You don’t have any excuses for spring, so it’s time to clean up your whole house. These tried-and-true cleaning tips from the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab will make any room sparkle and shine. room. You can take it room by room or work on one appliance at a while until you are satisfied with the results. Your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and all other corners of your home will look like new after you’re done. Get your rubber gloves and get cleaning. You’ll be able to see the difference.
Clean out your humidifier.
Consider this: The water that runs your humidifier smoothly can also be a breeding ground for molds and microbes. Pour two cups of undiluted white vinegar into the tank. Then, swish the water around until it is clean. The vinegar-filled tank should be placed on the base. Let it drain into the reservoir for about 15 to 20 minutes. You can empty it and scrub any remaining buildup with a small brush.
Get your dishwasher repaired.
Over time, food particles and dirt will accumulate in the dishwasher’s interior. After each dishwashing cycle, clean out any leftover food, such as beans and pasta. To prevent odors from returning, pull out the bottom rack and clean it with a paper towel.
Clean your toilet.
Let the toilet bowl cleaner sit for five minutes, then scrub it with a stiff-bristled brush. Next, wipe the toilet seat and handle clean with disinfectant wipes. What’s the goal? The goal? A sparkling white bowl with a germ-free toilet chair.
Get rid of your glasses!
Stemware can be cleaned by soaking it in white vinegar for five mins. Rinse by hand, then dry using a microfiber cloth.
Sanitize your phone.
The ugly truth is that your cell may contain more germs than a seat on the toilet. You can wipe germs off your cell with an alcohol wipe. Also, you can give your computer mouse and TV remote the same treatment.
Clean out candleholders.
You can save a beautiful container after the candle is gone by steaming hot water, and then scoop out any wax residue with a paper towel.
You can descale your coffeemaker.
You can remove any minerals that have accumulated by filling your reservoir with half vinegar and half water. Allow the solution to brew for half an hour, then let it cool down and allow it to rest for 30 minutes before you complete the cycle. After rinsing, “brew” another pot of water.
Rusty cast iron can be re-seasoned.
Cast iron can be stripped of its seasoning by over-scrubbing it with metal scouring pad. Use a scrub sponge to clean off any rust. Rinse and dry the skillet well with mild dish soap. Bake the outside and inside with vegetable oil for 1 hour. Allow to cool, then use a paper towel to remove any grease.
Rethink your linen closet.
You can solve a problem with a cluttered storage area by installing an over-the door rack to hold extra towels. Shelf dividers prevent folded washcloths tumbling over and baskets store excess toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
Get rid of the stale shower water.
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a bowl and place it in a bag. To immerse the holes, tie the bag around your shower head and secure it with a twist tie. Allow the solution to sit for at least an hour before removing it and wiping away any loosened deposits.
Make your sneakers shine again
Hand wash your white tennis shoes with mild soap and water. Then, clean the rubber soles with a Mr. Clear Magic Eraser.
Refresh the shower curtain.
Put vinyl or plastic curtains in the washer with some detergent to get rid of mold. For extra cleaning agitation, add two to three bath towels. Hang it to dry, or use the dryer on low heat. Stretch the curtain after every shower to keep moisture from evaporating.
Fluff feather pillows
Yes, you can wash and dry feather pillows in the machine. For balance, only use a small amount detergent and load two pillows at once. They can be washed on a gentle cycle with an additional rinse. Then tumble dry them on low with several tennis balls to lift them up.
Remove the most soiled wine.
Blot as much wine as you can to save your carpet. You can also use absorbent cloths to help you stand. Next, coat the stain in Wine Away. Let it set for five minutes. Blot again until the stain has completely disappeared.
You can easily buff floor scuffs.
You can protect your hardwood floors by removing any small scratches with a tennis ball or a sock. Add a bit of baking soda to a damp towel and rub gently. Rinse with water and dry using a paper towel.
Use an all-purpose cleaner
This DIY cleaner recipe will make almost any surface shine (especially in the kitchen, where there are appliances and inside the fridge). Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart warmwater and use a sponge to wipe away any traces.
Get rid of stale sneakers.
To deodorize your shoes after a spin class, you can sprinkle baking soda in your shoes and your gym bag. You can just tap the baking soda out before you put them on again.
Eliminate stray marks during coloring time.
Toothpaste can be used to remove wood staining marks. This is a great trick to keep in your pocket for creative kids.
You can de-stink garbage disposal.
To get rid of any unpleasant odors, run a few lemon peels through the disposal.
Stuffed animals can be freshened
Between baths (in your washing machine), give your children a quick check-up with a lint roll.
De-funk hairbrushes, combs
Use a little dish soap or mild shampoo to combat buildup of hair products. Mix warm water with the sudsy solution.
Remove wall doodles.
Use a damp sponge sprayed with baking soda to gently scrub off your child’s art efforts.
