These 4 Cleaning Hacks Will Change Your Life!

All of us can benefit from cleaning hacks, rights? They are meant to make our lives easier by shortening the time we spend performing our chores as well as minimizing the effort we put into them.

I am a huge fan of hacks which is why I have tried a lot of them. While some were a complete waste of my time and left me disappointed, some actually did work pretty well. Today, I will share some of my favourite ones that I use always every day!

How To Easily Clean Your Glass Stovetop?

Start off with drizzling liquid soap all over the glass stovetop. Then sprinkle baking soda on top of that. Next, grab a scrub brush and start scrubbing the stovetop with it. Scrub for a few minutes, you really don’t need to spend a lot of time on this. Of course, don’t go crazy and be gentle because you don’t want to scratch your stove.

Then dampen a towel and wipe the liquid soap and baking soda.

Don’t Forget To Clean Your Pillows

This is not really a cleaning hack – it’s more of a reminder that you need to clean your pillows since I know a lot of people tend to forget to do this chore. Your pillows tend to absorb a lot of dirt, impurities, germs, and body liquids. Thankfully, the only thing you need to do to clean them is to… throw them in your washing machine and let your appliance do all the work!

How To Easily Clean Your Washing Machine?

Did you know that you had to clean your washing machine? I learned this a few months ago and I immediately incorporated this cleaning hack into my to-do list!

All you need to do is pour a cup of vinegar where you normally place the laundry detergent and then run an empty hot cycle. It’s super easy and you won’t end up wasting any time yet your washing machine will be free of dirt, germs, and limescale. This will make sure your appliance works properly and has a long lifespan!

How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances?

Any stainless steel appliance in your home can easily be cleaned with a few natural ingredients. You can use this hack for your sink as well!

Start off with maxing baking soda and water. You want to create a paste. Then scoop some of the mixtures with a cloth and gently scrub your appliance (or sink). Once you have covered the entire surface grab another cloth and remove the paste. Now, in order to bring back the shine of the stainless steel appliances you want to dampen a paper towel with olive oil then gently buff the surface with it.

How To Unclog Your Drains With Natural Ingredients?

Have clogged drains? Don’t worry – you do not need any special products from the store, you can solve your problem with things in your kitchen cupboards!

Use Boiling Water And Liquid Soap

Using something as easy as soapy hot water is enough to unclog your drains! Just add a few tablespoons of liquid soap in a pan filled with boiling water and slowly pour the mixture into your drain. All grease will be melted away and the drain will be unclogged.

Use Baking Soda And Vinegar

This is one of my favourite ways to unclog drains. Start off with pouring half a cup of baking soda down your drain followed by a cup of vinegar. The fizzing reaction you see is the reason this works so well. Wait for 25 minutes before pouring hot water down the drain.

Baking Soda And Salt

If you like baking soda but you don’t really enjoy using vinegar due to the bad smell then you can pair it with salt – another great way to unclog your drain. Mix half a cup of salt with half a cup of baking soda and pour that down the drain. Let it sit overnight then pour boiling water the next morning!

Use Borax

Pour 1/4 cup of salt and 1/4 cup of borax then add 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Next, add boiling water to the mix and let it sit for 30 minutes before pouring some more hot water.

How To Prevent Clogged Drains?

In order to prevent clogged drains then it’s important to be mindful of what goes down your drains. Note that oil will most likely harden in the pipes and will clog the drain.

Consider buying a drain guard and using it in your shower so that it catches hair. The number one reason for clogged drains is hair.

How To Clean Your Microwave With Vinegar?

Cleaning with vinegar – one of the best natural cleaning ingredients out there. As you probably know vinegar is the perfect all-purpose cleaner for your home.

It’s also the perfect microwave cleaner you can use! It can get rid of grease and stains which comes in handy when you haven’t cleaned your appliance in a while and there are tomato sauce and grease all over the interior.

How I Clean My Microwave With Vinegar?

In a microwave-safe bowl, I add a cup of water, 3 tablespoons of vinegar, and a few slices of lemon.

The lemon and the steam will help all the food to loosen up so that you can remove it easier later.

But before you place the bowl in the microwave I suggest you add a toothpick in there because the wood will allow bubbles to form which will help create steam.

Heat up the mixture for around 3 minutes. Once the time is up don’t open the door of the appliance – leave the mixture for a few minutes so that the steam can loosen up the food residue and the grease.

Then open the door, remove the bowl, remove the turntable and start wiping the interior with a sponge.

Wash the turntable separately by hand with hot soapy water.

How To Clean The Exterior Of The Microwave?

You can use an all-purpose cleaner or vinegar. Spray a cloth with whichever one you prefer and wipe the surface with it.

