Cleaning Hacks

It was Mr Husband’s birthday eve and we had our friends, who are family, at home to celebrate it. I ordered a cake with a cricket theme, as Mr Husband loves the sport and plays for a team in Delhi-Gurgaon. We all got dressed into our ‘white t-shirt theme’ clothes, although it was a co incidence that we all wore white, so we forced the birthday boy into doing the same( he killed me after that wen he saw his photos). All the glasses were filled for cheers and we waited for the celebration to begin. But the celebration is not complete with out a capture. So we kept all the glasses in front of Mr Husband and asked him to pose. And then to my horror, woosh, the breezer bottle fell on the white linen bedsheet that I had spread for the occasion. Ok!!! It was his birthday. I consoled myself and controlled my anger in the folds of laughter and again motivated him to be ready for the capture. And then again, woosh, this time the wine glass fell on the bedsheet at the same spot. I was blank. I couldn’t say a word because I knew that this time there is no saviour for the favourite white bedsheet I had.

Next day I searched the internet for all the cleaning hacks and I found so many of them. I realized that there are so many unsung heroes in our day to day utility items, where there actual talent is not known to us. And there, I also realized a very important fact that, to maintain a house is a very difficult and a tricky task.  I feel very good when people compliments my home but there is a lot amount of effort that I have to put in to keep it in good shape. With a toddler at home, its even more difficult for me to maintain it. Some of these hacks should not only be known to me but to everyone to ease the work and headache. And then I decided that there should be a write up about the easy cleanup tricks that I can follow or that I am following in my daily routine. So I thought of putting in some hacks for a clean and beautiful home. I thought of putting in a series of write ups each containing 10 useful hacks . Some of them I have tried and tested and few of them I would love to try as they will indeed lessen my effort.

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Top 10 cleaning hacks for this write up are stated here.

White bread as a glass magnet

1213-rs-new-124-c022_galIt happens with Mr Husband often, with his butter fingers, he is more prone of breaking glasses and glassware. This trick is very handy for me when I have a little one at home. This is very helpful in picking even the smallest piece of scattered glass.

 

 

 

 

Collapsible Laundry Bins as Garbage Bins

laundrybins-garbagebins_300There are times when I clean every corner of the home with full valor. And the house doesn’t disappoint me. During those seasonal cleaning binges, soft-sided, handled laundry bins double as trash cans.

 

 

 

 

Coffee filter as screen cleaner

IMG_5873_largeFor lint-free viewing, I grab a coffee filter to wipe down dusty and stat-icky computer or laptop monitors and TV screens regularly. It can also clean microwave glass and mirrors.

 

 

 

Salt or Baking soda as Homemade Drain cleaner

Amazing-drain-clogged-baking-sodaGet a slow-moving drain flowing again by pouring a solution of ½ cup of salt for every quart of hot water down the pipe.

This can also be done with a solution of baking soda and vinegar.

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  • Pour a pot of boiling hot water down your drain.
  • Dump in about 1/2 c. baking soda. Let that sit for a few minutes.
  • Then, pour a mixture of 1 c. vinegar and 1. c very hot water down on top of the baking soda.
  • Cover with a drain plug (to keep the reaction down below the drain surface) if you have one and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Flush one more time with a pot of boiling water.

Baking soda as Stain remover

baking-soda04_300Clean discolored teacups and teapots by making a paste of baking soda and water. Gently rub over the stain to remove. Not only tea cup, baking soda is useful in removing water stains from taps, tub and sink. It is quite useful for stain removal from table cloth and other clothes also.

 

 

 

 

 

Baby oil as paint remover

oil-paint-remover_galDab some baby oil on splatters to remove latex paint from skin. Now no need to spend a lifetime removing the paint from fingers by rubbing them with soap or turpentine oil .

 

 

Colander as Toy Scoop

colander-toy-scoop_galOne of the most popular kitchen tools also happens to double as a clean-up aid. Before draining the tub, use a colander to make scooping up small toys fun and easy.

 

 

 

 

Salt as Iron Cleaner

salt-iron-cleaner_galEliminate sticky residue from an iron by running the hot iron (no steam) over plain paper sprinkled with salt.

 

 

 

 

Newspaper as Refrigerator Odor Absorber

newspaper-odor-absorber_galIt absorb odors in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer with a lining of newspaper. It sometimes happen that when I open the fridge, there is a strong odor of peeled onions and garlic. So this is a good option to ward off those unwanted smells.

 

 

 

 

Aluminum Foil as Glassware Scrubber

soap-foil_galTo get baked-on food off a glass pan or an oven rack, use dishwashing liquid and a ball of foil in place of a steel-wool soap pad. It’s one way to recycle those used but perfectly good pieces of foil we hate to throw out. And also an easy way to clean our microwave, oven and its dishes without putting excess effort and time.

 

 

 

Baking Soda as Silver Polish

baking-soda-silver_galTo polish silver:

Wash items, then place on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot. Add a baking-soda solution (¼ cup soda, a few teaspoons salt, 1 quart boiling water) and cover for a few seconds. The result? A chemical reaction that gets the black off the gravy boat. It is very helpful in cleaning our big silverware.

 

 

 

These are some of the hacks which can be used in our day to day cleaning. I will put in more of such hacks in my next write up. Keep reading for more information. And yes, my bedsheet is all clean and ready to be used again for some special occasion. Thanks to one of these awesome hacks.

Happy Cleaning….

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