Work smarter, not harder, with these professional home cleaning hacks.
Don’t stress when it comes to cleaning your home. Save time and money by working smart, not hard. If you can’t quite get your stainless steel to shine or your windows to be streak free, you’ve come to the right place! These 10 professional home cleaning hacks are easy to do and will save you from the emotional stress that associated with cleaning a home.
10 Professional Home Cleaning Hacks
1. Remove Hard Water Stains
For stainless steel sinks, faucets, and other appliances, rub down the surfaces with a lemon half to erase hard water stains. Let the lemon juice sit a few minutes, then rinse with warm water, and the surface will shine like new.
2. Remove Grease Buildup
Grease and cooking buildup on your kitchen cabinets will disappear when you use a mixture of 1 part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda. Scrub the buildup with an old toothbrush and be sure to get to any wood and cabinet handles.
3. Clean Clothes Iron
Use salt to get rid of scorch buildups on your iron. Place a pillowcase on your ironing board and pour salt on the pillowcase. Iron the salt with the steam option off and the metal on your iron will end up clean.
4. Get Rid of Mildew Smells on Towels
The mildew smell that is a result of accidentally leaving towels in the wash for too long is not the greatest smell. If this happens to you, throw the towels back into the wash with a cup of vinegar. Run a cycle on hot water and the smell will disappear.
5. Dust Air Vents with a Butter Knife
Often overlooked, air vents do get pretty dusty. Clean up your air vents by wrapping a rag over a butter knife and sliding it through each of the crevices. If your air vents have a lot of dust buildup, first go over them with a vacuum.
6. Clean mattresses of dust mites
Over the course of a few months, dust and skin cells can build up in the folds of your mattress. To deep clean your mattress, add about 15 drops of your favorite essential oil to an entire box of baking soda. Close the box and shake it up then sprinkle it over the bed, using the whole box. Rub the baking soda into the bed and let sit for an hour. Vacuum the mattress slowly to ensure all of the baking soda is removed. The baking soda lifts residues while wicking moisture, and the essential oils help add a pleasant, relaxing smell.
7. Make an Easy, All-Purpose Cleaner
Make your own all-purpose and non-toxic cleaner with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water. This solution will work great on appliances and kitchen counters with a sponge or rag.
8. Remove Label Stickers
If you have annoying labels sticking to your ceramics, do not fear. Fill up your kitchen sink with warm water and a scoop of Oxiclean. Soak any ceramics with stickers for 30 minutes and the stickers should fall off on their own.
9. Make Baking Pans as Good as New
Cookie sheets and baking pans often build up stains quickly, but you can make them look brand new with a mixture of 1 part baking soda and 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Place the mixture on the stained sheets and pans and let them sit for about 2 hours before wiping the mixture off. The stains will be absorbed, and you won’t have to scrub heavily.
10. Eliminate Odors in Fridge
Placing a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge will absorb any foul odors. Replace the coffee grounds every two months and your fridge will remain smelling fresh.
With these 10 professional home cleaning hacks, not only will your home look and smell great, but you’ll also love your living space even more than you did before!
Adan Ramos, the owner of La Cenicienta Cleaning Services, wrote this article. La Cenicienta provides professional house cleaning services in Central Ohio.
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