Use vinegar to clean a glass.
Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70%), and 2 cups of water. Then pour into an empty spray can. Wait for a cloudy, cool day to clean your windows. Then spray the solution onto the glass. Wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth to prevent streaking.
Combat pet stink.
You can deodorize any soft or cushy areas in your home, including the dog bed, by spraying baking soda on them, letting them sit for 15 minutes and then vacuuming them up.
Put a tidy bath on autopilot.
You can get rid of old and unutilized items, as well as bulky packaging. Instead, keep products in jars, bags and baskets that are easy to open and close.
Clear slow drains
If your drain is clogging, you can pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Next, add 1/2 cup vinegar. To prevent the science fair-like effects, cover with a damp cloth. Let it sit for five minutes, then flush the area with hot water.
You can clean the car with a hand vacuum.
To pick up pet hair and crumbs, keep a lint brush in your glove compartment. It will fit into places that vacuum attachments cannot reach.
Untangle a knotted necklace.
Don’t waste your time tugging on tangled jewelry. You can loosen the knot by using a pin to separate it.
Soften fuzzy towels.
Mineral buildup in hard water can cause towels to become extra scratchy. To remove deposits, use hot water and 1 cup ammonia.
Stains can be removed from a cutting board.
To remove food stains or smells, run the cut side of the lemon across the board. Sprinkle the board with baking soda or salt to increase its cleaning power.
In a pinch, shine silver
Do you notice your favorite ring or bracelet looking dull? For instant shine, wet the ring, then rub it with toothpaste. Rinse with water and dry with a cloth.
De-grime patio furniture.
Use a small amount of dish detergent in a bowl of warm, soapy water to clean your outdoor tables and chairs. Rinse with the gardenhose.
Refresh musty towels.
Are the flecks on that towel you left in your bag from the gym ruined? Take it outside and scrub off any mildew spores. Next, sun-dry the towel for three hours. Next, wash the item with a bleach-water solution (check the label to make sure it is safe) and then rinse in the machine.
Brighten up your white shirts.
To keep your whites truly white, sponge white vinegar on sweat stains and then pretreat with an enzyme prewash stain remover like Carbona or liquid enzyme detergent like Tide. Then wash on the hottest cycle safe for the fabric, adding regular Clorox Bleach for especially stubborn marks.
As with your kitchen tools, grime can build up in the cupboards when you make dinner. To remove grease, spray a spray bottle with warm soapy water. Rinse with warm water and dry using a clean, dry cloth.
Nix furniture nicks.
Have you got a scratch or a scuff on your wood furniture? To mask the damage, rub it with a walnut shell removed.
Refresh your microwave.
To make caked-on grime more easy to remove, heat a cup of water, several teaspoons of vinegar and a chopped-up lemon at high heat until the microwave turns on. Allow the bowl to sit for five minutes, then open the door and wipe the inside with ease.
Use a rubber glove to scoop up pet hair.
Don’t forget to take off your gloves after you have finished washing the dishes. You can quickly find any furry stray hairs in the living room by taking a quick detour.
Take out your purse.
It is amazing how many things we use every day, but rarely clean. Your purse is one example. Half of all women’s purses have fecal bacteria, so wipe it down with a disinfectant wipe.
Combat musty odours
A baking soda open container placed next to your towels and sheets can help prevent a damp linen closet.
Do not fill your dishwasher with dishes
There are many items that can be cleaned easily, including plastic toys, toothbrush holders and pet bowls.
Ungunk wooden counters.
Table salt’s fine texture can remove stains from butcher block countertops. Sprinkle the salt on any light spots and scrub with half a lemon. Allow to sit for at least one night, and then rinse with warm water.
Coffee stains can be removed from mugs
If your ceramic cup has a stubborn, unsightly ring on it, you can use dish soap to clean it. You can also add baking soda for extra abrasion. To remove marks, you can use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Create a laundry basket that is ready to go.
You don’t have to wear a soiled soccer or ballet uniform every time your child needs it. You will never go hungry if you add an extra priority basket to your routine.
Iron clothes when they are damp.
Moisture helps to reduce wrinkles so get your most tangled pieces out of the dryer.
Make your bathroom shine.
Mix 3/4 cup of household chlorine bleach and 1 gallon water to clean grout. Use a stiff brush to apply the mixture to a small area. Wear rubber gloves and protect your eyes. Allow it to sit for a while, then rinse off with water.
Use mayo to shine your plants
Professional florists have a tip: To make your plants more vibrant, clean them with mild soap and water. Next, use a paper towel to rub some mayo onto the leaves.
Take out the pills from your sweaters
For cleaning up worn sweaters, texture scrub sponges can be used. To banish any fuzz, gently run the sponge across the garment.
Let a mirror shine.
Coffee filters don’t have lint so you can use them to wipe down mirrors.