Cleaning out your home after a long winter can be refreshing, but also stressful. It always seems like the projects that need to be done the most are the most time intensive ones.
Cleaning out your home after a long winter can be refreshing, but also stressful. It always seems like the projects that need to be done the most are the most time intensive ones. On top of this, trying to deep clean a house can result in purchasing too many cleaning supplies that don’t always do the advertised job. If you’re looking to simplify your spring cleaning, the easiest way is to hire a local cleaning agency like Dignity Home Services to take care of the cleaning for you. Located in Sacramento, California, we provide in-depth cleaning that will leave your home feeling like new.
However, for easier do-it-yourself spring cleaning or every day maintenance cleaning we have also provided three cleaning hacks that will work effectively in a variety of situations.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are an enchanted combination. The baking soda absorbs and abolishes odors in anything from refrigerators to carpets. You can also apply baking soda to your sponges to act as an abrasive cleaner on surfaces like bathtubs or stovetops. Vinegar can be used in tandem with baking soda or alone to degrease and clean. The best part is that these are both natural ingredients that won’t harm children, pets, or the environment.
The varieties of ways that you can use these two products are endless. I’ve learned to clean my washing machine, my dishwasher, my carpet, my window track, my refrigerator, and my baby’s high chair with these two ingredients, and I am realizing that I’m still just scratching the surface. Often, just soaking things with vinegar for a few minutes can allow you to wipe off all of the dirty build-up that’s been there for months.
Whoever invented the Magic Eraser needs to win an award. The magic eraser is my go-to tool in many situations. It can clean and shine metal, get children’s permanent marker scrawling off the wall, and degrease your oven. Usually, before I use anything else, I try to remove the grease with the magic eraser. It doesn’t work on everything, but when it does, it really is like magic! Make sure to test the surface before you really start scrubbing; sometimes it will even remove the paint you’re trying to clean. I’ve found that the black skid marks that seemed to be permanently etched into my sink disappear when I rub them with my magic eraser.
A lot of people don’t think of a razor blade as a cleaning tool, but they would be surprised at how effective a razor can be on a variety of surfaces. You do need to handle the razor blade with care, of course, and obviously don’t let your children use one without supervision, but nothing can match a razor blade at removing tape residue and other grime from glass. They also are very efficient at taking hard water gunk off of metal, though you do have to be careful that you don’t scratch the metal. They are also useful in removing the caked-on blackness from stovetop drip pans, too!