It’s always extra effort spending time giving your home a deep clean. Anyone who had their home cleaned by a professional will know the difference.
We have compiled 15 tricks to help get your home super shiny without stirring up more dust.
1. Clean your dishwasher
We have a tendency to think that the inside of our dishwasher just magically stays clean since there’s always soap and hot water in there. But the truth is that stains and smells are pretty common, especially if you don’t always do a good job rinsing your dishes first. And on top of that, you may have to deal with hard water stains.
Every few months it’s a good idea to run the dishwasher empty except for a cup of white vinegar placed on the top rack.
If the bottom is still dirty, run it again after sprinkling some baking soda on the floor of the unit.
2. Get the gunk off the glass-top stove
Glass-top stoves are pretty, but quick to show any grime or even fingerprints.
For a sure-fire shine, clean it using a mixture of dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Put them on the stove in that order, wait a few minutes, and then shine with your hands so you don’t get scratches.
Then rinse and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.
3. Get that bowl gleaming
Nobody likes cleaning the toilet, but if you’re going to do it you might as well do it right.
The area behind the seat and under the tank collects all kinds of dust and grime that wipes and scrubbers can’t reach.
If you want your porcelain bowl shining, reach for the flathead screwdriver. Cover it with a disinfectant cloth and get in those nooks and crannies.
4. De-cobweb your high corners
Getting into high corners or light fixtures can help reduce the number of allergens in your home. But don’t just stick your broom up there. Instead, cover it in a microfiber cloth secured with a rubber band.
That way you don’t add more dust and dirt but you can get all that sticky stuff and whatever else is up there off without much effort.
5. Clean your ceiling fans with a pillowcase
While we’re on the subject of cleaning things up high, you want to make sure that before you turn on your ceiling fan for the first time in the warmer months that it’s free of all dust. If you don’t, you’re simply flinging particles all over your house.
One of the best ways to contain the dust is to use a pillowcase and cover each blade. Rub off the dust on the inside and then throw the pillowcase in the washing machine.
6. Clean window and door tracks with baking soda and vinegar
The tracks for your windows and sliding doors get all sorts of stuff in them. Dead bug parts, dust, particles from outside, etc.
If you’ve ever tried to get them clean you know how hard it is to get all the way into those corners.
But with the use of some vinegar and baking soda, you can loosen the grime to make it easier to wipe away.
First, sprinkle the baking soda on the dirt and then pour a little vinegar over it. Yes, it will bubble, but that’s what will loosen the grime.
Just leave it for 10 minutes or so and you’ll come back to a track that’s easy to scrub down with a toothbrush and paper towel.
7. Soak your air vents
Cleaning your air vents is important in order to keep your heater or air conditioner from pushing dust and other allergens into your home.
But while many people wipe down the dust with rags, that can push it farther inside. Instead, remove those vent covers and soak them in hot water and dish detergent instead.
8. Shine that stainless steel sink
Stainless steel is anything but stainless if you’re constantly dousing it in water.
To polish your sink, simply sprinkle with baking soda and add just enough warm water to make a paste.
Then, use a sponge or toothbrush (or your fingers) to gently wipe the area and rinse to make it shine.
9. Clean your range hood
Indoor air pollution is real and the hood of your range is a big culprit since it catches all kinds of grime and gives off fumes when it heats up.
Use a water-based degreaser to clean it every few months.
Fill your sink with the degreaser and water according to instructions and leave it until you see it start to shine.
10. Get the scuffs off your floor with a tennis ball
Yes, a tennis ball.
Those black scuff marks on your floor that are difficult to mop off? Well you can buff those out with a ball and some elbow grease.
11. Clean your blinds with a sock
Cleaning blinds is the worst. And while this trick doesn’t make it fun, it’s far more effective than using a duster that will stir up dust.
Get an old sock and soak it in a 50/50 water and vinegar solution. Then wipe across each blind for a deep clean without the sneezing.
12. Clean your washing machine
Just like your dishwasher, your washing machine can acquire buildup and stains as well and those can transfer to your clothing.
Every few months, run the washer on the hot cycle after pouring a few cups of distilled vinegar into the bleach dispenser.
Take a wet cloth and rinse out any remaining smells for good measure.
13. Dust with a lint roller
From screens to lampshades, a sticky roller is the best way to remove dust without stirring it up.
Just roll and enjoy your dust-free home.
14. Dust your books
We often don’t think about the dust that accumulates on our bookshelves, but once you start to wipe down those books, you’ll see just how much buildup is there.
Whether it’s your collection of novels or cookbooks, use a magnetic or microfiber cloth to trap dust that could be causing allergies.
15. Clean your baseboards with a dryer sheet
The texture and dust trapping abilities of a dryer sheet make it the perfect tool to dust your baseboards.
You might not always notice the dirt and dust down there, but once you start cleaning, you’ll realize what you’ve been missing.
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