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A guide to effortless cleaning

A guide to effortless cleaning

Everyone loves a clean house but not everyone loves the work that it entails. From the kitchen to the bathroom, the living room to the bedroom, the tasks can seem endless. There are countertops to clean, rugs to vacuum, books and decorative items to dust, spills to mop up, etc. It can get a tad overwhelming at times. Cleaning can feel as bothersome as an aching tooth. Even if you put off dealing with it, you know you will have to eventually attend to it, lest it gets way out of hand.

At times like these, your wish for a fairy godmother only gets stronger—someone who could take care of your problems with a single swipe of that sparkling magic wand. But there are all kinds of methods and hacks for cleaning just about everything and we’re here to share some of our favorites.

Use a pillowcase to clean fans

Do you dread cleaning the ceiling fans at the end of winter because you know dust will rain down on you? Just use an old pillowcase. Slip each blade inside the case and wipe away. The dust will be collected inside the pillowcase and not on your hair and carpet. This is an effective way to clean anything when you don’t want dust to get on the floor.

Clean pet hair with rubber gloves

We all love our four-legged friends but their hair can sometimes get on our nerves. You don’t have to buy all kinds of fancy tools to get rid of pet hair around the house. Just put on a pair of rubber gloves and run them over your furniture and other surfaces. Pet fur will gather into small balls and you can then throw them away. Alternatively, you can also use a lint roller to catch stray hairs.

Steam the microwave with lemon

This is one of the easiest things you can do to clean your microwave as well as make your house smell lovely. Put a small bowl of lemon juice in the microwave and heat it for two minutes or till the juice boils. The steam will soften the debris attached to the insides and you can simply wipe it with a clean cloth. Better, your house will have a citrusy fresh scent too. You can also rub half a lemon over chopping boards to get rid of the lingering smells of onion, garlic, etc.

Make your furniture shine with vinegar

Wooden furniture and other items can gather dust and look old and unattractive which is why regular wipe-downs are important. But the constant friction can make them lose their shine. To keep them looking new and shiny, you need to give them a little something extra time and again. Mix one part lemon juice and one part white vinegar in a spray bottle and use this solution to wipe your wooden furnishings at least twice a month. You can also use a solution of vinegar and water to wipe kitchen and bathroom tiles.

Spot-clean sofas with baby wipes

We spend a lot of time in our living room sofas. Spills and stains are inevitable. But with this easy trick, you won’t have to fret over them anymore. Use baby wipes to dab away at the stain or spill. They are gentle and contain little moisture, which is just right for spot-cleaning most materials. However, don’t rub at the spot as this will only push the stain into the fabric. Also, make sure they are baby wipes and not cleaning wipes as the latter might contain harsh chemicals that can damage surfaces.

Buy some microfiber cloth

Oftentimes, we tend to dust with whatever is around. It could be an old towel, a rag we have been meaning to throw away, or that feather duster that has seen better days. Use a microfiber cloth to pick dust from surfaces. These are especially great for TVs, refrigerators, mirrors, etc. Buy big-sized ones as it can be a bit time-consuming to clean larger areas with smaller ones.