Cleaning your home can sometimes take hours on end. Luckily, there are 7 easy DIY and eco-friendly cleaning tricks you haven’t heard before that will help you clean the home in half the time usually required. The less time you spend scrubbing and mopping, the more time will you spend with your loved ones in the comfort of your (spotless) home.
Washing the shower curtain
Budget shower curtains are made from various types of plastic which makes them 100% waterproof. On the downside, this means they are a breeding ground for mold and muck leftover after a shower or a bath. The curtain needs a good rinse every week and you should look to replace it with a cloth one that you can easily wash in the machine with the rest of the dirty laundry.
Toilet cleaning headaches
When the time to clean the toilet comes, there are never volunteers in the household to take up the task. However, there is no need to take the toilet brush and scrub had as Alka-Seltzer, or aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) does all the hard work for you.
You merely have to pop two to three tablets down the toilet and return after a couple of minutes with a brush to lightly go across the bowl and then flush.
Getting by without a dishwasher
For those folks who don’t own a dishwasher, the sight of a sink full of dishes is enough to want to sell off the property. Luckily, there is no need to despair or purchase a costly dishwasher, as you can turn the kitchen sink into a provisional “analog” dishwasher.
All you have to do is fill it to the brim with hot water (boiled in a pot in the nearby stove), throw in a dishwashing tablet, and watch the grease leave the plates, making your job a breeze afterward.
Cleaning the oven
If there is one spot homeowners shy away from during a spring cleaning, then it’s the inside of the oven. Grease and muck accumulate over the years and seem like you scrub forever to get the oil stains and stubborn dirt out.
In fact, the job is so arduous that it makes more sense to call in experts like Crystal Maids to scrub the oven thoroughly. They have agents and techniques to reach every corner of the oven without damaging the broiler.
“Nuking” the microwave
Apart from the oven, there is a trick to clean the interior of the microwave as well. You simply fill a bowl with water and put lemon slices inside. When you turn the heat up and the water starts to boil, the grime and the muck will be loosened, so you can clean them with a single swipe of a wet cloth. The microwave “nuke,” as some people call it is great because you virtually don’t spend a dime.
Defeating dust in high places once and for all!
It’s a privilege to own a stately home but the larger the surface area, the more dust it accumulates, especially if you have small children who like to jump around. The trick to combating dust on high shelves is to lay down wax paper. After a while, you simply remove wax paper and replace it with a new sheet, without the need to dust the entire shelf or top of a cabinet.
Showering and cleaning
Cleaning the shower cabin is a huge waste of water, as fiberglass walls often run all the way to the ceiling. You can save water and time if you make your showers a bit more athletic.
Namely, use the period during the shower to clean the cabin using nothing more than a sponge and a homemade cleaning solution.
After you’re down showering, use the hose to wash down the soap and voila, both you and the walk-in shower are as clean as a whistle.
The best thing about the 7 tricks listed above is that they are DIY projects. Once you clean the entire home, you’ll be proud of your effort. The fact that most hacks are cost-effective is a little bonus on the side to supplement the home budget.