Getting rid of grime build-up can take more than just a few drops of normal washing detergent. Everybody has a few areas in their homes that they’ve neglected for a few weeks, months, and even years.
When you don’t want to invest in strong industrial cleaning products, you can get rid of grime at home. By using some of the following hacks, you can easily wash away dirt during your weekly house cleaning routine.
A Grimy Microwave
Microwaves are home to a lot of food build-up and greasy leftovers. If left unwashed, the excess juices can harden and become extremely hard to clean. To soften up the hardened leftover food, you will need water, lemon juice, and a microwavable bowl.
Pour half a cup of water into the bowl. Squeeze one full lemon into the water, pips and all. Place the bowl into the microwave for 3 minutes at a high temperature. Don’t open the microwave door for at least 5 minutes after the finishing beeper has gone off.
The lemon juice and water mixture created a steam oven and loosened all the food inside. Grab a clean cloth and wipe the inside of the microwave.
One tool we neglect to clean every so often is our hairbrushes. On top of the hairbrushes’ bristles lay the dust, glitter, hardened gel, hairspray, and old hair strands. Instead of throwing your hairbrush away, you can make it look as good as new by following this hack.
Remove all excess hair from your hairbrush. Add water into a small container. Add one tablespoon baking soda and a teaspoon of regular dishwashing liquid to the water and mix it all together. Grab an old toothbrush and dip it into the mixture. Make sure to get a lot of mixture onto the toothbrush.
Clean the head of your brush with the toothbrush by scrubbing bristles from top to bottom. Rinse your brush thoroughly with lukewarm water and let it dry.
You can learn more about cleaning makeup brushes here: https://www.self.com/story/makeup-brush-cleaning-method-that-doesnt-suck
A Stained Faucet and Sink
Faucets and sinks are a giant mecca for watermarks and stains. Put on your rubber gloves and get rid of them by using a grapefruit and some hard salt.
Cut a grapefruit in half and cover its whole surface with coarse salt. By holding the grapefruit on the rounded skin side, scrub watermarks and stains. Make sure you get into all the little crevices. Leave the scrubbed mixture on the faucet and sink for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Take a dry towel and wipe the surface dry for a sparkling new look.
You can also use this method on stained cutlery and glasses.
Even though you are constantly mopping your tile floor, a mop can’t reach in between the tiles to get rid of dirt on cemented areas. To get rid of the dark dirt in between your tiles, you will need baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dishwashing liquid.
Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, ½ a cup of baking soda, and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a container. Use an old toothbrush or sponge and dip it into the mixture. Scrub in between tiles with the mixture and watch the dirt dissolve away.
You can also use this mixture to wash away dirt from door handles, cemented areas, and outdoor patios.
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Freshen Up Your Mattress
Bed Mattresses can have a very long life. They are also one of the most difficult furniture items to wash. In order to deep clean your mattress, you will need an industrial vacuum cleaner or steamer.
For a quick and easy freshen up feel, remove duvet, mattress cover, and sheets. Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on top of the mattress and let it dry. Take a normal household vacuum cleaner and vacuum excess baking soda from the mattress. Voila!
House cleaning doesn’t always have to be boring and time-consuming. You don’t have to scrub hours on end. By using these few easy hacks, you will be able to wash away dirt from hard-to-clean places in no time.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.