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Aside from being tedious, household cleaning can also be quite expensive. It is a common belief that the more expensive your tools are, the cleaner your house will be. In reality, there are more affordable ways to clean your home.
Here are some practical alternatives that you could adopt in order to get a clean home without cleaning out your bank account. You might not know it, but everything you need for cleaning is probably already in your cupboards!
- Use Baking Soda: Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) is one of the best agents to use when cleaning. It cleans without harming or scratching. You can use it to clean kitchen countertops, stainless steel sinks, and greasy pots and pans. Baking soda is also a natural deodorizer. Sprinkle some of it at the bottom of your garbage can to prevent a nasty trash stench. Leave a pack of it in your fridge to absorb strong food odours without affecting their taste. You can also freshen up sponges by soaking them in a mixture of water and baking soda.
- Reach for that Salt Jar: Salt (Sodium Chloride) is effective as a stain remover and colour booster in the laundry. Remove perspiration, blood, rust and wine spills as well as mildew on fabrics. For perspiration stains, add four tablespoons of salt to a quart of hot water, then scrub the area until the stain fades. If you’ve got blood stain on your favorite sweater, soak it in a solution of cold water and salt. Afterwards, wash it in warm, soapy water then rinse. Remove stubborn rust stain from the clothes by moistening the area with a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Allow the garment to bleach under the sun, then rinse and dry. Salt can also be effective in reviving the colours of faded curtains—just wash them in a saltwater solution to brighten the colours.You can also use salt to clean one of your laundry tools. Sprinkle salt on your ironing board and at the bottom of your flat iron. Run your hot iron over the board to remove sticky gunk that can sometimes build up.
- Rethink How you Clean your Sink: As mentioned above, a stainless steel sink can be cleaned using baking soda but actually, there is another alternative for this. Place the stopper in the drain. Fill the sink halfway with water then drop 2 denture-cleaning tablets into it. Leave it overnight and drain the water. You should then have a squeaky-clean sink without any scrubbing!
- Deal with Pet Hair: Use damp rubber gloves to remove cat and dog hair on your furniture and clothes.
- Cut and Clean: Instead of splurging on pricey dusters and cleaning rags, cut an old T-shirt or sweatshirt into hand-sized portions. Shirts are also effective wipers and polishers. Just throw them in the wash to be used next time.
- Calm those Ashes: If you are cleaning your fireplace, spray a light mist on the ashes so they don’t fly around while you’re gathering and cleaning them up.
- Clean your Microwave Oven: Your microwave oven might have gotten smelly and greasy after a lot of food-heating that you’ve done. One quick fix is to mix 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with a cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for 5 minutes in the microwave oven. The steam from boiling will cling to the oven’s interior walls. Wipe off with a clean cloth afterwards.
Household cleaning could actually be budget-friendly if you know how to maximize the resources that you have. You don’t need to spend a lot to clean your home. Be resourceful and creative, and you never have to worry about breaking the bank again to get a good clean.
About the Author
Sean Si is the Marketing guy of Electrodry Carpet Cleaning. He is the go-to guy when it comes to the latest home improvement tips. When he’s not busy, he writes about guides on a healthy home and life, and spends quality time with his family and friends.