Often it’s the little things which can make a big difference to how clean and sparkling our home looks and feels overall. While small signs of wear and tear such as floor scuffs and old shower curtains mightn’t be the end of the world, when taken together these details can diminish the feeling of cleanliness and perfection around us. So if you take pride in housekeeping and you want your home to look nothing less than its absolute best, there’s a few easy things you can do to make improvements immediately!
We’ve rounded up 7 essential housekeeping tips that are quick, easy and low-cost. Try them today!
Tip #1 – Clean the shower curtain
It’s all too easy for the shower curtain to grow mould and bacteria, but how do we keep this awkward item clean and hygienic?
To get rid of mouldy spots, simply wash vinyl or plastic shower curtains in the washing machine with some detergent. (Include a couple of bath towels in the machine to improve the cleaning agitation.) After washing, hang the shower curtain to dry fully, or place in the dryer on the lowest heat setting.
Tip: To prevent mould from re-occurring, be sure to stretch the curtain out after each use to help wetness dry quickly.
Tip #2 – Deodorise and clean the microwave.
These high-use gadgets are a magnet for dirt and grime of all kinds. The easiest way to freshen a microwave is by steaming the inside with lemon.
How? Place a cup of water, a few tablespoons of vinegar, and a chopped-up lemon into a microwave proof bowl. Heat on HIGH until the window of the microwave is steamy. Leave the door closed for 5 minutes to allow the steam to dislodge grease. Then, simply wipe the interior of the machine with a cloth.
Tip #3 – Remove unsightly floor scuffs
It can be annoying to see endless scuff marks on hardwood floors, but thankfully, these marks are quite easy to remove when you know how.
The trick? Simply rub these marks with a clean tennis ball! If you’ve got more pesky, bigger scuffs, just put a small amount of baking soda onto a damp cloth and rub the mark gently. Then, wipe away any residue with a damp cloth or kitchen towel and polish as usual.
Tip #4 – Get rid of pet smells
We love our pets, but not the smell they can make! To get rid of pet smells in the home, pay attention to the soft areas – and especially anywhere they sleep, such as the dog bed.
Simply sprinkle these soft surfaces and upholstery with baking soda, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Once the soda has had time to absorb the molecules that cause odours, just vacuum it up.
Read more – 4 WAYS TO GET RID OF PET SMELLS IN YOUR HOME
Tip #5 – Always have an all-purpose cleaner on hand
Have you run out of surface cleaner, or want to reduce on chemicals? The answer is easy. It’s possible to make a DIY cleaner that will make most surfaces clean and shiny with just a couple of items from the pantry.
Combine 250mls of warm water with 4 tablespoons of baking soda into a spray bottle, and use just as you would ordinary store-bought cleaner. This is suitable for kitchen benches, cleaning inside and outside of appliances, and any hard, shiny surfaces.
Tip #6 – Get rid of smells you can’t see
There’s nothing worse than unwanted smells in the kitchen. But not all smells are easy to locate. The solution? Check the garbage disposal.
These mechanisms can easily trap foodstuffs which cause unpleasant odours. Simply chop a few lemon peels and run these through the disposal unit. Flush with plenty of cold water to wash away the residue.
Tip #7 – Make cloudy glasses sparkly again
If you’re entertaining, you’ll want gleaming glassware to serve to your guests. The good news is, you needn’t buy all new items – just revive the old ones! Cloudiness is caused by a build up of film from minerals found in tap water.
To do remove these markings, simply soak the glassware in white vinegar for approximately five minutes. Then rinse each one by hand and dry thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.
Have you got some essential housekeeping tips of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below!
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