Cleaning Hacks For Every Room In The House
Your house should be your most comfortable haven, making going home to a clean house one of the best ways to relax or unwind after a long day. However, the key word here is “clean.” Just like there are distinctions between rooms in your house, there are differences in the type of cleaning each room needs. We compiled this guide of our favorite easy, simple cleaning hacks of what you can try starting today to welcome a new clean & fresh to your home.
High-touch surfaces. If you’re a home recipe person, try using a mixture of ⅓ cup bleach, 1 gallon hot water and 1 teaspoon detergent powder to wipe down all your high-touch surfaces such as handrails and door knobs. Use this mixture with a microfibre towel to cut through the grim and get extra clean. No rinsing necessary.
Remotes. Clean every two weeks with disinfecting wipes. An alternative can be wetting paper towels with 70% alcohol to use as wipes. Both can reduce bacteria counts and cut down on grim and oil buildup. Just remember to not use any liquid cleaner or sprays directly so as to not damage the components within.
Kitchen sink. Leftovers and slime can cause blockages and grim can get encrusted around the edges of your kitchen sink. Both can be solved with baking soda and vinegar, plus some hot water. For blockages, boil and pour a kettle of hot water down the drain and follow up with 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Let it finish bubbling and top it up with more boiling water to flush out all the buildup. For encrusted grim, thoroughly wet areas of concern and apply a paste mixture of moistened baking soda. Follow up by lining those areas with a paper towel and spraying it wet with vinegar. Leave for 20 minutes and finish up by cleaning with a cloth and warm water.
Mattresses. It’s easy to clean your sheets but mattresses are a whole different ball game. No sweat! Just sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the top, leave it to deodorize for a few hours, and vacuum it all right back up for a like-new freshness and ready for your sun-dried sheets!
Grout. Similar to encrusted grime on your kitchen sink, you can try applying a simple paste formula of ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, ½ baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of water or dish soap to the grout. Let this paste sit for 10 minutes then use a soft bristle to scrub and rinse with warm water!
Have you ever noticed that your towels would always become stiff after using it for a while, even when you’ve upped the softener you’re into the wash? Well, that’s because softener is actually part of the problem! As a towel continues to be used and washed, the detergent and softener added during the washing process can actually lead to an increase in the buildup of oils, minerals, and residue leading to the towel feeling harder and harder. Luckily, there is a way to freshen them up by doing a deep clean to lift off all those gunk!
The first step is to find a suitable container to do this deep clean. If you have a bathtub, perfect; but if you don’t, you’ll have to find something similar (that can safely hold hot water, emphasis on “hot”). In this tub of hot water, add 2 cups of powdered laundry detergent, ¼ borax, and ¼ washing soda. Add in your towels and stir them around, at least once every hour for four hours. Finally, you can remove the towels, transfer it to your washer, and run a full cycle without adding anything else (detergent or softener) to rinse! Remember to do this separately for light colors and dark colors separately though.
Bonus 2: Next Level Clean
Now that we’ve settled on how to get your home to look clean, we can move on to how to ensure your home stays clean. Nowadays, “clean” can mean one of several things. In the simplest classifications, there is the visible and the invisible. While there is a distinct relationship between the two, some contaminations in between cleaning are just plain invisible to the eye. In such situations, it is worthwhile to invest in antimicrobial products that not only protect your space from the invisible harmful microorganisms (such as bacteria and viruses) growth but also can help you clean the visible easier.
airDefender® offers a wide range of long-lasting antimicrobial products* ranging from those that can be used on the human body to those that can be used for sanitization around the home. Aside from the well-tested antimicrobial properties stemming from airDefender’s Quantum Antimicrobial Technology, this technology also lends self-cleaning properties when used on surfaces (both hard and soft), making them less susceptible to dirt and stains thus allowing for easier cleaning.
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Amanda Demeku (2021, June 2). 57 Cleaning Hacks For Every Room In Your House. Chatelaine. https://www.chatelaine.com/home-decor/easy-cleaning-tips-for-every-room/
Hannah Loewentheil (2021, December 6) 20 Cleaning Hacks That Are So Easy And Effective, You'll Actually Want To Try Them (Even If You're Really, Really Lazy). BuzzFeed. https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahloewentheil/smart-cleaning-hacks