I love to clean my house and all the gadgets I have…said, no one ever. Well, maybe there are actually some gals out there who get into slaving over antibacterial foam and mops but not this one. I’m always looking for ways to shorten my cleaning time and do things more efficiently. I’ve learned a few tricks along the way, having a large family to attend to. Here are a few genius cleaning hacks you can do today!
Genius Cleaning Hacks #1: Use Wax Paper on Your Faucets
Aside from the toilet, of course, your kitchen and bathroom sinks are among the dirtiest places in your home. Constant use means more germs and a build-up of… well, whatever you’ve washed there. They are also pretty difficult to keep free of water spots and fingerprints. To keep tap handles extra shiny and clean, try rubbing them with wax paper after you’ve sanitized with an antibacterial cleaner. Wax paper helps to remove water spots and prevent future stains.
Genius Cleaning Hacks #2: Keep Your Coffee Maker Bacteria Free
A recent report in Scientific Reports tells a horror story about how much bacteria there is on your coffee maker. Yikes!!!! If you’re like me, you probably use your coffee maker on a daily basis, but do you keep it as clean as you should? I know, I’m guilty too! You can buy several different ready-made cleaning solutions for your coffee maker, but there is a kitchen store cupboard ingredient that works just as well. A monthly rinse with vinegar should keep all those nasties at bay. Add a few tablespoons to the water reservoir, mix it with water and run it through. Run it once more with just water and your coffee maker will be good to go. It should help to freshen up how your coffee tastes as well.
For the pot itself, do what restaurants do. Put a Tablespoon of table salt, juice from half a lemon, and some ice in the pot. Swirl it around to get rid of stains and hard water buildup. Works like a charm!
Genius Cleaning Hacks #3: Ditch the Mop
A mop and bucket have long been the traditional way to clean floors. Modern technology has now provided us with a better solution in the form of a microfiber duster. A wet mop will harbor germs and bacteria that can’t be cleaned with chemicals. Using a microfiber mop with a single-use pad is a far safer and more effective way to get rid of floor yuck.
When you’ve finished vacuuming, use one with a small amount of cleaner for best results. Professional cleaning companies such as www.mytechnicare.com use microfiber cloths for many common cleaning tasks. Another benefit of this type of cleaning cloth is that it can be thrown in the washing machine and used over and over again.
Genius Cleaning Hacks #4: Clean Your Shower Head
Shower heads are another favorite place for bacteria, but keeping them clean can be a nightmare. There is an eco-friendly cleaning solution that won’t require a trip to the store. Fill a bag with white vinegar and attach it to your shower head with rubber bands. Leave it overnight so the vinegar can work its magic. In the morning, you’ll have a shiny clean showerhead!
Genius Cleaning Hacks #5: Refresh Your Mattress
You might wash your pillows and pillowcases on a regular basis and launder your sheets, but does your mattress get any cleaning attention? I know, it’s one of those things that gets forgotten unless you have an accident and spin something on it. Once a month, apply a good sprinkling of baking soda, then let it sit for a few hours. Vacuum it up, and you’re left with a clean-smelling, fresh mattress. You can also give it a good spray with antibacterial or antiallergen fabric freshener. This will give it a fresher scent than baking soda alone.
Genius Cleaning Hacks #6: Speed Cleaning
I learned that kids will help if they have a fun, fast plan. We adopted a system to speed clean a long time ago. I still try to use it to this day. The first thing is to have everything you need in one place like a cleaning apron and caddy. You carry these with you as you go. Start your cleaning session in one corner of the room and work your way around clockwise until you are done. This helps prevent distractions and bouncing from one task to the next.