Cleanliness is next to godliness!
I so want my home to be sparkling clean but for the time and efforts it takes to get the mess out of my sight, I have often let cleanliness (and myself) take a break. However, like everyone else, I too don't enjoy being accused of hosting dust and dirt at home. Hence, I resolved to research on some cleaning hacks this year to make my life easier as well as to get the accusations off my shoulder. And here I am, with some genius cleaning tricks that will not only save our time and efforts but also our hard earned money.
You can thank me later....
Prepare a mixture of 1 tbsp baking soda, 1/3rd of a glass of vinegar, 1 tbsp washing powder and some hot water. Put this mixture in a spray water bottle and spray a thin layer of it on the sofa. Let it rest for a few hours before vacuuming it up for a fresh and clean sofa.
Rub some salt on dry chopping boards with the help of half-cut lemon followed by a thorough rub using a brush or sponge while keeping it submerged in hot water. You may want to repeat the process for better results.
Prepare a mix of vinegar and baking soda and rub it in the grout lines between tiles. You can also use it on the entire tiles area. Leave it for a couple of minutes before rinsing it with water. Wipe the area dry and rejoice seeing your sparkling bathroom floor.
Did you know you can use canned air to clean the bathroom exhaust? Simply hold the bottle of canned air right below the exhaust pointing the nozzle towards it and let the magic begin (don't forget to press the button).
Hard water stains are extremely unflattering to eyes and mar the look of the toilet and kitchen. If you are as sick as me of using those chemical laden and unpleasant smelling stain removers on the faucets, then here are two simple ways to dazzling faucets. Cut a lemon in half and give your faucets a good rub down. Rinse with warm water after a few minutes for spotless faucets.
Alternatively, you can soak some paper towels in vinegar and cover the stained areas with them. Keep spraying them with more vinegar every 3-5 minutes. Remove the towels after 20 minutes and scrub off the area with an old toothbrush. For stubborn stains, put the vinegar-soaked towels back on for another hour or so before repeating the scrubbing process. And....tada!
Place the grates in a sealable plastic bag and add 2-3 tbsp of ammonia spirit before sealing it. Let the grates sit there for around 12 hours before washing. This will remove all the grease and dirt from the grates and lend your gas stove a brand new look.
Place a pillow cover or a cotton cloth over your ironing board and sprinkle it with salt. Run hot iron (set on highest setting) over it with the steam option turned off. Salt will attract all the rust and dirt from your iron, leaving it sparkling clean.
Add 4-5 teaspoons of vinegar into a glass of water and pour it into a microwave-safe container. Place the container in the microwave and turn it on. When steam starts to form inside, turn it off and let it cool for 15 minutes. Open the microwave and remove the container. Now clean the insides of the microwave with a damp sponge. Your microwave will thank you for this vinegar sauna bath.
Leave some ammonia spirit in a container inside the unheated oven overnight. In the morning, take out the container and clean the oven walls. It will take minimal efforts to get rid of the dirt but remember to wear rubber gloves and keep the windows open while cleaning.
Pour come rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle and spray the affected area with it GENEROUSLY till it gets saturated. Now scrub the area vigorously with a white sponge and you'll see your sponge taking off the dirt on itself. You may want to replace the sponge with another one if it gets too dirty. Now leave the area to dry. This area you cleaned will look darker and harder to touch but you need not worry. Once the couch is completely dry, re-fluff the area by making swirling motions with a white bristle brush.
Remember to use white brush and sponge for cleaning as colored ones may transfer their color to the couch in the process.
Wet the dirty area with water and sprinkle some soda over it. Vacuum it up after ten minutes. Now make a mixture of 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid with 1 tbsp white vinegar and about 2 glasses of warm water. Rub the stained area thoroughly with this mixture and let it dry.
Line a container with an aluminium foil and fill it with hot water. Now, add half a cup of soda and half a cup of salt to it. Let your silverware soak in this bath for about half an hour before rinsing them. Wipe them with a soft and dry tissue and see them regain their lustre.
Mix 2 tbsp each of baking soda and calcined soda and rub onto the surface of a slightly wet sink. Leave it for 10 minutes before pouring a layer of vinegar and bleach mixture (50 grams each) over it. Let the ingredients work their way into the dirty sink for half an hour before washing them off with water.
Sprinkle some baking soda on the tracks. Next, prepare a mix of vinegar and water in the ratio of 1:1 and spray it over soda using a spray bottle. Now, rub the tracks thoroughly with an old toothbrush followed by a paper towel wipe. Wipe the area with a wet cloth to see the results.
Before signing off for the day, let me confirm to you that I have tried most of these tricks and they work! Let us know in the comments below how many of these did you try at home.