Keep Your House Clean and Fresh For Longer
Cleaning days—you either love them or hate them. But no matter what, they need to get done. We came up with home cleaning hacks to make the job easier and keep everything organized for longer.
- If you have stainless steel appliances, smudge and scratch marks are inevitable. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a shammy cloth to clean and shine stainless steel. Rubbing alcohol is a solvent mixture. This means it cuts through grease and dirt like no problem.
- Once a month apply a thin layer of olive oil to clean appliances. By rubbing in the oil, it creates a protective coat against smudges and can mask small scratches.
- Run citrus fruit, like lemons, through your garbage disposal. Citric acid is a great cleaning and deodorizing agent to break down grease and odors.
- Cleaning burnt pots and pans can be a hassle. Add two tablespoons of baking soda to a cup of boiling vinegar. Let the solution sit before spraying on affected areas. The burnt-on substances will be easier to wipe off.
- Vinegar is an amazing non-toxic disinfectant. The acid in vinegar breaks down and kills bacteria. Have a spray bottle with diluted vinegar for quick counter cleans. Run it through your dishwasher or even a coffee pot as a weekly maintenance routine.
- For a quick way to freshen up your kitchen, light a Royal Essence scented candle in citrus fragrances like their Mango Lime or Lemon Sugar. These scents won’t just mask nasty kitchen smells, it will eliminate them. Stay away from floral fragrances though. They can interfere with the taste and smell of food.
- The bathroom crawls with bacteria and grime. Try combining half vinegar and half dish soap to spray on bathroom walls. The solution cuts through grime and grease leaving it clean with a shine. Vinegar also clears up water spots on faucets. If you want something that in generally easier to keep clean, you should consider a matte black bathroom faucet.
- To prevent build up in the shower, wipe it down with lemon oil. Water will run right off the walls keeping the shower clean and fresh for longer.
- Toss your shower curtain in the wash with towels every now and then to rid of dried soap scums. The towels act as a scrubber to remove mildew buildup.
- Looking for a non-toxic toilet cleaner? Try powdered orange drink mix. The citric acid breaks down bacteria and will make your bathroom have that lasting fresh, citrus smell. Sprinkle the mix in the toilet and scrub away.
- To start cleaning the garage, make a list of items that you’ll keep, donate, or dispose. Mount things like sports gear and bikes to the wall. This will organize them and save floor space at the same time. Keep items you use often near the entrance for easier access.
- If you’re seeing gaps on your garage door’s weather stipping, it might need replacing. A broken weather sealant may let rainwater, dust, and dirt inside the garage—a cleaning nightmare. Contact your nearest NationServe garage door experts to schedule a replacement service.
General House Hacks
- Couches cater to a lot of people—and a lot of dirt. Sprinkle some baking soda on the fabric. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and vacuum off. Baking soda clings onto the stains and lifts it from the fabrics like magic.
- If glass breaks into tiny shards, use a slice of bread to pick up the pieces. The glass will get caught in the bread making it easier, and safer, to clean up.
- Indoor plants not only are pleasing to the eyes, they actually help purify the air inside your house. Bring home a Eucalyptus plant for a change! Its sharp, menthol scent relieves congestion problems and can treat some symptoms of flu or cold.
- When cleaning, it’s good to start at the top and work your way down. Dirt and dust fall downwards so work with gravity. Also work in circle, room by room to ensure no spot is missed.
Jane is a health and fitness writer by day, ninja mom by night. She is a nurse by profession and a writer by passion. She has a soft spot for macadamia chocolate and green tea, an internet savvy who loves Excel sheets and sticky notes.