When spring arrives, one thing that comes to mind is cleaning away the cobwebs of winter. Waking up to warmer weather is a sure way to get motivated to clean your entire home. Sometimes though, you only have time for quick cleaning tasks, especially if you're preparing your home for a last-minute showing. Consider these helpful speed cleaning tips to get your home in order faster, easier, and more efficiently.
- Cleaning Window Blinds
Window blinds are natural collectors of any particles floating through the air. While vacuuming each slat may seem the only option, there is another way that takes less time and does a better job of cleaning. Simply place your hand into a sock then soak it with a solution of water and vinegar. Next, place a single slat between your thumb and fingers and gently slide along the top and bottom of the slats.
- Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances
Stainless steel appliances are a magnet for unsightly fingerprints. Whether it's the stove, refrigerator, oven, or dishwasher, each receives daily interaction. To keep appliances clean, use rubbing alcohol to remove marks. To keep the steel shining, use a soft cloth dampened with a small amount of olive oil and apply it to the surfaces.
- Removing Rust Stains
Sinks, toilets, and bathtubs are targets for unsightly rust stains that can take a lot of time to clean. To make it easier, select products that can eliminate rust stains in just a few minutes. Apply the liquid to a sponge or directly to the toilet bowl. Use the sponge to scrub sinks and tubs and a bristled brush to scrub the toilet.
- Use the Right Vacuum Filter
Vacuuming is a key cleaning task. To get the most out of vacuum time, use a HEPA vacuum filter. These filters are specifically designed to capture the dust and allergens circulating in the air resulting in a much cleaner environment.
- Natural Microwave Cleaning
Over time, the inside of a microwave can become stained and smelly. A quick way to clean and freshen the interior is by placing a bowl with 1/2 cup of water and the juice of 1/2 of a lemon inside the microwave. Also, put the squeezed lemon into the bowl. Set the timer for three minutes, then allow the bowl to remain inside the microwave for an additional five minutes. Remove the bowl and use a sponge or cloth to wipe clean the microwave's interior from top to bottom.
- Removing Pet Hair
An easy way to remove pet hair from upholstery is using rubber gloves. Run your hand over the material. The hair will attach itself to the glove, which can be washed off. Repeat until clean.
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