8 Ways To Make Deep Cleaning Your House Easier
If you are you diligent about cleaning your house, there are going to be some areas that need extra attention. Deep cleaning these areas can seem like an impossible task. But, it doesn’t have to be. Deep cleaning your home offers a lot of benefits. It eliminates viruses and bacteria. These can grow over time and your family could end up sicker than they need to be. It also improves your indoor air quality. This is especially important if any of your family members have asthma or allergies. Dust mites are harmful to anyone that has severe allergies.
Unfortunately, 54% of Americans admitted it is hard to find the motivation to deep clean their house. Another 40% said it is hard to find the extra time. This is just normal cleaning, let alone the deep cleaning that needs to happen. Lucky for you, we have some tips and tricks that makes deep cleaning go faster and easier.
Toilets can be tough to get clean. Luckily, if you deep clean, it will stay tidy for awhile. Start by turning off the water to your toilet. Next, flush the toilet so all of the water empties out of it. Run a gallon of water into the toilet bowl to flush everything out.
Here are the steps to getting it really clean:
• Toilet Rim and Siphons: start by scrubbing these really well. You want to get all of the dirt and discoloration off of them.
• Toilet: When the siphons are dry, duct tape them closed and check to make sure they are secure.
• Vinegar: Pour a generous amount of vinegar down your toilet tank. This is going to deep clean your toilet. The vinegar will stay inside the siphons because you duct taped them closed.
• Overnight: Let the vinegar sit in your toilet overnight. In the morning, turn the water back on and flush the toilet a few times to get rid of the vinegar. You can then remove the duct tape. That’s it!
This method is simple and doesn’t take much time of you actually cleaning. For more in depth instructions and photos of how this process works, check out this article from Lilluna.
If you have a porcelain sink, you know how easy it scratches. This is especially true of your kitchen sink. Wear and tear from cleaning can leave dark scratches all over your sink. Over time, this can become really unsightly. We’ve tried a ton of different cleaners and nothing seems to completely get rid of these. There is actually a really easy way using only baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and a sponge.
Here’s how it works:
- Remove everything out of your sink and run water to wet the sides and bottom of your sick. Plug your drain and sprinkle baking soda on the areas where there are dark scratches in your sink. You don’t want to dump the baking soda in clumps on these areas. Instead, focus on a thin layer of baking soda.
- Scrub your sink with a sponge. You will notice the brown stain disappearing. The baking soda actually lifts up all of these stains.
- Next, add some hydrogen peroxide to your sponge. You can continue scrubbing your sink with the sponge. Once you feel like you have gotten all sides, let the baking soda clumps sit in your sink for 20 minutes. You can then rinse everything down the sink.
You will be amazed at how well this method works. Your sink will look like its brand new. Not only is this method easy, the ingredients are also inexpensive. For photos and video of this process, visit Lemons Lavender And Laundry.
Electric Stove Burners
Depending on how much you cook, the burners on your electric stove can become really dirty. This is especially true if you have the habit of boiling water and letting it run over the top of the pot. Some of these stains you can remove by turning your oven to high and letting it burn off. But, if the stains are a little more severe, we have a method to help you get them all clean.
Here are the materials that you will need:
- Dish Soap
- Baking Soda
- Dish rag
Here’s the steps to getting your burners looking like new:
- When you burners are completely cool, gently remove them from your stove. If you have any questions about this, consult your owners manual.
- Use a clean cloth and some dishwashing soap and water to get off any of the superficial stains. Be careful not to get the electrical connections wet when you are cleaning the burners.
- Mix some baking soda with water. Its consistency should be a paste. For any of the areas that didn’t come clean with dish soap and water, use this paste. Apply the paste to the spot and let it sit for about 20 minutes. You can then scrub with a plastic scrubbie and rinse with water. The stain should come right out.
- When you are done getting your burners clean, let them dry completely before putting them back on your stove.
This will get out all of those deep, cooking in stains. It’s also cheaper than buying all new burners. For photos of this process, read this blog by Apartment Therapy.
Unless you are diligent about cleaning your bathtub, the grime can build up. Over time, the soap scum can get so thick it is impossible to get clean. No matter how much you scrub, it just doesn’t seem to make a dent. There is a solution that you have around your house that will totally fix this problem.
Here is how it works:
- Nail polish remover: Surprisingly, nail polish remover destroys heavy soap scum.
- Sponge: You can actually use a normal kitchen sponge to remove all of the soap scum once you have loosened it nail polish remover.
