Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great Friday and enjoying the last few weeks of summer! I know I'm loving these temperatures cooling down to the 80s and 70s! I don't know about you but as soon as a season starts to change I like to redecorate a little. Which is all fun but with redecorating comes an in depth cleaning each season. Having just started that, I thought this was the perfect time to highlight some of my favorite cleaning tips and tricks that I've picked up over the years. Disclaimer, I am definitely not a professional. In fact I started with little to know cleaning knowledge. But when I don't know something I instantly hit google and start researching. Also social media is another great way to pick up that latest cleaning trends. People are constantly making videos showing awesome new ways to make cleaning more effective and efficient. I love hearing back from you guys so be sure to comment or message in and let me know if you have any great tips or tricks for cleaning that I missed out on!
Clean your shower head and faucets with vinegar and a plastic bag- Shower heads and faucets can get dirty and full of gunk very quick. Luckily they are super easy to clean.
Step 1: Get a sandwich bag and fill it full of vinegar and baking soda.
Step 2: Put the showerhead or faucet handle into the sandwich bag, making sure they are fully submerged in the liquid.
Step 3: Secure the bag in place using a rubber band or hair tie.
Step 4: Wait between one to two hours and then remove the sandwich bag.
Step 5: Turn on the shower or faucet and allow the water to run through
Step 6: Enjoy your shiny, grime-free shower head
Clean or microwave sponges- Sponges are great for cleaning but they can easily spread germs throughout your home. Try microwaving your sponge for 90 seconds to kill 99% of germs. The best way to clean a sponge is by mixing three quarter cups of bleach in one gallon of water and soaking the sponge for five minutes, then rinsing.
Fluff feather pillows- Yep, feather pillows can get washed and dried in the machine. Load two pillows at a time for balance and use only a small amount of detergent. Wash them on a delicate cycle with an extra rinse, then tumble dry on low with several clean tennis balls to poof them back up.
Fight pet stink- Deodorize the soft, cushy places around your house — including the dog bed — by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuuming it up. Getting that pet smell out has always been difficult but not anymore!
Make your microwave look like new- You should avoid using heavy-duty oven cleaners, bleach, and other abrasive chemical solutions to clean your microwave, which can damage the appliance's interior. Instead, try washing your microwave with dish soap. To make the process easier, start with a steam-clean. Simply heat one cup of water in the microwave for two or three minutes. Then leave the door closed for a few more minutes, allowing the microwave to fill with steam. If a steam-clean and dish soap don't do the trick, apply a paste of baking soda and water to the interior of the microwave and wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
Use dryer sheets to clean your pans- That grime stuck to your cookie sheets and frying pans can be nearly impossible to get off. Or so I thought. That was until I found out the trick that involves nothing more that soap water and a dryer sheet .Put the dirty pan in the sink with soap, warm water, and a dryer sheet, and leave for an hour or two. Then just rinse the grime away.
Remove mildew spots with vodka- Fill a spray bottle with a 50-50 mix of vodka and water, spray it on the affected areas, and leave it for around 10 minutes," then wipe it away with a clean cloth. The solution not only cleans the shower but kills the mildew.
Clean shoe scuffs with a tennis ball- Clean off shoe scuff marks from vinyl flooring with a clean, dry tennis ball. A light rub and heel marks are 'erased. It's really that simple!
Fill those countertop gaps- This is a more preventative measure but will make cleaning so much easier. If crumbs, papers or even flatware falls into the gap between your countertop and refrigerator, fill the void with nearly invisible plastic tubing. Clear tubing is available at home centers in several widths starting at 1/8 in and will help you clean house fast since you won't be searching for crumbs.
Dust those high places- Even at 6'4" there's plenty of places around the house that are hard to reach. Now I can't even imagine trying to clean a ceiling fan as someone shorter. Luckily there's an easy solution. Wrap a dryer sheet around a clean painting roller and secure the ends with rubber bands. Attach an extension handle to the roller and dust away for the fastest way to clean house.