5 Common Cleaning Hacks That Actually Don’t Work

There are so many cleaning hacks on the internet – and some of them are brilliant and will make your life so much easier, however, some of them are a complete waste of time and won’t do any good.

I have tried a lot of them since I am a huge fan of cleaning tips, tricks, and hacks, therefore, I want to share with you the ones that don’t work so that you don’t have to waste your time on them!

Removing pet hair from carpets with a squeegee

Since I am a proud owner of two dogs I am always looking for ways to deal with the shedding of their fur. I have a lot of carpets in my home which is constantly covered in pet hair so I came across this interesting hack where you drag a window squeegee across your carpet. Of course, I tried it because it looked super interesting but unfortunately, it was a complete waste of my time!

Cleaning everything in your home with vinegar

I must say this may come as a surprise to you if you enjoy using natural ingredients for cleaning, however, vinegar isn’t suitable for every item in your home.

Here is a list of items you should never clean with vinegar:

  • Iron
  • Granite/ marble countertops
  • Greasy stains

Removing scratches with toothpaste

I came across a video that went viral. It involved using toothpaste to remove scratches from glass surfaces – and it was a waste of time!

Cleaning windows with newspaper

This hack is one of the oldest I know of – but it doesn’t work. Cleaning windows with a newspaper will leave streaks, spots, and smeared ink all over the window. So definitely stay away from this hack!

Removing ink stains with hairspray

In the past this hack would have worked because an ingredient used in the hairspray was alcohol, however, they no longer make hairsprays with alcohol, therefore, this would no longer work!

The Perfect Homemade Recipe For A Floor Cleaner!

Having hardwood floors instead of carpeted ones is really stylish. I myself love the look so much that I decided to remove all carpets from my home and leave just the hard floor.

Not only does it look good but it’s so much easier to clean! Honestly, taking care of your carpets and maintaining them clean is an endless task that is expensive. But with hardwood floors, all you need to do is vacuum and mop on a regular basis which does not require a lot of time!

Do You Use Natural Ingredients To Clean Your House?

I do! It’s how I have been cleaning my entire home for at least half a year. It’s a great way to save money and have environmentally-friendly cleaning habits.

If you have never used natural ingredients to clean your home then I highly recommend you start today! A great recipe to follow is for a floor cleaner.

Here Is What You Need To Do!

All you need is vinegar, water, rubbing alcohol, and some essential oils!

All of these ingredients are staples in almost any natural cleaners recipe! The vinegar is a great cleaner and you will often find it in all-purpose cleaners recipe.

The rubbing alcohol will disinfect your floors and will help them dry quicker.

The essential oils? They will cancel the terrible vinegar smell as well as the alcohol one. Not only that but some essential oils have antibacterial properties. For example. lavender or tea tree oil!

Mix everything in a bucket, dip your mop in there, remove the excess moisture, and start cleaning!

How to remove gum from your carpet?

Seeing a gum on your carpet definitely equals a lot of stress and headaches. I must say that it’s probably one of the worst things you could drop on your carpet. It’s not exactly a stain which you can easily remove with a commercial stain remover. So how can you get rid of this sticky mess without damaging the fibres of your carpet? Is it even possible?

One thing is certain – do not try to forcibly remove the gum by pulling it because the result would be even worse than leaving the gum there. Instead, I have two very clever methods which you can try that are proven to work!

Grab an ice cube!

Yes, all you need to remove the gum stuck on your carpet is ice. You need to press the ice cube directly on the gum and leave it there for a few minutes. What we are trying to achieve is to freeze the gum which will harden it. Chewed gum is sensitive to temperatures which is why this hack actually is able to work. By freezing the gum you will be able to remove it way easier!

Then gently try to pull the gum once it is hardened by lifting the edges and moving toward the centre.

If parts of the gum still remain you can use vinegar to lift off the remaining parts.

Grab your hairdryer

Similar to the first one, this includes temperature differences. Turn your hairdryer on the highest heat setting and point it at the gum. Once you manage to melt it grab a spoon or a dull knife and scrape out the gum.

You can continue treating the affected area with your favourite commercial stain remover in case parts of the gum still remain!

How to clean the speakers on your iPhone?

By now I think we can all agree on one fact – your phone is really dirty, even dirtier than your toilet. That is exactly why I encourage you to disinfect it once a day. It’s very simple and will give you peace of mind.

Aside from maintaining your phone germ-free, you would also want to clean the speakers every once in a while since they trap all sorts of dirt, dust, and other impurities. Not only is that unhygienic but it will also lead to reduced sound quality.

So how should you clean the speakers of your iPhone?

I have three very easy and effective ways that you can apply when cleaning your phone speakers.

– Using a small soft brush

You can either use a clean paintbrush or a makeup brush – it needs to be small and soft. It will remove the dirt and the dust that is trapped in the speakers.

