Cleaning is an inevitable task we do on a regular basis. And we do it the way it’s always been done – according to how our parents taught us. What we don’t know that perhaps all we’ve cleaning in the wrong way for almost our life.
Here are ways to make cleaning a more efficient, less stressful task to do and save yourself hours of tedious scrubbing. By the time you finish reading this article, you’d be wondering why nobody taught you these hacks before.
Wrong Way: Blotting dirt and residues on the top of the mattress with water using a piece of clot then taking it out in the open air to dry.
A betterWay: Vacuum your mattress to get rid of any dirt and residues. Then, sprinkle basking soda to cover the top of the mattress. Let it sit for a few hours vacuum then vacuum the baking soda away.
Wrong way: Scrubbing the bits of food lodging in your microwave.
A better way: Mix vinegar and water in a bowl and microwave for at least two minutes on high level. Wipe the grime away afterwards.
Wrong way: Scrubbing the inside with a sponge.
A better way: Fill the coffee pot with water and vinegar. Run a coffee cycle halfway and let it sit for an hour. Finish the cycle after an hour. Empty the pot and then run a freshwater cycle. Repeat a few times until the smell of vinegar goes away.
Wrong way: Scrubbing with dish soap
A better way: Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Rub the paste all over the cookie sheets and baking pans. Let it sit for a few hours and then rinse off.
Wrong way: Vacuuming
A better way: Dip an old sock in a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe down each blind slat. To dry your blinds, grab the pair of the old sock to dry them off.
Wrong way: Taking the blender apart to clean it.
A better way: Rinse out your blender and fill it with water. Squirt in a listtle dish soap, blend, and rinse.
Wrong way: Washing with dish soap.
A better way: Cutting boards, especially those that are made of wood, can trap food debris in their cuts. Slice a lemon and with some kosher salt, rub along the board to remove the particles. Wash with soap and water.
Wrong way: Wiping with damp cloth
A better way: To remove dust from your paintings, rub half of a bagel over your painting and let it pick up all the dust.
Wrong way: Not minding cleaning them at all!
A better way: Fill a clean cup with white vinegar and stick your toothbrush inside. Let it sit for a few hours.
Wrong way: Scrubbing it for hours
A better way: Make a paste using baking soda and water. Spread it all around inside the oven. Let is sit overnight, then take a damp cloth to wipe out as much of the baking soda mixture as possible. Then, spray some vinegar on the inside of your oven and wipe down with a wet rag. Turn your oven on low for about 20 minutes to let it dry.
Wrong way: Turning your toaster upside down, then giving it a few shakes
A better way: With some cream of tartar and some water, scrub your toaster to a sparkling clean. Take advantage of pull-out drawers on some models so you can remove crumbs easily.
Cast iron pans
Wrong way: Cleaning cast irons with soap and water
A better way: Scrub it with a mixture of coarse salt and water to get rid of stubborn food residue. Thoroughly dry it and apply a light coat of oil before storing.
Wrong way: Hand-washing them one by one
A better way: Collect all the toys in the house that needs washing and run them through the dishwasher (make sure they won’t melt).
Wrong way: Cleaning it with a sponge which results to shredded sponges (and sometimes cutting your hands, too)
A better way: Right after shredding cheese, grab a potato and start shredding. Potatoes contain oxalic acid which removes gunk and reside more easily. Don’t throw the shredded potatoes just yet as they can be made into hashbrowns!
Wrong way: Wiping it or getting it some quick spray
A better way: Pour white vinegar in a plastic bag and secure it around your shower head for an hour. Then, wipe it clean with a wet cloth.