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What Else Can You Do with Dish Soap?: Practical Methods for Everyday Cleaning

What Else Can You Do with Dish Soap?: Practical Methods for Everyday Cleaning

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Most people buy dish soap for one obvious reason: to scrub off plates, cups, utensils, and cookware. While this cleaning product is great for its intended purpose, it’s actually far more versatile than that. There are many things that you can do with the dish soap that’s already sitting next to the kitchen sink.

 

  • Remove Soap Scum on Walls, Shower Stalls, & Tubs

Soap scum can be a chore to remove, and it looks gross in the bathroom. You can remove it with a dish soap mixture. Combine one tablespoon of cornstarch with one cup of distilled white vinegar and microwave for one to two minutes.

 

Next, pour 2 tablespoons of dish soap into a spray bottle followed by the vinegar mixture. Shake to combine then spray on soap scum. Leave the solution on for approximately 10 minutes then rinse away and wipe with a cloth. Repeat until all soap scum is gone.

 

  • Make Your Countertops Look Amazing

You don’t need an extra cleaning spray to take care of your countertops. Instead, combine dish soap with warm water. This can be done in a bucket or right in the kitchen sink. Use a clean cloth to wipe down countertops using even vertical or horizontal strokes. It also works on cabinet doors.

 

  • Lift Away Stains on Fabrics

Dish soap is also a great stain remover. Combine one part soap with three parts hydrogen peroxide then apply to stain and leave on for several minutes. You should notice the stain begin to fade. If you don’t see fading, apply more of the mixture. Once the stain has faded, wash clothing as you normally do.

 

  • Mop Hard Floors without Additional Cleaners

If you hate buying extra cleaners to wipe down hard floors, try substituting with dish soap. It’s great for mopping. Just combine several drops with a bucket of warm water. Mop as you normally would, removing excess water then allowing the floor to dry completely before using.

 

  • Make Stainless Steel Appliances Sparkle

Stainless steel appliances look great, but can be difficult to keep clean. There are special products available for these types of surfaces, but they can be expensive. Instead, combine water and dish soap then wipe appliances. Make sure you wipe with the grain to get a nice, streak-free clean. You can follow up by polishing with baby oil.

 

  • Remove Fingerprints from Windows & Glass

No matter how hard you try, fingerprints and dust will find their way onto glass. Get a streak-free clean by wiping with water and dish soap. Marks will come right off, and your windows will look perfect.

 

Save money and space in your cleaning closet by letting dish soap handle more of your daily chores. It’s less expensive than other cleaners and only requires a small amount to finish most jobs. You have to keep it on hand anyway for the dishes, so you might as well get as much use out of it as you can!

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The Secret to Effective Housecleaning: Make Your Home Sparkle in Less Time

The Secret to Effective Housecleaning: Make Your Home Sparkle in Less Time

 

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Balancing life and chores can be a challenge in the modern world. Today, adults are always on the go. Many households include multiple working adults who juggle responsibilities as well as day-to-day tasks like cooking and cleaning. What can you do to make your home sparkle in less time?

 

Create a Cleaning System That Works for You
Every household is different with unique needs. That’s why there is no one-size-fits-all cleaning system. You should work out a method that is ideal based on your situation. Start by writing a list of what needs done in order of priority. Next, figure out when the best times to clean are and start scheduling. This process should also include knowing exactly how to complete each task and what order they should be completed in.

 

Clean from the Top Down
Cleaning should always be done from the top down. That means starting at the highest point in the room and working towards the bottom. You should plan to work in the same direction as well, usually left to right. This will allow you to remove dust and debris without having to go over the same spots twice. Finish each task once so you can enjoy your free time!

 

Get the Right Cleaning Tools for Each Job
The right tools can shave minutes off of each cleaning task. It’s easy to overlook the importance of your cleaning equipment. When buying, look for tools that are well-made and offer good quality for the price. That usually means not buying the cheapest option, but rather the one that will last a long time and allow you to work efficiently.

 

Also, consider any tools that you may be missing. For example, you can dust with a paper towel or old cloth, but a duster with a handle may allow you to work quicker. You will have an extended reach, reduce waste, and you can hang your duster up when you’re done, so it takes up less storage space.

 

Don’t Forget to Dust Daily
Dusting is one of those chores everyone hates, but we all have to do. It’s easy to ignore it until you start to see dust accumulating in your home. Daily dusting is one of the best ways to maintain a clean house all the time. A quick wipe down each day can make your living space look amazing!

 

You do not have to use cleaning sprays when dusting. Simply wiping off surfaces with a duster is usually enough to remove dirt and restore the look of blinds, furniture, picture frames, shelves, and other items in your home.

 

Plan Short Cleaning Sessions to Keep Up
Short sessions more often are usually much more manageable than doing one big weekly or bi-weekly cleaning. This approach also makes it possible to take care of chores anytime throughout the day.

 

Do you have a few spare minutes before breakfast or after lunch? Use them to get your vacuuming or dusting in. Can you talk and clean at the same time? Take care of small chores while you’re on the phone. This cleaning secret will keep your home in perfect condition while leaving your evenings and weekends open for fun, business, family commitments, or whatever you want to do!