– Using a toothpick

This method is great when removing dirt from the holes at the bottom of your phone. Gently insert the sharp tip and slowly tilt the toothpick until you remove all of that built-up dirt.

– Using a painter’s tape

I must admit that this method is by far the easiest out of the three. It won’t leave any residue and will efficiently remove all of the impurities stuck in the tiny holes.

Stick some small bits of the painter’s tape on top of the speakers and then lift them up. The dirt should stick to the tape. You can repeat this method a couple of times in order to make sure everything is removed and your speakers are perfectly clean.

Should you use baking soda when doing laundry?

As we all know baking soda is the number one ingredient of any DIY cleaning recipes out there. But can it be useful when we are doing the laundry as much as it is when we are cleaning around the house? Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that softens water which means that you can use less detergent and your washing machine will be clean for longer.

Brighten whites/ bright colors

You can add 1/2 of a cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent and all colors will be brightened.

Remove stains

If you spilled something on your clothes or sheets you can easily get rid of it – just be fast. Sprinkle some baking soda all over the area and let it sit for a while. Then wash the clothing.

Not only will it get rid of the stain but it will neutralize any odors.

Use it as a fabric softener

Why don’t you replace your fabric softener with baking soda? Try it out for a while. I can reassure you that adding 1/2 a cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle will provide you with amazing results. You will save a lot of money – as we all know baking soda is a pretty inexpensive item, and it’s completely natural.

Use it to clean your washing machine

All cleaning appliances need to be cleaned as well – don’t forget that. You can easily make a mixture of baking soda and water (you want to create a paste). Then apply some on a sponge and start scrubbing the inside (and the outside) of your washing machine.

Guide on how to clean after a party

The last thing you worry about when you have a party is the cleaning that you have to do the day after. You are way too excited to plan, then the party actually happens and you are living in the moment enjoying it.

Eventually, the next day comes and you are met with a giant pile of mess that probably ruins your mood completely.

Cleaning up after you had guests over isn’t that hard. All you need is to calmly form a plan that consists of what, where, and how you need to clean – and don’t panic. When you are panicking the mess will seem a lot worse than it actually is and your judgment will be clouded.

I am here to help you form this plan so that you don’t waste any more time and get to cleaning.

The first step

The first thing you should do is very simple – open all curtains so light can come in and then open all windows so fresh air can circulate.

The second step

The next thing you need to do is collect any empty glasses, plates, bottles that are lying around your home.

If there are ashtrays that were used, empty them.

A little tip I will give you is to check all of the rooms in your home. Then proceed with putting everything in the dishwasher.

The third step

This is the main step of an after-party cleaning – actually cleaning all rooms. Start one by one and don’t move to the next room before you have completely finished the one you have started.

When you clean your bathroom, disinfect toilet, bath, sink.

When you clean your living room and your bedroom, change your sheets, pillowcases, wipe all surfaces. For those of you that have carpets somewhere around your homes, make sure you check for any damage – stains, dirty patches, etc. If you happen to find damage, a stain, or your carpet is overall dirty, make sure you reach out to a professional cleaning company that will be able to deep-clean it. https://carpetcleaningmanchester.org/ is based in Manchester and they are experts in maintaining carpets and bringing back their appeal. For example, it’s normal to find red wine stains, vomit stains, and similar stains that occur mainly after there was a party.

When you clean your kitchen, clean your oven, unload the dishwasher and put everything back in their places, wipe all surfaces with a microfiber cloth.

The fourth step

Cleaning floors should be the last thing you do. No matter if you are doing a deep-cleaning, you are cleaning up after a certain occasion, or you are simply doing your daily dusting and vacuuming – floors need to be left for last.

Fresh foods you shouldn’t store together

Has the following scenario ever happened to you: you load your home with fresh fruits and vegetables and a couple of days later they are in a terrible condition? This has a lot to do with how you store them and where you place them. There are some foods that you shouldn’t store next to each other if you want them to stay fresh for longer.
• Store your cucumbers alone
Cucumbers are very sensitive to ‘ethylene gas’ and this gas speeds up the process of a faster spoiling. Tomatoes, melons, bananas produce this gas. So don’t place them together if you want fresh cucumbers for longer.
• Don’t store pumpkins and squash with apples and pears
What happens when you store them together? The squash will turn yellow and will go bad.
• Place root vegetables in bags
All root vegetables (like carrots, beets, onions) should be stored in bags. They are packed with nutrients. If you want to keep these nutrients in the vegetable for longer – store them in a paper/ plastic bag. Maybe you have noticed that when you throw them in the fridge they sooner soften and start rotting? That’s why.
• Don’t place oranges and apples next to each other
Like I mentioned with the first thing on the list, fruits produce a gas called ethylene, which speeds up the process of spoiling. That’s why apples and oranges don’t go well together. Store them separately.
• Don’t place onions and potatoes next to each other
Onions will make potatoes go bad faster so avoid placing them next to each other.
• Break your bananas when you store them
Before you store bananas make sure you break them from the hook. When they are all on one hook they will all ripen at the same time.
• Don’t store tomatoes in the fridge
The fridge can cause the tomato to turn mushy so don’t store them there for more than two days.

