11 Things You Have Been Cleaning Wrong Till Now

11 Things You Have Been Cleaning Wrong Till Now

Even if you fancy yourself as a diligent cleaner and you enjoy cleaning, there are probably some things that you have been missing. You will be surprised that chores you`ve been doing the same way for years may be wrong. Even if your parents taught you some essential cleaning techniques, we will provide with a list of 11 alternative methods that prove to be efficient and much easier than the widespread ones you may have been using for years. Read on!

  • How do you clean wax spills? They inevitably happen if you are a candle lover! The usual victim is the tablecloth underneath. Most people instinctively start picking it off and end up making the situation worse (imagine having wax under your nails!). Before you rush to do that and make this task harder than it should be, check this method out. Place a brown paper bag on top of the wax spill and iron it on low setting. The paper bag will absorb the wax and fully remove it from your clothing. This was easy, right?
  • Are you a pet owner? If your furry friend doesn`t understand why laying on the sofa is bad and keeping him off there is mission impossible, don`t worry! There is an efficient method of cleaning pet hair which we heard from your local cleaners and doesn`t include using any lint rollers. Next time you find your cat purring on the sofa, grab a rubber glove and dampen it. Run your hand over the upholstered furniture and pet hairs will stick to it right away!
  • Being lucky enough to have a precious oil painting hanging in your living room, you should definitely think of a way to keep is dust- and dirt-free. A feather cleaner will do nothing; using a cloth will damage your painting and result in smudges. Your right choice is a piece of bread. Pat the painting gently and in no time you will see that the dust sticks to the bread leaving your painting clean and revived!
  • How do you clean your blender? Instead of taking apart your blender and risking to cut yourself on its blades, we have a simpler solution. After you are done using the blender, unscrew it from the power port and rinse a little. Fill the blender with water and add 1 – 2 drops of dish soap. Put the lid back and run the blender again. Rinse thoroughly and you are ready!
  • Wooden cutting boards can`t be efficiently cleaned with dish soap. Cutting boards can trap food debris in their cuts and nicks and therefore, cause contamination – it is the perfect place for bacteria to accumulate. Cut half a lemon and sprinkle some salt on it. Rub the surface with it and wash with soapy water afterwards.
  • Cleaning windows is a tough job. Relying on the professionals in window cleaning is always a safe bet but what can you do to make your windows sparkling? First of all, don`t take up window cleaning on a sunny day – the glass cleaner dries too quickly and leaves streaks behind. Instead of a squeegee, use a crumbled newspaper – the ink may make your hands dirty but it will do miracles for your windows! We bet that your windows have never been so shiny and polished!
  • Do you clean your toothbrush? If you are simply rinsing it after each use, there are hundreds of bacteria that inhabit it right now! And you use it to clean your teeth?! You know that you should change your toothbrush at least once every 2-3 months but what you can do in between is to soak it in white vinegar. Put it upside down in a cup and fill it with vinegar. Let it sit for several hours and rinse it out.
  • We all hate the stale smell lingering in the Tupperware. Even if you have thoroughly cleaned it, the odour seems to be here to stay. Don`t rush to toss the container – give it a second chance! Stuff it with crumbled up a newspaper and put its lid back on. Leave it for a couple of days and wash it again. The smell will be gone as the newspaper would have absorbed it!
  • Keeping your fridge fresh can be achieved in many ways. The well-known method of leaving an open package of baking soda in the fridge is totally fine but if you want to add some caffeinated smell to ‘cover’ the fish smell from your last night`s dish, choose coffee grounds. Place them in a cup and put them in the back of the fridge. Not only they will absorb any unpleasant odours but they also will give a fresh smell. Change every two months!
  • Cleaning your cheese grater can be a nightmare. You can either end up shredding your sponge or you can simply try this method out – use a potato! The oxalic acid it contains will help remove the cheesy residue. Grate a potato, rinse your grater and it will be ready for your next culinary idea!  

Even if you know alternative cleaning methods for the aforementioned issues, trying these out won`t hurt! Have them up your sleeve – extra options are never redundant!

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