When it comes to the chores of cleaning, most of us prefer putting it off until the weekend. And when it’s the weekend we prefer doing something fun or relaxing and thus cleaning takes a backseat.
To make cleaning quick and easy, we have briefed down 10 DIY cleaning techniques. Using a few wondrous ingredients from your kitchen you can have a spick and span home in a jiffy.
Olive oil for surfaces:
Olive oil does not only provide a host of health benefits but also acts as a great cleaner. It can be used to clean stainless steel items like pots, frying pans, utensils and appliances. All you need to do is, pour a little olive oil on a soft cloth and rub the area in a circular motion to remove any dirty stains.
Limes or lemons for garbage disposal:
Garbage disposal is a great kitchen appliance that helps to clean away leftovers and food scraps quickly and easily. Since it is used on a regular basis, food particles and residue can be left behind causing unpleasant odours.
To clean and deodorise your garbage disposal unit you can use citrus peels – lemon, lime or even orange. Cut them into small quarters, and ensure the water is running while putting the peels into the disposal.
Vodka for carpets:
Clear vodka, rubbing alcohol and even white wine are good for cleaning spots on your carpets.
Begin by blotting the stain. Next, pour any of the above-mentioned alcohols onto the stain. This method is easy and effective.
Shaving cream for water stains:
Did you know shaving cream is a good cleaner? It helps in removing water stains from a shower glass. Apply some shaving cream on the glass and leave it for 15 minutes, then use a cloth to wipe.
Baking soda and vinegar for tubs:
This 10-minute plan is excellent to clean your tubs. Prepare a mixture using one cup of vinegar, half a cup baking soda with hot water, pour into the empty bathtub and let it sit for 5 minutes. Next, fill about one-quarter of the tub with hot water and allow it to sit for an extra 5 minutes. Then drain the water and rinse well. You can use the same solution for cleaning your toilets.
Lemon essential oil for microwave:
Fill a microwave-safe bowl with one and a half cups of water. Add about 15 drops of lemon essential oil into it. Microwave it on high for 5-10 minutes. This will allow the steam to condense on the insides of the appliance. After this, use a sponge to wipe off the softened food residue.
Rubber gloves for pet hair:
When your vacuum cleaner doesn’t manage to remove all your pet’s fur, slide on a pair of rubber gloves and rub down areas that require further cleaning. When rubber is pushed against the fabric, it creates static energy which causes the remaining pet hair to stick to the gloves. Give the gloves a good rinse under running water for the hair to loosen.
Vinegar for upholstery:
Eliminate pet odours and other smells from upholstery using a combination of vinegar, water and your choice of essential oil. Before using the solution on all your upholstery, test it on a small unnoticeable area for colourfastness. If all is fine, spray the mixture on the rest of the upholstery and later vacuum the area.
Baking soda and vinegar for mattress:
While we tend to toss our bed linen into the washing machine regularly, we can’t exactly do the same when it comes to our mattress. But with some ingredients from the kitchen, we can definitely keep it clean.
To keep dust mites, dead skin cells and other allergens away, it is important to clean your mattress frequently. To eliminate stains, spray the mattress with vinegar and sprinkle baking soda on the top. Then keep a towel over the area and allow it to sit for 1 to 2 hours. Later use your vacuum over the mattress to complete the cleaning process.
Coffee filters for screens:
Coffee filters should be stored in your living room and office as they come in handy while dealing with dust on screens. Unlike towels that are known to leave fibres behind, coffee filters swiftly clear off dust from TV screens, laptop screens and any other screens in your home.
Follow these DIY cleaning techniques to have a clean and fresh home. For professional carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and spot removal services in Goulburn contact Classique Chem-Dry on 1800 213 006.