Cleaning Suede

Suede Cleaning

By: Monster Cleaning New Malden

Suede is beautiful, valuable and highly delicate. Most types of suede will not tolerate heavy staining or aggressive cleaning treatments including machine washing. There are however effective yet sparing ways to lift stains and clean suede without causing damage or alteration to the fabric itself.

NB: If possible, you should always use specialised cleaning services when dealing with stains on suede.

What you need to know first: Before attempting any cleaning treatment on the suede item, determine whether or not the suede is genuine or what’s called faux leather or faux fabric. Faux items can be washed conventionally in the washing machine without too much risk. Usually, the tag of the suede item will tell you what type of material you are dealing with. Read the tag carefully as even some faux leathers require dry cleaning.

Remember to: Keep genuine suede away from water or moisture. Some of the more delicate types of suede can sustain permanent water stains. When dealing with a water stain, dab as much of the liquid as possible and let the item air dry for as long as necessary.

Stain removal process:

Begin the suede treatment by fluffing up the nap. The nap is all the small hairs so to say, which give suede its unique feel and appearance. Fluffing up the nap is best done using a soft, cotton towel – rub the towel gently across the stained area until all nap appears fluffy.

Suede CleaningFluffing up the nap will loosen up and remove any hard particles which may be part of the stain. Once you have done this, treat the stained area without chemicals but rub the stain using a clean pencil eraser. The idea of using a pencil eraser is to spare suede from the ill effects of formulated stain removers. Chemical treatment should be resorted to only if the eraser didn’t yield the right results like here End Of Tenancy Cleaning Services by a Professional Company.

If the stain is still visible after the eraser treatment, dampen a soft cloth and use only a sparing amount (possibly diluted) of white vinegar. Be very gentle and minimise contact between towel and suede through blotting NOT rubbing.

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After treating the affected area, let the suede dry up for a bit and determine if the cleaning had an effect. If the stain is still visible repeat the process – patience is a virtue in this case.

You can buy a special suede brush to remove any leftover dirt from the stain once the suede is dry. Be very delicate when using the brush though and minimise contact between the surfaces.

Cleaning Wooden Furniture

Wooden Furniture CleaningMost examples of wooden furniture will accumulate a decent amount of grime and dirt over time, especially in areas where the furniture is in contact with the human body i.e. handles, arm rests etc. One of the proven solutions to this problem is frequent, attentive cleaning. There comes a stage though, where regular cleaning is no longer effective in removing grime and dirt from wooden furniture.

There are more powerful homemade cleaning treatments that will cut through grime and dissolve dirt without damaging the wooden surface underneath. However, these methods should not be used on painted furniture. (If in doubt call a professional cleaning company)

Necessary materials and ingredients: boiled linen seed oil (NOT raw); turpentine, white vinegar, soft rags, old toothbrush, drop sheets, rubber gloves, small plastic container, paint stir stick, paper towels face mask and a vacuum cleaner with multiple nozzle bits.

The cleaning process:

work outside or in a well-ventilated area;

-spread the drop sheet over your selected work area;

-wipe down the wooden furniture piece using damp paper towels, try and remove as much of the grime as possible but don’t get into too much detail.

-vacuum thoroughly al nooks and crannies where you cannot reach by hand;

-prepare the cleaning solution consisting of equal parts white vinegar, turps and boiled linen seed oil;

-moisten the soft rags with the solution and begin wiping down the furniture piece, try not to soak the furniture piece and wipe off any excess liquid as you go.

-repeat the wipe down as many times as necessary to get rid of dirt and grime, but don’t push too hard as you don’t want to damage the lacquered finish underneath.

Wooden Furniture Cleaning-for nooks and crannies where the rag doesn’t fit use the old toothbrush, dab the brush in the solution and treat hard to reach areas, try and follow the grain as much as possible and wipe off any excess liquid.

when you don’t see any more dirt and grime coming off the furniture piece you can stop cleaning, there is no need to rinse or wash the wood.

-let the furniture piece air dry completely, and then use a soft cloth to buff the surface and restore the shine.

Remember to dispose of rags and used materials carefully and accordingly as mineral turps is highly flammable, and so are the soaked rags drop sheets.

If you don’t want to use chemicals when cleaning furniture, use the materials listed above but instead replace turpentine with lemon juice, and linen oil with olive oil.