Cheap and easy home cleaning secrets
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.