Sometimes cleaning can feel like a never-ending task and that smudge on your floor just refuses to budge. You’ve tried every cleaning product under the sun, but nothing seems to work. Sound familiar?
Cleaning your house doesn’t have to be a royal pain in the butt…just ask YouTube’s Melissa Maker!She shares her secrets with these six easy tips that will get your house spick and span, without the headache.
Make your acrylic tub shine
Don’t use rubbing alcohol, “magic” erasers, powdered cleaner or a spray bottle full of chemicals to clean your acrylic tubs. Instead, get a clean empty spray bottle and fill it with dish soap, white vinegar and baking soda. Then, clean the tub with a soft sponge, cloth or squeegee. Voila! Your tub will be squeaky clean. Make sure you read the labels of the products you’re using to make sure they’re safe to use.
Remove grease from kitchen cabinets
That sticky and greasy feeling on your cabinets is caused by cooking build-up. A few good ways to prevent it is to turn on the overhead exhaust fan to help direct the greasy fumes, clean your exhaust grates and fans, and remember to always wipe down areas that get splattered after cooking. You can do that by using an enzyme cleaner. To make your own, all you need is a half cup of baking soda, a half cup of dish soap and 20 drops of a citrus essential oil.
Clean your fridge inside and out
To prevent smudges on the outside of the fridge, use the right cloth. It needs to be clean, non-scratching and absorbent. The best material to try is microfiber. For those fingerprints that just don’t seem to budge, try a dab of mineral oil on a paper towel and buffing the oil in the direction of the grain. To tackle the inside of your fridge, make sure to first empty it out. Spray the fridge and let the product sit for a while, then you’re good to wipe everything down. Make sure to also clean the drawers by taking them out and cleaning them in the sink. Once everything is dry, it’s safe to out your food back in.
Keep your walls clean
When cleaning your walls, keep the sensitivity of the paint in mind. Always make sure to test a spot first before cleaning the entire wall. If you’re re-painting, go for a paint that is washable. Try staying away from flat or matte paint because those are the toughest to clean. To clean, just use equal parts water and white vinegar, and for those stubborn marks, just add a touch of baking soda.
Have a fresh smelling house, always
If you want your house to smell fresh, here are some things to check for to prevent bad odour. Your ducts may need some cleaning; they should be cleaned every five years. Also, if your furniture is starting to smell (no judgement), it means it’s time to get them professionally cleaned, and that includes your drapes. Airing out your house and having a shoe-off policy can also help with smell. A clean house should smell like nothing!
Keep those baseboards fresh
Cleaning your baseboards can be hard on your body. Try attaching a microfibre cloth to a mop. First, dry dust the baseboards and then wash with a damp microfibre cloth. If the stain is refusing to move, use equal parts vinegar and water. To get those hard to reach places, attach the microfibre cloth to a mop and fasten it with an elastic band to wipe the boards without breaking your back.