Tips for Cleaning Your House in St. Louis

Cleaning your house may seem like a daunting task. These tips and tricks will help you to have an easier time doing so.

1. Cleaning Your Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans get dirty and need to be cleaned. Fortunately, there is an easy way to do so. To clean a dusty ceiling fan, acquire a pillowcase, a ladder, and dusting spray. Then, spray the inside of the pillowcase with dusting spray. Not only will this help to clean the fan blades, but it will also help to repel more dust from accumulating. Climb the ladder and cover one of the fan blades with the pillowcase. Now, gather the top of the pillowcase together and slide it off the blade, taking all the dirt and grime with you. Do the same thing for all the other fan blades. This method of cleaning a fan is much easier than other methods.

2. Cleaning a Mattress

A mattress cannot be washed, but it can be cleaned and freshened. Using this cleaning trick, your mattress will be clean and fresh-smelling. To do this, you will need baking soda, essential oil, and a vacuum cleaner with a furniture attachment. First, you must strip the mattress of all bedding. Next, pour the baking soda into a container with a tight-fitting lid and add 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender works well). Screw the lid on and shake well. Now, pour the baking soda liberally over the mattress. Let it sit there for an hour or two so that the baking soda can soak up any body oils that might be there. Then, vacuum up the baking soda using the furniture attachment on your vacuum cleaner. For optimal results, go over it several times in different directions. Now your mattress is refreshed, and if you used lavender oil, you will probably sleep better too!

3. Cleaning Your Shower and Bathtub

It can be tricky to get rid of soap scum in your bathtub and shower. Fortunately, there is a way to clean it. To make Tub and Shower Soap Scum Buster, you will need a spray bottle, white vinegar, and Dawn dish soap. You will be using two parts vinegar and one part dishwashing liquid. First, you will want to measure out the vinegar. If you have a 24-ounce spray bottle, use 16 ounces of vinegar. Heat up the vinegar in the microwave until it is hot, and then pour it into the spray bottle. Next, add the Dawn soap and shake until mixed.

The next step is to spray your shower down with this mixture and then walk away. The longer it sits, the less scrubbing you will have to do. Let it sit for an hour or two and then scrub the scum away with a scrub brush. Be careful not to use too much – a little goes a long way. Using too much spray will have you rinsing away suds for ages. Make sure the bathroom is well ventilated when you are doing this as well. If there are no windows, then turn on the fan.

4. Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers can get really gross and need to be cleaned periodically. The first step in doing this is to pull out the bottom rack and examine the drain area. Make sure there are no objects clogging the drain. It is surprising the things dishwasher repairmen have found in drains – bones, gravel, crab shells, and broken glass.

The next step is to take a dishwasher-safe cup and fill it with white vinegar. Place it in the top rack of the dishwasher. Run a dishwasher cycle using the hottest water possible. It should be empty except for the cup of vinegar.

After doing this, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and run another cycle, short but complete, again using the hottest water you can. The baking soda will remove stains and odors.

If you have trouble with mold and mildew, you can run another cycle with 1/2 to 1 cup bleach in the bottom of the dishwasher. However, if your dishwasher interior is made of stainless steel, do not use bleach. With these three steps, your dishwasher will be satisfactorily clean.

5. Removing Gunk from Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets tend to accumulate visible grime, especially around the handle areas. This might seem weird, but oil buildup can be best cleaned using more oil. To get rid of this disgusting layer of gunk, use one part vegetable oil and two parts baking soda. Mix these two ingredients in a bowl with a spoon. Using either your fingers, a cloth, or a sponge, work the baking soda into the wood. It is helpful to use a toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies. Then, wipe the cabinets clean with a damp cloth.

6. Steam Cleaning Your Microwave

One method of cleaning a microwave is to heat up water and vinegar in the microwave for a few minutes and then wipe it out. But the vinegar can have an unpleasant smell. This method is much better. For it, you will need water, a sponge, a spray bottle, and lemon essential oil. First, place a wet sponge in the microwave. Then, fill the spray bottle with water and 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil (depending on how strong a lemon scent you like). Next, spray the microwave with the lemon water. Make sure you spray every surface, including the top, bottom, and sides. Now, you need to run the microwave for approximately two minutes. After the microwave turns off, leave the door closed with the sponge inside until it is cool enough to handle. Then, use the sponge to wipe out the inside of the microwave. Now the microwave is steam cleaned and freshened.

7. Kitchen Cleaning

Almost everything in the kitchen can be cleaned with a paste made of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It can be used on stovetops as well as cookie sheets and serving utensils that cannot be cleaned with traditional cleaners. This mixture works for bathrooms too. Simply rub the paste on whatever you want to clean. If the stains are particularly stubborn, leave the mixture on for a few hours before wiping away. This “miracle cleaner” is sure to give you great results.

With these cleaning tips and tricks, you will be able to spend less time cleaning and more time doing the things you love. Happy cleaning!

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