- With the regular end of the sponge, put a generous amount of nail polish remover onto the softer side. Then rub it all over the spot were you have heavy soap scum. Let it soak in for a minute or two, then use the rougher, scrubbing side of the sponge to remove the scum. It comes right off!
Another great thing about this method is that you don’t have to do a ton of scrubbing. Just a tiny bit does the job. Here is a video of the process of removing soap scum from your bathtub.
The grout between your floor tiles can get really dirty over time. From the dirt deposits, it can actually turn a totally different color. If you are like us, you’ve tried a bunch of different products to restore your grout to its normal color. There is a much easier way to deep clean this area.
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Scrub brush
- Start by using a funnel to put white vinegar into a spray bottle. You can use any empty spray bottles that previously contained cleaning chemicals. Just be sure to completely wash the bottle out before adding vinegar.
- Next, pour a generous amount of baking soda into the crevices where your grout is. Use your hands to spread it evenly over all of the grout.
- Use the spray bottle and spray all over the grout so its all saturated with vinegar. It will start to foam. Let it sit for a few minutes.
- Scrub well with your scrub brush to remove all of the dirt that is loosened with this cleaning mixture. Then, use a damp cloth to pick up all of this dirt you scrubbed out. Your grout will completely be clean.
It’s almost like a miracle how this works. If you don’t believe us, take a look for yourself with this video.
Dusting Your Blinds
Your blinds are probably an area in your house that gets overlooked. Dirt and dust can build up between the blinds over time. When it comes time for deep cleaning, this area should be near the top of your list. With this easy trick, getting them really clean is super simple.
- Kitchen tongs: Use the tongs you use for grilling or cooking.
- Dust cloth: You will want to use a microfiber cloth so it picks up the dust better. Use scissors to cut it in half.
- Wrap each half of each cloth around each tong. You can attach it with a rubber band.
- Grab each blade in your blind with the tong. You can now easily use the tongs to slide up and down it. This will pull off all the dust without missing spots.
- If the microfiber cloth gets too dirty, you can remove the rubber bands and shake it off outside.
This makes cleaning your blinds a total breeze. For an in depth video about how this process works, click here.
Glass Top Stove
Glass top stoves can get really dirty over time with burned on remnants from cooking. These can be next to impossible to get off. We’ve tried everything, including glass stove cleaners that aren’t cheap. These take a lot of scrubbing and don’t get everything off.
Here’s a foolproof cleaning method that features items you already have in your home:
- Start by generously dumping baking soda on the areas with burned on stains. You can use your hand to move it around to make sure it covers each area completely.
- In a small bowl, add water. Next, add some dish soap and mix everything together.
- Using a clean cloth, submerge it in the water and soap mixture.
- Wring the cloth out over your stovetop. This will make all of the baking soda wet. Lay the cloth overtop the whole area.
- Wait 20 minutes for the soap to react with the baking soda.
- Lift the wet towel and scrub the areas with the baking soda on them. You will start to notice all of the burned stains coming up. This will actually start to turn the baking soda brown.
- Once you have scrubbed all of the areas with burned stains, use paper towels to pick up all of the brown baking soda.
And just like that, your glass stove top is sparkling clean! If only we had known this method sooner. Here’s an instructional video of all of the steps listed above.
An area of your house that probably never gets cleaned is your cloth couches and love seats. It’s next to impossible to clean these items. They can get really dirty over time from food spills, dead skin, dust and drink spills. Unless you have your furniture professionally cleaned, there really isn’t a way to work on these areas. That is, until now.
Here’s our foolproof method for getting your cloth furniture clean
- Start by using a stiff bristle scrub brush. Go over the surface of your entire couch. This is mainly done to loosen the dirt and debris.
- Use a new box of baking soda. You are going to go through a lot of it. Dump this baking soda all over your couch. The entire surface will have a fine white powder. To distribute evenly, you can brush it around with your hands.
- Let the baking soda sit for 20 minutes. It will start loosening all of the dirt. After 20 minutes, you are going to vacuum up all of the baking soda. You can either do this with the attachments from your vacuum or a dust buster.
- Pick a scented all purpose cleaner out from your cleaning supplies. Spray a clean cloth until it is totally damp.
- Use this damp cloth to scrub all over your couch. It will pick up all of the dirt and stains. You will need to respray the cloth often to make sure new chemical is getting to the fabric.
Your furniture will look like new once you finish this process. You will be be amazed at how dirty the cloth will look when you are done. It will be brown after working on all of the stains. For a step by step video of how this works, click here.