Spring is traditionally considered the harvesting season: general cleaning is usually carried out in the warmer months. But it's definitely not worth postponing cleaning until next year, because the more often we put things in order, the less effort will have to be made. We share useful tips and tricks that will greatly facilitate house cleaning and turn it into almost a pleasant experience.
It is better to start cleaning from the bedroom or living room, and finish with a bathroom and toilet, so as not to carry dirt around the house. In addition, in the process, you will pour and drain water many times, and it makes no sense to do this in a clean toilet or bathtub. It is better to clean rooms "from top to bottom": start from the shelves and gradually move on to the furniture located below. Vacuuming and cleaning the floors is the last thing - yes, the vacuum cleaner lifts a certain amount of dust into the air, but when wiping tables and other furniture, you will inevitably brush dust and dirt onto the floor - which means you will have to vacuum again. In order not to miss anything during the cleaning process, it is better to establish the order in which you move in the room and clean according to a certain system - for example, from right to left and from top to bottom.
So that there are no streaks on the surfaces, it is better to wipe them not in circular, but in vertical or horizontal movements - in addition, this will help not to miss anything during the cleaning process. If you are using a special cleaner, leave it on the surface for a short time after you spray it - it will work better. It is especially good to do this when cleaning the bathtub and toilet bowl - you can safely leave the substance for a few minutes, and at this time do other things. At the same time, make sure that the product does not have time to dry - additional stains will appear and it will be even more difficult to scrub the surface after that.
There is another useful technique for cleaning the bath: before applying the cleaning agent, it is worth rinsing it with hot water for one or two minutes - this way the substance will work more efficiently. Vinegar will help you get rid of stubborn stains and streaks on taps, in the sink or bathtub: you can use it as a regular cleaning agent, or you can soak a rag in it and wrap it around the dirty faucet for an hour - after that it will be much easier to wipe off the stains. To combat water stains on a wooden surface, ordinary mayonnaise is useful: you need to apply it to a rag and rub the surface until the stain disappears.
Another important tip, which, as a rule, do not think about during the cleaning process. Often, when wiping surfaces from dust and greasy marks, we forget about the areas where there are many fingerprints and which get very dirty over time. When cleaning, pay attention to door handles, cabinet and drawer handles, switches, buttons on appliances, and other things that you regularly touch with your hands.
Deal with dirt in the microwave the following life hack will help. Pour one to two cups of water into a microwave safe dish and add a spoonful of vinegar. Heat the dishes in the microwave until half of the liquid has evaporated. Do not open the oven door immediately, wait about ten minutes - during this time, the steam will help the dirt to move away from the walls. Then take the bowl out of the oven and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or sponge - the dirt should rinse off relatively easily. Alternatively, instead of vinegar, you can use lemon juice, mixing it with water in a one-to-one ratio.
We used to wash cutting boards after eating, along with the rest of the dishes - but they should be cleaned more thoroughly once a week. To do this, sprinkle the board with coarse salt, and then rub it with half a lemon and rinse well with water.Citrus fruit should also help remove food stains by leaving the lemon juice on the board for twenty minutes. In addition, citric acid is good for fighting rust. To use it to wipe the problem area, you need to moisten a rag in it and wipe the rusty surface. Also, acid will help clean the electric kettle from scale: you need to add it to the water, and then boil it.
Instead of a rag, spilled bread crumbs or dust in hard-to-reach places, you can collect with adhesive tape: for this you need to glue a long strip of wide adhesive tape to the surface, and then tear off. With the help of the tape, you can also clean hard-to-reach places in the boxes - for this you need to crumple it, leaving mainly the adhesive part outside, and walk the resulting ball over the surface. Another non-obvious trick is that glass fragments from the floor can be collected with a soft piece of bread. The main thing is to be careful not to press too hard so as not to get hurt.
You probably don't forget to change your bedding regularly. - but you probably do not pay due attention to cleaning the mattress. From time to time it is worth taking it out to vacuum it, removing all hairs, crumbs and dust particles that have accumulated on it. In addition, it is worth sprinkling the mattress with a special cleaning spray - it will help remove odors and disinfect the surface. You can also get rid of odors with a mixture of soda and 10–20 drops of essential oil: wipe the surface with the resulting powder and leave for an hour. Remember to vacuum the mattress thoroughly so that there is no product left on it.
Get rid of the unpleasant smell in the refrigerator soda will also help: you need to dilute four tablespoons in a liter of water, moisten a rag in this mixture and wipe all surfaces with it - walls, shelves and a door. Another option is to get rid of the unpleasant odor with the help of the same lemon: for this you need to moisten a few cotton balls in lemon juice and store them in the refrigerator. True, this will not save you in the event that the products smell simply because they have deteriorated - so it is better to monitor the expiration date and discard the expired ones in a timely manner.
You can scrub a burnt frying pan with vinegar: To do this, fill the pan with water, add a glass of vinegar to it (perhaps more or less, depending on the size of the dishes), put it on fire and remove it when the water starts to boil and small air bubbles appear at the bottom of the pan. After that, you need to drain the water and wash as usual. If there are still stains on it, you can dilute the baking soda with a few drops of water and apply the resulting paste for a few minutes, and then rinse. The main thing is to remember that you should not mix vinegar and soda during the cleaning process. Both products clean well separately, but when mixed, the properties of both are neutralized and carbon dioxide is released, which, alas, will not help you in cleaning in any way.
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