How often do you stand around and wonder what the best way to clean something is?
Unless you’ve done a large amount of research on the topic, you’re probably just winging it by following what your mother or father used to do. There is nothing wrong with this and you may even have an old cleaning tip hidden up your sleeve. But if not, here are our tips for getting your home sparkling clean.
Don’t discredit water because it doesn’t have a chemical base. This straight out of the tap beauty can be a wonderful aid in cleaning up the kitchen and other areas that get grubby. Use a spray bottle to distribute warm water across your benches, stove top and other worrying areas and leave to sit for a few minutes. Once the water has soaked up and loosed any grime, grab your favourite cloth and wipe the excess mess away. Warm water is a fantastic cleaning method for those who are allergic to non-natural cleaning products.
You can also run your microwave on high for a few minutes to ‘steam’ the insides clean. Simply wipe away the excess water and condensation afterwards.
Baking soda and vinegar
If your kitchen or bathroom benches are covered in grime too strong for water, your next option are the common kitchen items baking soda and vinegar. Both of these products can be used with water to soak and clean everything from benches, stovetops, dishes, stainless steel items, bathtubs, the list goes on. You can use baking soda and vinegar individually, or combined together with water for added oomph.
Vinegar can also be utilised in your laundry. Pour half a cup of white vinegar into your washing to protect colours from fading. Additionally, you can use vinegar as a fabric softener; especially great for keeping towels soft and fluffy.
Cleaning your cleaning supplies
Just like cleaning the house, your cleaning supplies need to be cleaned frequently. This ensures that they get the job done right.
The number one rule for cleaning scrubbing brushes is do not soak. By soaking scrubbing brushes, you can weaken and dislodge bristles, which will only prevent you from doing a good job cleaning. To keep scrubbing brushes from forming mould, rinse after each use to remove any food or residue and allow to completely air dry before storing. It’s a good idea to dry them with the bristles facing upwards to prevent them from becoming misshapen too.
Kitchen sponges and cleaning clothes often get neglected. It’s not a conscious decision, they simply tend to be overlooked. Cleaning clothes can be washed in the washing machine. Getting into a routine of washing them once a week after you have cleaned your house is a great method for keeping them fresh. Sponges on the other hand should be discarded and replaced after a couple of weeks use.