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Did you know that you do not have to spend money on expensive commercially-produced cleaning products to make your home sparkle? There are homemade alternatives that get the same results without harsh chemicals and with less cost.

 

One-Ingredient Cleaning Substitutions
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. That’s the case with these one-ingredient cleaning substitutions. They are natural and can be used instead of the household products you buy at the store.

 

• Destroy Bacteria with Lemon
Lemon is a powerful cleaning agent thanks to the acids it contains. Apply lemon to help kill off household bacteria. Half of a lemon sprinkled in salt can be used to clean the copper bottoms on pots and pans.

 

• Clean and Deodorise with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a household staple that can be used for so many things, including cleaning. Apply to surfaces to remove debris. It softens water and can be used to scour cookware. It’s also an effective deodoriser.

 

• Remove Grease and Mildew with Vinegar
Grease and mildew can be a challenge to remove. Just apply white vinegar to get rid of both. It can also be used to remove wax build-up and stains.

 

• Polish Furniture and Shampoo Rugs with Cornflour
Apply cornflour to polish furniture or scrub rugs and carpets. It can also be used to clean windows.

 

Mixing Your Homemade Cleaning Products
There are many ways you can combine these ingredients with others to create your own homemade cleaning products. You can add unique scents or make a formula that can handle a specific job.

 

• Clean Your Tea Kettle with Vinegar and Water
Vinegar is great for removing coffee and tea stains. Mix ¼ cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water, boil, then cool and use to wipe your coffee maker. Vinegar can also be run through single-serve coffee makers to descale the inside.

 

• Clean Grout with Hydrogen Peroxide Spray
Mold commonly grows on bathroom grout. Combine one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water and spray onto grout. Allow the mixture to sit for an hour or more before rinsing.

 

• Make Your Own Household Air Freshener
Pleasant scents will make your home more comfortable. You can skip the chemical-filled commercial fresheners and make your own. Combine baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice and place around your living space to absorb odours.

 

• De-Clog Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Do you have a slow kitchen or bathroom drain? Clear it out by combining ½ cup of salt with 4 litres of water. Heat the mixture (but do not boil) then pour it down the drain to break up soap glycerine, fatty acids, and other buildup. Wait 15 minutes then pour boiling water down to finish the job.

 

• Mop Hard Floors with Vinegar and Baby Oil
Make your hard floors look shiny and new by using homemade cleaner! Pour 1 cup of vinegar into 4 litres warm water. Add a few drops of baby oil then mop vinyl or linoleum flooring.
There are many ways you can switch from harsh commercial cleaners to gentler homemade products. Give these a try or come up with your own formulas!

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10 Ways to Relieve Allergy Symptoms with Cleaning

10 Ways to Relieve Allergy Symptoms with Cleaning

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Allergy symptoms can be a serious problem. The best way to alleviate or stop them completely is by cleaning. Maintaining a home that’s free of dust and pests will help your family stay comfortable and healthy.

 

Clean or Replace Carpets – Vacuum your carpets daily, especially during the warm season when family members are more likely to go outdoors. Severe allergy sufferers should consider removing all carpets and padding and replacing them with hard floors.

 

Use Doormats on the Inside & Outside – Place two doormats at each entryway. One should be on the outside and a second on the inside. These will help catch allergens that are riding in on shoes. Make sure you clean your mats regularly to avoid buildup.

 

Get Rid of Moisture & Dampness – Go through your home and get rid of any areas that are excessively moist or damp. This is a prime breeding ground for mold. That also includes drying surfaces in rooms with running water, like the kitchen or bathroom.

 

Keep Windows and Doors Closed – Keep your windows and doors closed to help stop pollen from entering your living space. This also gives you another good reason to keep the panes clean.

 

Bathe Your Pets Regularly – Pets are a common source of irritation for some allergy sufferers. Bathe your pets regularly, especially if they spend time outdoors. This will help wash away shed fur, dander, pollen, and other substances that could be hiding in their coats.

 

Use a HEPA Vacuum – Upgrade to a vacuum that is equipped with a HEPA filter. HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filters use fine mesh to eliminate harmful particles like dust mites, dander, pollen, and tobacco smoke.

 

Clear All Household Clutter – The more stuff you have sitting around, the more places there will be for allergens to take hold. Keep your tables, shelves, floors, and other areas organised. Put things away in drawers, cupboards, or closets to remove the places pests like cockroaches often hide.

 

Avoid Scented Laundry Products – Scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets may smell nice, but they can cause allergic reactions. Choose fragrance-free products instead to keep the air in your home clear.

 

Wash Bedding Weekly – Bedding is often overlooked but can be a major source of allergens. When we lay in bed each night, our bodies shed skin particles. Dust mites can take up residence as well. If your pet sleeps with you, then you can add dander to the mix. Wash your bedding at least once a week to prevent these allergens from causing problems.

 

Do Not Air Dry Laundry – Many people love to air dry their laundry. If you or someone in your family has allergies, then this is not a good option. Clothing and towels hanging outdoors can collect dust and pollen that you will end up bringing inside.
If you want to prevent allergic reactions, consider using a few or all of these methods. By being proactive, you can dramatically increase the air quality and cleanliness inside of your home.