Aside from it being tedious, household cleaning can be quite costly because of the materials and cleaners that you would use. But that’s not to say you need all those bells and whistles, in fact, a quality vacuum cleaner can make a huge impact on your living spaces, for a relatively low cost. It is common belief that the more expensive your tools are, the cleaner your house will be. Apparently, there are more affordable tricks and methods for furniture and carpet cleaning in your fab Adelaide abode.
Listed below are practical tips that you should start following so you can have a more practical cleaning experience. You might not know it but everything you need for cleaning could just be found around your house, so you better start looking!
Use baking soda.
Bicarbonate of soda is one of the best agents to use when cleaning. It doesn’t harm or cause scratches on your furniture and appliances. Use it to clean kitchen countertops, stainless steel wares, sinks, and greasy pots and pans. Baking soda is also a natural deodorizer. Sprinkle some of it at the bottom of your garbage can to prevent a nasty trash stench. Leave a pack of it in your fridge so it would absorb strong food odours without affecting their taste. You can also freshen up sponges by soaking them in a mixture of water and baking soda.
Reach for that salt jar.
Salt (Sodium Chloride) is effective as a stain remover and colour booster. Remove perspiration, blood, rust and wine spills as well as mildew on fabrics. For perspiration stains, add four tablespoons of salt to a quart of hot water, then scrub the area until the stain fades. If you’ve got blood stain on your favorite sweater, soak it in a solution of cold water and salt. Afterwards, wash it in warm, soapy water then rinse. Remove stubborn rust stain from the clothes by moistening the area with a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Allow it to bleach under the sun, then rinse and dry. Salt can also be effective in reviving the colors of faded curtains—just wash them in a saltwater solution to brighten the colors.
Sprinkle salt on your ironing board and at the bottom of your flat iron. Run your hot iron over the board to remove sticky gunk underneath it.
Re-think how you clean your sink.
As mentioned above, a stainless steel sink can be cleaned using baking soda but actually, there is another alternative for this. Place the stopper in the drain. Fill the sink halfway with water then drop 2 denture-cleaning tablets into it. Leave it overnight and drain the water. You should then have a squeaky-clean sink.
Deal with pet hair.
Use damp rubber gloves to remove cat and dog hair on your furniture and clothes.
Cut and clean.
Instead of splurging on pricey dusters and cleaning rags, cut an old T-shirt or sweatshirt into hand-sized portions. Shirts are also effective wipers and polishers.
Calm those ashes.
If you are cleaning your fireplace, spray a light mist on the ashes so they don’t fly around while you’re gathering and cleaning them up.
Clean your microwave oven.
Your microwave oven might have gotten smelly and greasy after a lot of food-heating that you’ve done. One quick fix is to mix 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for 5 minutes in the microwave oven. The steam from boiling will cling to the oven’s interior walls. Wipe off with a clean cloth afterwards.
Household cleaning could actually be budget-friendly if you would just know how to maximize the resources that you have. You don’t need to spend a lot of dollars in maintaining your home. Be resourceful and creative, and you never have to worry about breaking the bank again if you ever decide to some house-cleaning!
Sean Si is the Marketing guy of Electrodry Carpet Cleaning. He is the go-to guy when it comes to the latest home improvement tips. When he’s not busy, he writes about guides on a healthy home and life, and spends quality time with his family and friends.
We hope that you’ve found these 7 Tips for Cheaper Household Cleaning useful! If you have some tips of your own you would like to add, please do so in the comments below!