The Pains of Cleaning: 10 Useful Tips for Home Cleaning

Spring may be a ways off, but even with the wintery weather it’s as good of a time as any to get started with a home deep cleaning. You know things around the house like dusting ceiling fans, cleaning cabinets and other places in the home that are often forgotten. If you are in the need for a serious cleaning, these 10 tips just might make the task a bit easier.


Shower Doors 

Keeping shower doors clean and scum free may seem impossible—but here is a quick tip that can certainly help.  Start by cleaning your shower door of any build up, mildew or streaks with a glass cleaner, if the glass has become etched from hard water I highly recommend using The Water Stain Doctor, this stuff works wonders. Once clean, generously apply a coat of Rain-X or similar products to allow water to bead off. Keep a squeegee on hand and use to squeegee down the shower doors after every shower to prevent hard water and soap scum from building up again. 

Cleaning a Garbage Disposal

It’s inevitable after a while you’ll get that lingering smell from your kitchen’s garbage disposal, after flushing just about everything down the sink old food residue begins to build up. But how do you get that fresh smell in your home again without taking apart the disposal to clean out the leftover food? Oddly enough the answer comes in the form of ice cubes. By dropping a handful of ice cubes into the disposal and running come cold water down the drain you can effectively break up any leftover food and clean the blades of your garbage disposal. To add a fresh, clean scent cut up a lemon or orange and drop the pieces down into the running disposal.

Cleaning Lighting and Chandeliers

Cleaning a ceiling lighting and chandeliers is never the easiest thing to do and quite honestly can take some time, it doesn’t help either that you may be standing precariously on a ladder or chair. Try a spray-on chandelier or glass cleaner. First spread a plastic tarp on the floor under the fixture to catch the any drops. Turn off the light and generously spray the solution on the fixture until liquid start to run. The spray helps to rinse off dust. The solution itself will evaporate quickly and does not leave water spots or streaks. However, don’t expect it to remove dust from small edges and crevices, for those harder to reach areas I suggest using a Swiffer Extendable Duster to finish the job.

Cleaning Pesky Pet Hair

Yep another use for duct tape! The stickiness of duct tape makes it a perfect solution for a pet hair magnet, not to mention it is much faster than getting out the vacuum. A wood block wrapped with duct tape works great for getting into small corners. The best tip for cleaning pet hair from furniture is to wrap duct tape around a paint roller (sticky side out of course), then it is just as easy as rolling over couches, chairs, rugs or just about anything.

Cut the Grease

Grime, dirt and grease build up on cabinets, counters and fixtures over time. Cleaning can be made easier by simply warming a damp sponge or rag in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. This in combination with an all-purpose cleaner can help cut through stubborn grease and build up.  

Cleaning Hard Floors 

When it comes to cleaning the floors in your kitchen or bath it may be time to ditch the mop and bucket combo. My favorite tool for this job is the Swiffer Wet Jet, not only is this a faster option, but is much cleaner than a traditional mop and bucket. The Wet Jet also allows for the use of different cleaning sprays depending on the floor you are cleaning and one-time use pads keep you from spreading dirty water around your floors.

Micro-Fiber Clothes

If you haven’t used a micro-fiber cloth for cleaning you are seriously missing out.  Throw out your old cotton rags and the paper towels. Micro-fiber cloths have the benefit of being composed of ultrafine synthetic fibers that are woven together. These fibers rub together during cleaning, creating a static charge that attracts dirt and dust and other small debris. Being a non-abrasive these cloths are great for cleaning appliances like TV’s, computers and windows. Micro-fiber cloths do not leave lint which is also a plus.

Restore Your Shower Head to New 

Most of you have probably experienced a clogged shower head. Buildup but from minerals and hard water can cause the ports within the head to become clogged or even completely backed up. But don’t go throwing it out just yet.  Luckily there is an easy way to help clean out the buildup. All you need to do is fill up a small plastic bag with some white vinegar place it around the shower head so that it is completely submerged in the vinegar;  use a rubber band to secure the small bag around the neck of the shower head. Leave it there overnight and the cleaning will be done for you. Wipe down with a rag to remove any leftover stains. 

 Cleaning the Baseboards

This is one part of the house that might get over looked by most and is usually a time-suck. However there is a cool little  trick to keeping this part of your home clean. Try using a dryer sheet next time your baseboards get a little dingy to keep  down static. Not only does it keep down static but cleans and dust all at the same time.

 A Clean Tub without the Scrubbing

One of the worst job when cleaning a bathroom is the tub. Having to scrub through soap scum that just doesn’t want to  budge can be extremely annoying. However there is a mixture that can clean out your tub without ever touching a scrubber.  Mix together an equal part cleaning vinegar and Dawn dish detergent allow to sit for an hour or 2 and rinse away with hot  water.

Give these tips the next time you reach for the old mop and bucket. They have worked for me and hopefully they work for  you too.

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