quickly. It will also give the pot a pleasant aroma.
- Pour some water into the greasy pan.
- Cut one lemon in thick slices and add them to the pan. You can also add some lemon juice.
- Boil the water for around 5 minutes.
- Set the pan aside covered for a couple of hours.
- Finally, clean the pan with the regular dish soap.