Cheap and easy home clean­ing se­crets

Lesotho Times - - Property -

ARE you look­ing for af­ford­able ways to keep your home clean? Quickly and ef­fi­ciently do away with dirt and grime with these has­sle­free tips…

1. Clean­ing a vac­uum fil­ter Vac­uum fil­ters tend to be pricey, but if you can clean them, there won’t be any need to re­place them.

For­tu­nately, clean­ing your vac­uum fil­ters doesn’t have to cost you a for­tune. If you own a dish­washer, you can use it to clean your vac­uum fil­ters and so much more.

Sim­ply pop the vac­uum fil­ter in the dish­washer and add a dol­lop of nor­mal dish­washer soap. Wash the fil­ter then once it’s clean, prop it up against the win­dowsill to dry for a day or two.

To clean out your dish­washer, run it while it’s empty. You might want to run it twice to get rid of all the dirt from the vac­uum fil­ter.

2. Clean pet hair off your

car­pets and fur­ni­ture Use a squeegee as a quick and easy way to brush pet hair off of your car­pets and rugs – use rub­ber gloves for fur­ni­ture.

Dam­pen one of your rub­ber gloves and then use it to re­move pet hair from fur­ni­ture. The damp rub­ber ma­te­rial is like a mag­net that will at­tract un­wanted pet hairs.

3. Bak­ing tray mir­a­cle cleaner To clean a bak­ing tray, sprin­kle it with bak­ing soda then add some hy­dro­gen perox­ide and another layer of bak­ing soda. Leave it stand­ing for an hour or two be­fore rub­bing the cleaner off with a clean­ing sponge.

4. Clean ceil­ing fan blades

with a pil­low case Clean­ing ceil­ing fan blades can be tricky but it need not be a has­sle.

Sim­ply slide an old pil­low case onto the blades and use the in­side of the pil­low to wipe away any dust or grime that has col­lected onto the blades.

Clean­ing your ceil­ing fan blades this way keeps the dust from fly­ing off and set­tling in another spot and keeps the dust out of your face while you clean.

5. Kitchen sponges After a lot of use, your soft kitchen sponges can be­come pretty nasty. Even when you try to wash them with soap and wa­ter, they of­ten have a lin­ger­ing smell. But you don’t have to toss them in the garbage just yet.

To clean your sponge, sim­ply pour a lit­tle lemon juice into a bowl of wa­ter. From there soak the sponge in the so­lu­tion and put it in the mi­crowave on high for two min­utes.

Re­mem­ber to only mi­crowave sponges or plas­tic scrub­bers that do not con­tain steel or other met­als. Also, make sure the sponge or scrub­ber is wet, not dry.

The al­lot­ted time of two min­utes should be enough to kill most dis­ease-caus­ing germs.

Be care­ful when re­mov­ing the hot sponge from the mi­crowave — you might want to leave it to cool off first to avoid burns.

6. Clean small toys in a laun­dry bag A laun­dry bag can make it pos­si­ble to clean so much more, in­clud­ing lego pieces and small toys.

You could also use this con­cept in the dish­washer.

7. Use salt to clean your iron To clean a grimy iron, you’ll need to cover your iron­ing board with a pil­low case or sheet first. Then, tip a gen­er­ous amount of salt onto the iron­ing board. With the steam func­tion turned off, run the iron over the salt.

The dirt on the bot­tom of the iron will stick to the salt, mak­ing for an easy clean. 8. Make your own grout cleaner To make your own grout cleaner, fill a cup with three quar­ters of bak­ing soda and a sec­ond cup of bleach which you’ll fill a quar­ter of the way. You’ll also need an old tooth­brush or scrub brush.

Mix the bak­ing soda and bleach in a bowl un­til the mix­ture forms a thick paste. Then ap­ply the paste to the dirty grout lines and let it sit for 5 to 10 min­utes.

The bleach will do most of the work just sit­ting there. Once the time has passed, scrub the grout with your tooth­brush to work the cleaner deeper into the grout.

Re­mem­ber that some­times grout turns darker when it’s wet so don’t overex­ert your­self.

Wait another 5 to 10 min­utes and then rinse the cleaner off of the grout. If you have a hand­held shower head, use that, other­wise just use a damp rag and rinse it out of­ten as you wipe the cleaner away.

To clean a grimy iron, run it over some salt with the steam func­tion turned off.

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