DIY House Cleaning Tips

  • By Maid Brigade
  • 26 Sep, 2016

A clean house is a healthy house. A clean house can go a long way in reflecting your personality and your mood. 

A clean house is a healthy house. A clean house can go a long way in reflecting your personality and your mood. Keeping your house clean keeps you fresh, healthy and disease-free. But keeping a clean house day in and day out can be a tasking job. With work and a busy schedule, most people often find it difficult to take out time to clean their homes.

Well, there are solutions to solve such issues, if it’s a problem for you too. What many people don’t realize is that there are numerous things and techniques all around them that can be used to make home cleaning easier, faster and more efficient. Here are a few do-it-yourself tips on cleaning techniques.

The All-Purpose Magic Solution

A simple and cheap all-purpose cleaner that can be used to clean just about any surface, this solution is better than all those fancy antibacterial disinfectants that most people buy. It isn’t magic really; it’s just a simple solution of water and vinegar mixed in a ratio of 9:1. Fill that into a spray bottle and you have yourself the best cleaning solution. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to enhance its effectiveness, and odor.

From slippery tiles on bathroom walls to greasy countertops in your kitchen, from dusty stereo sets to dirty floors, and from carpets and rugs filled with dust mites to dirty laundry – this "magic" solution is an answer for all your house cleaning needs.

A precaution for using this solution would be to avoid using it on easily stainable surfaces. So it is advisable to do a spot test before actually using it on a particular surface.

Alternative Solutions

The number of solutions that you can make at home using just the basic amenities that you use every day is intriguing and amazing. From window cleaning soaps to tile cleaners to almost every other appliance, the ingredients are right at your home. These are also indications of why you should avoid buying expensive cleaning liquids.

Windows are a great harbor for dust and dirt. And they are crucial for allowing sunlight to enter into your house. Thus, it is important that you keep them clean. Window cleaning solutions are available in numerous varieties, all so much more expensive than what you can make on your own at home.

One such solution that is great for cleaning windows is a mixture of half a cup of vinegar and a bit of liquid soap in water. This is a very effective cleaner for windows that need to be ridden of unwanted dirt. You can also add hydrogen peroxide to it as it acts as a disinfectant. To add a bit of shine to the window, adding peppermint oil is a good practice.

Tiles and polished wood are very prone to dirt and oil. They tend to get greasy, regardless of whether it’s in your bathroom, kitchen or any room. A blend of a few drops of liquid soap, half a cup of baking soda and water is a great remedy for cleaning your tiles or wooden flooring or walls. Using a sponge or a fresh, clean cloth will aid in getting a shiny surface. You can also add aroma oil or essential oil to the cleaning agent to give it a deodorizing effect.

Solution for Appliances and Utensils

Food stains on your kitchen appliances such as ovens and stoves are not an uncommon phenomenon. Using store-bought cleaners can be harmful for you as it contains toxic and harmful constituents. This enhances the chance of contaminating your food.

A simple and easy way to avoiding such a problem is by making your own concoction. Mixing some borax and a few drops liquid soap in hot water to clean them eliminates the possibility of food contamination, and effectively get rid of grease or other dirt. The solution seeps into the stains and breaks down the complex from within, thus, making it easier to wipe them off.

For stains that just won’t budge, you can create a mix if dishwashing detergent with baking soda and some water. Apply it on the stain and let it sit for a while. Use a dry cloth to wipe remove the stain and watch how easily it comes off.

Grease stained silverware or steel utensils can also persistently give you problems. A solution of borax, liquid soap and some vinegar in hot water is a good grease removing agent. Make sure all your utensils are cleaned properly to ensure shiny knives, spoons, and forks.

Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink is where all the dishwashing takes place and hence it’s no puzzle as to why it needs to be cleaned regularly. If it isn’t attended to, then it can be a playground for all kinds of pathogens and diseases. As bad as it may sound, there is also an easier solution to ensure none of that happens.

Two cups of baking soda, and dishwashing soap mixed in water, and a little bit lemon oil added to it is all you need to clean your sink. Make sure you don’t give germs and diseases a chance to breed at your home.

Mold and Mildew

Sometimes on greasy or damp surfaces that haven’t been attended to for a long time, fungi start to appear. Mold and Mildew are the most commonly found fungi in homes. These can act as allergens for your family members who are prone to such problems and honestly, most people just find them disgusting. If you ever see any form of mold or mildew growing anywhere in your house, don’t panic! We have a simple home-made remedy for it.

A solution of half a cup of baking soda, 2 cups of water, and a few tea spoons of tea-tree oil is a great concoction to clean up the mess. The solution is enhanced with anti-bacterial agents by the tea-tree oil. You need to follow a certain method to remove them. Mix water and tea-tree oil and spray it on the surface with mold. Let the solution sink in for about 24 hours. After this, mix the same solution in the baking powder until it forms a paste and use that to clean the surface. You’ll find that the affected part is spick and span.

These DIY tricks are a great way to save money and ensure that cleaning your house is not as taxing as it usually seems. But cleaning a house still requires you to spare time for it. You could hire personnel for residential cleaning services from Maid Brigade BC . They are a well-established Vancouver cleaning providers and offer quality maid services .

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