Having a clean home not only makes you feel better, but it can be better for your health too. Dust buildup leads to dust mites, which can cause respiratory problems such as asthma attacks. Also, maintaining a clean home reduces the chance of mold buildup, which also leads to health problems.
Whether you love to clean, or begrudgingly do it, here are some tips and hacks to help you get a cleaner house and make the process easier.
Bathroom Cleaning Hacks
While you can always use a commercial cleaner to get those dirty bathroom mirrors clean, did you know that black tea is also an excellent cleaning agent? The trick is to brew strong black tea — at least three tea bags. Put the tea into a sprayer bottle and use just like regular window cleaner. It’s all natural, and the results might surprise you.
Everybody hates soap scum and hard water stains, but did you know that you can use lemon juice to clean these stubborn stains? Take half a lemon and scrub the affected areas, and you’ll see the soap scum disappear just as if you had used a commercial chemical cleaner.
Continuing on the all-natural cleaning, the next time you clean your toilet, consider using vinegar instead of a commercial cleaner. Pour vinegar in the top tank and then use vinegar in a spray bottle for the bowl; this is a great, eco-friendly way to keep your toilet clean and fresh.
Kitchen Cleaning Hacks
Like the bathroom, the kitchen can be one of the messiest places in the house, but here are a few tips to keep the kitchen clean and sanitary.
If you have a garbage disposal, then chances are you’ve dealt with the smell that rises out of it like a spirit from the underworld. You can buy dedicated chemical garbage disposal cleaners at your local hardware store, but did you know there’s an all-natural solution that does the job just as well? To get your garbage disposal sanitized and smelling great, take small pieces of lemon and vinegar and put it into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, throw the cubes into your garbage disposal to freshen it up.
If you’ve neglected your dishwasher for a while, chances are the inside is full of gunk. Instead of using harsh, store-bought chemicals to clean it, try using baking soda.
Has your cutting board seen better days? If so, an eco-friendly way to clean it is by using lemon. Sprinkle salt onto your cutting board and then use a lemon half to scour the board’s surface. Make sure to squeeze the lemon to release some of the juice; this works on any cutting board surface.
Did you make a meal that stunk up the kitchen? If so, instead of using a store-bought solution, try putting orange peels into a warm oven or warming them up on the stove. This releases a soothing natural citrus aroma that masks those nasty kitchen odors.
Living Room Cleaning Hacks
When’s the last time you looked at your TV’s remote, really looked at it? Chances are, it’s gross. To get it looking like new and to sanitize it in the process, get a dab of hand sanitizer and a paper towel and wipe it down. Use a Q-tip to get the little nooks and crannies around the buttons.
Does your wood furniture look dull? If it does, you can take a few drops of apple cider vinegar and mix it with olive oil and rub it into the wood. The vinegar lifts dirt from the wood and the oil conditions it leaving it looking almost as good as new.
Carpets are another area that demands frequent cleaning, and you can freshen them by using baking soda. Just powder baking soda on your carpets, let it sit for an hour or so, then vacuum; this trick helps eliminate pet odors too.
If you have a ceiling fan, then chances are you haven’t paid much attention to the blades — most people don’t. But those blades do attract a lot of dirt and dust. Instead of buying expensive dust removers, try slipping a pillowcase over the blades to get them clean.
Do you have blinds? If so, you know how tough it is to keep them looking clean; there are just so many opportunities for dust to collect! Cleaning blinds are simple if you use a sock. Put a sock over your hand, use equal parts vinegar and water as a cleaning solution, and wipe down the blinds.
Just go to your local grocery or big box store, and you’ll see hundreds of products dedicated to getting your clothes clean, and while many of these products do a decent job, you can do equally as well with an all natural, homemade solution.
If your clothes look dull, you can add baking soda to the wash to make them come out brighter and newer looking.
If you have stains on your clothes, don’t worry, because there’s a solution that’s probably sitting in your home right now. The first step to removing the stain is to pour salt on it and let it sit for approximately half an hour. After that, wash the garment as usual, and you’ll be amazed at how effectively this solution is at removing stains.
Towels are a big challenge because of the odor they collect. It seems like nothing you do ever make them smell fresh and clean. The good news is that eliminating the odors that come from mildew in your towels is easy, and can be done with a few household products. Just get white vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, and hot water. Dump your towels into your washer, fill with hot water, then add in the vinegar, and run a cycle. Once the cycle is complete, add in the baking soda and run through another cycle with hot water. Once dry, your towels should smell clean and fresh again.
Cleaning isn’t always fun, but it’s easy to do and doesn’t require expensive chemicals or products — most of the stuff you need to get your home truly clean is stuff you already have. However, if after all of this you can’t get a handle on your cleaning, consider calling in a professional cleaning service to come on a regular basis.